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How to Show Virtual Keyboard in El Capitan?

I changed to El Capitan and I cannot find anymore the virtual keyboard about testing keyboard's keys visually. It is normally in the right hand corner under the keyboard switcher icon. I need the ...
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Cannot Run GUI AppleScripts

I recently upgraded my system to OS X 10.11 El Capitan and ever since, my AppleScript which enables GUI scripting cannot be run. Part of the reason is obvious, the Universal Access pane in System ...
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How to Drag and Drop between full screen apps on a Mac using a standard mouse?

I have a Logitech mouse. I often maximize my applications in OS X. E.g. I will have Evernote running on one Desktop and Google Chrome running on another, both in full screen mode. Suppose I have a ...
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Is there any way to change the visual style of the interface buttons in OS X?

For instance, in Tiger, the blue/grey "OK" or "Cancel" buttons in a window had a rounder radius. In Mavericks, they're more rectangular. Are the button images stored in a resources folder somewhere in ...
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Accept login policy banner without mouse

My computer setup currently has three monitors: the 15.4" built-in display of my MacBook pro, a 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display connected by Thunderbolt, and a 10" Mimo Magic Touch display connected to ...
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Can I change the resize zones on windows in Yosemite?

It feels like the "hit zone" for the resize handle on windows in Yosemite is about 4 pixels wide. Meaning when I want to resize something I end up hunting around for it for 3 or 4 seconds every time. ...
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How to drag a window from any point (maybe with shortcut) [duplicate]

Is there any setting or application that would let me drag a window without having to go to the window title bar? Maybe some application may let me drag a window by holding FN (or other combination) ...
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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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Is there a way to get a modal display when ⌘-⌥-→ and ⌘-⌥-←?

When switching between applications with the keyboard (i.e. ⌘-tab) a modal display is shown with graphical representations of each application. Is there a way to get a similar modal display when ...
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How to get user GUI input from BASH scripts?

From a BASH script I want to get user input and change system settings, in a loop. I first tried cocoaDialog but that has a fatal flaw: the dialogs are always on top of other windows. Ideally, I ...
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Dragging away a fullscreen window on Mac

I have recently switched to Mac after using Linux Mint and still getting used to its UX paradigms. Is it possible to: Go on full screen with a window by clicking on the blue dot. Then drag the ...
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Stop drag w/ click instead of release

I'm currently running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 on a mid-2015 MacBook Pro. I have tap to click enabled and have enabled dragging without drag lock. Currently I am able to double-tap to start dragging, ...
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Weird El Capitan interface / icon glitch - clear cache?

Yesterday, I've run into a weird problem on my early 2015 MacBook Air. I was copying over some files from a Windows 7 VM (Fusion 8.0.1) when all of a sudden my host OS' interface ran all sluggish and ...
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set position {0,0} of element accessibillityTitle via Applescript

I have a UI element called accessibillityTitle with value Layers and I want to position this element in the top right corner, but I don't know how to acces it via Applescript. I have found the element ...
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How do I change from English to my native language in Xcode?

My whole system is in my preferred language, except Xcode. There's no use Googling "Xcode change language" or even "xcode change language -iphone -IDL -parse -Python -app -localization -...
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How can I show text labels on buttons globally?

How do I display text in addition to icons in toolbar buttons? For example, I find some of the icons in the Preview app to be quite unintuitive. Is there a way to set this globally across all apps?
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OS X 10.11 El Capitan - Verifying file dialog, every time a file is opened

Not sure, if this question will be closed, but the situation is quite annoying. Every time, I open some .pdf or .jpg file, a dialog appears,and it seems to be stuck there for a long time. After I ...
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One frame of my WiFi searching animation is wrong

My WiFi loading animation is messed up. The frame where the second-longest bar is filled doesn't match with the other frames! This is mildly infuriating — have I done something to mess this up or is ...
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Scaling all UI elements when using an external monitor

When I use my Macbook Pro's internal monitor, I have the following options in the Display settings menu: The best thing here is the Scaled option, which means that I can use the native resolution of ...
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How to close the strange blank white panel on my screen?

