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Multitasking is the ability to run multiple tasks at the same time.

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How to determine details of backgound process?

In my system settings on macOS Sonoma I see a bunch of apps in the "Allow in Background" for example in the screenshot there are there are several entries for Docker. How do I find out ...
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How can I configure my iPhone so that applications in the background aren’t getting network throttled by iOS?

iOS sometimes limits the internet speed of applications in the background. How can I configure my iPhone so that applications in the background aren’t getting network throttled by iOS?
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How do I change the TextEdit document background color in macOS Ventura?

Since updating from Mojave to Ventura, some of my TextEdit documents no longer have a background color and some do. I'd like to set a background color again. Apple mentions, in the Ventura TextEdit ...
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Is there a setting where I can change my Mac background to night mode after sunset? [duplicate]

I want to customize my Mac screen to change its' appearance after sunset. I was wondering if I was able to connect the sunset time on weather to my screen so if I have a skyline of a city, for example,...
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"Background Items Added" appears for App that I uninstalled, would like to remove it

In my notification bar I can't seem to get rid of these pesky pop-ups. I uninstalled the "Razer USA Ltd." app, but apparently some process still is running in the background. When I go to ...
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Connecting 2 curved ultrawide monitors to mac mini 2023 via usb-c

I looked for an entire hour for posts related to connecting monitors via usb-c to the new Mac mini, but could not find anything even closely related. Before I get to this...I shall ask my question. In ...
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2023—Keynote 13.0—how to change background texture's color?

I'm trying to change the color of the background linen texture on Keynote Master Slides from olive green to the dusty blue seen here: I was able to change the background color on the plain slides, as ...
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How can I switch among apps with Cmd/whatever + number keys, as on Unix desktop environments?

How can I switch among application windows using Cmd/Opt + 1/2/3... etc, like on Unity or KDE? Why? This is especially handy if you often switch among the same few apps, e.g. a browser, a file manager ...
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What is the "open" UNIX script for and why is it unidentified?

I just updated to macOS 13.2.1 today. After doing so, I logged back in and a notification popped up, mentioning something called "open". Clicking on this notification took me to the settings....
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how to prevent the escape key to move a window out of split view?

I often use split view, with some apps where I have to use the escape key within the app, several times in a row. If I press the escape key too much it will move the active app out of split view. This ...
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How do I kill the running app when I can't swipe upwards

I launched an app on my iPhone, and shortly after launch it stopped doing anything; but whatever it did has stopped the swipe-up gesture from working, so I can't get to the application switcher to ...
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why does Terminal run about half speed when sleeping

I frequently run simulations from Terminal that take many hours, often overnight. Normally I use the Caffeine menu-bar app to prevent sleeping during these runs. If I forget to do that, the job ...
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Allow in the Background Unrecognized Entry

I have a mysterious entry called "Denis Graur", does anybody have clue of what it is from? It does sound like I might be infected with a malware.
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Open a background app in the foreground

I developed a MacOS app with a GUI and I set it as A background only application in the Info.plist file. In addition I added it to start-up applications in order to keep it working while Mac is ...
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How do I move a maximized window from one monitor to another?

I am new to macos and I am not able to move maximized windows from one monitor to another. Is it possible in mac? I am using macOS Big Sur, Version 11.3.1.
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how to prevent numerous background daemons from harming gaming FPS (or other intense foreground workload performance)?

One or another of the various macOS background daemons that comes with the operating system is always popping up and using a ton of CPU in the background. This is generally slightly bothersome, but ...
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Set QoS for command-line tools

I’ve finally got hold of a new Mac Studio with an M1 Ultra SoC, which I will stress mostly with scientific software run from the command line. Some of it is compiled C/C++ (often using multitasking ...
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Did the Macintosh OS in 1997 really not have multitasking?

In a notice in a local computer magazine from February 1997, they announce that "BeOS" is about to be launched for Macs (or already has been). It's claimed that this can "run several ...
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Will iOS apps still do background tasks when "Background App Refresh" is turned on even when the app is terminated?

In order words, if I force quit an app, will it still be able to do background tasks when "Background App Refresh" is enabled?
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Which background apps restart when you reboot iPhone? [duplicate]

I’ve noticed that the app switcher doesn’t show screens for the apps but they are shown there (typically with just a blank screen or a solid color screen with the app name/logo). And it seems ...
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ionice equivalent for MacOS?

On Linux systems I use ionice to lower I/O scheduling priority for processes like backups that interfere as little as possible with interactive usage of the system. Is there an equivalent for MacOS?
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Is there a way to prevent apps from disappearing after clicking on a different app?

I have an issue with my MacOS where if I have two apps say chrome and notes, and I try to click on the chrome app the notes app would disappear and go into the background. Is there a way to prevent ...
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How to avoid suspended apps getting killed in iOS 14?

I have updated my iPad operating system from iOS 11.4 to iPadOS 14.3. Unfortunately, suspended apps are now immediately killed in the background while in the older version I could keep many apps ...
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Maximize minimized windows on app switcher by default

When selecting an app with the app switcher (CMD+TAB) it will do nothing if the window happens to be minimized (or the app is active but doesn't have windows open). In this answer I was informed that ...
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iOS Disregards Airplane Mode Setting on Reboot

I’m using an iPhone 11 Pro on iOS 14, but I have also observed this behavior on iOS 13 as well as on an iPad running iOS 14. Sometimes, when I go to reboot my phone I will close all apps (just to ...
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How to secure Mac laptop while it is running processes such as wget, or some local node.js apps?

