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Questions tagged [macos]

macOS is the current marketing name for Apple's Macintosh Operating System. This OS was previously known as OS X, and Mac OS X before that (which itself succeeded the 'classic' Mac OS).

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How can I see the system status during boot?

I would like to monitor the messages generated when I boot my Mac, similar to what you on a *nix box. Is there key-combo to press/hold that will let me do this?
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What tools allow for creation and editing of a PDF document on OS X?

I would like to create a PDF document with images, text and table of contents. I have also other PDF documents that I would like to merge in this new PDF. Do you know some tools/software for creating ...
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OS X Package Management

I'd like to know if anyone out there has done a comprehensive comparison of the various package manager solutions available for OS X. More specifically, I'm looking for: A list of all the major ...
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Spaces makes dialogs disappear

I'll be working in a space, and then something starts bouncing in the dock (like Mail), so I switch to that space, and I see a dialog for a split second, but then it disappears. I try moving the main ...
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How do I change the location of screen captures?

As a developer, I take a lot of screen captures. I often take a lot to share with StackExchange members on chat. The problem is my desktop is so cluttered with screen captures that they're now ...
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What are the folders in OS X that I should know about?

I just got my first Mac (a MacBook Pro) last Sunday and I am LOVING everything about it so far! But, I am a little confused about the folders in OS X. Please go through the folders I should know ...
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Mute specific program

Is there any way to mute a specific program? I want to be able to mute Firefox.
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Rhapsody + Mac OS X

I've been using the music service Rhapsody for over a month now, and I really like it on my iPhone. Unfortunately, I spend most of my time in front of my computer, programming. I'm kind of so-so on ...
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Changing sort options in icon view

Is there any way to sort files in any way other than NAME while in ICON view? This is typically when in a file dialog (i.e. browser upload window) there are no options for sorting by Last Modified or ...
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Is this nice extension of Mac OS 9 still available on OS X?

There was an extension on Mac OS 9 system that I could not live without : This extension offered the following feature : When a "Choose a file / folder" dialog box appeared, you were able to click ...
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Is it possible to know what changes have been included in an OS X Update?

My computer just downloaded an OS X update. Is it possible to know what's been changed?
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What do I type to produce the command symbol (⌘) in Mac OS X?

What combination of keys do I press to produce the command symbol (⌘) on Mac OS X? (I copied the above symbol from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key.)
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Caps lock key response delay on Apple Wireless Keyboard

I've noticed a semi-handy feature on Apple Wireless Keyboard: quick pressing the caps lock key won't enable the caps lock, it needs a determined push. Benefits are obvious, it prevents accidental all-...
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Unexpected files showing up with tar on OS X 10.6.4

When packing and unpacking a tar file on OS X today, I find myself looking at things like: tar tzf ../tanuki-3.5.6.tar.gz ./._. ./ ./._bin I don't think I've ever seem these extra files starting ...
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Where are the good docs?

I have been reading the OSX security pdf from the apple site, it describes how to ensure Snow Leopard can be brought up to the Common Compliance standard. Entirely different than the diffident ...
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Where did these missing OS X application icons go?

On my Mac mini, app icons have gone missing for some apps (Terminal, Chrome, Spotify, Skype) from the Dock and elsewhere. See a screenshot of the Dock. When I hover over the empty spots, I can see ...
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How can I disable the 2nd hard drive in my 27" iMac?

I have an 2010 27" iMac with an SSD and a regular hard drive. Now that I've been using the machine for some time and have not come close to filling the SSD, I'd like to disable the spinning hard drive ...
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Why is my mid-2010 MacBook Pro experiencing a blank blue screen and crashing?

I've had this happen a couple of times so far, not sure what's happening. I think it's related to having an external monitor connected to the notebook. My regular workflow is to have the MBP log out ...
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Why is it that “Mac OS X Snow Leopard can't be installed on this computer”?

I'm trying to install Snow Leopard on a MacBook (32-bit, Dual Core, ca 4 years old). I am presented with: "Mac OS X Snow Leopard can't be installed on this computer." Is it because of the 32-bit ...
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How do I find out the system temporary directory?

I'm testing an app that uses the System temp Directory. Inside of the app, there is some call to a Cocoa function to query this. Is there a way for me to query for this directory name outside of ...
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Looking for a way to set the MacBook screen dimming delay

What I need is to extend the delay before the display dims. I will often read a page full of text and the screen will dim, and I have to touch the trackpad. It gets annoying when trying to take notes ...
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What is SIMBL Agent and why is it running on my machine?

Is this something loaded by Apple or did it come with some third party app I must have downloaded.
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Setting the default browser

Is there any way to set the default web browser from within Mac OS? I currently run Firefox 4 Beta, and haven't been able to find anywhere within the browser to set it as the default - possibly ...
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Is there a way to have a scheduled task that will run later if MacOSX is asleep / off at the expected runtime?

I want a backup task to run once a week. The computer I want to do this is a laptop, that is often off / sleeping. I would like the task to run when the computer wakes, if the computer was asleep ...
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Cutting and pasting files

OS X doesn't allow me to cut files. Are there any applications to enable this?
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iTunes on iMac plays media on Linux server via SMB. What's with the slow imports, changes and stalls?

