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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What are your favorite Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts?

What are your favorite keyboard shortcuts on Mac OS X?
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What's the quickest way to get a graphic on the clipboard saved to disk?

I have a graphic on the clipboard on OS X. What's the quickest way to get it onto disk as a png or jpg?
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What directory comparison tools can I use on OS X?

I am looking for a tool that is able to compare directories, not only files. Also it is important to be able to call the tool from the command line. It would be great to have a free tool, if not free ...
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How to install and use GNU Grep in macOS

I have coreutils but I am not sure if GNU grep is there. I just want to use the flag -P for Perl regex that is found in GNU grep, but not in BSD grep. My PATH is /usr/local/opt/coreutils/libexec/...
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High Sierra - The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged

Got the following error The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged while upgrading Mac Mini (Late 2012) to High Sierra. The only option on the screen ...
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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 check whether my Intel-based Mac is 32-bit or 64-bit

I want to install new software that has these two versions, and I need to know which one to install. How can I tell the 32 or 64 bit capabilities of my Mac?
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No partition scheme option when erasing a USB disk in MacOS High Sierra?

In previous versions of MacOS, I recall that Disk Utility provided an option to select the partition scheme (GUID, MBR, or Apple). If I formatted the USB key without changing the scheme to MBR, I ...
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What versions of OS X are affected by Heartbleed?

What versions of OS X come default with the affected versions of OpenSSL? All Internet traffic right now is clogged with the same generic information in regards to the Heartbleed bug, without any ...
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Where did the ~/Library folder go in Lion?

I just installed Lion, and I can't find the Library folder in my user folder. Does the folder no longer exist? If it doesn't, where are my preferences? If it does, how do I get to it?
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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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How can I add a new application to the Open With menu?

How can I add an application to the Open With menu (shown after right-clicking) for a given file type, without making that file always open with that application? In this specific instance, I'd like ...
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File can't be moved by root on OS X

I tried to move a few files to a subfolder on OS X. One refused to move. It said Operation not permitted. I tried again as root: $ sudo mv file subfolder/ mv: rename file to subfolder/file: Operation ...
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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 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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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 to Auto-Hide the address bar in Google Chrome?

How can I hide the address bar in Google Chrome? I found this article but I am unable to find a solution for macOS. Ideally, I would like all toolbars to disappear similar to how they do in ...
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How do I get the Caffeine app working on macOS Mojave?

The Caffeine app for preventing sleep/screen lock is not working on macOS Mojave. Did I miss a setting to FAQ on making it work with macOS 10.14?
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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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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
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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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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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What is rapportd and why does it want incoming network connections?

I've just updated to the latest MacOS 10.13.2 and after restarting, my machine asked me to allow incoming network connections for "rapportd". After blocking it and checking in the firewall config, I ...
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Why am I getting a “dubious ownership of file” error when Launch Agent runs my .plist file?

I have a Launch Agent configured to run a .plist file for example: /Library/LaunchAgent/foo.plist. Inside this .plist, it is set to run during LoginWindow and Aqua. When I attempt to launch my ...
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Is there a way to make the Menu bar show at all times in fullscreen windows?

I'm new to macOS and I really like the way you can assign a window to be it's own Desktop via full-screening. However, I have an issue with the default way the Menu bar works in full-screen. I often ...
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Copy and paste stops working

For several months now i've had an issue where after using my laptop for a couple of weeks without restarting, i'll slowly lose my ability to copy and paste. First it's only between different apps ...
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PPTP VPN client for macOS Sierra or iOS 10?

Apple has removed PPTP VPN support in Sierra due to security concerns. See: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206844 Unfortunately, I need to connect to an organisation that only supports PPTP (not ...
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My iPhone keeps switching on and off charge whilst charging, how do I fix it?

When I charge my iPhone 4 on my laptop, it starts charging but then it keeps going on and off charging even though it's not touched. It charges fine with a plug charger or with any computers I use at ...
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Why would I disable swap file in Mac OS X?

I came across a thread about installing an SSD drive in MacBook Pro. Someone in the comments also recommended to disable the swap file but didn't say why: sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/...
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A modern and faster alternative to Disk Inventory X

Disk Inventory X was kind of nice, but it is painfully slow. Are there any modern and faster alternatives? I only care about the disk space, and not about the file type stats and about the graph ...
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Bluetooth Issues after Sleep in OS X Yosemite (10.10)

I seem to be having persistent issues with Bluetooth connectivity, especially after waking up my Macbook Pro from a long sleep. I have a speaker that automatically turns off after a certain period ...
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Why is macOS limited to 1064 processes?

In macOS, the system is limited to running no more than 1064 processes systemwide, and individual users are limited to 709. Why is there a limit? Why is it this size? Why not a round number like 2500 ...
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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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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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Turning Power Chime Off

On new Macbook Pro, Power Chime runs. Whenever I delete from core services it comes right back. It makes a sound when plugging in your power cord even when the volume is at 0%. The solution I have ...
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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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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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How can I tell if my Mac is keeping the clock updated properly?

I would like to know what the default settings for OS X are in terms of keeping the clock adjusted when I enable automatic time sync in the Date & Time preference. I do know that the venerable ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I stop my whole screen from flashing white on errors?

Whenever I access Terminal and press Command ⌘ + Delete ⌫ my screen flashes white. It also happens when Chrome's Command ⌘ + F returns no results. Have I somehow messed up my settings? I already ...
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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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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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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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How can I install the Command Line Tools completely from the command line?

I'd like to script the installation of the the Xcode Command Line Tools. On Mavericks, xcode-select --install will open a dialog prompting the user to install, but I'd like to trigger the install ...
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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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