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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Mac process identification

When I look at all the processes running on Mac, I see a ton of them I have no idea what they are. Occasionally I google a few and find answers on the web. However, I was thinking, it would be really ...
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Three-finger tap lookup multiple words

Is there a way to get the three-finger tap (AKA Look up & data detectors) to include more than a single word? I've tried selecting the desired text, then three-finger tapping, but to no avail. ...
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Magic Mouse continues scrolling inertia when hovering over a different pane

I just got a Magic Mouse that I'm using with MacBook Pro (15", 2015), macOS Sierra. I've noticed a problem where, if I'm in a window that has multiple areas with scrolling, if I start scrolling in one ...
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How do I disable AirDrop in the macOS Share menu?

The settings for the Share menu provide no option for disabling AirDrop: Is there some other way to accomplish this? Instructions at How can AirDrop be disabled? have no effect.
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Random flickering in Preview when viewing PDF files

I'm running the latest MBP 15" with the built-in Intel HD Graphics 530 and the AMD Radeon Pro 460 with automatic switching. When viewing PDF files in Preview (it happens with all of them, all kinds of ...
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There is no application set to open the URL rstf3://

I've been getting this popup every day for the past few days... There is no application set to open the URL rstf3:// I cannot figure out what is generating it, nor what an rstf3 URL might even be. ...
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What are the different OS X clipboards

Everybody uses the general OS X clipboard, which can programmatically accessed with pbcopy -general and pbpaste -general. However I noticed that the manpage of pbcopy and pbpaste also mention: -find ...
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How to perform FileVault authenticated restart when updating OSX from AppStore?

I am aware of the authenticated restart when using FileVault 2 on OS X. Running the fdesetup authrestart command does however restart the system immediately. Now, when running the OS X Update from ...
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What exactly does “run out of application memory” mean?

When OS X (10.11 and 10.12.2, in my case) pops up a dialog saying "your system has run out of application memory", what does this really mean? I've looked at the following question, but my question ...
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Where is file metadata stored in Mac OS X?

It used to be stored in a resource fork, but I've tried listing the resource forks for files on my computer, and they don't seem to have resource forks. Where is the metadata stored now? Like where ...
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How to disable F7 F8 F9 function for Quick Time Player

I have OS X 10.11, Quick Time Player 10.4. My question is simple, how do you disable F7, F8 and F9 function keys in QT Player? I want to use these keys for iTunes, but I really need to keep some of ...
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How to fix delay between wakeup and password entry

When booting up my computer, or even just awakening it from a long sleep, it takes a while for me to be able to enter my password. The box is there, but I can't move my mouse or type into the box. My ...
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How to restore network preferences in OS X?

I took my SSD, plugged it into another Mac, and booted the system (OS X 10.10.4) there. When I opened the Network Preferences, I was surprised to find, that all VPN services had disappeared. I am ...
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“The L2TP-VPN server did not respond” on OS X Yosemite

I have a problem with VPN connection on OS X Yosemite I imported certificates, set them "Always trust" policy and created connection (I set User authentication: Password, Machine authentication: ...
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App-specific sound output devices

I am looking for a control / app for sound output control which has function that allows me to have selective sound output for any app that plays sound or music. Examples: I am playing music in ...
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Menu bar icons disappearing when connecting USB device

If I plug something into one of the USB ports on my Mac 17″ (after upgrading to Yosemite) my Menu Bar at the top of the desktop keeps disappearing and reappearing. The icons keep flashing on and off. ...
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AppleScript to read all notifications in the Notification Center OSX 10.10 Yosemite

It seems like the following AppleScript is no longer working in the latest version of the OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): on run tell application "System Events" tell process "Notification Center" ...
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How launchd StartInterval behaves after long sleep?

I have a 21,600secs (4hours) job using launchd.plist. I have 2 mac, main and sub. With main mac, my plist works fine. But with sub mac, which is wakes up 3~4 times per week, my plist does not seems ...
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How daylight saving changes are handled in launchd to make sure it execute the the jobs as scheduled through plist?

Since August 2013, I am using Mac Mini with OS X version 10.8.2 as my web server (MAMP stack). I have a few launchd scheduled jobs scheduled through plist. Everything was working fine until Nov 3, ...
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Disable USB Write Caching by default

Is it possible to change OS X's USB filesystem mount behaviour to use the noasync flag to disable write caching? The aim here is to allow USB devices to be safely removed without eject or hdiutil ...
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Reparing a corrupt Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule won't work

I tried to follow these instructions: http://www.garth.org/archives/2011,08,27,169,fix-time-machine-sparsebundle-nas-based-backup-errors.html But after typing in the hdiutil command I only get one ...
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How to enable logged-in thumbnails for Safari Top Sites for Secure (HTTPS) Sites?

How do I allow Safari to generate logged-in thumbnails of HTTPS pages? Maybe there's a hidden setting for this? Right now thumbnails of secure (HTTPS) pages are rendered without login data. For ...
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How can I stop MacOS 10.14.4 Safari from automatically logging me in when I select a password?

When I go to a site that has a password saved and I select the password, Safari attempts to log me in immediately. However, this completely breaks functionality on some websites (ex adding accounts to ...
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Wake On Lan (WOL) iMac 2009 El Capitan, Sierra, not working

System: iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) El Capitan 10.11.6 Non-Apple modem/router Wake on LAN isn’t working. I have tried a variety of methods: iOS apps (Fing, iNet, Mocha); Mac applications and ...
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Sending All Traffic Over VPN Tunnel (IKEv2) in OS X 10.11.5

I recently setup VPN connections on my Macbook Pro running OS X 10.11.5 via the Apple Configurator. However, I am having trouble sending all traffic across the VPN Tunnel rather than through the ...
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My IDE runs tests slower when in a different workspace

I am developing a server-side application using Java and OSX and quite often I have to run a rather large test suite to make sure everything is alright. I am using IntelliJ IDEA (Java-based IDE). ...
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Is it possible to throttle the iCloud photostream sync in OS X?

