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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What Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters exist for OS X and Mac hardware?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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How to change the default font and size in Notes on El Capitan?

Editing DefaultFonts.plist doesn't seem working anymore on the pre-release build 15A279b of El Capitan: sudo vim /Applications/Notes.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/DefaultFonts.plist It still shows ...
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How can ZFS be used with encryption on OS X?

Ideals: protection of home directories should be better than in Lion (for multiple administrators: FileVault 2 alone is less secure than FileVault 1) resizing a file system should be simple and ...
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Hot Corners for Mission Control stop working

I set the upper right corner of the screen as a Hot Corner to activate Mission Control. However, some time after setting it, the Hot Corner stops working. Keyboard shortcuts still work. Going back ...
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How can I increase my font sizes without decreasing my resolution?

I have a 24" iMac at home which at the max resolution (1920 x 1200) is very comfortable for me to see my desktop and read text. Now at work I have a 27" iMac with a max resolution of 2560 x 1440 ...
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Icons remains the same after I have changed the default program for opening the file

I have just uninstalled a program from my new mac. The program was making itself default to open all .r files. I installed a new program, and I maked it default for opening .r files, but the old icon ...
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Single-User-Recovery-Mode on High Sierra 10.13.6

Before the High Sierra update to 10.13.6 I was able to boot in single-user-recovery mode by holding Cmd-R-S at startup, but after the latest software update booting while holding Cmd-R-S just enters ...
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How do I uninstall the command line tools for Xcode?

We have a bunch of Mac at work that no longer require Xcode or command line tools so we'd like to remove them so the compilers aren't hanging around and we don't have to keep updating them when ...
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QuickLook blanks when displaying some images

When using QuickLook to quickly look through multiple images (pressing space and then using the arrow keys to navigate), some images will not get displayed by QuickLook when hitting them up a second ...
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology current as of 2011 and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that ...
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AirDrop on Unsupported Macs?

One of the Lion features I would really like to use is AirDrop. It would make transferring files so much faster than using a flash drive. Unfortunately, my Mac is a 2007 Black MacBook, and AirDrop is ...
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Does the OS X log notifications from the Notification Center?

The helpful companion to the OSX notifications center Growl per default logs all received notifications. You can define how big the log may get or disable logging in the application. Since the latest ...
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Trouble Understanding Inactive Memory in MacOSX

I thought that I understood how MacOSX manages memory, but recently I’ve become baffled by its performance. Here is the situation: I have a brand new Core i7 system with 8GB of physical memory ...
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How to fix Disk Utility, About This Mac, and Finder that disagree on hard drive space usage?

Has anyone seen this issue and know how to fix it? Look at the free space reported by running "Get Info" on my hard drive (Macintosh HD) in the Finder, "About This Mac" from the Apple Menu, and Disk ...
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Convert a partition from case-sensitive to case-insensitive

I have installed snow leopard on a macbook ans selected case-sensitive file system when partitioning the disk, presuming that it's a standard thing and I'd rather have this system behaving as close as ...
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Can you make OSX mount just certain partitions when you connect an external HDD?

I have an external HDD with 4 partitions. My question is the following: is there a way of telling the OS to mount just two of them (One FAT and one HFS+) when I connect the HDD? It is rather annoying ...
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iMessage stopped working.. Contacts are shown as red now

This problem has been seen on mid-2012 MacBook Pros on Mavericks and on late-2014 Retina MacBook Pros on Yosemite. One day while using iMessage on the Mac, all the contacts turned red and messages ...
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Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?

Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?
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Partitioning Software

Is there an equivalent on the Mac platform to Partition Magic or GParted that will allow me to resize, move, and/or change partitions on the fly without formatting, or disturbing the data that is ...
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Built in FTP client (cmd + k) - can't upload files (Mavericks)

I have just found out that I can enter a built-in FTP client on my Mac by simply pressing ^ Ctrl + K. Great thing! But after I have successfully connected to my server and a 'folder' with files ...
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What does Time Machine back up?

Does Time Machine backup system files, kernel files and other OS-related files? I have corrupted system drivers and files and I want to do a fresh install of OS X but I also want to back up my ...
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Can AirPods be used “seamlessly” between Mac and iOS devices?

Apple AirPods are supposed to work for iOS devices, Apple Watches and Macs. Apple states that the OS requirements are: Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3 (source). I am ...
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Disable App Update Notifications on OSX?

When I have apps that need updating in OSX I get a notification on the top-right corner of my screen that does not go away until I click it (which opens the app-store). Is there a way to turn these ...
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Enable click-through, preferrably for all applications

I would like to enable click-through on all windows. Is this possible on Lion? To be more specific, "click-through" as defined by Apple in the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines means "that the user ...
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OS X is repeatedly asking for login keychain password

I know this has been asked here several times, but I already checked the other discussions and tried their suggestions, but without success. Is there anything I can do instead of re-installing the ...
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Many OS X app store apps are listed as “app” is damaged and can't be opened

Without having changed anything, I now get this message when I try to open the app "Breeze" - Other apps fail similarly on other Macs: I tried to get rid of this message by re-installing it from the ...
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Spanish to English and English to Spanish dictionary for Dictionary app?

For quite a while now, I have been looking for English and Spanish conversion dictionaries (both ways) for Apple's native Dictionary application. So far I have not had any success. Is there any ...
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Are there any features like Winamp's auto tag exist for iTunes?