I would like my computer to continue running processes until they're done. I typically just keep my laptop on, but if I leave turn it off. How can I leave though and secure it (like log off or ...
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Confusing behavior of macOS task switcher when app windows are minimized or non-existent

I find the behavior of the macOS task switcher invoked via the keyboard shortcut CMD+TAB confusing. If an application is minimized or doesn't have any visible window, it appears in the task switcher, ...
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parallel with copy command is very slow to clone 2 directories

I am on MacOS Catalina. This command is very slow : parallel -j32 cp -rpf {} /Users/henry/ ::: /Volumes/henry/ The goal is to clone the /Volume/henry to /Users/henry directory. /Volume/henry is ...
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Did the latest iOS or Zoom update break screen sharing when in split-screen mode?

I use Zoom every day for teaching online classes, and I always use the Zoom app for iPad to screencast my Notebility app, which I use as a digital chalkboard. Frequently I will also open a second app ...
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Trying to use Notability in split-screen mode on iPad

So for 8 years I have been using my 1st-generation iPad Mini, which cannot be upgraded past iOS 9, and therefore I have never had the chance to practice using split-screen or slideover mode (or any of ...
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Do programs keep running on macos when user switches account?

I am wondering if programs keep running when users switch account, alas account is locked and another user account logs in. For instance, user Mike runs Photos (that will start curating pictures), ...
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How to identify the originator of an URL call under iOS/iPadOS?

I am sometimes testing my apps on iPhone/iPad with Charles http PROXY to debug URL calls. I have noticed, that when I lock my iPhone and Charles is still running, I can see various URL connect calls ...
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How to set screensaver as desktop background in Mojave and above

High Sierra, how to set screensaver as desktop background? explains how to use the Screensaver as an (animated) desktop background. Unfortunately the -background option to /S*/L*/F*/S*/R*/...
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Does Screen Time log apps running with no windows open or while in screensaver mode?

I noticed my Mac is logging 10hr+ daily usage of Mail, Safari and stuff. But they are just running in the background - since I don't want to always quit and launch these frequently used apps. But I am ...
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Why do all other windows minimize when I open a window from the dock?

Clicking an app icon from the dock causes all other windows onscreen to minimize. Is this intended? Is there a way to configure it so selected app's most recent window gets placed on top without ...
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How to change a note background in the preview app from transparent to any other colour?

When I add a note to a highlighted text (right click - Add Note), the background is transparent, which makes it difficult to read because it overlaps with the PDF text (example screenshot below). I ...
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Remove blur effect from lock screen on High Sierra

I'm on High Sierra 10.13.5. Following these steps to use my unblurred original wallpaper on the initial login screen of my Mac worked perfectly. Now I would like to do the same thing with the lock ...
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Possibilities when not using background app refresh

I like the idea of Background app refresh in iPhone that whenever I open back the app, I'll get new content on screen. However, can someone enlightenment me what happens if i opt not turning on ...
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App in background

I have an iPhone 5C, running an app that is connected to a Bluetooth device. When the connection to the Bluetooth device is lost (spreading apart, Bluetooth turned off etc.) the app sounds a buzzer. ...
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How to troubleshoot apps of which multiple instances can be launched

I have been observing strange behavior with two dictionary apps from a French / Belgian developer. I can launch both of them multiple times -- i.e., multiple instances of the app will appear in the ...
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On iPad Pro, does some apps stay full screen even when working in a 2 app side-by-side mode?

Because Pokemon Go has a bug on the iPad version and I cannot see the number of Pokeballs remaining to catch a Raid Boss (due to aspect ratio of iPad about 4:3, not the same as iPhone's 16:9), so I ...
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iOS 11: How to prevent an app from opening in slide over mode?

I am reading my emails and want to open a link. This link is automatically opened in my browser in slide over mode. I have an IPad Pro 10.5 and when used in portrait mode, the slide over app is tiny ...
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Mission Control app switching is broken - chosen app is NOT focused

Problem: Activate mission control Chose app - eg. Click Safari Mission control exit animation plays, but an app OTHER than Safari has focus. I cannot express how frustrating this is. There is ...
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Multitasking bar does not show up on my iPhone

The following page indicates what the multitasking bar should look like after pressing home twice: https://gigaom.com/2011/02/21/ios-101-how-to-use-multitasking-on-your-iphone-or-ipad/ However when ...
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Can Applescript be multithreaded?

I am writing an Applescript for Spotify that is supposed to do two things: Log every new song played. Every N seconds check what sound device is used. I do (1) by a simple loop that check how much ...
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Apple Mail on iOS 10 loses email message when you switch apps?

Can anyone reproduce this behavior? Open the "Messages" app on iOS. Find or create a message that contains an [email protected]. Click the [email protected] to start a new email. (The Apple "Mail" ...
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Why do multiple instances of the same application occasionally open accidentally?

This doesn't happen often, but occasionally I will try to switch to an open application (either by clicking its icon in the dock, or by double-clicking on a document that opens in that application), ...
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iOS: Bluetooth LE background app

I severly suffer from iOS (supposedly) killing my apps all the time although I purpusefully do not kill them. They are also listed in the task manager (double tap on home). This is especially bad for ...
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Can two apps in one iPhone can be connected to same peripheral?

I have to connect two apps to Bluetooth band (peripheral) at the same time and in same device. Please Guide.
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IOS: How to “unsnap” a slide over app

It’s easy to put app to the side in iOS 11, but how to un-pin it back? It always opens in this mini view. I have an older iPad and I cant swipe down to put sideloaded app on the main screen. The ...
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