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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Use Apple ID profile picture as user account profile picture

When I was setting up my Mac, it prompted me to select a profile picture from one of the defaults to use for my user account. However, I would like to use my profile picture from my Apple ID as the ...
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MacBook Pro 2015 randomly restarting because of a problem

I have a MacBook Pro 2015 with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an Intel i7 Core. I am running macOS Big Sur 11.2.2. However, it will randomly restart and say that a problem occurred. On reporting the error, ...
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Change Printer Default to Duplex [duplicate]

How does one update the default printer settings to use Duplex with macOS Big Sur? To clarify, I would like to change the default settings, not create an additional set of settings with a different ...
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Can third-party macOS apps read personally identifiable information?

When macOS starts, you are asked to enter a name and account. I wonder if this potentially personal data third-party macOS apps can read, especially the user's name or username. I'm on macOS Big Sur ...
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Weird device showing in network tab of Finder

This is what I see: It is showing in the network section in Finder and I'm not sure what it means. Sometimes I see it but sometimes I don't. Should I be concerned? My model is 2017 Macbook Air and I ...
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Can't kill frozen Visual Studio code on mac

Somehow My visual studio code froze when It was idle for some time and I was using my Injellij application. When I found, I tried quitting the application by doing right +click on visual studio ...
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Prevent Preview from opening “Open” file explorer when taking screenshot

I have a frustration when i take screenshots on my mac, with e.g. shift ⇧+command ⌘ +4. If the screenshot is the first to be opend in the Preview app, then it also opens the "Open" file ...
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/private/var/log/install.log too big

'Too big' might be a relative concept, but most of the files I see in var/log are measured in KB. install.log is 1.7GB & goes all the way back to 2018. I'd kind of assumed that automatic trimming/...
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How to prevent macOS from switching back to previous language?

I have MacBook Pro with M1, macOS BigSur 11.4. It has special key with globe icon to change input method. When I press it a little window shows up indicating the switching of an input method. And if ...
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is it possible to show the status(config file loading path/log file path.etc) of service in macOS

Now I am using this command to show status of nginx service in macOS: brew services status nginx show this error: Error: Invalid usage: unknown subcommand: status I want to know the nginx path and ...
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“Illegal byte sequence” when trying to rm a file

When I try running this command rm -rf node_modules I get this error: rm: node_modules/core-js/core/function.js: Illegal byte sequence How can I fix it?
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Funky mDNSResponder plist

Well, I've never seen this one before - or have any idea how this would happen if you need to be in recovery to modify the file. This was the current output of my com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist when I ...
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Difference between wake, poweron, and wakeorpoweron on pmset

I'm trying to use pmset to wake my macbook before a cronjob is scheduled. The documentation says a scheduled event has a type that is "one of sleep, wake, poweron, shutdown, wakeorpoweron". ...
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How can one tell if DNS is being [on-machine] intercepted

On MacOS it is now possible for applications to insert a DNS proxy provider (i.e. using nednsproxyprovider) which intercepts all DNS requests. How is it possible to discover, or list, whether such DNS ...
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How do I justify the last line of a broken paragraph in Word for Mac?

When I am editing a Word document, which contains images, I need to break a paragraph, so that the image stays at the top of the page, instead of allowing the intervening image (or table for that ...
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Can security be relaxed on macOS to allow Safari to open local html files without manual confirmation?

I'm trying to run Kotlin tests in Safari on macOS Big Sur and each time I'm stuck on following dialog: It looks like that after enabling "Develop > Disable Local File restrictions" ...
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How to show wifi password in CLI without (re-)entering password

I need to extract wifi password(s) out of keychain via CLI - without the need to enter a password. security find-generic-password -a "OfficeWifi" -g | tail -0 works great, but MacOS shows a ...
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How to use h.264/h.265 hardware decoding in ffmpeg

I know that macOS have h.264/h.265 hardware decoding and encoding support, but I can only find videotoolbox encoder in FFmpeg. Using the same -c:v h264_videotoolbox for decoding does not work. Does ...
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Does macOS 10.13 on macbook pro 2017 support VP8/VP9/AV1 hardware acceleration?

I know that macOS supports h.264 and h.265 hardware decode/encode (videotoolbox). Does it also support VP8/VP9/AV1 hardware decoding? Currently, playing a 4K video on YouTube is a bit slow. I'm using ...
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How can I invert the colors of one window on macOS? (and not the entire monitor)

I'm trying to invert the colors of one window, and not the entire monitor, on macOS. Command-Option-Control-8 inverts the colors on all monitors. Black Light only allows users to invert the colors on ...
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How to convert ping command to string on MacOS Terminal

I need to convert the ping command to string on MacOS terminal for the following task: I recently started using the telegram-send command which is basically a way to send messagess on telegram via the ...
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Why are there so many valid users on macOS?

When going through Activity Monitor, I see many different users (other than my own account and the root account) responsible for individual processes. Why are the processes divided among many users ...
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Application windows suddenly become inactive - Macbook M1

I noticed (for a couple of months now) that my application windows (i.e. Safari, Brave browser, Evernote) become inactive and I have to click in the window to make it active again. It is as if ...
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How do I automatically sort my files in Finder (hidden files included)

I want to sort all my directories automatically (not freely moving), similar to the / (Macintosh HD) directory, where when I turn on hidden files, all of them are automatically sorted by name. So, ...
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iPhone can't connect to Ubuntu Server VM running in Parallels on macOS

I use Parallels Desktop for my M1 Mac with Ubuntu Server ARM installed in the VM I made. I installed apache2, Node.js and npm on this VM, and it works, only on my Mac (when visiting the private IP of ...
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Now Playing does not show anything while music is playing on macos big sur

Now playing Icon and widget is not responding on my mac, sometimes it works but most of the time it does not show anything. as you can see on my desktop picture music is playing but no response from ...
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Exchange account authentication issue

Yesterday, this notification began appearing every time I open Mail.app  On hover, a continue button appears.   If I click it, it goes to Accounts pref pane, but there is no place to enter a password....
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How to disconnect the VPN connection through terminal

Finally I managed to set up a vpn connection via sstp, with that command: sudo /usr/local/sbin/sstpc --log-stderr --cert-warn --user <USERNAME> --password <PASSWORD> <SERVER> ...
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Reduce motion but reserve 3 finger swipe-up mission control animation?

