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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Disabling the “keep pressed” function of OS X sticky keys

I use the accessibility feature called sticky keys in OS X, what it does is that if you press a command modifier key (Ctrl, Cmd, Alt, Shift, Fn), it stays "pressed" until you press another key. This ...
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Automatically arrange icons on the Mac OS 10.6 desktop in groups

Recently I found my estimated 100 desktop symbols re-ordered in 5 bunches: 4 bunches with one in each corner and one bunch in the middle (leaving more space for more crowd between the bunches :). ...
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Browse website developed in BootCamp via OS X/Safari

If I develop a website in BootCamp under something like http://localhost:3458 can I browse that web site from within OS X? I was thinking maybe using Parallels/Virtual Box to point to the BootCamp ...
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Force Quit Connecting Screen Share

This has happened to me a couple of times now. I try to connect to a computer using screen share and for some reason the computer doesn't answer. I'm not worried about that though. The issue I'm ...
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How to prevent resetting a login password in single user mode or from a recovery partition?

There are a few ways to reset the login password of an OS X user account: Starting up in single user mode, running mount -uw /, launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.opendirectoryd....
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OS X: Read mbox formatted files in /var/mail (local mail) graphically

I have a local development environment that is sending email to the mbox file at /var/mail/myusername. I can successfully view those emails with the command line mail program, but I'm looking for a ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...
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autosave in osx lion [closed]

Will it be possible to disable the Auto Save feature in OS X Lion?
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Can I automate location changing so I don't have to drive the choice manually?

Wondering is anyone knows of an application that can change settings on my Macbook Pro depending on the wireless networks it detects? Ie, If I was at work, connect to the Work Wireless, Change ...
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error code -1407 Mac OS X 10.6.7

Out of the blue, I can't send any files to the trash bin. "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -1407) Any ideas for me?
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What is iTunesHelper?

In my account settings under Login there is an app called iTunesHelper. What does this app do? Can I remove it from the login apps without affecting iTunes, or will it be put back?
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The new iMacs come with AMD HD 6770M or HD 6970M. How do they compare?

the 27" versions of the new iMac come with either the AMD HD 6770M or HD 6970M GPU. How do they compare performancewise? Is it worth its money?
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Is Snow Leopard Server a good candidate for everyday use as a main OS?

Although similar questions have been asked before [1,2] non of them fully address whether OSX 10.6 Sever is a good candidate for everyday use on a top of the line computer. For the really lazy; 1 - ...
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Quick OSX startup

I am totally new to OSX so sorry for this beginners question. If I would like to reduce the startup time (from being completely without power to being able to use Safari) of a new (HDD only, no SSD) ...
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How to make a simple app from an applescript!

I've got an applescript that I use to open files such as test.txt in vim, using the terminal. I usually open a file by right-clicking it an selecting the service open in vim (this service is created ...
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CTRL+4 and CTRL+5 not working in OSX

Recently, I've noticed that my MacBook Pro 5,1 (mid 2009) running Snow Leopard 10.6.6 doesn't respond when I press CTRL+3 or CTRL+4. When, for instance, I'm in an application that has no bindings for ...
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SMC issues on a MacBook Pro Thunderbolt

I've bought few months ago a MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 13'. As a Linux geek, I'm really happy with this computer, and it usually works fine. Unfortunately, three days ago, I wasn't able to restart it. ...
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Photoshop shortcuts only work sporadically

Using CMD+J on a layer to duplicate it works... sometimes. But not always. Using CMD+Ctrl+D (my own binding) to delete a layer works... sometimes. But not always. I'm unable to grasp why it only ...
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How do I burn a single ( > 7GB) file to multiple DVDs?

I have single file that is 7GB that I want to burn to multiple DVDs. Is there a way to do this that's built into Mac OS X? When I try through the finder, it informs me there is too much data and ...
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Color Picker for OS X

Is there any app for mac which I use to know the RBG value of the point where my mouse is right now?
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Syncing Linux server data with data on my Mac

I have a Linux server that stores some files, and I want to sync them with my Mac. I can mount the directory of the server, so after mounting it's just directory to directory sync. There are ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Opening finder instances extremely slow in browsers and quicksilver since 10.6.7 update

Since the update OSX to 10.6.7 opening finder windows (such as when you want to save an image in a browser) takes between 5-10 seconds and then an additional 1-3 seconds to show places in the finder ...
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How do I use a PC keyboard on a Mac

I have a very nice and expensive mechanical keyboard. It was designed for a PC and not a Mac. How do I set up the mapping, so it works like I am used to. For example, I want the Ctrl key on the PC ...
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Can I use FileVault only for specific folders?

Can I set up FileVault to encrypt only specific folders inside of my Home folder but not the whole Home folder? I want to do this because it's not very convenient for me to encrypt the entire Home ...
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Why is the menu bar showing the VPN “Disconnecting” animation forever?

