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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Can I change the behavior of the Home and End keys on an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad?

I just bought an "Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad", then I connected it to my Macbook Pro running Lion. But the home and end key under the F14 key doesn't work as I expected. Say in "Pages", the ...
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How do I run an app in Full Screen mode on OS X Lion on my second monitor?

How do I get an app to run in Full Screen mode on OS X Lion on my second monitor? It seems to be stuck on my first monitor, and I'd like to move it.
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Turn off Safari 9 blinking in web inspector?

The web inspector in Safari 9 seems to have added this new "blinking" thing which I find somewhat annoying although it can be useful. How can you turn it off and on? Here is what I mean.
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OS X Calendar - view shared Google calendars

I've been able to add a Google Calendar (CalDAV) account to OS X Calendar (v6, Mountain Lion 10.8.5) without problem, and all my own calendars show up. Is there a way of seeing calendars others have ...
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Can I create a shortcut to open a specific application on OS X?

I want to create a keyboard shortcut to i.e. open Firefox while I am working in another application. I know I can use ⌘ CMD+T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create ...
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Can I reset Notification Centre badge counter for Messages?

The new Messages beta app (based on iChat) is stuck with one incoming message. Can I somehow reset the badge?
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How to disable Adobe Core Sync app on OS X from being launched automatically?

I have noticed a lot of Adobe processes are running in the background at start up on an OS X 10.11.4 (15E65) machine with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) installed. To get rid of this, I removed everything ...
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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 long can I expect my system to be unusable during an upgrade to OS X Lion?

I just downloaded Lion and am pretty eager to install it, but I can use every minute I have, so I'd rather not install it now if it means my system is unusable for 30+ minutes. How long should I ...
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VTDecoderXPCService taking CPU

Sometimes I notice CPU load for no reason and I see in Activity Monitor that VTDecoderXPCService is using 15-30% of CPU. After I restart Safari it is ok for some time until it happens again. Any ...
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“System” storage on macOS Sierra is 470GB!

My Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13" says I suddenly ran out of Storage space. My Mac barely has any data and my upgrade to Sierra was a clean install. Nothing was ported from previous backups. If you see ...
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Why do downloads (storedownloadd) from the Mac App Store consume so much CPU?

I have noticed this often with large downloads such as Xcode updates and OS X updates and that sort of thing. Basically we see this for however much time it takes for the download to proceed: ...
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How do I remove duplicate “Open With” context menu items in Finder.app?

For whatever reason, the "Open With" context menu in Finder is always listing every app four times (exactly). I've read about (and tried) rebuilding the Launch Services database to restore the ...
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how to check if it is safe to delete iNode file (or how to inspect its contents)?

How do I check if it is safe to delete the following file? $ cd /lost+found/ $ file iNode44670523 iNode46670523: xar archive -version 1 Note: the date of the file indicates it is about 1 year old. ...
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Application level volume control in OS X?

I recently switched from PC to Mac and one thing I miss is Windows' application-level volume control (i.e. mute Firefox, turn up iTunes, turn down Skype etc). How can I achieve the same on a Mac? Or ...
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How can I set up a keyboard shortcut for switching input source?

I have to change my language option very often. It is hard when I write something with combination of both "English" & "Bangla", because I have to change that option rapidly. Is there any way to ...
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What's a good XML viewer/editor for Mac OS X?

I use XML Editor from XMLmind for editing/viewing XML file in Mac. It's not bad, but I expect an XML editor for Mac. What options do I have including the commercial/free software?
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Can you actually use Terminal to crash your computer?

People who don't understand Terminal are often afraid to use it for fear that they might mess up their command and crash their computer. Those who know Terminal better know that that's not the case - ...
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How can I change the language for automatic spelling correction?

I set my input source to be US English. And the flag showing on the taskbar is also an American flag. But whenever I type something in Mail.app or Notes.app the spell check still corrects my spelling ...
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Why does ‘freedom’ return the french fries 🍟 emoji?

In my emoji picker when I enter freedom I see some french fries. Why is that? Practical example: So if I want to write something like the following: People of the world appreciate what you're ...
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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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Text copied from Terminal with formatting in Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), and El Capitan (10.11)

After the update to Mavericks (10.9), anything copied from Terminal is pasted in the target app with the same formatting as in Terminal, in my case, white monospaced letters on a black background, e.g....
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Is there a shortcut which invokes the “Login Window…” fast user switching command?

Firstly, let me say that there's two questions on Think Different that claim to answer this question but do not: Does the MacBook Air have a Fast User Switching (Login Window) shortcut key? The ...
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How to check if my HD is case sensitive or not?

How can I get information if my HD format is case sensitive or case insensitive? I want to make sure my Mac running Mountain Lion has a case sensitive file system.
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Can't plot with gnuplot on my Mac

I am trying to plot with gnuplot on my Mac (OS X 10.8.5). I have installed X11 and XQuartz 2.7.4 and after that I installed gnuplot, but unfortunately gnuplot couldn't plot. Simple plots like the ...
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Stop iTunes from opening when a device is plugged in?

