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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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How do I restore a plist on another Mac?

I would like to transfer a configuration from one Mac to another using the defaults command within BASH. On one Mac, I can save the configuration by doing: defaults read edu.ucsd.cs.mmccrack.bibdesk &...
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is there a user-friendly way of removing the remnants from an uninstalled iOS/iPad app on mac?

I just noticed that, other than on iOS, deleting an iOS/iPad app from my Apple Silicon mac does not remove all the files associated with the app. I work around that by finding the apps storage ...
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"Move focus to the menu bar" shortcut does not work in Sonoma?

Ever since upgrading to Sonoma I have not been able to access the Menu bar. I did change the shortcut long ago - and it had been working through various versions of macOS over the past decade. Here ...
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Problems with Python on macos Ventura

So I updated my mac a while ago to ventura 13.3.1 and ever since it messed up my python path, I can't use Pycharm (it can't locate a valid interpreter path), and I can't use pip as well. When I try to ...
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Is there a way to change the URL of a mac safari web app once created?

Starting with macOS Sonoma, you can use Safari to save any webpage as a web app. I have a website that redirects the URL after you enter the original URL. I'm unable to edit the url domain once the ...
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Why does my macOS WiFi icon keep searching for networks even though WiFi is disabled?

Note: This is not a duplicate of “How to stop WiFi "Looking for Networks…",” the OP has a WiFi service running. I have totally disabled WiFi in my network preferences (see screenshot below) ...
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2019 Mac Pro 10GB Ethernet limited to 1.10GBytes Transfer, 944MBits/sec bandwidth

I have a 2019 Mac Pro (Sonoma 14.2.1) that is plugged into a 10GB ethernet switch. The other end is also plugged into a 10GB switch. No matter which direction, iPerf3 is reporting that I'm only ...
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How do I customize my external keyboard?

I just got a new Mac from my employer and it has a Dutch keyboard layout. The main difference is the location of the backtick ` and it has a non-standard key §/± at the location of the backtick in ...
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How to use virtual desktops in the right way

I'm learning how to use MacOS, so maybe I'm doing something in a wrong way. Let's say I have 2 virtual desktops, each desktop is for some specific activity (work and private stuff). Each desktops has ...
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To get rid of Safari "top hits"

Is it possible to prevent Safari on Mac from showing me top hits? I was told that I need to clear the history and bookmarks for this first, and yes, if you delete history and bookmarks, you won't see ...
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Prevent "Search Google" to be selected in address bar

If I open Safari on my Mac and type foo in the address bar, it will be foo — Search Google This is fine, but if I need to copy this text, I press Command-A and then Command-C, and this selects the ...
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Yet another issue with a homebrew update => python upgrade => "No module named 'praw'" (missing site-packages)

Sorry for the repeat, if any, but this is driving me nuts. I ran through a few upgrades of homebrew, in the past, and all python scripts I used to use were running fine, post python updates, meaning ...
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Remap standard ~/User folders Pictures, Documents etc to a different drive while keeping the *special* Finder Sidebar icons

Does anyone know of a definitive modern (Ventura-onwards) solution to moving the standard folders in a user directory to a different drive, NOT moving the ~/User directory itself, but moving ~/...
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How to increase ulimit file limit for mac sonoma? [duplicate]

Here is the step I followed Step 1: Create new file /Library/LaunchDaemons/limit.maxfiles.plist Step 2: paste the following content <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> &...
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XQuartz refusing connections after a while

When I open a new Terminal and ssh into a server, XQuartz runs fine. But after a few minutes it stops accepting connections from that Terminal, with messages like application-specific initialization ...
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How to clone a bootable USB drive with multiple partitions on Mac?

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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How do I take high quality screenshots on my iMac? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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. The setting is titled "Use AW to unlock your applications and your Mac". ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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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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Can I use Applescript to have Safari save a specific page’s contents as source?

I need to have Safari visit a specific URL, and "Save As... page source" to a specified location in my Home folder. I don't want to actually see Safari while this is going on - unless that's ...
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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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Increase contrast of selected text in Safari / MS Word

CONTEXT: a Samsung external monitor with a Mac. PROBLEM: When text is selected with the mouse, it is almost impossible to see the highlighted shading that identifies the selected text. The problem is ...
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Change macOS system-wide context menu feature "Search With Google" to "Search DuckDuckGo"?

