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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 keeps waking up from sleep every 2 seconds until the battery is drained

Lately I've noticed that I cannot leave my MacBook Pro unplugged since macOS will keep waking it up until the battery is drained. I close the lid, thinking it will go to sleep, but clearly that's not ...
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How do I update date modified to now in finder?

I want to update the modified time of a file in finder, just like touch a.txt, how do I do it?
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How to force preview to open window in current desktop

I am facing a super stupid problem which is completely killing my productivity. I have my laptop attached to an external monitor. Desktop 1 is on the laptop and desktop 2 is on the external screen. ...
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How to reset the keyboard mapping?

After installing a system upgrade the "end" button on the external keyboard stopped working. Several months ago I had some modifications somewhere to make the home/end button function the ...
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Visual Studio Code and Mac

I'm new to Mac and would like to know if this occurrence is normal, I installed the Visual Studio code (exactly version 1.91 from the official site) by downloading the file and then inserting it into ...
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Custom dock icon reverts whenever the app is open

I have changed the Dock icon for an app and it shows the new icon only when the app is not open. But as soon as I open it, the old icon comes back. When I close the app, the new icon appears again. I ...
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How can I remap keys on an external keyboard, but keep the default layout on the internal?

I have an external keyboard with Windows keys. I'd like to remap the keys so the layout of the keys on the bottom-left is identical to the internal keyboard on my MacBook Pro. This... ...
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Log of Finder delete actions?

Is there a way to see the filenames of files I recently pressed cmd-backspace on in Finder? I was deleting some folders in Application Support belonging to apps I uninstalled long ago. I was just ...
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Unable to delete identity in Keychain

A certificate that we use for Wi-Fi in the office has expired, and it does not renew for some reason. I tried to delete it from the Keychain Access I get the following error: I guess that's the ...
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How can I install .pkg with a shell on macOS?

Is it possible to install a .pkg through an ssh connection to a Mac?
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Xcode iOS Simulator 17.2 Error Download

I have installed Xcode on my Macbook 13" and Xcode needs iOS simulator 17.2. Xcode start the download and every time it fails with : request timed out. i try it with watchOS and its the same. I ...
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After an update, OS won't let me override the default keyboard layout to my language preferences

I have an Arteck HB086 bluetooth keyboard that I bought in the UK. I generally type in American English and MacOS's regional settings are U.S. Until today, the keyboard worked with US-standard key ...
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How to bypass password prompt with vnc connection from terminal

Previously, screen sharing to Catalina (10.15.7) from Big Sur (11.1) using terminal: open vnc://[user]:[password]@[host].local would open a screen sharing session without having to enter a password. ...
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How can I do text-to-columns in Numbers?

I've got a column where each cell in the column contains two different pieces of data separated by a known delimiter ", ". How can I split each cell in this column around the delimiter? Given: ...
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Dragging a window to another monitor that has a fullscreen window

Working with a multi-monitor setup (MacBook screen and external monitor) I stumble over this very annoying little problem (that seems to be a bug) quite often. When there is a window in fullscreen ...
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Unknown MAC address under Personal Hotspot usage

Context: Personal hotspot connection from iPhone 12 used on my MacBook Air. Problem: Under Settings - Mobile Data - Personal Hotspot (iPhone), I see 2 data usage components: 1.5 GB - MacBook, and, 20....
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Have one Chrome window fullscreen while keeping another one normal

I have two Google Chrome windows, Window A, and Window B. I have full-screened Window B with Cmd+Shift+F. But, Window A also becomes fullscreen. When I un-fullscreen Window A with Cmd+Shift+F, Window ...
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Reduce intensity (luminosity) of Apple Studio Display

I find Apple's Studio Display to be far too bright, and after a while of using it, my eyes feel quite strained. Turning down the Brightness control just makes things darker, but seemingly still as '...
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Major High Sierra - iOS-14 sync issues

Everything went well when I upgraded from iOS 12 to iOS 13, except that some iOS-macOS High Sierra synchronizations stopped working, or stopped working in full capacity. Before upgrading to iOS 14, I'...
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Add an account to “Internet Accounts” that require a Yubikey

When adding a new "Internet Account" for a "Microsoft Exchange" work email I need to use a MFA Yubikey. The current configuration doesn't allow using from am embedded browser, is ...
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MacBook Pro 2020 running Catalina 10.15.6 does not sleep at night

I've had this issue for about a month. I've done the factory reset and my Mac was fine for a week but is now slowly going back to draining the battery overnight. I've tried everything to fix it and I'...
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MBP M2 regularly loses network connection

I have a M2 MBP which Im having some issues with. Under normal operation, it will connect to a wifi network with no issues - DHCP will assign an IP, DNS and router. Every now and then, it suddenly ...
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What’s the difference between recent files in finder and clearing recent items in the Go to Menu on macOS?

On MacOs Monterey 12.5.1, want to clear recents results. In Finder, selecting Recents > Top Menu > Go > Recents Folder > Clear Menu, outcome is that the list of recents only disappears ...
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How do you copy a meeting in Outlook for Mac?

How do I copy a meeting in Outlook on Mac? On PC you just use Copy/Paste. On Mac, all the Edit commands are disabled when you select a meeting in the Outlook calendar. I spend time setting up a ...
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Macbook Pro camera still not working (green light on) - tried heaps of suggested solutions to no avail

My macbook pro camera does not work in facetime, photobooth, zoom, etc despite the green light being on. What I've tried so far to solve it which hasn't worked: sudo killall VDCAssistant & ...
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Can Bash case-insensitive matching for executables in $PATH be disabled?

