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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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Unable to upload non-tiny files, streaming music is choppy

In e.g. Slack, if I try to upload any file above a certain size (as low as 50kb), the upload will hang and the app in question will eventually give up. Same problem with uploading in browsers, ...
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How to search or sort contacts cards for large photos or other large data?

iCloud quit syncing Contacts. Apple says I seem to have hit one or more of their limits: https://support.apple.com/en-us/103188 Maximum size of a contact card: 256KB Maximum size of a contact photo: ...
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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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MacOS CoreSpotlight Folder is 300gb

I recently got a notification that I was low on disk space, which is odd because last I had checked a few days ago I still had several hundred gigabytes available. In settings, it said that "...
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Messed up my macOS El Capitan partition to 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF'

UPDATE: I have followed the guide here: OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF' but now getting another error when diskutil verifyDisk disk0 : volume on disk0s2 has 0 ...
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How to find invisible characters in macOS Music app song tags?

I have discovered in my macOS Music app library that I have tracks/songs whose song titles include hidden special Unicode/ASCII characters. I can see this because they look like incorrect letter ...
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Is it faster to transfer data if I connect an external SSD to mac thunderbolt USB-C rather than to mac USB-A (if my mac only has 1 USB-A port)?

I have a mac mini, and an external SSD that only has a USB-A port. So, currently, I use a USB-A to USB-A cable to connect the SSD to the mac to transfer data. Now, if I use a USB-A to USB-C cable to ...
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Mac Music App (Glitch?)

I am trying to put a song, "I Heart ?" into an album, but it turns out as a separate album. I've tried reinserting the song into Music, but it doesn't work.
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Cannot install MacOS Sonoma to external SSD on MacBook

I want to install MacOS Sonoma from my M3 MacBook Air which runs Sonoma as well on the internal storage. My goal is to install a second OS to an external Samsung T7 SSD and then run the computer from ...
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UTM : How to boot with a custom ISO?

I have a MacBook Air with a M1 chip, and I want to create a VM with UTM using a specific boot ISO image, and I don't know if it possible or not. Here's he way I take for create a VM with my boot ISO ...
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Python symlinks not working as Finder aliases

I'm writing some python code in JupyterLab and want to make symlinks that work in the Finder as aliases. But using the Python os.symlink command doesn't work as an alias. The Finder treats the ...
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Not able to access 500 GB space from my external drive

I have a 1.5 TB WD Elements hard drive. There were two containers with 500 GB space and 250 GB space respectively. I wanted to delete both of them and merge them in my 750 GB APFS volume. I was able ...
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File picker forgets last location (always uses home folder) and can’t access recent folders

In all apps, when I summon the “File, Open” dialog (file selector, file picker), it is supposed to open with the last location accessed. But instead, it is always opening at my home folder. Also, any ...
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How to set macOS Sonoma Dark Mode to work to your schedule?

Using the “Auto” option for appearance switches from light to dark based on sunset and sunrise times. I want to set a custom schedule. For instance, time to time for light, otherwise it's dark. Or, ...
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How do I disable Internet access on my MacBook as to make it IMPOSSIBLE to re-enable it?

I need to automatically disable internet access on my MacBook after 11:00 PM daily. To re-enable it, a password must be entered, distinct from sudo, known only to a trusted individual (so i need to ...
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how to install swapon in macOS with M1 chip

When I tried to install swapon in macOS 13.3.1 with M1 chip, shows error: ➜ bin git:(release-2.0.3) ✗ brew install swapon ==> Auto-updating Homebrew... Adjust how often this is run with ...
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In Numbers, what determines ascending order?

In Numbers app, ascending order ranks a cell containing “A + B” before “A.” But I would like it to be ordered thus: “A,” “A + B,” “A + B + C,” “B,” “B + X,” etc. I could switch to descending order, ...
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How can I get the Console to display "can’t" instead of "canÕt"?

It's only a small thing I guess, but I'm annoyed to see errors reported in the console for my AppleScripts where the text of the error message contains substitute characters. e.g. Error Number: -43 ...
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Completely remove Docker Desktop - still shows something Login Elements

I want to completely remove Docker Desktop from my macbook (M3, Sonoma) to perform a clean installation from scratch; I performed an uninstall using Appcleaner, but still I have something left on the ...
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How to troubleshoot why custom Finder search keeps breaking?

I use macOS 12.7.5. I have a custom Finder search (a .savedSearch) that searches a folder for files matching two criteria, Kind is Music (All) and Composer is Example. I set this up on an older ...
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Can't access Desktop, Documents, etc. from remote machine on same network using SMB since upgrade

I have two Mac machines running macOS 14.5 (Sonoma) on the same LAN. With a previous machine which was running an earlier version of macOS (forgotten which one), the following worked: In Finder, from ...
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Android File Transfer Woes

What's up with Android File Transfer? Went to the download site but couldn't find the link. I saw on the forums it's not supported anymore. What are some other ways I can transfer files from my phone ...
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Leveraging APFS snapshots for custom backup tool

I manage a few Linux servers, and in a few of them, if I want to perform backups, I can leverage filesystem snapshots. I.e. I can create a snapshot and then clone it to a second machine, thus ensuring ...
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XDG environment variables on MacOS

I know that MacOS generally does not follow the XDG conventions. Is it still safe to define XDG variables (such as $XDG_CONFIG_HOME and others) in MacOS without breaking the system? I want to ...
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How can I clear the whole window in Terminal with one keyboard shortcut?

I want a keyboard shortcut that will clear everything from the terminal window, including the current line I know that Command-K clears the text to the very beginning, but if you have some text on ...
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2023 Mac M2 Chip RAM not using all physical memory available 32GB to 8GB

I have a M2 Max 32GB 2023 macbook pro. It is displaying 8GB of physical memory inside activity monitor. The full allocation of RAM is not being shown or used. I may have set a limit on accident in ...
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How to add a custom global spellchecker (Esperanto language) on macOS?

