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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Mac Reset Password Isn't Working

It's very often that I have to reset my Mac password using recovery mode as I keep using fingerprint to login. If I shut down my computer after prolonged use of fingerprint, the machine asks for a ...
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Can't move files in root user desktop

I logged in as the root user so that I could pull all the files from all users into one folder to then transfer to an external hard drive. I had no problem moving files to the root user desktop but ...
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My Mac sees its HDD as only having 1 partition fully taken up by the OS X Base System

I am trying to partition my Mac HDD but the entire HDD has one partition and according to Disk utility the full 1TB is taken up by the OS X Base System. I’ve tried creating more partitions, but it won’...
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Latest macOS 10.14 Mojave freezing 1-2 seconds every few minutes (except mouse and sound) and then continues?

Since a week or two I am experiencing a very strange problem on my Macbook Pro running macOS 10.14 Mojave. I have all the latest updates installed (currently no new updates available). No matter what ...
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iCloud will not download onto IMac

I have several Apple devices and all are connected to the iCloud. My iMac however will not download any files from the cloud, it is an empty file! I have done the following. Signed out and back into ...
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“Hold for Authentication” when printing through LP / LPR

I have a Dell network printer mapped to my MAC. I'm able to print from applications without any issues, but when I try to print using terminal (lp or lpr), every file gets held up on the printer with ...
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Remove shadow shown in borders when invoking Show Desktop command in macOS

On my MacBook Pro, when I use the keyboard shortcut Command + F3 to show Desktop, the Desktop shows, but with a shadow in the border. If I click on it, it will open the recent app that was open, as ...
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Default mail program for using Mail merge

I am trying to finish the last step to mail merge on MS Word/MS Excel/MS Outlook on Mac. The email option is not enabled and it says the default email program has to be set up to complete this step. ...
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Trackpad gesture to switch between users?

What is the trackpad gesture to switch between logged-in users? I've triggered it accidentally a few times but can't figure out what it is. The animation looks like the desktop turns into a cube and ...
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How can I Spotlight search exclusively in `.txt` files in `~/.` on my disk?

I was talking to Mr. Ramanujan at his desk when he gave me his cell phone number. I recall I had a text editor open and I wrote the number in a file. Normally I store such details in ~/phone-numbers....
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Where is system.log in TimeMachine backup

I would like to get older versions of /private/var/log/system.log files from TimeMachine. Is this possible? How? I see current system.log files. I went to folder /private/var/log then invoked ...
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Allow Shell Script to Access Protected Library Folders (launchd)

I'm trying a bash script that works fine when run from the command line (Terminal). Apart from the shebang, it just has: ls -alt /Users/<username>/Libary/Mail/V6/.../Lists.mbox (Using ls as a ...
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High disk dsage in Bootcamped iMac after repairing the drivers

I force closed my iMac for a specific reason (Thunderstorm) and when I restarted it my iMac started to scan and repair its drivers. I waited for 4 hours and everything was fine, until I realized that ...
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How do I restore a Mac to its original macOS version?

I've just followed the steps here to try to format my wife's laptop so we can sell it: https://superuser.com/questions/959422/reinstall-os-x-without-cd-dvd-or-apple-id Unfortunately I'm still getting ...
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How to automatically turn off touchbar only when second monitor is connected?

Is it possible to automatically disable/turn off the touch-bar on macOS Mojave when I connect to a second monitor? I find it annoying to see the touch-bar light up every time I type or mouse click ...
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What are the dangers of running Flash on Mac?

I've heard a lot of articles say how bad Flash is, but what can it actually do? I've played browser games that use Flash in Chrome, and now Firefox. I know I have a real version of Flash, and I haven'...
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My iTunes media files sometimes randomly get deleted

My iTunes media library is located on an external hard disk. Occasionally when I try to play an old saved podcast episode, I will get this alert box: This means the file was mysteriously deleted (or ...
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MacBook Air Sierra install fail: Couldn't mount base system dmg! (error code 60)

I have a MacBook Air and I tried running a Sierra install USB on it. Everything went smoothly but it showed "An error occurred while preparing the installation." So I looked that up on the internet ...
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Is there a way to block email tracking services on Apple's Mail app OTHER than blocking all remote images? Any extensions?

I work in an industry context where I deal with numerous promoters who all love to include click tracking software on their emails (both for opening message/links), for example via MailChimp, Constant ...
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Can the macOS Notification Center be made wider?

When the text of a notification gets cut off, I keep wanting to make it wider so I can read more.
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Are the results of Apple Photos processing shared between my computers?

I have a MacBook and and Mac mini with same Apple ID. My photo library size is 55,109 photos, 3,670 videos, 68 items. photoanalysisd has been running for 7 days on my MacBook. It doesn't appear to ...
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Viewer for pdflatex/beamer presentation with reload and without blurry transitions

When using pdflatex to create a beamer presentation and then viewing it in Preview.app (single page or fullscreen mode), page transitions are blurry: when going to the next slide, a blurry/low-...
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How to Break up a Long Element List into multiple lines of code (Applescript)

In applescript, how do I make this a multi-line/easy-to-read property list? set props to {target:"Safari", slideNo:2, propsUrl:"https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/slideId/preview", rewardsUrl:"...
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Logitech G Pro headphone mic no longer works on my iMac

About 4 months ago I bought the Logitech G Pro Headset. I was satisfied with this headset but recently I've had some issues - it wouldn't always work on my Mac. Maybe it has to do something with ...
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“Preview” will not open on my MacBook Pro

"Preview" will not open on my MacBook Pro. I am using High Sierra 10.13.6. When I go to open a PDF or a photo, nothing happens. When I right click the Preview app it says Application Not Responding, ...
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Certain files greyed out in external HDD

My question is the same as this one from 5 years ago. I have an NTFS external hard drive and certain files on it are greyed out and can't be opened until I run certain commands on the command line. ...
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Give assistive access to a single applescript

I have this script: #!/usr/bin/env osascript activate application "SystemUIServer" tell application "System Events" tell process "SystemUIServer" to keystroke "q" using {command down, control down} ...
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How can I enter recovery mode (for Mac OS, on an iMac) remotely?

