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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Official way to obtain an OS X ISO file

I'm trying to install OS X Mavericks in VirtualBox on Windows 8.1. I have VirtualBox installed and the VM set up, but I need an ISO file to install the operating system. I've searched around and ...
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Change location of macOS Notification Center alerts?

Is it possible to change where macOS Notification Center alerts appear on the screen? They currently appear at the top right of the screen with the menu bar: Alerts appearing in the top right tend ...
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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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What I can delete from /private/var/vm?

What is this folder? It's huge and I can use the extra room. I've read sleepimage isn't necessary—is this true? Should I just deal with it? Is the "private" folder emptied automatically, or would I ...
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How can I use Gmail as the default mail client app in Mac OS X?

I use Gmail as my e-mail client, but when I click on a "mailto:" link, the Mail.app is opened. Is there a way to avoid the Mail.app opening in this case? Can I open Gmail instead?
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What tool exists to identify the RGB value of a pixel?

I need to get the RGB for a pixel that is in an image. Under Windows this is easy but is there a way to do this on Mac OS X?
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Copying the current directory's path to the clipboard

What's a quick way of copying the path to the directory that's currently open in Finder? Copying that path is very easy in Linux and Windows file managers - you just need to copy it from the address ...
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Shortcut key for fullscreen mode

I am new to Mac OS (2014 Macbook Air). I am looking at the arrow on top right corner of windows, when I click it, it maximizes window over the top menu and in order to switch back I need to hold mouse ...
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How do you force a 5 GHz wifi connection?

Wifi networks are often set up in dual-band mode, with the same SSID served on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. I'd like to always use the 5 GHz band (due to interference with Bluetooth and other devices ...
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Which application to preview .md files?

Is there an application to preview markdown files (.md files) on OSX (for instance on Maverick)?
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Is there a way to start a specific application with a keyboard short cut? [duplicate]

Sort of like the Windows+R command in the windows world? That actually just lets you run a command but you get the idea.
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Convert .mov to .mp4

I want to convert .mov to .mp4! I saved the video from iMovie but it is in .mov format! How do I convert it to .mp4? I'm using a MacBook and I want to share it to my phone, but my phone can't open ....
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What file comparison tool can I use under OS X?

My favorite file comparison tool was Beyond Compare but since I recently switched to OS X, i'm no longer able to use it and I'm looking for an alternative, preferably a free one. Update: I made the ...
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How to disable Full Screen Animation on OS X 10.9

When an OSX window is promoted to be full screen there is a one second transition animation. How can this be disabled system wide? We would like the transition from small window to full screen to be ...
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Copying ISO file to USB drive in OS X?

I have tried to copy an ISO file to a USB drive. I am unable to do it with Disk Utility. How can I copy the ISO file to a USB drive? But I get the below. I have enough space in the 16GB USB drive for ...
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Enter a filename in the File Open dialog

Can I enter a path to a file and its name instead of selecting a file in Mac OS X file dialog? I tried just typing into an open dialog but it will just try to "Go to a folder", it won't accept a full ...
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Notifications on dual monitors: how can I specify which monitor?

I would like to have notifications on my left monitor and not my right monitor. It's hard to see them when I'm looking at the left monitor (since they're all the way on the right side and they're ...
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How to view Root directory and subdirectories in Finder?

Apparently, the Macintosh HD icon on the desktop points to the root directory but it is not showing all the contents. Some of the files and directories are the same as those which I see when I ...
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How can I list all user accounts in the terminal?

How can I list all local user accounts in Terminal (whether logged in or not?) The commands users or who does not provide this information. OS X version is 10.6.8. I have seen this suggested command -...
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truecrypt 7.1a requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later on Yosemite 10.10

After reading articles about the state of Truecrypt in February 2015, I decided to download the last stable version of Truecrypt that allows full usage of Truecrypt: that is, version 7.1a 7.2 ...
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How do I get Sublime Text's open-file GUI to show hidden files?

I know how to tell Finder to show hidden files, but when I try to open a file in Sublime Text, the GUI that pops up do not let me see hidden files. How do I tell it to show me hidden files?
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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How to set PATH for Finder-launched applications

Apps launched via Finder seem to not respect the PATH as set in .bash_profile. So when I try to run code from an IDE (Intellij) I no longer have access to programs in /usr/local/bin, which is ...
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Make the Menu Bar never show while in Full Screen

Pretty much every application I use in full-screen (including Firefox, MacVim and the Terminal) have tabs on the top of the screen. The problem is, when I move my mouse to reach the tabs I'll often ...
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Displaying combined file size of selected files in Finder

To find details about a files size, you can right click and select "Get Info": When I select a large number of files, and want to get information about all if them together as a single selection, ...
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How can I unpack .7z files via MacOS terminal?