It took me 3 months to ID3 Tag all of the MP3s (artist, album, released year, etc) in my iTunes library. It was annoying. I saw that Winamp solves this problem with an "Auto Tag" feature. Is there ...
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How to download OS X El Capitan from the App Store even if never downloaded before macOS Sierra was released or purchased is grayed out

I know that in the past if I've previously downloaded OS X El Capitan from the App Store I could download it again from the Purchased tab in the App Store, however now that macOS Sierra is out I'm not ...
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Make a script/app run on logout

We all know that Mac OS X has the very useful Login Items functionality which lets you, among other things, set up apps/scripts to run when you log in. I'm looking for a way to setup a list of ...
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What is causing this sound on my Mac?

For several weeks now, my friend’s MacBook has been plagued by this sound, randomly occurring while running: http://c.abr.vg/321r2Q3Y2W0J We’ve never been able to reproduce it, and it has persisted ...
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Faster Press and Hold Character Picker

Does anyone know how to make the character picker appear more quickly? I use it enough now in my German language studies that it has become second nature for the critical marks and much faster than ...
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MacOS High Sierra: An error occurred while verifying firmware

I have a Mid 2011 iMac currently running MacOS 10.12 Sierra. It’s not my main machine, but I would like to install 10.13 on it. Updating starts smoothly enough, but when it comes to restarting, I get ...
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Find and Change system shortcut

As I know you can find a limit of shortcut in system preference > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcut where you can find other shortcut and how must change it? for example if I change the cmd + O to enter ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF' after attempting to delete some Linux partitions—cannot log in

I was unable to just delete the partitions left by an old Linux Mint installation by pressing the '-' button in disk utility. I looked online and read that I could reformat them to a journaled format ...
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Is it impossible to delete/move a file named “␀” on mac?

When I try to move, rename, or delete a file named ␀in Finder, I get this error message: The operation can't be completed, because an unexpected error occured (error code -50). With mv, rm or find ...
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Is it possible to allow usage for an app or program for a specific times on a Mac?

I was trying to achieve this using a second account (which is the admin account) and Parental Controls, but it seemed this isn't possible to do so. I know there are some programs which you can ...
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Battery Full Alert [duplicate]

Is it possible/necessary to configure a "Battery is full, remove charger notification" similar to the Low Battery Alert? I run macOS Sierra on my computer and wonder what software or scripts or ...
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Can I disable wifi on boot? System not booting

That is, are there nvram boot-args to disable wifi or a startup key sequence that does? Safe mode is said to PARTIALLY disable Wi-Fi on some Macs. I googled and couldn't find an answer. Haven't ...
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How can I make my Windows keyboard shortcuts work on a Mac, exactly how they do on Windows?

I've yet to find a guide that is both (a) complete, and (b) compatible with recent macOS releases. I have a Windows keyboard that I'd like to set up on my Mac to work with the same shortcuts. Some ...
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Security update 2016-003 10.11.6 issues [closed]

I'm not sure whether this is a request for a fix, a warning to others, or just a 'did you see this too?' Mac Pro 4,1 [firmware upgraded to 5,1] 2 x 3.46GHz X5690 Aftermarket Samsung 1TB Evo 840, AMD ...
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How to detect if Mac if rebooting after a power failure using terminal?

As I asked in the title, how can I check if a Mac is rebooting after experiencing a power failure. It would be preferable to check this using terminal or some other script, as I would like to test ...
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Missing Mac partitions - unrecognized file system

Apparently, I installed Windows 7 via bootcamp and created a new partition in Windows (which probably affected the partition table). After restart, I can't see Macintosh HD in startup disk (it only ...
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Why does a find field value in one application show up in a the find field of another application?

On my MacBook Pro I have found that several applications seem to share the value for a find. For example, I searched 'applestackexchange' in Safari's unified address bar, then I switch to Xcode and ...
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Upgrading from Yosemite to El Capitan, but not Sierra [duplicate]

We have an older iMac (Model A1311, Mid 2011). It has been running Yosemite. We have run into some of the WIFI issues associated with Yosemite. Is it possible to upgrade to El Capitan but not Sierra?...
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How do i install OS X on new hard drive? I have macbook pro mid 2010. [duplicate]

I have 13 inch mid 2010 macbook pro. Just installed new 1T hard drive but now am hesitating on what to do next. I have my old hard drive converted to external drive and a back up drive as well.
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Alternative Method to Acquire El Capitan Upgrade

Is there a way to acquire a copy of the El Capitan upgrade without downloading it first via the App Store, for example via a USB Drive? I know you can make a USB Drive after downloading El Capitan, ...
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Make the green full screen window icon on Yosemite maximize windows

On Mac OS X Yosemite the green icon in every window: is by default used to make the application full screen. How do I make it work the same way as in previous versions of Mac OS X, i.e. to maximize ...
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How to enable OS X screen sharing (VNC) through SSH?

I forgot to turn on "VNC viewers may control screen with password", to enter on my working Mac, is there way to turn-on this feature remotely via SSH (I'm on WindowsXP now)?
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Replace Text Edit as the default text editor

I've seen questions like this which don't quite solve my problem. I'd like to make Sublime Text 3 the default file viewer/editor for all files that currently use textedit. Most of these files can be ...