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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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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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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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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 increase swap memory in OS X?

I think my swap memory is hitting its fullest and would like to know how to increase it. I very often hit my 8GB RAM limits and my memory pressure (as seen in Active Monitor) goes red quite often. ...
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Can word break characters be changed in OS X 10.11 El Capitan (or Xcode 7.2)?

When I double-click text in an Xcode string to select an entire word, any text connected to it with a dot (.) will also get selected. I would like to make that not happen so that dots and other ...
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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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Icons Do Not Update After Changing “Open with” Default

I recently switched from using BaKoMa Tex to Texpad for working with .tex files. After switching the "Open with" default application for all .tex files (which is working fine), I've noticed that the "...
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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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How to fix the error: “AppleSpell” tried to hijack endpoint “it (Apple)_OpenStep” from owner?

I have 3 macs that all produce this error repeatedly in the console, and I cant figure out the root cause of it. It leads to various system stalls and memory issues. (Currently troubleshooting on ...
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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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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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Is there a command line interface to Keychain's / the system Password Assistant utility?

When creating keychain records, changing your user password, and various other security-minded aspects of the system, there is a little key icon you can click on that opens the above Password ...
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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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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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Mojave has apps in a zombie state, neither launched nor quit

I'm experiencing an unusual problem that is affecting many of the apps I use on a regular basis, including (but not limited to): Adobe Illustrator CC 2019, Sublime Text 3, FileZilla, and even Apple's ...
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How to get Night Shift on both external monitors?

I just surprisingly find that only one of my two external monitors gets Night Shift effects. Can anyone tell me how I can make both work with Night Shift? MacBook Pro (15 inch, 2017) macOS 10.14 Both ...
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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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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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Display arrangement keeps changing

My iMac keeps changing the arrangement of my two add-on displays. The third one, the one in the middle, is the computer itself which always stays in the middle. I'm running High Sierra 10.13.6. It's ...
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Is there a way to fix, or disable, secure input?

After a MacOS update last week, Secure Input has started blocking advanced keyboard shortcuts in Alfred, BetterTouchTool, and even my Logitech mouse options. I have repeatedly tried to quit the ...
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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 ...
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Log out from user switching menu

Can I move or copy the "Log Out" item from the Apple Menu to the fast user switching menu at the right side of the menu bar? It seems a much more appropriate place for it. I'm running El Captain 10....
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Deleting a linux dual boot on mac

I have a linux dual boot installed with rEFInd, which I want to delete. I tried to just delete the disk partition, but that throws an error. MediaKit reports partition (map) too small. If you ...
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Why is `lsof` so slow on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)?

This is related to this question, but I am on OSX 10.13.4. lsof takes about a minute to run, even with the -n option on. I can't even run dtruss to examine the system calls being made: $ sudo dtruss ...
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Unable to find an APFS Container Reference after fixing FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF error

After following this guide and giving my partition the proper GUID, i can't access it. Is there a way to recover the container reference its supposed to have or at least a way for me to extract data ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to open/switch to an app that is seeking attention from the Dock?

Can I program a key to intercept any app that seeks attention? I think that Linux, Gnome or KDE, used to have this a long time ago, ctrl-A or something like that is the hot key to activate the space /...
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Using right shift key to make a cap minimises the window

My daughter's friends were messing with the keyboard and now the right shift key minimizes the screen every time I'm using the shift to make a cap with the my right hand. Since I'm a touch typist ...
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How to open a port for the public ip address in Mac OS High Sierra

I see that I can find the public IP address for my MBP using Current IP Address I wish to open a port in my machine to run a servlet. I see a link How to open a port in MBP However, when I open ...
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iotop on High Sierra

I seem to have issues with iotop on High Sierra, googling it I find no useful information. The output is garbled and almost unusable. I have SIP disabled for dtrace (I know "I'm not suppose to do ...
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Modifying the Menu Bar

TL;DR I'm attempting to locate the system files/variables responsible for drawing the menu bar in Sierra so that I can tweak the color and opacity, and would love any information you might have on the ...
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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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'System' occupies 100 GB - why? How can I reduce the amount of data? (macOS 10.13 High Sierra)

Any idea why is system taking so much space? Also the free space + used space on my system is not showing correct data. It shows available space is 154.76 GB and when I add the used space (171 GB) it ...
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Why there is a AdobeAAMDetect plugin showing up in my Safari Preferences Windows?

I have never installed Adobe Flash Player on my Mac cause it has some dangerous security breaches and potentially harmful for your mac then how come this plugin is showing up in Safari, is my Mac ...