I have a large iCloud photo library. Once in a blue moon my iMac running Yosemite decides to forget all about the synced libraries, and I have to re-enable the iCloud streams. However, my little DSL ...
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Menu bar icon disappear

A few days ago, when I start my OS X, I see that a few key icons are gone: including the clock, WIFI, battery and various other things. I did the following: Remove the file ~/Library/Preferences/...
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Macbook Pro Late-2011, Mountain Lion, when it sleeps, devices don't wake

Made the upgrade to Mountain lion when it came out, but since the upgrade I have noticed something occurring when my laptop goes to sleep be it idling or me putting it in a sleep mode, when I go to ...
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How to show the users and IP connected using GUI or command line?

I have a MacBook Pro with El Capitan. I have followed the instructions to enable File Sharing, it is working through a new user account of Sharing Only type - let's name it RemoteUser. I can access it ...
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Completely Remove Siri

Periodically I see this popup on my MacOS 10.12.6 screen: One case of it popping up is when I accidentally press a button on my headset. Here is the setting in my system preferences: How can I ...
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Safari quits and then “Apple wants to make changes”

Every so often, at least once a day it seems, Safari closes itself and then I get a pop-up prompt "Apple wants to make changes", asking me for my username and password to ... I guess authorise these ...
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Can simple finder be configured on macOS Catalina 10.15.1?

I am unable to activate simple finder in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 (actually this is noticed to be missing since the beta 19A558d). I have tried defaults write com.apple.finder InterfaceLevel -string "...
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Setting system volume in macOS when an external display with speakers is connected

Recently I purchased an external display for my MacBook Pro (2017). I chose an LG 27UK850. The display has built-in speakers and is connected to my MacBook via USB-C port. The speakers are working ...
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macOS keyboard layout switch bug

I have a problem that follows me from 2015 MacBook Pro with macOS Sierra → macOS High Sierra → macOS Mojave and now on to 2018 MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave. I have configured two input sources: ...
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macOS: Select last used window when switching to an app

I am running Google Chrome with multiple open windows on different desktops. Mission Control is set so that monitors have separate Spaces. When using Command + Tab to switch to Chrome from another ...
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Pip Installed Tools: “command not found” | Homebrew Installed Python Tools Work Fine

I installed Python 3 with Homebrew and a tool I was installing through Homebrew auto-installed Python 2.x. So, I have both and pip (etc) is installed for both, unlike the macOS default Python. ...
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Keep applications from focus stealing

I guess it has been asked a couple of timed before in various settings, so I am going to make it more general. There are some shitty applications ( like "Android File Transfer" for example ) which are ...
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How to change 'quick-reply' buttons in Mail notifications on macOS?

I wonder whether instead of 'Reply' and 'Close' I can have other options like 'Trash' or 'Archive' or 'Mark as Read' in notifications coming from the Mail app on macOS.
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Mac OS Mojave freezing after wake from sleep: i recently updated my system

after upgrade to Mac OS Mojave in my MacBookPro 2016 and my iMac they froze after wake if they're sleeping. This happen if the Mac sleep for a while, overnight for example, and delays a few seconds ...
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MacBook Pro 15" 2015 iGPU slows down from normal 750mhz to 200mhz

I've faced with issue when sometimes after leaving sleep mode the iGPU is going into 200mhz instead normal 750mhz. The UI works slow, especially while you're switching desktops, scrolling in WebStorm ...
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Dock never autohides on macOS Mojave 10.14

'Automatically hide and show the Dock' is ticked in the dock preferences pane, but the dock never autohides. Perhaps relevant, tooltips for application names also hang about indefinitely after the ...
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Authentication Failed- Google Internet Accounts

I am trying to add my google account but I am getting the error below. I am running Mojave and have tried several google accounts.
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Flash Drive not mounted on macOS Mojave

I have a flash drive which was formatted on Mac using the Disk Utility. But when I'm trying to replug the drive it shows up in disk utility but says Not Mounted. I'm unable to erase as it says ...
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Sorry, PowerPoint can't read <file name.>.pptx error when trying to open a powerpoint autorecovery file

I was working on a powerpoint today, and then my document wouldn't let me save, and I ended up overwriting the file with a blank presentation. I don't remember the details of how that happened, but ...
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Grey line above the window on Mojave

With the Mojave update a grey line appeared above every window, in either dark or light mode. Is it possible to remove that line? Any sort of hack of "hidden" setting? I've tried with: defaults ...
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2017 iMac (27” 5K) not working with headset microphone

I recently purchased a 27" 5K iMac (2017 model) and am trying to use a KOTION EACH G9000 3.5mm Game Gaming Headphone with it. The headphones work fine, but I'm having problems using the microphone. ...
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How can I use Gatekeeper to block applications on my Mac?

Is there a way for me to create a blacklist of Applications that cannot be installed, or run after they have been installed, on OS X Sierra? I have tried to follow the directions outlined here: https:/...
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Mac toolbars and menus disappear

I've recently experienced issues with my Mac. It seems all menus and buttons lose their text and icons. If I rightclick anywhere I just get a blank grey box, the entire top menu bar is empty (...
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Native way to speed up/remove desktop switching animations

I want a native (and therefore free) way to speed up a specific animation. My research covers these questions and links on this that have gone unsolved for High Sierra and no answers there cover this ...