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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Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid?

The most common use case I have for this is when I'm playing music over AirTunes, but don't want an open laptop laying around. Or when I'm syncing or downloading something. This isn't the same as ...
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Will a cloned hard drive function exactly as the original?

If I buy a new hard drive and clone my original onto it (using Carbon Copy Cloner or something similar), will my computer function exactly the same as it did before? Will things like licensed programs ...
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iHome Mouse drivers for OS X

I have an iHome wireless 5 button laser mouse model iH-M130ZR and I can't find any drivers to be able to program the buttons. By default, left/right/scroll clicks work, but I can't get any response ...
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Note taking for school

I'm considering getting a Macbook or a Macbook Pro (I use Windows on my desktop computer), and I'm thinking about how note taking could be done. Most I'm thinking would use Microsoft Word/Pages, but ...
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Does anyone have any tips or best practices for using NFS mounted directories?

Does anyone have tips for conveniently dealing with a variety of NFS mounted directories in Mac OS X? When I drag them to the sidebar in finder they can't be renamed. When I mounted them using "...
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How do I change Mac OS X's sleep behavior with respect to USB plugging/unplugging?

If a USB device is plugged or unplugged, my MacBook Pro wakes up from sleep. Can this behavior be changed somehow? That is to say, I do not want my Mac to wake up when a USB device is unplugged.
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What kinds of things should I do to maintain the performance of my iMac?

I've recently switched from PC to Mac. So far, so good! With my PC, I had a variety of tasks I'd regularly perform to keep my PC running well: Run CCleaner to clean up all the cruft (temporary files,...
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Is it possible to have the iPhone automatically open iTunes/sync on one computer and not on others?

I want to be able to plug my iPhone in to my main computer and have a fire-and-forget sync happen with iTunes automatically. But leaving the box(es) ticked about doing this appears to be a device ...
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Autotiling for Mac OS X

I love the big screen on the iMacs, but having to shape the applications so they don't overlap is not optimal. Is there a way to have an autotiling feature, so that with the touch of a (configurable ...
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How can I make Safari cmd+number shortcut switch tabs instead of opening the bookmark associated with that number?

I'm used to switching tabs with cmd+x where x is a number and takes me to tab x in firefox and pretty much every other browser I've ever used. I like safari's speed and would like to try it a bit, but ...
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How can I set a default zoom level in Safari?

I've got a Mac Mini that I'm using as a Home Theatre PC, and my only real complaint is that I can't set a default zoom level in Safari. It's hard to read all that tiny text from 7 feet away from my TV ...
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Mac OS X locks up when I plugin in headphones on MacBook Pro

Every time I plug in (or off) my headphones (even white iPhone ones), Mac OS X locks up for about 10 seconds, and then works as normal, and even displays the beach ball. Not everything locks up, as I ...
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iTunes Utility - Merging Libraries

I would like to merge three separate iTunes libraries. Here is more information: Currently have 3 separate iTunes libraries on 2 laptops and and dekstop. Want to merge all three onto the desktop (i....
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How can I use my existing Time Machine drive on the network?

I have an external HD that I've been using as a time machine for my MBP. Here's what I want to do: attach the drive to my desktop machine configure time machine on my MBP to use the drive as a time ...
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Best way to merge mp4 files

Got a bunch of .mp4 videos (info shows H.264 Video + AAC Audio) that are chapters of a larger video. I'd like to merge them, but not sure which is the best way. I don't have Quicktime Pro, but I'll ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Activity Monitor?

I can't seem to find a shortcut for launching the activity monitor. Does it have one?
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How to move a window to another space without using the mouse?

I use spaces for having multiple desktops, but often need to move a program from one space to another. I am aware of the various ways to do that with a mouse: Click-and-hold on the title bar of ...
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Where are bash profile startup files?

I know that you can have a .profile or .bashrc file in your home folder to customise Mac OS X 10.6.4 Terminal bash startup. Every time I start up Terminal, there is a line that tells me "You've got ...
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Does Mail support multiple email accounts?

Does Mail support multiple email accounts? If yes, how can I set them up?
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How can I move virtual memory swap files to a different drive or partition?

note: This is a question that I asked on SuperUser a while ago. I'm re-posting it here because I think it belongs here. By default, Mac OS X stores its swap files in /private/var/vm/. I would like to ...
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Mac OS X Application to Float a Window in Front of Others

It would be nice if it was a button you could press on the top right that 'tacked' the currently selected window in front of all other windows permanently (until the button is pressed again). Does ...
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Can someone help me read this crash report as a user?

How can I read a crash report to get an idea as to what happened? Sample Sanitised Crash Report: Process: SoftwareUpdateCheck [16198] Path: /System/Library/CoreServices/Software ...
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With Pages '08, can I add a top border to a title?

I'm writing my resume with Pages, and I'd like to know if (and how) I can add a horizontal line across the page before every text segment with a certain style (namely, "Header", though that shouldn't ...
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Whats the last OS X that supported Power PC?

I still have an old Power PC machine and was wondering what the latest OS X build I can install on it?
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Recommended way to remotely control your Mac Mini from your Macbook Pro at home

My configurations to access Mac mini (Leopard) from my MacBook Pro (Leopard) at home are: Mac mini: Apple remote desktop enabled with VNC viewers flagged MacBook Pro: Jollyfast VNC I find this ...
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Desktop customization application [closed]

Are you customizing your Mac desktop? If yes, do you use a 3rd party applications for that? I would like to know which applications you use. Rule: One application per answer A link to the developer ...
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Can I see my CPU and memory usage meters in the menu bar?