Since re-installing OS X (10.8), every time I plug in an iOS device iTunes opens up and shows an error message: iTunes could not connect to the iPhone "..." because it is locked with a passcode. ...
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Error opening a zip file: No such file or directory?

After 25 years on PCs I am delighting in learning all I can about working with my new Mac and OS X Mavericks. I tried just now to open a zip file but was interrupted with an Archive Utility dialog: ...
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How to disable PDF editing in Preview app?

I am running OS X 10.10, Yosemite, and there is one feature which really annoys me. I know it must be useful for a lot of people but it's just not for me. When I open a PDF document and, by habit, I ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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How do I delete or fix my Keychain after changing my password?

How do I reset my main keychain and completely delete the old one? I changed my password and its been coming up with all of these popups asking for my new password when I first login. If anyone can ...
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Mount Ext4 on El Capitan

I recently installed OS X 10.11 on my Mac. I tried to read a SD card with an Ext4 partition which wasn't even shown in Disk Utility, although diskutil did show it as a Linux partition. I can't seem ...
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What does “@” signify in unix file permissions?

I have a file with the following permissions on my MacBook Pro: -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 101K Feb 29 17:09 apachectl What does the @ stand for? I can't execute the file and this is the only ...
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How to switch between fullscreen applications in OSX (Mavericks)

I use a lot of different spaces for my fullscreen applications to get me focus on the different tasks I have to do. For example, I have a space with my mail app, subversion app, safari and so on. To ...
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How can I open port 80 so a non-root process can bind to it?

I want to run a web server on my Mac as a non-root process. Normally only root processes can bind to port 80 (or to any port below 1024). Can I open port 80 specifically so that non-root processes ...
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What is accountsd and why does it want to use the “login” keychain?

Periodically, I'm seeing this keychain dialog pop up: I click 'Cancel', then it pops up again, then I click 'Cancel' again, and it goes away for a while. (Maybe an hour or two, I haven't timed it.) ...
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What is ksfetch process on Mac?

Sometimes I see a ksfetch process on my Mac. After a little googling I found out that it is Google software updater. However, there is no detailed answer i.e. what is ksfetch process used for? Is it ...
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What's the dot in the centre of the red window close button for?

When I'm working with certain applications / windows in Mac OS X (I'm using 10.8, although I'm not sure that's relevant), I sometimes see a black dot in the centre of the red window close button. What ...
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MacBook Pro: How to disable discrete GPU permanently from EFI?

I'd like to disable the NVidia GTX 750M GPU on my MacBook Pro 15" (Retina, Mid 2014, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite). I know I can use GfxCardStatus but I read I could have a more permanent solution by ...
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Can I make a symlink (to a .app folder) in Applications directory show up in spotlight?

I used brew to install MacVim and it put it in /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-61/MacVim.app I would like to be able to go to spotlight and type MacVim to launch the app. I tried creating a symlink in ...
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How big should my Time Machine backup drive be?

My 13" MacBook Pro has 500GB internal hard drive space, and I bought a 1TB external HDD to use as my Time Machine backup. I only read from many articles that the backup should be about 2 to 3 times ...
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Quick Look support for non-native video files (.avi, .mkv) on Mavericks

In the past, we've been able to get codecs for DivX/XviD/MPEG4 and support for containers like AVI, MKV in Mac OS X's Quick Look feature using Perian (as per this question). As noted on the Perian ...
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Can't get rid of incomplete download bar underneath dock icon

My Downloads folder in my dock has been showing a download/progress bar at 50% since yesterday. There aren't any half-complete files in my Download folder, Google Chrome isn't awaiting any action to ...
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Taking a screenshot of a tooltip

I am attempting to take a screenshot of a tooltip that appears when a user hovers over it, and immediately disappears upon any key press or cursor movement. Unfortunately, this means the typical ...
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How can I kill a process by its name?

Sometimes I notice that the process Python hung up. Then I'll kill it via the Activity Monitor and everything is fine. I'd like to kill that process in the Terminal instead. However, looking up the ...
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Return vs. Enter?

I noticed that my MacBook's keyboard has the word enter above the return key. I also noticed that on Mac OS X, there's a special symbol for return ↩, and another for enter ⌤. How would I send the ...
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Set iTerm2 as the ssh:// URL handler

Currently, Terminal is set to handle SSH urls. For example, if I do: $ open ssh://machine.example.com Then it will spawn a new SSH session in terminal. I'd like these to be opened in iTerm2 instead. ...
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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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Copy and Cut sometimes don't work [closed]

My system is kept fully up to date and I still see this problem intermittently, although not as often as I used to; I would say that this has not been fully fixed. If there are any workarounds other ...
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How can I determine if a certain .app file is signed

Get Info on an .app does not produce the signature information. On Windows for example, right-click > properties will expose who signed the file. How do I obtain that info for a given .app on OS X?
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what is com.apple.coresymbolicationd in caches?

Doing some cleanup on my Macbook Air with 128 SSD looking for big files to reduce space used. I found something named com.apple.coresymbolicationd that is 1GB in the library/caches folder I don't ...