When selecting text, you can right click and select "Search DuckDuckGo ..." -- while your in Safari/Firefox at least, but for system wide apps it reverts to an un-changeable "Search ...
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Inbuilt mic input volume very low on macOS Monterey though set to max

I am using a MacBook Air 13 inch 2017 model with macOS Monterey 12.7.3. This is the latest OS for my device. I recently came to know about a problem with the input mic of my device when people started ...
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Editing Privacy and Security settings via Terminal commands?

We've recently pushed an update for Teams to my userbase and with the switch from the "Classic" version to the "New" Teams users will need to go into System Settings > Privacy &...
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How to move strings contained in results of `nettop` using text editor?

using sed, awk, ed, etc... how to save an output string into a variable and print in a different position? example output of nettop: iMac191 ~ nettop -l1 -n -J interface,state -p "$(/usr/bin/...
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Simple, free GUI application for running shell scripts

I need to teach a non-technical person how to configure and run a series of shell scripts. This person has never used the Terminal before. The shell scripts look something like this: configOption1 = &...
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Creating a new user profile with the same user profile folder name

If I want to revert macOS settings or maybe to fix some of its bugs, I may decide to create a new user profile. My name is John and the name of my user profile folder is just that, john. That is, when ...
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File with @ in permissions

I've done a bunch of searching and can't figure this out. I have a bash file I am trying to create and run, but the file keeps getting saved with an @ in the last position on the permissions: user@...
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How do I watch Amazon Prime videos on the MacBook Pro M2?

There has got to be a reason why I cannot watch Amazon Prime videos on the MacBook Pro M2, because I can watch them on my non-M2 MacBooks. Anybody know what makes the M2 so special that I cannot do ...
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MacOs prevent wifi disconnection

I'm new to Mac. Currently using Apple M1 Sonoma 14.1. How do you guys prevent your laptop disconnect from wifi during screen off? Scenario: During a lecture, sometime you are to focus hearing the ...
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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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Despite telling ssh to prompt only once on failure, I get two prompts from macOS servers - how do I prevent that

I am getting asked twice to enter a password even though, if the password is wrong, I should only get asked once when using the -o NumberOfPasswordPrompts=1 option. Try this: On a Mac that has SSH ...
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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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wifi setting for mac operating system

Would it be possible to hide or disable other ssid for mac operating system? I want to setup only assigned ssid visible for user. Thanks.
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MacOS Shortcuts - Restore previous Focus mode after switching to Do Not Disturb

I'm trying to build a Shortcut for switching to Do Not Disturb for a given number of minutes. Afterwards, the previous Focus mode should be restored. For example, I have a mode called "Work"....
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How to add extra latency/delay for MacBook audio output?

Is it possible to programmatically add extra latency to the audio output? E.g., 500ms or 1000ms to headphones 3.5mm out? Can this be done via OS settings or CLI built-in tools? Are there some free or ...
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How do I use dictation and play my music in iTunes on my Mac at the same time?

How do I use dictation and play my music in iTunes on my iMac running macOS Sonoma 14.3.1 at the same time?
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How to have MacOS finder show unmounted drives in sidebar?

I want to be able to always show my external drives on the sidebar even after they are unmounted so I can just click them to remount quickly. I feel like this is possible through a terminal command ...
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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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Why Mac (M1\M2) crashed while connecting to Win 7 PC via SMB

After choosing the guest option the system crashes and after the system restarts it gives the following logs to report, yes I've tried the Registered User option but that just not working. Panic(cpu 2 ...
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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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Will the EU / DMA changes spare iPad and macOS devices?

Apple has issued a statement "Update on apps distributed in the European Union" regarding the support of "Home Screen web apps", which is their term for PWA's. It's essentially ...
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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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Can I list/edit/remove the "remembered" display settings for different multi-monitor setups?

I've had various single-external-monitor setups previously, and now I have two external monitors. MacOS seems to remember some previous ones and since one monitor takes slightly longer to wake up, it ...
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Boot from external drive with no admin password or recovery mode?

I recently left an organization that had placed a bunch of restrictions on my Macbook Air M2, which is running Sonoma 14.3.1. I don't have an admin password, and all startup options (recovery mode, ...
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