I'd like to be able to view my cpu and memory usage in real time. Not as a desktop widget or window application, but as a widget in the menu bar. Is this possible?
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Tools for making Finder easier to use? [closed]

I need the following tools for Finder. Launch a Terminal from Finder. Copy a path information from Finder. Make a new file from Finder. (not a new directory) Any hints?
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How useful is spotlight?

Personally, I am happy with Spotlight in the sense I just use it for finding something. But, I'm also not happy with Spotlight, as I sometimes feel it slows down my Mac pretty much. Even, I can find ...
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How do I stop the “Are you sure you want to open it?” dialog box from displaying when I open an app?

Every time I open the "Amazon MP3 Downloader" app (by downloading a new MP3 from Amazon.com in Safari) I get this dialog box: I'm used to seeing this the first time after I open a new app I've ...
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Some process is slowly taking over disk space…how do I find out what this is and how do I deal with it?

I have a Mac Book Pro, first generation. It is running 10.6.4. I usually keep it running. I put it into hibernation mode (i.e. it writes the state to disk and powers down) when I need to put it to ...
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Why can't I resolve machine names on my LAN to their IP address?

I purchased a new ADSL modem/router last week (Belkin Share), and can no longer resolve machine names on my LAN to their respective IP addresses under OS X. My Windows machines and VMs are able to do ...
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How do I install an application from a .dmg disk image?

I've downloaded Firefox and it's now sitting on my desktop as Firefox.dmg. When I double click on Firefox.dmg it opens up a window with Firefox in it so I can use it - does this mean the application ...
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I've inadvertently deleted my thunderbird.dmg, does it matter?

I've inadvertently deleted my thunderbird.dmg & then emptied the trash. Doh! Is there any way I can restore that particular file? I'm running Mac OS X Version 10.6.4 on a macbook pro.
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Is it possible to reduce the disk space required to install Mac OS X 10.6?

I was hoping to install Mac OS X on a flash-based drive I have, but it's only 4GB. The installer tells me there's not enough free space, but it doesn't specify how much I need free. Does anyone know ...
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Force a change to a program's key bindings

Is it possible to force a change to a program's keybindings? E.g., instead of an menu action being invoked by Cmd-J it's Cmd-K? The reason I ask is that Cmd-Q in Firefox drives me nuts. I ...
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Dashboard takes few seconds to update widgets

I love the idea of the Dashboard, but there's one thing that pretty much kills it for me. When I activate Dashboard for a first time or after some extended period of time it takes it 3-15 seconds to ...
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No video from Mac Mini, ONLY once OS X has loaded

I have an old G4 Mac Mini, running 10.5. It's hooked up to a VGA CRT monitor using Apples DVI-to-VGA adapter that was included once upon a time. Last night, while using it, the screen flickered, and ...
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Remember desktop state after reboot

Does anyone know if desktop switching can be done programatically? Exposé activation and deactivation? I know of the screencapture command for the last part of my proposed solution. I would like to ...
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Download Manager for Mac OS X

What is a good Download Manager for Mac? Are there free ones available?
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Can I change the action that occurs when I close my laptop's lid?

Is there any way to change what happens when I close the lid of my laptop? Do macs have the option of hibernating vs. sleeping like PC's do? If so, which of these is the default behavior when I ...
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Why is /tmp a symlink to /private/tmp?

Why is /tmp a symlink to /private/tmp on Mac OS X? In other words, why isn't /tmp just a regular directory, like on Linux or BSD? I understand how it works and I don't mind it, I'm just interested in ...
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How can I revert the appearance of the close, minimize and zoom buttons with iTunes 10?

The new vertical layout is causing me all sorts of grief - is there any way to revert this back to the normal horizontal orientation of the close, minimize and zoom buttons of every other Mac OS X ...
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What does the dynamic global hostname option in sharing settings do?

Can anyone explain what this option does?
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How do I encode mp4 files with H.264 (or x264) codec in AVIDemux?

I am trying to get AVIDemux set up with the X264 codec using this tutorial. The following is what goes down when I get to the ./configure --enable-mp4-output command Thomas-Phillipss-MacBook:x264 ...
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Good resources for those transitioning to Mac OS X from Windows

I'm going to be getting a new MacBook laptop as part of the PhD programme I've just started, but have never used Macs before in my life. I'm quite an advanced computer user (running an informal ...
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How to stop Safari from unzipping files after download

Safari unzips .zip and .gz files after downloading. How can I stop this behavior?
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Time Machine backup .sparsebundle file inaccessible on new computer

I've been at this for a solid 6 hours now, hoping like heck someone here can help me. I've had a Time Capsule for nearly 2 years, consistently backing up two different laptops in my home using Time ...
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Is there an OS X equivalent to iOS's Remote App?

Is there some equivalent to Apple's (iOS) Remote App for the desktop (running OS X)? I.e. some – preferably small – application to control an iTunes instance which is running on another Mac? Maybe ...
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Can I run multiple instances of Skype on one computer?

I am a heavy Skype user - I use it for work and to communicate with friends. Little by little my contact list grew to almost 800 people. It's really difficult to handle my contacts and put them in ...