You know how when you disconnect from a VPN, you get a little scrolling "Disconnecting..." notification in the upper right notification area? Well, I'm getting that, but it never goes away. It's been ...
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How to change my name in OSX?

I have entered my name with a typo when I first started my MacBook Pro. Now whenever I open iChat or whenever I send an E-Mail the typo is still there. Where do I change the name? I have change the ...
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Is Mac Right For Win Programmer? [closed]

I'm considering a Mac purchase but I don't know if it is right for me. I use laptops and PCs mostly for programming, most of my time I develop in C# on Windows and Mono Linux (I'm considering to ...
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Why is cron being deprecated?

I just found out that cron has been deprecated in Mac OS X. Why is this, and will it eventually be completely removed from future releases?
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Mounting cue/bin files

There are many suggestions on the internet on how to use cue/bin files on a Mac. Is there a native way of mounting cue or bin files and seeing them as Volumes in Finder? Alternatively, are there any ...
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Change the permission of multiple files using the GUI

I am looking for a way to change the permission of multiple files using the GUI. I tried to select all the files and hit show info in the right click context menu, but this opens multiple dialogs ...
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Trigger 'Gather Windows' programmatically (or other quick way)

I'm trying to make myself a little script that I can run on the fly that gathers all my open windows onto the main display. I think a good starting place would be to be able to trigger Gather Windows ...
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Theming Mail.app to look like iPad's Mail.app or Thunderbird

Is there a way to theme Mail.app in Snow Leopard to look like iPads Mail application? Maybe with a Thunderbird skin or something else?
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MacBook not detecting external display

I have an old MacBook 1.1 and since I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 it does not seem to connect to my external Monitor or TV. I'm using the Mini-DVI to VGA adapter. I've tried using detect displays and ...
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Is it possible for two users to remotely log in to a Mac simultaneously?

Can two users share a Mac remotely? What software would be used? I'm wondering if this is a viable idea for two developers to share a Mac for app development.
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Control-F2 “Move Focus to Menu Bar” only works occasionally

I don't want to use my trackpad too much due to a strain injury, hence I use the Control F2 "Move Focus to Menu Bar" a lot. However this feature only works occasionally, it can work for hours and ...
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How can I adjust the apparent color temperature of my display in OS X?

I really like f.lux, which is an app that automatically adjusts the display's apparent color temperature according to the time of day and location (so that the temperature is in sync with Sun). How ...
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Access localhost on iPad

I want to access my web application on iPad for local testing (http://myMachine_Name). But here is the problem; I am having a local copy on my Windows machine with a Weblogic server running and the ...
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Making MacBook faster? -> What preferences or other things might I miss, when install a fresh OS

My MacBook 2,16 GHz (13" white with the max. 3 GB RAM from about 2007) feels quite slow. I read somewhere that upgrading and keeping old user profiles can slow the Mac down my current user profile in ...
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No bootable device — insert boot disk and press any key

um...i don't know what happened.. I just opened lid to wake up my mac then it freezed. I re-booted it and now i'm seeing "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key" i'm using intel ...
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How to check whether my Intel-based Mac is 32-bit or 64-bit

I want to install new software that has these two versions, and I need to know which one to install. How can I tell the 32 or 64 bit capabilities of my Mac?
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What's the font in Mac OS X's GUI?

What is the font that's used in Mac OS X's graphical user interface (GUI), in the menus, dialog boxes, etc.? Is it different from what was used in the classic Mac OS (i.e. OS 9 or older)? If so, what ...
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Can I install OS X Snow Leopard on 2006 mac mini?

So..I bought my first macbook pro few days ago, but found I don't need a laptop. I figured out that I can buy used mac mini + windows laptop for my developer environment. is it possible to install ...
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Resources for a Mac-only office

What are some good resources about running a small office (25 or so computers) with Mac computers only (though perhaps with a Windows or Linux/Unix file server)? In other words, what information and ...
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Cursor selection behavior

When clicking something on the Mac screen, the cursor will a) take up residence as directed, If I click again, it will b) select the whole word, If I click again, it will c) select the whole ...
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Tcl/tk for Mac OS X 10.6, not possible to download?

I've upgraded git today and in its README file I found the following excerpt: If you don't already have Tcl/Tk Aqua installed on your computer (most MacOS X installs have it), you will get this ...
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mouse move wakes up sleeping mac.. how to prevent?

When the cleaning man has been by my desk then my computer wakes up from sleep. How can I make it insensitive to mouse movements?
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How to revert OS X Snow Leopard default theme?

Yesterday I tried to change my OS X default theme so I installed many themes one of them was Aqua Extreme. Non of them give me what I was looking for as a result I revert pack to default theme using ...
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can't partition hard drive

I tried to make a partition on my macbook for windows. I was unable to do so, because, apparently, the hard-drive has been damaged. Since I do not have osx installation cd, I tried to recover using 1) ...

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