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LG UltraFine & replacement Belkin USB-C cable gives blurry text

I have an LG UltraFine 5K screen and a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro. The original USB-C cable that came with the screen broke. So I bought a Belkin USB-C replacement. Now all text is noticeable blurry. So ...
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How to disable text drag delay

Is there any way to disable the delay for text dragging in OS X? There is a small delay between selecting and dragging text, if you start dragging the text right after you selected it - it will ...
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How to force OS X Notes application to lose formatting when I paste text from clipboard?

While I do find Notes.app very useful, especially due to the iCloud integration with iOS counterpart apps, I am very annoyed about the text formatting used by the application. I just want to be able ...
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Is there a QuickLook preview for plain-text files with unknown extensions? [duplicate]

A similar question was asked here but the answer refers to something called QL Stephen, which only claims to preview files with no extension. I need something that will show previews of files with ...
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How to create a blank RTF file in AppleScript?

I want to be able to create a new TextEdit document with an AppleScript file. The AppleScript file will then be triggered by a system-wide keyboard shortcut via FastScripts. Specifically, I want the ...
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iPhone can send iMessages without a SIM card?

I gave my old iPhone 3GS (iOS 5.0) to a friend, and after removing the SIM card, we noticed a peculiar behavior. My friend is able to send texts via iMessage from the old phone number. Likewise, I can ...
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Typing lag on SE sites - Safari

This is a strange one & only seems to affect text entry [questions, answers & comments] on SE sites. I've not really noticed it anywhere else, but this is where I do most of my web-site typing....
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Can an AppleScript write to a Notes.app document?

I would like to write text to a "Note" (as opposed to a standard .txt or .rtf file), because Mac Notes automatically sync to an iCloud account, across devices. (I understand that one can use various ...
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Tool to transform text to all caps or lowercase

Is there a system-wide text manipulation app that enables you to select text and convert all letters to upper case or lower case, like a code text editor would?
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How to use AppleScript to create a new Rich Text Format file from clipboard text?

I have an Automator Service that takes the current text on the clipboard and writes it to a new .txt file. This is executed simply with the following piece of AppleScript code: do shell script "...
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Is it possible to enable OSX keyboard text substitution in more apps?

OSX has built into text substitution that is configured in System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. This works great in certain apps, such as Evernote and Textedit, but seems to be disabled in other apps/...
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How to 'linkify' plain text URLs (locally) on the Mac?

I'm copying a slab of plain text that contains URLs into an RTF file in TextEdit, which I am hoping to automatically, (as there are a lot of them in the text), 'linkify' into rich text hyperlinks - ...
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How to prepend to text file in AppleScript?

I have a .txt file saved on my computer. I want Automator to add a bit of text to the very top of the .txt file. I do not want any text in the .txt file to be overwritten. I also want a new line to be ...
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Contact switched to Android; how to send texts instead of iMessages?

My brother switched to an Android phone from an iPhone recently. When I attempt to text him, it still tries to send those messages as iMessages. Two questions: will he receive these iMessages, and ...
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How to permanently delete text substitutions?

How do I permanently delete text substitutions from System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. I have deleted them several times using the (-) key, but they annoyingly reincarnate themselves after a ...
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Auto completion of accents and tilde OSX

I've been working on macs for a couple of years now, and recently switched jobs (Software dev). Before when I was typing something like "e would not automatically merge into ë. This is really ...
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How to delete a specific line of a paragraph in AppleScript, while retaining the original format of the text?

I have a text variable of class text that shows something like this when it is returned: " This is sentence 1. This is sentence 2. This is sentence 3. This is sentence 4." I want to be able to ...
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How to get the selected text into an AppleScript, without copying the text to the clipboard?

I've researched methods on how to get the selection as a text variable in an AppleScript. But these methods rely on copying the selection to the clipboard (for example, by keystroking the copy command ...
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Is it possible to keystroke special characters in AppleScript?

The Bug: For certain special characters and symbols, AppleScript will fail to keystroke the actual character, and will instead simply type the letter a. An Example: The following AppleScript code: ...
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Mail in Mavericks does not correctly text wrap / no option to view in plain text

This problem has been brought up in the Apple discussion forum, but with no success. It is two related problems that have cropped up in the Mail application in Mavericks (OS X v10.9): First, there is ...
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How to make Smart folder like physical folder with the combined contents of two folders

I have an application which looks for its data (*.txt) files in a folder. I have two folders containing text data that I need to keep separate, but it would be useful to have the application see the ...
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Is there a Mac OS X Command Line application that can convert text encodings from one type to another? (Specifically to convert Mac OS Roman to utf8)

I would like to call a command line utility in Mac OS X 10.8 that gives me the ability to convert a text file saved in standard Western Mac OS Roman encoding to the more generic UTF-8. I will be ...
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Add line over letter in Pages, Keynote

In Cocoa programs in Mac OS it is possible, using the fonts palette, add line below the character (underline), in the middle of the character (strikethrough), changing the stile of the line: single, ...
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how to Quick Look text files with custom file extensions in Finder

When I have .txt files or .py files, I can Quick Look those files in Finder. I have .jl files that are codes written in the Julia Language. Of course they are text files. They will open in a text ...
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Multi-selection of text in text areas (Chrome, Sparrow) will switch keyboard to “Insert mode” and overwrite too much text

OSX 10.7.4, MacBook Air I've noticed that when I select text and attempt to replace it with additional text, some text areas will maintain the selection and cause me to errantly delete data from my ...
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AppleScript bug: When placing plain text on the clipboard, the text is always converted to rich text

Run the following code to put some text on your clipboard: set testString to "This string should be plain text." set the clipboard to testString If you open up a new .rtf file in TextEdit.app, and ...
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How to use find and replace to replace a character with new line

I have a document, I wants to use the find and replace to convert any period (.) into a new line. I can't seems to of that, in Microsoft word you can input ^ CTRL+p into the replace field. But how do ...
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Autocomplete for MacOS

What applications can add a general autocomplete feature to all text fields in MacOS? There're text expanders, like the built-in one and TextExpander, but they don't suggest things while typing and ...
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Why is iPhone adding a '1' to my phone numbers when sending a text?

