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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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macOs Sierra arabesque screensaver crash in preview and can't be set

I have a Macbook Air 11.6" (early 2015) with macOS 10.12.6 installed on my Mac, and I noticed that the arabesque screensaver is not functioning properly. It crashed when previewing the screensaver in ...
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Safari restored a private browsing session after my Mac crashed

I know where Safari keeps cache information, but my computer froze, and I had to reboot it forcibly. Prior to the freeze, I was using Safari with private browsing enabled (i.e. I was using a private ...
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Tradeoffs between symlinking vs changing path to $HOME

I'm moving my user account $HOME to a different drive. The Apple-blessed procedure is outlined here. An alternative would be just to symlink from the old to the new location. Are there any ...
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Does this “model” file belong on my Mac?

My Mac HD folder has a file in it called "model". It's a txt file and quite small. I don't recall seeing it here before. Does anyone know what it is or what file folder it belongs in? I'm running ...
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Remove animation/delay on Command+Tab

When switching to a full-screen app on a different space there is a noticeable delay (and jerkiness) with the animation during which further presses of ⌘+Tab have no effect. This continues for a ...
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How to force macOS to accept and activate changes to .GlobalPreferences.plist?

I have a key with values that I'd like to insert into .GlobalPreferences.plist. I've been able to insert these via the following steps: mkdir ~/tmp; cd ~/tmp cp /path/to/some.plist ~/tmp/ cp ~/...
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macOS preferences are not being saved

Running macOS Sierra 10.12.5 (16F73). After migration from my old machine to the new machine, I am experiencing an issue where some apps do not retain settings. The migration was not trivial and I ...
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Setting 8-bit/16-bit color depth on macOS without using commercial apps

Can I set 8-bit/16-bit color depth system-wide without buying commercial software (e.g. Display Maestro)? I would preferably do this by editing system files, but a free app is OK too.
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Twitter notifications not working on macOS Sierra

I am having trouble receiving Twitter notifications on my Mac. I have the account turned on in settings (with notifications turned on) and have checked that access is given to OS X integration in ...
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Guided access equivalent for macOS

I have written a desktop application that I would like to install onto my clients machine and then lock down so that the user cannot leave that application (Exactly the same as guided access for iOS). ...
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Running script after connecting to VPN

I am using MacOS 10.12. I just started working for a company that gave me a VPN connection to connect to. I'm trying to come up with a script that, upon VPN connection, will: add route to remote ...
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Disabling function keys based on current app and enabling F1 - F12

I'm not sure if this functionality is built into macOS or if there is an app I must download, please let me know. I'd like the functionality of the F1-12 buttons to only work as 'function' keys and ...
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What does webcontentfilter.kext do?

So I'm learning about writing Kernel Extensions and while I was looking for examples I stumbled across webcontentfilter.kext. I gathered from this post Website gets blocked by webfilterproxyd even ...
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Safari default keychain to store the autofill info

I'm testing the autofill feature of Safari. When I add the login and password for a site, Safari stores the information in the "Local Items" Keychain. My question is if I can change this default ...
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How to make MacBook auto switch graphics judging by its power type?

I want my MacBook to use Integrated Graphics when running on battery power and use Discrete Graphics when running on external power automatically. I can easily do this on Windows, but I couldn't find ...
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How to avoid redundant iCloud photo upload from iPhone when the same photos have been uploaded from Mac?

I have iCloud Photo Library enabled on Mac as well as iPhone so all my photos remain synced. Yesterday I imported a bunch of photos (~200) from iPhone to Mac with Photos app import feature. Then I ...
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Is there version control software with commit messages that preserves macOS tags?

As I mentioned in my answer on tags best practices, the distributed version control software (VCS) Git does not preserve macOS tags (or other extended file attributes). Is there version control ...
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Why would AppleIDAuthAgent take nearly 100% CPU?

The AppleIDAuthAgent process on my 2007 Mac Pro running OS X 10.7.5 is taking up 95-100 % CPU continuously. I use it whenever I go to work. I also use it as a server. I occasionally pull/push ...
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Disable slow window animation on OS X El Capitan?

I've tried the answers suggested in this question: How to turn off all animations on OS X But so far now luck. When an application has been recently opened, I can switch to it without seeing the ...
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Installing beautifulsoup4 returns “requirement already satisfied”

I ran: sudo pip install beautifulsoup4 And got: The directory '/Users//Library/Caches/pip/http' or its parent directory is not owned by the current user and the cache has been disabled. Please ...
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Can't reformat laptop after sudo rm -rf /

I had a friend who was trying to be funny and mess with my laptop and he typed in the command: sudo rm -rf / This completely messed up my laptop. So I decided to reformat my Mac. When I try to ...
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Toggle between two most recent tabs in Safari

Chrome was my favorite browser for years, but it drastically overheats MacBook, thus my patience was finally exhausted and I decided to move to Safari as it's the most energy efficient browser for Mac....
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macOS Sierra — Changing the pre-boot login screen profile picture

Is there a way to replace the (ugly) profile picture on the pre-boot login screen: …with my iCould profile picture on macOS Sierra (10.12.3)?
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Automatically maximize windows when cycle through them using cmd + tab

I'm pretty new to macOS and today I tried to find out how to maximize a window as I cycle through them using Command+Tab. Here I found that I can maximize window just clicking alt before I release ...
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Is there a way to control which Apple Pay is chosen when I pay from macOS?

When I choose to pay for something in macOS using Apple Pay (e.g., from Safari or the App Store) from Mac hardware that doesn't have a touchID hardware itself, I'm sometimes offers my iPhone and ...
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WiFi disconnecting under Yosemite/El Capitan - none of the usual fixes working!

