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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Do Macs need to be defragmented?

I don't see any application to defragment my Mac (running OS X). Is defragmenting not necessary for Mac OS X? If so, why not?
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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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Can I install a full copy of Snow Leopard on an Apple TV?

I have both a legitimate, store-bought retail license for OS X Snow Leopard, and I own an Apple TV. (Neither were stolen, copied, etc. ;-) Is it possible to install OS X Snow Leopard on an Apple TV? ...
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Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac?

Some videos on websites have the sound volume so low that even with all sound settings at maximum levels it's hard to listen. I'm looking for an app that would allow me to boost the Mac's volume. ...
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Mount home sparsebundle when SSH

I'm using FileVault to encrypt my homedir. But when I'm not logged (locally) into my remote machine and I'm connecting to it trough SSH my home contains only the sparsebundle file. How can I mount it ...
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Problem with “Always Open With” in OS X

I want know how can I apply a software to open all my same document, for example I want to open all my PDF document with Skim but when I right click on it> open with > other and choose my desired ...
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How do I select a file or directory inside a package?

When an application pops up the Mac OS X standard file or directory chooser dialog it won't allow me to open packages so that I can select something within. Is there a way to do this without creating ...
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Should I stick with programming on my Apple or switch to Linux?

I was wondering whether or not the switch to Linux would be worth it. I feel like programming on my MacBook Pro is fine and I was wondering what the advantages would be for staying or switching. ...
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Can I set the stereo Bluetooth profile as the default, or remove the mono profile?

Whenever I turn on my Nokia bluetooth headphones they automatically connect to my Macbook. The problem is they always connect to the Mono (and not the Stereo) profile. So I have to disconnect and ...
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What are some great OS X games? [closed]

Despite being a "subjective" question, it is a useful one for newcomers to the Apple platform, and serves to aide the lacking gaming community. What are your favorite OS X games? Rules: Limit to ...
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How can I sync my google calendar with my work exchange calendar with my iphone calendar?

Basically I'd like changes in all of these to be reflected on my iphone... but it would be cool to have all three completely synched. Google Calendar: - has multiple calendars (some public, some ...
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Why is my Macbook Pro getting so slow?

On my MacBook Pro (Year 2009) it takes a long time until I'm logged in or until when a program is started. From day to dayit's getting slower. Programs like Safari or Word or MonoDevelop take up to 2 ...
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How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

Is there any way to search a specific type of file using Spotlight? I remember there was a special command or something that I had to put in front of the search phrase but I cannot remember it now. ...
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Delete some remembered text from Browser TextBox

in Windows you can put the curser on text box (focus on it) and push down arrow key ( down ) and the list of all text that textbox was remembered was shown, then you can move on them by up and sown ...
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Can I get windows 7 like window resizing on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Windows 7 has a nice new feature for moving around windows. The one that I am particularly interested in is: Windows Key + Left/Right : Move the window to the left or right of the screen, or over ...
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What are the development tools on the Mac?

Are there any development tools like NetBeans or Eclipse on OS X that I can use to write an application?
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Centralized update for third party apps

I kind of hate it when applications, which I start, at first search for updates. It's not the updates. Well I fire up an app because I want / need to use it (now). I liked the centralized, system wide ...
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Is there a safe way to move the /Users folder to a separate volume/drive?

I have an SSD on the way and will be moving my HDD to the optical bay slot in my MBP. I want to boot from the SSD and store my /Users folder on the HDD. I've seen the way that everyone suggest ...
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App that scans local network for shared folders?

I'm looking for an application that can scan my local network and report any shared folders it finds. I've tried iStumbler, but it only gives you information on machines that are sharing with Bonjour....
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Free viewer for Excel files other than OpenOffice

Other than OpenOffice, can you suggest a light free viewer for Excel files?
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Search a phrase using Spotlight

I find Spotlight very very useful, however I would like to be able to search for documents that contain a given phrase, i.e. words appearing together, instead of anywhere in a document. Do you know of ...
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How do I find a modem driver for Mac?

I'm not familiar with OS X. I'm trying to find a way to get a modem (Huawei ETS 1201, which I believe can only be connected using a USB cable) driver for OS X Leopard (on a MacBook Pro) for a friend. ...
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Is there a way to change font sizes system-wide while preserving UI resolution?

I have a 17" widescreen mac book pro (1920 x 1080) and find it hard to read the small fonts in the finder menu and in the Finder let hand panel even though my vision is good. Even the font's in most ...
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How can I resize a window that doesn't have the grabbing part on the bottom right?

I have Hulu desktop running and I want to make the window smaller, there are no lines which are usually present on windows for resizing on the bottom right corner, though. On windows I could right-...
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How do I uninstall a program completely on a Mac?

I come from a PC background... every time I want to uninstall an application, I must use add/remove programs. On the mac, you can simply run a .app file from wherever you want, and many say that the ...
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How can I change which application is launched when I press the play button on my remote?

My mac mini came with a remote control. When I press the play button, iTunes is launched. How can I change what happens when I press this button (e.g. launch a different program)?
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How can I use NTFS partitions in OS X?

