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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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Separate keyboard layout for each window in macOS Monterey

Is there a way to set up keyboard layouts preferences to have a separate layout for each window? Use case described step by step: I use two keyboard layouts: English and non-English one. I often open ...
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How to search in Finder for date created = a specified day of the week

Is it possible to use a Finder search to display all files created on a Monday, or on a Tuesday, etc.?
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macOS, Use fn + Command keyboard shortcuts work

Aside from switching between the playback/system control keys and the regular function keys, in macOS the fn key can be used to access keys not available on the keyboard. For example, if a dedicated ⌦ ...
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Force the use of a modifier key in order to drag/move files in Finder

Disclaimer: I have actual clinically diagnosed OCD, so please, excuse my request if you find it silly, thank you. Sometimes I misclick while using Finder, and as a result, files are dragged and moved ...
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How to clear MacOS Internet Sharing Wi-Fi settings?

I've got a Nov 2023 MacBook Pro running Sonoma 14.2.1. While initially testing Internet Sharing, I configured sharing from Ethernet to devices using Wi-Fi. In the dialog box to set up the Wi-Fi ...
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How do I take high quality screenshots on my iMac?

I moved my Sims game onto my Mac from Windows. On Windows I had a program called SRWE all bc with for screenshots where it adjusted the view / zoom of the screen so that when you take screenshots you ...
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How to clone a bootable USB drive with multiple partitions on Mac? [duplicate]

I have a 128 GB USB flash drive with 4 bootable macOS partitions. Is there any way to clone this USB drive and keep all partitions bootable? I want to share this USB drive to my friends and don't want ...
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Why doesn't my new @me.com email address work?

The Problem: I've just updated to OSX 10.7.2, with iCloud support. Everything works fine. Except... when I try to enable 'mail and notes' under iCloud settings, it just gets stuck displaying '...
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Resize first partition on MacBook Pro M2, having two partitions with each MacOSX installed

I'm having a MacBook Pro with M2 chip from the company I work for. It is allowed to use the device with a separate OS installed on it. That's why I currently have two partitions, each with another ...
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Unable to select Sharing Only user when setting up file sharing

I have this weird issue on Sonoma where after creating a sharing-only user I'm unable to select it under Windows File Sharing. Instead I only see an entry for my main account (+ other Standard/Admin ...
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Request password to open Documents folder of another user account

There are two administrator accounts on my Mac. Both are for my own use and both are password protected. When I try to open the Documents folder of the second account from the first one, it is not ...
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How to install Windows 7 (and beyond) onto a mid-2010 Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard without Boot Camp or an optical (DVD) drive

This problem is very similar to How to install Windows 10 into a 2011 iMac without using the Boot Camp Assistant, an optical (DVD) drive or third party tools? - Ask Different, with the following ...
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unknown data in iCloud [closed]

There is 140 KB of unknown data in my iCloud account and I am trying to figure out what is it. It has been there for years and when looking it in the iCloud settings, it says just Documents. When ...
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How to reset Auto-brightness to default in macOS 14?

Toggling auto-brightness off and on in macOS does not reset auto-brightness to its deafult behaviour like it does in iOS. Is there any terminal command I can use or a plist file I can delete to ...
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Is it possible to have multiple values in a cell

I have a Column called "Genre" where it should be different TV show genres, but as you all might know these could be multiple. Like Drama, Comedy and so forth. When filtering for Comedy I ...
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How to rename multiple files & filepaths at once on Mac without Terminal

Apart from this topic which offers a small variety of code scripts to use on Terminal, I thought using available apps would be more user-friendly. The Finder in macOS can rename multiple files only if ...
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Does this `last` output from macOS terminal describe a remote access login to my computer?

My computer was up to some strange things. I used the "last" command to check login activity and this is the result. Not only have I never seen it before this, all of my previous logins were ...
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macOS Sonoma 14.2.1 - reset sidebar to default

Is there a way to reset the sidebar in the finder to the default? rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist doesn't seem to be working.
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Completely disconnect Apple computer from user ID

I have been given an older Apple computer (the kind where everything is in the screen case), but I cannot use it, because it is linked to the Apple ID of the previous owner, who I have no means of ...
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osascript bug: AppleScript's initial "choose from list" dialog is unselected

I run the following code in Terminal: osascript "/Users/Me/Desktop/Run this script on wake.scpt" If the first dialog of my .scpt file is a choose from list dialog, then this dialog will be ...
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Use a custom version of clang in Xcode

I installed the recent version of clang (to /usr/local/). How do I set up Xcode to use this and not the built-in version of clang?
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How do I clear All OS X notifications with 1 click?

I have notifications in the OSX Notification Center, as for most of my apps I am using the setting, "Show in Notification Centre: 10 Recent Items" This is a good setting but rather than have a very ...
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Dismiss MacOS Big Sur notifications with keyboard [duplicate]

I have long used an Applescript triggered from a keyboard shortcut to dismiss notifications on MacOS. It worked by simulating a click of the "close" button of every open Notification Center ...
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macOS keyboard shortcut to dismiss notifications?

I'd like to be able to dismiss and open macOS Notification Center notifications with the keyboard. (I'm not talking about opening/closing the Notification Center itself.) Is this possible in some ...
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Prevent Google Drive from automatically installing other Google apps like docs, sheets and slides

Google Drive keeps installing other Google Suite apps. I know these are just links to the web services and I can delete them. However, they are installed again after an update. I installed drive via ...
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Is there a way to identify which windows/apps are open on which monitor?

