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Questions tagged [switching]

The process of changing your brain to switch from one OS to another. Most often this is used for questions like, "I know how to do this on Windows, but how do I do this on the Mac?" Also valid for other choices of switch direction include switches to/from other operating systems such as Linux.

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Decimal comma in Spanish keyboard layout

I have a Spanish layout keyboard (in Snow Leopard). Whenever I use the dot, or comma, in the numeric keyboad (right of the 0) it always shows a comma, but I'd prefer if it entered a dot, just like PCs ...
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Can I move the top menu bar?

As a Windows/Fedora/Mac/Ubuntu user, the menubar at the top of the screen has always bugged me. It doesn't go away and you can't move it. I've tried dragging it away in vain several times. It would ...
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How can I switch applications on iPhone or iPad by keyboard like “Windows key + tab” on Windows?

I like typing by keyboard while using iPhone and iPad. But when I switch applications(e.g. between Safari and memo application), I have to the push home putton on the devices'. It is very frustrating. ...
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Windows-style taskbar functionality in OS X?

Looking for an OS X add-on that will enable Windows-like (one-click) functionality for switching between different windows of a single application. Example: I have 5 maximized Chrome windows open, ...
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Microsoft Publisher: Mac Equivalent?

Microsoft Publisher is an excellent piece of software on Windows. Does a Mac equivalent of Microsoft Publisher exist in its own entity ?
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How can I modify OSX GUI colors to be more readable for weakened vision

A bit of preface: I'm currently a Windows user but I'm looking into switching to Mac for work purposes. This of course means that I'd be staring at the UI of OSX for about 40 hours every week at least ...
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Switching applications with CMD+TAB launches an instance of the target app

For a while now, every time that I try to switch an application using cmd+tab when I stay in the target application for more than a couple of milliseconds, when I lift my fingers, a new instance of ...
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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How to translate between Windows and Mac -style file locations?

For an office with mostly Windows workstations and a few OS X workstations, what's the easiest way for the Mac users to translate to and from a Windows-style file paths? For example, to automatically ...
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Switching to an open application via BetterTouchTool (making it active)

Is it possible to switch TO an open application via keyboard shortcut in BetterTouchTool? Currently I’m using a predefined action “Open Application” instead but it’s not quite the same as I don’t ...
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MacBook Pro and air logic boards interchange?

Can I interchange my logic boards from MacBook Pro a1502 to a MacBook Air a 1466?
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How do I run a GUI app via SSH?

I'm used to working on Unix/Linux and recently moved to Mac. In used to be able to do this: derick@linux1:~$ ssh -X linux2 derick@linux2's password: derick@linux2:~$ xclock I've install X11 from ...
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Why is it not possible to use the “cut” command to manipulate a file in the Finder?

On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I don't seem to be able to us the "Cut" command on a file in the Finder, like you can do in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows. (In Windows, once you select a file and "...
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.
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Is there a Mac equivalent to Windows 7's library feature?

Having several related files in different folders, I was looking for a way to combine them in the same view, like the "Libraries" of Windows Explorer in Win7. While Finder has great smart folder ...
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Move complete Lion installation to another physical drive

is there a way to completely move my OSX Lion to my new SSD without reinstalling? I came from Windows and Linux to OSX and i thought maybe it is possible to simply change the bootloader config after ...
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Alternative to Windows Snipping Tool for Mac OSX

Is there something like the Windows Snipping Tool for OSX? For those, who don't know about the tool, it's an easy to use software to take snapshot of any portion of screen, and is really useful in ...
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Using Windows on Mac keyboard without Delete key

I'm just curious - I guess lots of people with Mac hardware use Windows. How do they manage to do so, given that delete key is missing on Mac keyboard and you have to press ctrl+alt+delete to log in ...
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Can you stop “minimize” from bringing other windows forward in OS X?

I've seen this asked previously, but it's 3 years old, so I was really hoping that there were some other answers by now (new options? new add-on apps?). In OS X (I'm using Mavericks), minimizing a ...
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Remapping keyboard shortcuts in Chrome and Firefox

I recently switched from Windows to Mac. One of the things that's really ingrained in my muscle memory is hitting Alt+D in a browser to go to the address bar. On Mac browsers, ⌘+D creates a bookmark,...
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Can the finder edit mp3 sound file tags like artist?

How can I change artist of multiple selected mp3 files in finder? Like in windows we can select multiple mp3 files and can change the artist of all selected file in properties.
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Limit app switcher to active display

When pressing ⌘+tab  , I want to cycle through only the apps on the display that contains the app which currently has focus or contains the cursor. Likewise, when pressing ⌘+ ` , I ...
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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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Can I make my Mac OS X Terminal color items according to syntax, like the Ubuntu terminal?

I want it to have all the colors for syntax folders, etc... How can I do that?
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Keyboard shortcuts for switching Spaces?

I have a laptop and a desktop both running 10.11.1; on the laptop I found a way to set up Spaces so that CTRL-1 would take me immediately to screen 1 and similarly for all the other screens. I rely ...
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how to ungroup windows on mac

I am coming from ubuntu. In Mac i notice that multiple browser windows or finder windows don't show up independently in task bar or task switcher. This is causing problems in many operations. Is there ...
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How do I switch opened windows within the same application using shortcuts? [duplicate]

As shown in the figure below, I opened three Safais windows. To switch among them, I double click the Safari ico in the dock and select the window. Is there any shortcuts to move these opened windows?...
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How can I browse photos on iPhone in Mac OSX?