I know this has been discussed quite a bit, and I have tried all the answers I can find to little avail. So I may have something new. Here are the specifics: New Mac Mini from late 2015, installed ...
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How to make Safari display forms on web pages correctly

In Safari, it is often the case that web-form show up in such a way that the text doesn't fit. Safari then inserts "..." in the text box (or combo-box, as the case may be). This happens on many ...
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Excel: how to change Default file option to UTF-8 away from Macintosh file option?

When I double-click and open a csv file in Excel, the OSX Excel always opens it in Macintosh format destroying the visualisation of UTF-8 files with malformatted umlaut characters such as ö and ä. I ...
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macOS Sierra / Copy Disc via Disc Utility not working

I'm trying to copy a DVD as an image via the Disc Utility - yesterday it worked (same DVD), but now I get the error message on all discs: Could not finished (com.apple.diskutility-Error 3) ...
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Web clip widget in Notification Center

With the old Dashboard it's possible to create a web clip widget from Safari. As it seems like the Dashboard is getting phased out and the Notification Center is definitely a handy place to have ...
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How to isolate sys / kernel vars that may cause odd problems and “no mountable file systems” on a high memory system?

How would one ascertain what the bottleneck is on a system with high memory (128 GB RAM) and starts getting peculiar errors when there's only 10-20 GB remaining free? I'm getting various odd issues ...
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Default resizing Split View to not blur one window

In OS X El Capitan, Apple introduced a feature called "Split View" that allows you to put two fullscreen apps side by side. Normally when you click and drag the middle dividing line one of the two ...
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iCloud: Remove files from a device without deleting them in the cloud

I've got iCloud for a few months. Have to say that I've already started to appreciate it. But there's one thing which isn't clear too me. I've loaded a lot of education videos which where orginally ...
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Why does fstab sometimes not work?

I have several boot drives in my Mac Pro, each with different operating systems. Right now, I have Sierra, Yosemite, and Windows 10. I use vifs to edit the fstab file, to prevent other volumes from ...
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Where is “configd” process logging file?

in macOS X the process configd log some information about ipv4 changes and dos changes to the Console application, all I wanted to know is where this logs are, there aren't on system.log. An example: ...
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Android USB C phone not working without adapter

My Android USB C phone (Google Pixel) is not recognised by 2016 MacBook Pro (macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and Multiport driver installed) as long as no adapter is plugged in at the same time. It is working ...
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Move Stickies Database in macOS Sierra?

Does anyone know how to copy your Stickies between computers when the target computer is running macOS Sierra? Articles I've seen say you only need to copy the file ~/Library/StickiesDatabase from ...
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macOS Preview has graphical glitch when copying using rectangular selection

Whenever I open a .pdf (haven't tried with other formats) with many pages (at least > 5), Preview does this really annoying thing: I use the Rectangular Selection tool to select an area of the .pdf I ...
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Can I always allow an app to make changes?

My MacBook Pro overheats (without this program on) and I am planning on reapplying thermal paste but until then I need this program. So whenever I log in it shows this prompt which it needs to ...
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Persistently being signed out of iCloud across all devices

For a week now, I'll get a notification at least once a day, if not more, telling me that I am to sign back into iCloud. I then have to go across all my devices and enter the password. Every so often ...
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XQuartz crashing in infinite loop — El Capitan edition

I have a MacBook Air running OSX El Capitan, version 10.11.6. I downloaded XQuartz 2.7.11, but when the program that uses it launches it (or I double-click it in the Utilities folder), XQuartz begins ...
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Why doesn't ps aux show *everything*?

I recently had a problem with sluggish computer and I live in the terminal, so for me, when something's running slow, "top -o cpu" and "ps aux" are my bread and butter. However, I recently came to ...
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How to display google calendar “reminders” on macOS calendar app?

So google recently implemented reminders on both their web application and their mobile applications. This is a nifty little feature that instead of creating events on your calendar it creates these ...
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Repeatedly prompted to activate siri and iTunes opens — possibly Kinesis related

About once per minute, my computer asks me whether I want to activate Siri as in this other question. Per that question, I have enabled Siri then dis-enable it from system preferences -- did not fix ...
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Access to full FaceTime and Continuity-enabled phone call log (call history) on a Mac

The Mac's FaceTime application, as of macOS Sierra, presents a very simplified call log (call history) in its main window: For any given contact, only a (time-stamped) SINGLE entry for the MOST ...
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Is it possible to disable the fullscreen mode for applications in OSX sierra?

Is it possible to disable the fullscreen mode for applications in OSX sierra natively without using a 3rd party application like better touch tool ?
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Why does the output of “last” in macOS 10.12 (Sierra) show seemingly nothing but “crash” entries?

I just upgraded my Mac mini (Late 2012) to macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and noticed something strange: When running the last command in the Terminal—which shows you a history of user logins, reboots and ...
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How to get rid of the “Grant File Access” dialog in Word 2016+AppleScript when inserting a picture

We use AppleScript to create MS Word documents, which also included pictures. This works fine with Word 2011, but I run into problems with Word 2016. When opening files with Word 2016 via ...
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Stop OS X From Auto-Pasting Clipboard Text Into “Find” Field

Whenever I have text copied to my clipboard, this text gets auto-pasted into the field of the "Find" command (Command + F) with no interaction from me. I don't like this behavior, as most of the time ...
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Can't control volume from connected computer when in Target Display Mode

I frequently hook up my MacBook Pro to my iMac in Target Display Mode, and use my iMac's speakers. The big drawback with this setup is that the volume control is grayed out in the menu bar of the ...