Esperanto is an artificially constructed language which has about 2 millions speakers globally. Understandably, macOS doesn't come with an Esperanto language dictionary / spellchecker preinstalled. I'...
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Changing incoming packet TTL on MacOS

Is there a way to change the incoming packet TTL on MacOS? It appears using pfctl, but I cannot seem to figure out the syntax. From reading the docs, something like reassemble tcp reassemble-tcp ttl ...
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zsh: command not found: clang_select

I have tried to install clang_select in macOS 13.4.1 like this: > sudo port install clang_select ---> Cleaning clang_select ---> Scanning binaries for linking errors ---> No broken ...
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how to upgrade to clang 16 in macOS

The current clang version is 14 in my macOS 13.3.1 13.3.1 (a) (22E772610a): > clang --version Apple clang version 14.0.3 (clang-1403.0.22.14.1) Target: arm64-apple-darwin22.4.0 Thread model: posix ...
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How can I disable the wifi driver on an Intel Mac running Sonoma?

I need to use my Mac for an open-book exam. This does not allow internet access. I would like to know a way to permanently disable the wifi driver on Intel Mac running the latest OS (Sonoma). Disable ...
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What words are stored in `~/Library/Spelling/en`?

John Gruber recently tweeted on Mastodon: One of my favorite features on the Mac [...] is adding new words to the system-wide spelling dictionary. The feature dates back to Mac OS X 10.0 and I'm ...
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How can I send audio to a Blackhole virtual device without playing it through the default audio device?

I'm trying to send audio to a Blackhole virtual audio device so that I can record it in OBS without hearing it play through my laptop speakers. I've tried various CLI tools at this stage, ffplay, sox, ...
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How to shrink the MacOS menu bar by height

The screen in my MB Pro 16 2023 needed to be replaced. When I got my mac back, the MacOS 14.5 menu bar was half its normal size, as in the pic. It was a bit puzzling but I liked it, since it made the ...
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What is the proper way to stop and restart a service that is a "bundled daemon"?

There are some recent apps, e.g., Cisco Secure Client / AnyConnect VPN service, where the service cannot be stopped/started using the LaunchControl.app. For more control over what's running on the ...
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Turn off voice of "Your computer remotely control by **" ScreenSharing MacOS

I using 2 laptops, both on MacOS with ScreenSharing. And when I trying to use second laptop without VNC/ScreenSharing,I hearing voice with attention. "Your compture remotely control blah blah&...
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Block remote content for specific Mail account

Is there a way to block the loading of remote content in Apple Mail on macOS for a specific mail account? I can only find the option to "Block All Remote Content" or use "Protect Mail ...
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Stopped downloading with iCloud on Sonoma

The process of sync on iCloud from the Sonoma, that is really stuck me up. It seems to download to around 98% to 99% of the process, but it won't complete the sync. Even after restarting the computer, ...
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Disable "Go to Folder" in Finder views in apps

I have macOS Monterey. I have created a user, "user1", that has read and write access to a path /usr/local/.work/. Now, I have provided this user only VNC access and disabled Finder for it. ...
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Safari loads pages but won't follow links

Since update to MacOS Sonoma 14.5, Safari will load pages without problems but will not follow links of any kind. For example, on a page in Amazon, I can't click on "Read More." On other ...
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Does Apple software rely on the Python included in Xcode Command Line Tools?

When you install Xcode Command Line Tools, Apple includes Python 3.9.6. I'm wondering what depends upon this specific command line tool. Is it a dependency for any Apple software?
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Reset default terminal directory Mac Ventura 13.6.7

I had previous changed the default directory my terminal opens up in to a specific sub folder in Documents no matter when or how you open a new terminal. I want to reset it back to the default ...
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Make backslash \ in terminal (Danish keyboard)

I am using a Danish keyboard language and Danish keyboard layout. When typing in my browser or other applications on my computer, I can make a backslash. In my case I use the combination shift + ...
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How to remove icons from the MS office title bar?

Excel for Mac 2021 (Version 16.78), and the other office programs in that series, display a lot of "junk" in the title bar. I’d like things cleaned up. Excess iconography obscures the file ...
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Slow iMac OS version 13.0.1 - storage discrepency - need advice please

My Mac desktop is running incredibly slow and takes forever to open files and apps. My adult son is very tech savvy, but is not an Apple expert. Any advice based on his input here: Verified total ...
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How do I start a GUI app on Mac with arguments?

I want to create a desktop icon in VSCode that will open a text file in my journal that I use on a daily basis. All I need to do is run the following command, code --new-window "diary.txt" ...
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Can the GUID disk signature be changed without reformatting a disk partition/drive?

After recently having some issues with an 8TB Seagate drive, I bought a new replacement to backup, and realised I have this dock sitting here with dual bays that can clone a disk far faster than any ...
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Is there hotkey to press "OK"?

Is there hotkey to press "OK" in the "Problem Report" window? PS: I am looking for some thing like CMD+d, which click "Don't save".
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How to uninstall AdGuard Network System Extension - version 2.8.1

Despite repeated attempts of following the official guide, as well as researching the internet, I cannot successfully uninstall the system extension, and it keeps re-appearing in EtreCheck reports: ...
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Internet Sharing with iPad USB stopped working, EXCEPT when I activate sharing over WiFi also

For the past 18 months (perhaps 2 years) I've been sharing Internet from my Mac Mini M1 to my iPad, over USB. So this is a new issue in a setup that was previously working. It worked fine up until ...
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