Previously, on Windows, iPhone was recognized as a camera and I could browse image folder with Explorer without a need to import/download/tranfer photo files to the computer. Is there a way to do the ...
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What keyboard command can be used to move the cursor to the end of the next word on the Mac?

In Windows and Ubuntu one can move the cursor to the end of the next word in text by pressing ctrl+ left or ctrl+right. What's the equivalent of this on the Mac?
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Missing keyboard shortcut in El Capitan 10.11.5 to switch between windows within app

I've just started running El Capitan (10.11.5) and one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts seems to have disappeared: the keyboard shortcut that let you move between windows within the same application. ...
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Are there any GameBoy Advance emulators for OS X Lion?

As a prior Windows user, on the Mac I miss some popular video game console emulators like VisualBoyAdvance or ZSNES. Especially the lack of a good Game Boy Advance emulator is bugging me. So my ...
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Obtaining a particular effect called “Lazy Mouse Smoothing” in a graphics application

I'm using Pixelmator and Autodesk Sketchbook for drawing and I'd really love to have "lazy mouse smoothing". This is a feature found in an application called LazyNezumi, for Windows, that adds lag ...
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How do i replace an apple ID on a used iPhone 4?

I have given my dad my old iPhone 4, and I bought a new 4S. He put a new sim card in and used the phone but now 'his' contacts have appeared on my new iPhone i.e. the old phone retains my apple id. ...
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TWAIN Drivers on Mac

I'm primarily a Windows admin, but I just got a new MacBook Air with Lion on it. I'm trying to use it with my Brother MFC-7820N printer/scanner/fax device. I've installed drivers, and am able to both ...
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How can I set to show window switcher an all displays when I hit Cmd+Tab

I two monitors plus my macbook display and I find it sometimes annoying to find where the window switcher shows up. It would make sense to show it everywhere when I hit Cmd+Tab. Please give me advise ...
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Ctrl + → to have the same effect as ⌥ + →

How can I make Ctrl + Arrow to have the same effect as ⌥ + Arrow, i.e. move to the previous/next word?
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Migration from PC to iMac not working

I have my first iMac and cannot get the migration from my PC to work. I have been told that it is difficult if I have already started using my computer. Can I just start from scratch from when I ...
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Is there no such thing as Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS X?

This is my first Mac and I'm wondering: is there no Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS X? I am a web developer and I need IE (not really lol) but so as I Google it, I see some questionable ...
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App behavior with spaces and minimized window

I would like to change the behavior when I click on an app that's not open on the current space. Right now, it goes to whichever space has that app. Instead, I'd like it to favor the current space, ...
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How to make the maximize button behave consistently across applications?

So I'm a semi-new Mac user (loving it btw), but one thing I'm finding super annoying is that when I hit the "+" to maximize/minimize windows it doesn't behave like I think it should. I see many ...
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Make Mac OS X “Option-Arrow” work like Windows “Ctrl-Arrow”

I rely on the "Ctrl-→" command on Windows to navigate my way through text documents. This useful key-combo will quickly bring me to the beginning of the next word. For example, the following ...
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Verizon switch to Virgin mobile for iPhone 4

I have an iPhone 4 from Verizon Wireless, but I have never put it on a contract due to high prices of Verizon. My questions are: Is there a way I could activate it with Virgin Mobile? If so, how?
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Faster command+tab switching support number choice?

Is there a faster way to switch between applications on mac using ⌘ cmd + tab?? when i open a lot of different apps opens at a time, i have to press lots of ⌘ cmd + tab to switch to purpose ...
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Is there anything like System Restore for Mac OS X?

I've been a Mac user for a few years now. Thinking about if it would be a good idea to set up a Mac for my parents, I came to think of the awesome feature of System Restore in Windows where making a ...
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Where are [ and ] in a French keyboard?

I am getting used to Mac, I have a french keyboard, and can see Character Viewer and Keyboard Viewer, but I still don't know how to type some characters, for instance [ and ]?
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Dual screens: one monitor switches to desktop, window appears on other monitor

My computer is behaving oddly and I would like to know if someone else has this issue too (if so, it's a bug) or that I am the only one (in which case there is probably a quick solution). Let's say I ...
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What is the keyboard short cut to cycle to a minimized window?

For example, if I have 2 Safari windows open. One is minimized and I have focus on the other one, how do I open the minimized one with out using the mouse? I found ⌘-` activates the next open window ...
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windows like (context menu) unzipper in mac?

Is there an app that acts like windows-based unzipper? I don't want my unarchiver unzip when I click a zipped file. I rather want to right click then click 'unzip' or something similar. Update: I ...
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Fixed region screen capture on Mac OS X?

I use both Windows and Mac OS X on my work/home computers, and on Windows I love SnagIt, because it allows me to capture fixed regions of the screen: I select a resolution (for example, 500x400), and ...
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How can I convert video and audio files into iPod/iPad playable formats?

I am quite a non-technical guy when it comes to such stuff and hence looking for "easy" solutions. On Windows, I had used Red Kawa Videora to convert the various audio and video formats to iPod-...