Today I typed Grep by mistake in my Terminal and to my surprise, the /bin/grep command was executed anyway. I do NOT want this behavior. But, it seems it's not possible to disable it. I'm currently ...
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Disable accent functionality from backtick button

I often type backticks (`) in various situations (Markdown, Github, SO, etc), and since the button used to type them also is used to modify letters (é/è/ú), writing backticks is generally a pain. On a ...
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Set macOS wallpaper without re-encoding image

I have a PNG gradient with the same resolution as my screen, 3072 × 1920, and 16-bit color, which renders without banding when viewed full-screen using Preview, but becomes banded when set as the ...
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Why does my Apple Pencil produce different brush strokes than my mouse in Photoshop?

I’m working through the 2021 release of Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book for my digital imaging class. One of the lessons is on the Mixer Brush tool. I decided to connect my Mac to my iPad Pro ...
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How can I fix one user account when the Finder Tags don’t show in the contextual menu?

I’m experiencing an issue with tags in Finder on macOS Sonoma 14.5. My main account has this issue. Creating a new account, the tags work fine. The tags are now invisible (not displayed) when I right-...
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How do I know what to put in DefaultKeyBinding.dict?

I am trying to create a few system level key bindings. I know about ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict but I am not sure what to put in there/or how to go about finding the commands and ...
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can't upgrade macOS version on Macbook air 2015 from Catalina to any newer version

I have a MacBook Air 2015 and I'd updated it to Catalina when it released. now I'm trying to upgrade it to macOS 12. but when I go to software update it says there's no update. and when I use link to ...
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I'm unable to reinstall OS X

I have an iMac11,1 without an OS on it (Recovery mode is still on it) and I therefore want to reinstall OS X. First thing I've tried was doing it using the recovery mode. I've reformatted the "...
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Unable to delete Dropbox folder from my local hard disk

I have installed Dropbox app on Mac. This created a folder named "Dropbox" in my home folder. I copied a large folder into this Dropbox folder. The syncing of this folder is taking a lot of ...
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Disable Safari top result in Spotlight

Since Big Sur, for absolutely anything I put into spotlight, the top result and the selected-by-default result is Safari. How do I get rid of this row entirely? Or, skip it to select the second row ...
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Continuous scrolling problem in TexShop preview

I am using TexShop on Mac OS. Everything works fine, the pdf is generated and I can do continuous scrolling. However, when I view the pdf in (a) full screen mode and (b) zoom a page of this pdf, I get ...
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I cant get texts on my Android phone from messages on my Macbook

I cant get texts on my Android phone from messages on my Macbook, but only from a few people. Coincidentally its people I've had facetime conversations with. It seems that the Mac has said to itself &...
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Κeyboard shortcut to switch to a specific input source

For a multilingual user, with 3 or 4 everyday-use languages, is it possible to press a keyboard shortcut to change to a pre-set language? For example, Cmd+1 will be English, Cmd+2 will be German, Cmd+...
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Calendar sending early notifications

I have a repeating calendar event with the following details: Starts: 7/16/2024 6:30 PM Ends: 7/16/2024 10:00 PM Repeat: Every Week End Repeat: Never Travel Time: 35 minutes Alert: 10 min before ...
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Can I list/edit/remove the "remembered" display settings for different multi-monitor setups?

I've had various single-external-monitor setups previously, and now I have two external monitors. MacOS seems to remember some previous ones and since one monitor takes slightly longer to wake up, it ...
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How can I stop my whole screen from flashing white on errors?

Whenever I access Terminal and press Command ⌘ + Delete ⌫ my screen flashes white. It also happens when Chrome's Command ⌘ + F returns no results. Have I somehow messed up my settings? I already ...
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Keyboard shortcut for sleep

Now that the keyboards have Touch ID sensors instead of Power/Eject keys, the sleep keyboard shortcut no longer works. Are there any workarounds how to put a Mac to sleep using only the keyboard?
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Run AppleScript when notification is receieved

I have a script that runs perfectly but I want it to initialise when I receive a notification with the title "Bricks + Agent". Even better if I can actually put the subtitle text into the ...
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Using "screencapture" sometimes only takes screenshot of wallpaper

I have a working Python script that take screenshots of my single macOS display every minute using screencapture. The script essentially loops os.system(f'screencapture {output}.png'). Every once in a ...
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macOS choosing the wrong display to mirror when using the CMD+F1 (the shortcut to switch between extending and mirroring)

I have the 2021 MacBook Pro, macOS Monterey 12.0 I have an external monitor hooked up to my MacBook. I use the MacBook as the "Main Display" and therefore the dock shows up on the MacBook ...
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How can we restore Apple silicon Mac hardware on networks secured in an enterprise environment?

Is there some way to do a full IPSW restore in an enterprise environment? In our case this means no DHCP and behind a proxy. Other machines all have a fixed IP and proxy certificate installed. But ...
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macOS Big Sur can format drive but can't mount it

I have a USB stick and can format the stick, but when I try to mount it, the following error occurs: The error is in German, it means "Mounting of "Ohne Titel" has failed. (com.apple....
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Unable to run self-developed app on my phone

I built an app on my computer using xcode and I want to try running it on my iphone. Whenever I press run it shows me an error saying "Please delete apps signed with your free account from this ...
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Mounting Remote Server for editing files on my Mac

My web development server is in the Cloud and I am very new to Macs. On Ubuntu and other flavors of Linux, I would mount the remote drives using sshfs. I have researched SSHFS for Mac and come up ...
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Finder crashes when double-clicking on a file but not when opening the file through Spotlight

All, I've been experiencing Finder crashes on my older iMac (27", late 2013) running Catalina (10.15.7). When I try and open a file or application through Finder by double-clicking or using the ...

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