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User Interface (UI) or Graphical User Interface (GUI)

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How can I activate buttons with just the keyboard?

Many user interface (UI) elements or dialog boxes have buttons. I would like to be able to activate a button with just the keyboard, without the mouse. How can I do this?
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How to launch a GUI application in another user's graphical session?

I'm trying to figure out how to launch a GUI application as another user that's logged in interactively, in that user's graphical session. For example, say I have two users, foo and bar. Both are ...
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QuickLook for files with no extension or an unknown extension

I'm a programmer, and I find Mac's QuickLook a really great feature for quickly becoming familiar with a particular code base. Basically, I open up a Finder window in the directory where my code ...
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Can anyone recommend an app for creating flowcharts and diagrams?

I'm seeking a Mac app for creating basic flowcharts and similar diagrams. Google has been no help; I've followed dozens of links to apps that either don't exist anymore, I can't find any real ...
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Yellow tooltip stuck on screen

There is a yellow tooltip stuck and it floats above all other windows. I do not know from what program it came. How can I get rid of it without restarting my computer? EDIT:
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How to increase the size of the OS X user interface without lowering the resolution?

I can adjust a few things, such as the Dock, but I don't see a way to say, "I want 1080p resolution, but I'm sitting 5 feet away and want bigger menus, fonts, etc across the entire system." This is ...
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How can I remove the launchpad?

I don't use the launchpad, especially as it has a lot of useless apps in there that you can't delete either. For things like the dock and the dashboard I found guides online on how to remove them, but ...
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What scenarios benefit from Mac OS X allowing apps to run when no document windows remain?

As a rule of thumb programs on Mac OS X stay running when you close all their document windows. This is the behavior I noticed in MacVim, VmWare Fusion, Chrome and host of other applications. I ...
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Can I force GPU rendering on my MBP when connected to a power source?

OS X Lion is quite demanding for old Macs. Even though I own a 15'' MBP early 2011 with the 'powerful' Intel HD 3000 for integrated graphics, some animations just don't feel right (low fps). This is ...
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Is there a way to exactly position a window?

I have a Quicktime window, and I would like to have it positioned at exactly (533,118). I have (painfully) achieved this using the Macbook's screenshot functionality (because it shows the coordinates ...
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What are the blue dots next to App names in iOS and macOS?

They disappear once you open the apps and then return to the home screen, but I can't tell what they indicate. Are they apps that haven't been opened since an app update? Or that it thinks have never ...
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How do you extend the time required to trigger hot corner actions?

I like the concept of hot corner actions but the trigger time for hot corner actions is too quick for me to make good use of them. I keep tripping my corner actions accidentally while reaching for ...
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Emptying the Trash: not working

On Lion 10.7.3, when trying to empty the Trash from the GUI the items to be deleted are counted, and the the dialog doesn't progress anymore: Stopping emptying the Trash doesn't help much either: the ...
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Is it possible to run Nautilus on OS X?

Is it possible to run Nautilus instead of Finder on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? How?
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How to create an alias with drag and drop?

In MacOSX, when dragging a file or folder one can force a copy instead of a move by pressing option. I think that there used to be a way to alternatively create an alias but can't find which key to ...
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Possible to move the cursor word-by-word with Cmd+left/right instead of Alt+left/right?

I would like to use Cmd+←/→ instead of Alt+←/→ to move the cursor word by word in Mac OSX (A Cocoa thing I guess). Is it possible to change that? And by the same token, I would ...
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Change color of desktop font (Yosemite)

Tinkertool took care of most of the too-small fonts (are any Apple designers over 40?), but the white text on my preferred light desktop is bad. Linux GTX has a rather tricky file to hand-edit to fix ...
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Why does mounting an nfs share from linux require the use of a privileged port?