I sent a text message to (123) 456-7890 and an error message immediately appeared to "use a valid 10-digit phone number" and showed the number I used with a 1 before the area code. I tried deleting ...
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AppleScript: How to write to text file in specific location (signaled by specific character)?

I have a .txt file saved on my computer. I want my Automator application to add a bit of text to the .txt file (the text will be entered by the user). I already know how to append text or prepend text ...
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Self-updating textfield in Pages 6.2

I'm new with using Pages, and testing it for writing a spec for a small software project. As the spec should be a frequently kept up-to-date document, I would like to have a textfield on the front ...
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How to reset Mac OS X text substitution?

Whenever I type "foo" it gets replaced by "bar". It is working system wide. I can see this behavior in Chrome, TextEdit and other apps. Even partial text like "Somefoo" gets converted to "Somebar". ...
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Messages app on my Macbook Pro stopped sending to Android

The Messages app on my Macbook Pro (running High Sierra) suddenly stopped sending text messages to Android devices. I can still send texts to Android users from my iPhone without a problem, but when ...
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Need to print out iPhone text messages

I have a court case and have text messages on my iPhone I need to transfer to my iPad email for evidence. Every time I try it doesn't work, it will send them to my iMessage but not my email. I need ...
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How to keep the text selection in Terminal.app when typing

In Terminal.app, when I select some text and start typing again, the text selection is gone. I personally find this very annoying. Is there a way to make Terminal.app keep the selection when I type?
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My iPhone 4S won't text my friend's Android, my phone thinks she still has an iphone with iOS5

My friend used to have an iPhone 3GS with iOS version 5. Our text messages showed up blue being that we were on the same software. She now has updated her phone to a Galaxy S II and my phone still ...
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How to assign hotkeys to paragraph styles in Pages 5?

Pages '09 had the paragraph styles drawer with a list of all styles. Each style had the following context menu: On the new Pages 5, this is how that context menu looks however. Noticeably missing is ...
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Text expansion for Mac OS X Lion?

Is there a built in feature into OS X Lion which is similar to iOS 5.0's shortcut feature? For example, by default if you type "omw" on the iPhone, it gets expanded to "on my way" automatically. I ...
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Copying text from a file using Quick Look?

Anyone know of a way to simply select and copy text from a file open in Quick Look? Our project managers really enjoy sending out change requests as attached .doc files, and I'd really love to be ...
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Mountain Lion US keyboard layout .. bug? British layout when selected US keyboard

When I change my input source to US Keyboard and I want to press this key: ` I get some British key. My keyboard is this one: And it behaves like this one: I changed my keyboard layout like ...
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How can I use AppleScript to see if a specific line of a .txt file matches a variable?

I have a .txt file saved on my computer. The contents of the .txt file looks like this, for example: I want my Automator application to read the first line of the .txt file and to put that line into ...
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How to delete a specific line of a paragraph in AppleScript? [duplicate]

I have a text variable of class text that shows something like this when it is returned: " This is sentence 1. This is sentence 2. This is sentence 3. This is sentence 4." I want to be able to ...
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How can one create a shortcut for pasting unformatted text in Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac?

iWork provides the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Option-Shift-V to paste text without it's original formatting. How can I get this or a similar shortcut key for Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac?
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Type straight quotes (",') when smart quotes is turned on

I love smart quotes in macOS, but for those few times where I really need a straight quote (when manually typing links, for example), I can’t find a quick keyboard shortcut to insist on the straight ...
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How to copy the current text line without highlighting it?

I find it annoying that I have to highlight a given piece of text and then press CMD +C to copy it into the buffer. I want to be able to copy text by simply pressing CMD +C, which would copy the ...
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iMessage checker

I'm trying to do a number checker in imessage. We all know that there is no such api, so I'm trying to use the tools at hand. The main took with past issues on this site on this topic. I made a ...
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To give STDIN for Sed?

Pseudocommand echo '1,2,3,5' | sed -n data.txt which gives sed: 1: "data.txt": extra characters at the end of d command I want to give linenumbers for search from other command. Actually awk is ...
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Texts and imessage appearing on Mac

I want texts and iMesssages from my iPhone to stop appearing on my home Mac. They currently get copied between the 2 devices, I have tried deleting iCloud but this does not stop the messages.
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What language is used in equations in Pages and Keynote? e.g. \texttt{}, \mathtt{}, \tt{} and \text{}

This answer to How to include equations in-line with text within the cell of a table in Keynote? is quite helpful. I noticed that \text{} is interpreted as boldface, and I had to find something else ...
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How to write text to an RTF file, while maintaining the style of a document template, in AppleScript?

I have an AppleScript code that I am having trouble writing. I would like a new, blank .rtf file to be created with a user-defined filename, saved to a predetermined location, with a predetermined ...