In macOS Accessibility settings, there is an option named "Reduce motion", check this on will disable most animations in macOS, and 3 finger swipe-up to show mission-control animation will ...
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How to open all tabs in Web browser on mobile (iOS) quickly on macOS? [duplicate]

I've tried handoff/ continuity, which allows me to the open the existing tab for a browser app I have open. But if I have accumulated 10 tabs in the browser, this process can take a few minutes of ...
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Are emoji color preferences stored somewhere on MacOS?

So I want to programmatically detect which color I used last for an emoji, e. g. if I used the 👌 emoji with the darkest skin tone (👌🏿) last, is there a place where that information is stored?
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Is there a way to change emoji colors on MacOS?

So let's say I want to type emojis in a different color then yellow on MacOS. Is there any way to do it? Just for clarification, I'm using the Press Fn key to Show Emoji & Symbols in the keyboard ...
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Why multiple macOS installation share settings?

This question has materialized after this strange interaction: multiple instances of macOS, installed on different hard drives on the same machine, share settings. Example: I have this MBR 16”, 2020. ...
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Build Chromium or Firefox with X11/Xorg and without Cocoa

I like to use X11 on my Mac. I know that you can run X11 Apps through Docker, but that just isn't as efficient. Is there any way to compile Firefox or Chromium with X11 support on a Mac?
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What is causing my Apple ID issues when using that ID on two macOS installations, on the same machine?

I have a single 2019 16" Macbook Pro, and due to a desire to separate my work from personal projects, I have created a new APFS volume to contain my personal work. I installed macOS Big Sur on it ...
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Macbook Pro Freezes Shortly After Startup, Safeboot Works as it Should, Reinstall Didn't Fix the Issue

So, I've been struggling with a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013, stock config) which will freeze shortly after booting normally. The way the freeze works is that it will freeze the monitor on ...
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Changing CSV Delimiting Character in Numbers [duplicate]

I have a CSV file which is delimited with semicolons. I would like to open it in Numbers and edit. Currently, when I open it, it jumbles all the data, including the semicolons, into one column. It ...
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External HDD start working in USB2 mode on Macbook pro

I have an external Toshiba HDD which lights blue light when it is connected to my MacBook. After last MacOS update I noticed that it light white (in each of 4 ports), which means that it works in USB2 ...
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Network Latency When AirDrop is Active on Another Device

I've been trying to find the root cause of this for days. It started off when I noticed stutters during a WebRTC video session, so I started an internal ping to my main router (note: I use Unifi with ...
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error while installing autopsy

I tried to install Autopsy on my Mac by following "https://slo-sleuth.github.io/tools/InstallingAutopsyOnMacOS.html#installation-overview". After I wrote "% cd ~/Downloads/autopsy-4.16....
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GPG constantly throwing “no such file or directory” when doing operations

So I want to create a GPG so I can use it. I did gpg --gen-key, put in the information but it threw theNo such file or directory error (see below). ❯ gpg --gen-key gpg (GnuPG) 2.3.1; Copyright (C) ...
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Files moved over from Linux box not syncing to iCloud?

I moved some 20 Gig worth of files over from an Ubuntu box onto my macbook and they are not syncing to iCloud. I can see that it's trying to do so per the icons in the Documents folder ... however it'...
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Late 2012 iMac does not start and internet recovery does not work

Recently my iMac just froze randomly, and shut down after some time. It showed the screen that it was restarting because of the problem. But during startup it fails somewhere at the loading bar and ...
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zsh: command not found: cask

I tried to install Autopsy on my Mac. After I tried % brew tap bell-sw/liberica % brew cask install liberica-jdk8-full the error is zsh: command not found: cask What should I do?
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Google Calendar via Calendar.app—is a usable experience possible?

My company uses Google Workspace (aka G Suite, aka Google Apps for Business.) I use a Mac and iOS devices, and I would like to use the native calendar apps on those platforms to interface with Google ...
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I can’t figure out how to use 4 snippets in Cipmenu shortcuts on Big Sur

I'd like to know how to use shortcuts to copy and paste any 1 of my 4 snippets on macOS Big Sur. I have the most current version of ClipMenu that I’m aware of and not sure what number version that is. ...
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How does the hardware know the restart? [closed]

A Mac can be switched off via the software. But switching on the hardware cannot be done if the software is not running. How can a Mac restart when it is switched off? Somebody else has to do that or ...
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How can I use Open Sea Maps on a Mac? [closed]

How can I use Open Sea Maps on a Mac? I want to make waypoints on sea marks, lighthouses, islets and similar and export to the plotter I use in my boat.
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How can I fix underscan/overscan when the slider isn't shown in System Preferences?

I purchased two new monitors recently and both had pretty bad overscan (underscan? there were black bars around the screen). My mac no longer has the setting it used to have in the Displays section of ...
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“There is no application set to open the URL…” Message after updating to macOS Big Sur 11.4

I just updated my macbook air to Big Sur 11.4 and I get this message when I try to open Roblox.(see picture) When I try to "Choose Application" the Roblox selection is grayed out, and I can'...

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