Looking to unpack a bunch of files.7z via terminal. Is there a command-line tool built in, available or I shall install an application that comes with a graphical interface?
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How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion, there is a very useful feature for people like me who need to write in multiple languages, which pops up a small menu of additional characters when you hold down a letter. For instance, ...
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Can I copy by highlighting and paste by middle click on Mac OS X?

I was using Linux for the last couple of years and I find it extremely useful to copy text by highlighting it as well as to paste by clicking a middle mouse button. I'm using a Mac now and I wonder ...
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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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Disable line wrapping for output in the Terminal

I often read outputs in the terminal that get wrapped as they are too long. Since there is no way that I can modify the printed output, I need to let the Terminal allow for horizontal scrolling. Is ...
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Right-click, create a new text file. How?

In Finder > Select a folder > Right click, we get a popup with an option to create a new folder: Is there a way to add menu item New Textfile for adding a new text file?
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A tech from MacKeeper wishes access to my computer for licensing and activation. Is this a scam?

I paid for a version of MacKeeper which may be a mistake. Their tech wants me to allow them to access my computer as in have access to my desktop files, etc. They say it is to fully license and ...
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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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Where can I find my crash logs?

I would like to ask you, where could I find my crash logs?
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to bring up Finder?

Is there a default keyboard shortcut to start a new Finder window? If not, is there a way to assign one? I tried System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and created a new item for ...
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On OS X, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine backup?

In addition to whatever files I may choose to exclude, what files does the system exclude by rule or classification? It might make sense not to backup Trash or Caches, but I'm looking for a way to ...
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How do I get detailed SMART disk information on OS X (Mavericks or later)

I'm trying to get a detailed SMART status report on the drives in my Mac. I'm not talking about "Verified," I'm talking about the detailed report that's about 100 lines long listing all the vital ...
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Disable automatic iTunes launch when iPhone is plugged in via USB [duplicate]

How do I disable automatic iTunes launch when iPhone is plugged in via USB (for charging)? In fact, I would like to disable automatic launch of anything when an iPhone is plugged in (including ...
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Display hidden files hot key on Mavericks gone?

On prior versions of OS X, it was possible to display hidden files in a Finder dialog box (Open, Save, etc.) using Command-Shift-Period. In Mavericks, that feature isn't working for me. Is there ...
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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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How to make right click using keyboard only on a Mac?

Is there way to set a keyboard shortcut or key to simulate a mouse right click but without touching trackpad or mouse? E.g. Imagine you have a list of files in Finder. You move your selection by ...
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What is this symbol? ⎋ (it is listed as menu shortcut)

The shortcut the Apple menu reports for the Force Quit menu item is ⌥⌘⎋. (the last character is the one Unicode calls broken circle with northwest arrow.) What key should I press to invoke the Force ...
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“powerd” process uses a lot of CPU

Oftentimes, after I wake my Mac from sleep, powerd (which is the power management daemon? Which in particular deals with sleeping the Mac and waking it?) uses high CPU, usually around 25% to 50% on my ...
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Where does the upgrade to macOS Catalina move root “/” directory files?

After updating to macOS Catalina, all the folders I had saved in the root directory, "/", were missing. I read that the system is now read-only, but didn't see a notice on where previous files have ...
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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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What's a good SSH tunneling client for OS X?

I've been using SSH Tunnel manager to easily set up and stop port tunneling over SSH to various servers at my company. That saved me the pain of opening up a new terminal window which will hang out ...
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Are there keyboard shortcuts for Home, End, PageDown, and PageUp in OS X?

How do I set keyboard shortcuts for Home, End, PageDown, and PageUp on a 13" MacBook Pro? Are there default keyboard shortcuts? Or can I do it with Automator (and if so, how)? I want them to work the ...
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How can I skip the Trash when deleting a file?

I frequently connect different external USB hard drives and flash drives to my computer and I would like to facilitate deleting files and regaining disk space from them. If I simply delete the file, ...
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How do I disable the Minimize (command-M) shortcut in Mavericks?

I want to unset the Cmd+M shortcut but I can't seem to find it. I've checked System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts but no luck there. I've even tried running defaults write -g ...
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How to get a notification when my commands are done

I'm running a series of commands on the command line that takes approximately twenty minutes to complete. I'd like to see some sort of notification on my Mac when these are finished so I don't need ...