I export a directory on a linux box and I can mount it from another linux box using # mount -t nfs kurush:/media/lynk /mnt/kurush/ The same command fails on Mac OS X: $ sudo mount -t nfs kurush:/...
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Assistive Access when script is launched by agent

Problem Applescript run by osascript is not allowed Assistive Access when launched by agent (~/Library/LaunchAgents). Although it works when run from Applescript editor or commandline directly (using ...
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Setup Mac for kiosk/installation environment

Is there any tool out there to automate the process of turning a regular mac into a kiosk machine? That is... not an internet kiosk but a regular machine with no warning, notifications, popups, etc... ...
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How to disconnect from wifi on Mac OS X

How does one disconnect from a wifi hotspot on Mac OS X? The only way I found how is to Turn Wi-Fi off then back on and finally select a different access point... Surely there must be a better way.
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Mac OS X Mavericks freezes, stops responding when running out of memory

It happens every other day and the symptoms are weird to say the least. The computer still responds in some sense; I can move the mouse, the volume buttons on my headphones work. They keyboard does ...
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AppleScript UI Scripting and click

I would like to click and have automatic action with a software, I can refer to it and get the value of the text but can't manage to click tell application "System Events" to tell process "app" ...
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Check mark disappeared from dropdowns

In all dropdowns both in the browser and in the system the checkmark has disappeared. This is macOS Sierra and every dropdown in Chrome, Safari or any app looks like this: Anything I can do? I tried ...
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How to customize drag-n-drop-to-Terminal path escaping results?

How can I change the way in which filenames are escaped (formatted) when dragged from applications and dropped into Terminal? For example, paths may be escaped with \, just spaces (), or other ...
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How can I remove the window shadow in Mountain Lion?

There's an application called ShadowKiller that seems popular and supposedly works for Lion, but it just seems to die as soon as I try to start it on Mountain Lion. I'd like to get around of the ...
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Can I reverse the two-finger scrolling direction in OS X Lion (10.7)?

I just got 10.7. The two-finger scrolling direction seems wrong to me, although it says "direction - natural." I couldn't see a way to reverse it. Does anyone have a way yet?
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Is it possible to drag the Dock around the screen?

As a Windows/Mac/Ubuntu/Fedora user, I have seen many different ways to manage windows. Some of these, like the Windows taskbar and the OS X Dock, are very interesting and highly useful. One feature ...
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Update Preferences Panel after using default write

I am using default write to set/unset Block all incoming connections option of OSX firewall. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf globalstate -int 2 sudo defaults write /Library/...
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How to get old Spotlight Search View back for Yosemite?

I do not like Yosemite's default Spotlight search. It is in the middle of screen and I can see very little outputs at once. It is so much helpful when it is full screen. Example of the window ...
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Glitch in 'Open with…'

I want to change all media apps to open with VLC. So I right click on one, get info, open with: But now this: And I only have one VLC on my system: ps-MacBook-Air:~ pi$ sudo find / -iname "VLC.app"...
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Is there a way to make Lion's scrollbars visible on mouseover them?

I have started trying the "Jump to the spot that's clicked" option under General System Preferences because I'm pleased by Lion's vanishing scrollbars but they complicate finding the current location ...
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Tap and drag delay

I enabled dragging with the trackpad in my preferences: It works well, but there is a delay after I release my finger from the touchpad. So, I: Double tap and begin dragging If I release my ...
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Octave: Can't start GUI after installing from homebrew

I installed octave using homebrew. When I call octave --force-gui I get error: octave: GUI features missing or disabled in this build Q: How to make it work in GUI mode? I also tried brew ...
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Fix Blank Icons in Dock Stacks and Grids

I use Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), and here's my problem: Stack and grid views of folders very often look like this: These empty boxes are not very useful for finding files quickly. When I open a ...
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What is your preferred way to start a (shell) script from the GUI?

I was wondering what ways there are to start a (shell) script from the GUI, e.g. double-clicking an icon in Finder or launching via Spotlight. This is not about opening a terminal and "manually" ...
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Mysterious box floats on second display and won't go away

I don't know where this comes from. I can't click it, it is only present on the second display; when I mirror displays it goes away. Does anyone have an idea what this could be? I realise a reboot/...
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Three finger drag not working in Safari 10

I've noticed that three finger drag does not work in the latest Safari. I used to be able to select text or pan in Google Maps easily. Now I have to push finger. Outside Safari it works as usual. I ...