Our team administrates several Macs. To save costs (flights, etc.) in events where we have to remotely restore a system at our client location, we are trying to understand how to enter recovery mode ...
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Use Profile Manager (or other methods?) for Network Mounts/Favorites

We have a few Macs in the office and a server running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 + Server 5.8. Profile Manager is set up and working, and company-owned Macs are enrolled. Mostly we use it for volume app ...
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Lock macOS with a password from bash

Is there a way to lock macOS so that waking it up requires the user’s password? (Even If normally the password won’t be requested if it is waked up in, say, 1 hour)
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Is it possible to trigger keyboard shortcuts on non-English keyboard input via Dvorak key position?

I use Dvorak layout on my macOS and have other keyboard input including Simplified Chinese and Korean. However, to trigger a keyboard shortcut such as Command + w on Korean keyboard, I must use the ...
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Applescript: Waiting till AFTER QuickTime Movie Recording Window is Active

I'm trying to resize a Quicktime Movie Recording Window--only after it's active. Is this possible? The below script does work––if I hardcode the delay time. Any help is appreciated. Thanks do ...
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How can I observe what low-level system functions support a specific peripheral (specifically the internal camera on an iMac)?

This question asks about disabling the FaceTime Camera kernel module, but has no answers. I have a similar goal, and I'd like to chase down what might be loading in support of the camera's hardware/...
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MacBook Pro disk utility - disk0s2 not mounted

I am trying to erase all data from my laptop and reinstall OS X before I trade in. I erased all data on Macintosh HD but now when I go to reinstall OS X there is no hard drive appearing when prompted ...
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I have a few movies I purchased using iTunes. Is there a way to extract the m4v files out to my hard drive?

I have a few movies on my iMac that I purchased using iTunes. They play fine using iTunes. Is there a way to extract the file from iTunes and save the m4v file to my external drive but also leaving it ...
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How to fix a Damaged APFS disk?

I have an issue with a 1TB 850 Evo, serving as an external disk in a SATA enclosure. I would Really like to recover the data I have on it so any help would be greatly appreciated. Readout from GPT ...
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How to get LOG_DAEMON syslog messages available via asl

I am attempting to run unbound on my macOS Mojave. This works. I can also log from unbound to a file. That works. But I want to log to syslog. Unbound logs to the LOG_DAEMON (daemon) facility. So I ...
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How to disable vertical scrolling while horizontal scrolling is in progress using the trackpad on a Macbook?

Macbook trackpad allows both vertical and horizontal scrolling. But when I try to do horizontal scrolling, some vertical scrolling also taking place unintentionally (may be my finger movements are no ...
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Turn off and disable the “Coherence” feature of Parallels Desktop for Mac

On Parallels 15.0.0, I have accidentally triggered the "Coherence" feature within a VM running macOS Catalina as a guest on my macOS Mojave host. Now the apps are opening in within native windows on ...
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Resized MacOS partiton after debian install, now volume has no type and MacOS wont boot

I was dual booting debian alongside MacOS. Debian hasn't been bootable for some time (unknown reason) so I decided to remove the leftover linux partions and resize my main MacOS parition to fill the ...
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Mail.app how to archive messages with delete key?

Recently I have noticed that Mail.app on Mojave is sending discarded messages to the trash instead of archive. I have set the preference "Move discarded messages into archive", but that doesn't seem ...
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Hijack-roon-dirac-ropieee [closed]

Hello and nice to join there. I am using hijack with macos. I have a session like roon-dirac-dac. Works pretty well, but i have two problems. 1) I have raspberry pi 3 b+ with ropieee as end point. ...
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Mac can't ping anything outside subnet on ipv6

I've been running into an odd issue lately as I deploy IPv6. I have several subnets that are IPv6 enabled and both Windows and Linux clients work fine on them but for some reason, Macs are ...
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“The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items.” when moving OneDrive files

OneDrive has a feature called "Files On-Demand", I'm playing arround with it and trying to figure out how it works. It looks like OneDrive uses sparse files as placeholders before the really file is ...
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Why would HardwareGrowler show my 'Apple T1 Controller' disconnecting?

HardwareGrowler just showed me the following notifications on my late-2016 13" MacBook Pro: Apple T1 Controller disconnecting. Network port en5 disconnecting. I'm sitting on my couch doing nothing ...
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APFS system volume gone after Macbook Air logic board failure

I only have partial information, and do not 100% know the exact OSx version or how full the drive was, but I think it was pretty topped out. No recent backups, important data, and I have already put ...
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My Mac OS X Lion is stuck on version 1.0.21. What Do I Do? [closed]

I’m stuck on the Mac OS X utilities
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Black screen after FileVault restart

I’ve recently bought a 2014 MacBook Air 11 and while I was going through the encryption shutdown and hasn’t restarted. Just sat there with a black screen and the Apple logo glowing. I was wondering if ...
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How can I automatically trigger a bash script before my Mac goes to sleep?

I am aware of the options suggested in Possible to run scripts on sleep and wake?. I am ideally looking for a native option that doesn’t require installing a third-party app or binary. The closest I ...
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macOS ScreenShare to VNC host stuck on “connecting”

I have a linux VNC server which works fine through TigerVNC. But if I try to connect to the same VNC server through the ScreenShare app, it get stucks indefinitely in the "Connecting" dialog after ...