My coworkers use NTFS partitions, and I can't share my data with them, as NTFS on Mac OS X is read-only. How can I read and write onto NTFS partitions?
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Is there a good / acceptable blog-publishing application on Mac OS X?

On Windows, there is the pretty good Windows Live Writer. I have always been told that there is no equivalent on Mac. What would be the best alternative? Some details about pros/cons, missing ...
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My personal settings on OS X disappear after booting Windows (XP or 7) on my MacBook Pro

I installed Windows 7 (and XP before) on my MacBook Pro and whenever I boot my Windows and after that boot my OS X my clock shows the wrong time and my login items that I set in the system preference >...
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Scrolling Settings - “Throw”

I was trying to change my scrolling settings to keep the screen from scrolling when I take my hands off the touchpad. Right now, if I do a two-finger scroll, and take my fingers off the pad while ...
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Please share your hidden macOS features or tips and tricks

Do you know any hidden or little-known nice feature of macOS (née Mac OS X)? It doesn't matter what it is—maybe just a short terminal command or a keyboard shortcut. Share your experiences on ...
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Can Macs be put in hibernation voluntarily?

I know that when you put your Mac laptop to sleep and the battery dies, next time you plug it in it will wake up from the state it was prior to being put to sleep. There are also hacks to get this ...
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How to automount a network share once OpenVPN has connected? (Using Tunnelblick)

Does anyone know how to automatically mount a network share once a VPN connection using Tunnelblick has connected? Right now I have to connect and then do a cmd+K in the finder to connect to the AFP ...
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Is there a quick, free viewer for Word docs?

TextEdit will open them, but often doesn't display them correctly. I really like QuickLook, but it won't stay open and doesn't allow for copying text. OpenOffice seems to read the files adequately, ...
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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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Can I use Time Machine to back up data to a Windows shared drive?

How can I do "Time Machine" from my Mac OS X 10.6.4 to my Window share drive? I'd also prefer to encrypt my image, so it's "safe" just in case :-)
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Books or Info about Mac OS X under the hood

Can somebody point me in the direction of books, sites, articles, ... to learn everything about Mac OS X "under the hood"? In other words to learn more about the kernel, the system. ps.: About Snow ...
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Is there a way to rename a sound card in Mac OS X?

I have multiple sound cards connected and would benefit from being able to rename them from their device name to something like "Headphones", "Surround system", etc. Is there a way to do this?
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Mac ports installation of gcc46 failing due to architecture problems

When trying to install gcc46 on OS X 10.6.4 using port (MacPorts 1.9.1) i get the following errors: artemis:foo$ sudo port install gcc46 Error: Cannot install gcc46 for the arch(s) 'x86_64' because ...
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Can I change my OS X theme?

Some of my friends said that OS X sucks because you only have to choose one theme on every device that have OS X. I searched, but I didn't find any feasible solution just one little thing that cost ...
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Is it possible to launch a program in a specific language?

I'm a developer, and my primary language is French, so I use Mac OS X in French. However, I need on a regular basis to open an application in English to do support. Right now I'm going to the ...
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Is there a free, lightweight text editor that isn't text-only but also isn't a heavyweight IDE?

I'm not really satisfied with the text-editors available for Mac OS X. I tried TextWrangler, Smultron, Coda, SubEthaEdit, TextMate and others I do not remember. But none of the above satisfied my ...
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What are your favorite Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts?

What are your favorite keyboard shortcuts on Mac OS X?
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How can I skip the Welcome screen after installing OS X?

How can I skip the Welcome Video/Music that comes up after a fresh install of OS X? I believe you could skip this in Windows by hitting ESC, but I cannot find a key that has that same effect in OS X.
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Stop Safari from loading webpages as Preview images

Everyday, the first time I start Safari, if I go to the history or bookmarks tab, I get the following message: How can I stop Safari from prompting this message and completely disable the webpages ...
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How to minimize all windows/applications to the dock?

⌥+⌘+M as mentioned in multiple docs only appears to minimize the current (focused) window. I am looking for the "Show Desktop" equivalent. If it matters I'm using 10.6.4.
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Is it generally advisable to get anti-virus software for Mac OS X?

Is it worth to buy an anti-virus software for Mac OS X? I heard both opinions like "it's not possible to get a virus on Mac OS X" and "Mac OS X is also vulnerable against virus... " Which is true? ...
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How can I get Snow Leopard to properly reconnect to my Windows network drives after it goes to sleep?

My mac goes to sleep. It wakes up. The volumes mounted to a Windows server in my house all work. I can see pictures and listen to music. Until I can't. After two or three sleep/wake cycles, I can't ...
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What's the difference between Real, Virtual, Shared, and Private Memory?

The different columns in Activity Monitor are a little confusing
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Creating a new file blocks Textmate

When I want to create a new file through the button (left-bottom one) in the project drawer or in the file menu it takes a long time and blocks TextMate and even blocks TextMate totally in some cases. ...