I posted this on SuperUser, but it's probably more appropriate here. I have an unRAID server (If you're unfamiliar with unRAID, you can check it out at lime-technology.com) which is a Linux based ...
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My wireless has been set to “inactive”, how do I reactivate it?

I seem to have inadvertently deactivated my wireless in the "Network" section of System Preferences. When I go to the Airport icon in the menu bar it looks like a semicircle that, when clicked on, ...
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How do I take a screenshot on my Mac?

What's the easiest way to take a screenshot of my Mac? I've used Grab.app, but it's a bit annoying just to get a quick screenshot. Is there a faster way?
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Web sharing, 404

On my MacBook (10.5.latest), I turned on "Web sharing" in the control panel. The built-in firewall is turned off. I have an index.html in my ~/name/Sites/ folder. It's publicly readable (a+r). I ...
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What is the best free FTP server for Mac OS X Server?

I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard server on a mac mini and was wondering what the best free FTP server was? I hear okay things about pure-ftpd but I'd like something with an easy to manage UI as well ...
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Alternatives to command line unzip?

I've found that the command line unzip tool doesn't gracefully handle some of the files I'm unzipping: it makes a bunch of junk directories, and creates files whose resource forks aren't found. (...
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How do I move my menubar to an external monitor?

I just asked this question (Using External Monitor and Spaces. Want Mouse to move Up/Down, not Left/Right?) and @calavera gave me a great answer, thanks! But now I have another question. It seems ...
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Using External Monitor. Want Mouse to move Up/Down, not Left/Right?

I've got an external monitor and want to be able to use the monitor above the laptop. It seems I'm supposed to use "Spaces" to support an external monitor which I have done and I've set up two ...
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Are there keyboard shortcuts for Home, End, PageDown, and PageUp in OS X?

How do I set keyboard shortcuts for Home, End, PageDown, and PageUp on a 13" MacBook Pro? Are there default keyboard shortcuts? Or can I do it with Automator (and if so, how)? I want them to work the ...
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Where does OS X store the profile photo it takes when you first create an account?

When you first create your OS X login account it takes a picture of you. Where does that picture get stored? I can't find it in ~/Pictures or ~/Library.
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Open iTunes when iPhone is connected on a Mac

I remember that during the installation of iTunes (while I was upgrading it on my Mac) it asked if I want to install an application so that iTunes can be opened when my iPhone is connected. Initially ...
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Is there a good application for Mac to manage subscriptions billings?

Is there a good software for mac to manage subscriptions billings ? I need to be payed regularly by my customers. I need warnings service sending emails to them and me. And I need to automize the ...
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Do Macs store a serial number on the disk?

About a year ago, I sold my old MacBook Pro. Last week I got a call from the buyer who said that it had been stolen and he didn't have the serial number — and did I have it? I haven't been able to ...
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Is there any known problem of using SIMBL?

As the title, is there any known problem of installing SIMBL on my Mac? For example performance degradation, security problem, or anything else.
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Do I need a serial number to reinstall Mac OS X?

I need to reinstall the OS but here's the issue: I don't have the original disc that came with the computer in question. However, I have a disc that came with another computer. Is it possible to ...
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How to recover a deleted file on Mac OS X?

We have tried Boomerang but it does not find the deleted file. The file was deleted 3 days ago. I would think it is recoverable, but Boomerang does not show it. Any help would be appreciated.
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Is there a good command-line ID3 tool for OS X?

Anyone know of a command-line* ID3 tool, with support for ID3v2, that you can get working on Mac OS X with reasonable effort? It should support both reading and writing tags. (* I want to be able to ...
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In OS X is it possible to specify which network connection an app uses?

My ethernet connects to the LAN, my airport connects to a different network (it's another mac sharing a VPN connection). I want all apps except the iPhone Simulator to connect via the LAN. Is this ...
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How to format the OS X installer USB stick that comes with MacBook Air?

When you purchase a new MacBook Air they give you a mini-USB drive that is used to reinstall OS X and iLife '11. How can I format this USB stick and put whatever I want on it? The option to format ...
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“say” in different language?

Are there voices in different languages installed in Mac OS X? E.g. spanish, french or slovak? (latest iPod Nano built-in voiceover has beautiful slovak voice, I'd like to try it on Mac OS X too)
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Is there free software for recognizing a song when it plays?

I have few .mp3 file that have no name or have a wrong name(artist name and song name) is there any free software exist to recognized what exactly this song is(by playing the song and this software ...
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What's the best text editor for use with large files?

What are your recommendation for opening large text files on OS X? I found both BBEdit and Textmate to be struggling in this department.
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Removing software that came from a pkg file?

I can't find the uninstaller. I installed some service using a pkg file and now I want to get rid of it. How do I do that? I would prefer not to use lsbom and rm and stuff. It looks scary.
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“Not enough space” on partitioning?

I have a 320GB harddrive with 95GB free. I boot to a 10.5 disk, open disk utility, and add a 40GB partition. Halfway through the progress bar, though, it tells me that there's not enough space. I'm ...
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Install Tiger in VMware Fusion

I've got 10.6 running on a 2006 MacBook Pro. I want to run some older software that was meant for 10.4 and earlier, so I figured I'd install Tiger in VMware Fusion, but it isn't working. Any idea ...