I have a Macbook with 2 external monitors attached and my Mission Control setup for Displays to have separate spaces. Having recently switched over from Windows 10, one thing I miss significantly is ...
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How to Disable IconservicesAgent? I Don't use the GUI

IconservicesAgent is using 80-90% of my CPU, causing my macbook air 2018 to overheat just by turning it on. I don't need this as I hardly use the GUI, I'm on the terminal 95% of the time, don't even ...
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Why am I not asked for application permission on an Apple Watch?

I want to be able to approve application requests from an Apple Watch (AW) by double-pressing the side button. Despite having this setting [1] enabled, I'm never prompted on my AW to permit the ...
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Can I generate screenshot in 2x mode with any screenshot tool on macOS?

Currently, if I take a screenshot e.g. 1000x1000, it provides a 1000x1000 image. Ideally, I want to be 2000x2000. Is it possible to take screenshots in 2x/retina resolution with the default screenshot ...
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How to remove a standard user from iMac without their Apple ID password?

The iMac I use at work has a standard user, belonging to an ex-employee. This person left the company so I would like to remove the user account from the Mac. I have an admin account. The problem is ...
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cannot boot into recovery after reinstalling Big Sur

MBP Intel,cannot boot into recovery after reinstalling Big Sur. I had to reinstall Big Sur and after that I could not boot into recovery mode. I can however boot into internet recovery (command/ shift/...
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Can I show a 24-Hour clock on my Mac's Lock Screen?

I just got a MacBook Pro, and different from my iMac is that I'll be using the lock-screen much more on this one. I noticed that in the upper right corner of the lock screen, the time is shown, but ...
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TouchID doesn't always work

Touch ID works fine, but not always. I can understand that after a reboot or a logout / login, a password is required, but sometimes a password is required only an hour after closing the laptop lid ...
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Old version (macOS Sierra) for Pages, Keynote and Numbers, iWork

I uninstalled my iWork tools - Keynote, Numbers and Pages - from my MacBook Air. Unfortunately, I don't want to upgrade my MBA to Mojave/Catalina in order to install. I looking for the working iWork ...
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Can not clear install macOS Catalina on iMac 27" late 2013

I want to sell my old iMac 27" so I secure formatted HDD with APFS and tried to install macOS (CMD + R) but installation is aborted with an error: It is not possible to install mac OS on your ...
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How can I search a specific type of file on a macOS with a condition?

I want to search only files created by Fl Studio but if I search in Spotlight for files with the .flp extension I get also the autosaved versions of the files. Is there any way to search only the .flp ...
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My Spotlight opens the Applications folder instead of opening the application

My Spotlight, when I have selected an application, opens the "Applications" folder containing the application, instead of opening the application. I suspect I have a setting somewhere that is set in a ...
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How can I make downloaded files appear in “Recent” in Finder?

I'd like files downloaded via browser to also appear in "Recent" in Finder, as well as the normal content there. I really miss this functionality from Ubuntu and am aware of how much time and clicks ...
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How to identify application of hung menu bar icon

My Mac sometimes ends in a state with high CPU usage for SystemUIServer. This causes poor performance and decreased battery life. I can resolve the problem by rebooting the machine but the problem ...
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The “Shimmer” effect in Keynote uses white sparkles. How can I change them to red sparkles?

I would like to modify one of the keynote standard animations to have the white sparkles be red. I'd like to have the white animation below to be red in color. My setup is currently Keynote 13.1 (...
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What is BMDongleService

Anyone know what this process is? I've seen it in ApplicationSupport/BM It's been running two thread and using 100% cpu. Cancelled it a few times and it comes back. Absolutely nothing about it online. ...
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how to open large CSV file in mac os?

I have a large CSV file with a total size of 214 MB. When I try to open this CSV file with Numbers, Number apps hangs. I have a mac m1 machine with 16 GB RAM. Can any one please tell me how to open a ...
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Is macOS `prefPane` app possible containing virus?

So I came across this unusual program, https://doomlaser.com/cursorcerer-hide-your-cursor-at-will/. I'd want to install it, however it's built using a macOS feature called prefPane, which lets you add ...
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What is "signpost_reporter"?

Today I updated my 2014 MacBook Air to macOS Mojave 10.14.5 as it just released. After the update finished, I checked console logs and noticed in 'System Reports' there's a log named "...
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Can I somehow restrict command+tab to hide apps without document windows open from macOS?

On MacOS, closing the last window of an app does not close that app. (To speed up opening a new window later, I assume.) Motivation Let's look at 2 common activities: A) opening a document/file that ...
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How to move mouse with 2 fingers on trackpad?

How can I change the default behaviour for the two-fingers gesture from scrolling to mouse movement? That is to say: When I put two fingers on my trackpad, and move them, I want the mouse pointer on-...
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Some tabs (Window) are black in the tabbar (and not able to close that window in macOS?

I am using a MacBook Pro Some Tabs (Window) are black and don't show anything (tabbar or anything) and I am not able to close that window? Does anyone else face the same issue?
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OSX base system warnings

First Aid on macOS Base system reports: "Volume could not be unmounted. Using live mode. Performing fsck_apfs -n -l -x/dev/rdisk4s1" Then after checking the container superblock, EFI ...
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How can I have custom Finder Icons for NFS Volumes (like SMB icons)?

I have a few NAS/UNRAID servers that I connected to from my macOS (Ventura) client over SMB, but I'm currently swapping over to NFS. From the command line, things are fine and work as expected. ...
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Why has the basic search function on external drives stopped working for one particular drive?

I use several NTFS external disks with my Catalina Mac (for PC file exchanges). None of them are Spotlight-indexed, and that's fine as it is not necessary: macOS has no trouble seaching the disks ...

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