It's really strange there is often a small white panel on my screen, which can be moved and resized, but I can find no way to close it. I don't know where it is coming from. Does anyone know what's ...
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How do you make the dock more sensitive to being shown?

The amount that you have to move the mouse downwards to get the dock to trigger is too high in my opinion. I've only found the following settings: defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-...
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iMessage stuck in Notification Center

I have this weird situation where I was using the reply-from-Notification-Center Messages feature and it got stuck in the write-the-message state, as in the screenshot below. The message was sent, ...
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Safari modify suggested url

Imagine I visited a website: http://example.com/food/cake.html with the title Delicious Cake. When I use Safari and start typing Del, one of the suggestions shown by Safari might be the aforementioned ...
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What is the default (blue) value for AppleHighlightColor?

Lots of popular dotfiles repos (stemming from this one) include this: # Set highlight color to green defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600" It looks ...
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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: Automator, launch an app, as if I dragged n dropped file on App's dock icon?

Using automator, I know how to "Launch an App". I would like to know how to "Launch an App in a specific way". The app I want to launch, acts differently depending how its launched. If one: clicks ...
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Long text-drag delay

Dragging text used to be instant. Now, especially after an application’s been open a few minutes, it takes forever from the time I press the mouse button on text until I can drag it. (If I try to drag ...
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To solve this extra window bug in Yosemite?

I have got this kind of glossy window on top of other windows regularly in OSX Yosemite 10.10.2, two times per month approximately. You cannot press anything there. It blocks the user interface ...
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What does the orange keys mean in keyboard viewer?

I use the keyboard viewer as a cheat sheet so I can guide myself in the horrible fields of OSX keymaps and I realised that pressing some keys will display a few keys in orange. What does that color ...
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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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Better touch tool disables three finger drag. Why?

When both better touch tool and three finger drag are activated, the three finger drag becomes unresponsive sometimes. The issue is resolved by restarting better touch tool, but it occurs again ...
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Whiteout (missing UI graphics) on toolbar icons in Yosemite

Getting this weird UI whiteout on all toolbar icons all of a sudden. Any idea how to get rid of this? I have been using this version of OS X for a while with no problems at all.
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UI Guidelines : Left Navigation button should be a previous button

I've recently heard the that statement that the left navigation button should be a previous button and should not be used to display a menu. Is that statement present in an offical guideline ...
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Xcode GUI adjusting location of Navigator-Menu

How can one adjust the view settings, so that the Navigator-Menu (see image) appears on the right or on the bottom, etc.? UPDATE: Thanks, jherran, for telling me the name of this menu.
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Drag and Drop file to desktop when windows are maximized

I typically maximize my windows to the full size of the screen and then rather than clicking windows to navigate through them I cmd+tab to switch between applications. The only problem that this ...
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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 does double-tap to drag work?

I'm using an image editing program, and I'm trying to do a large clone. This requires me to keep the mouse button down (virtually, this is on a trackpad) for a long period of time, and any mistake ...
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Can I make iOS 8 look like iOS 6?

This has to be my #1 wish for iOS, bar none. I swear the look of the GUI in iOS 6 fits my brain far better than that of 7/8. It's not just a matter of cringing every time I look at it; there is no ...
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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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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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How can I change the aqua theme in Yosemite?

How can I change the aqua theme/skin to a dark one in Yosemite? I'm referring to the window title bars, scroll bars, buttons, etc (the cocoa aqua ui theme?). Everything is grayish by default, but i'd ...
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How to quit without saving using just the keyboard?

When I quit an application (e.g., Excel) with Command-Q, a dialog box pops up, asking me to select between don't save, cancel and save. I can hit Enter to select save, or I can navigate the mouse to ...
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Where are system UI image files stored?

On OS X Yosemite, where are the image files for system UI elements such as buttons, sliders, menus, traffic lights, etc. stored?
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Remove titlebar from window like Vimperator

There's a plugin for Firefox called Vimperator which is what it sounds like -- a vim style interface for Firefox. It has the curious ability to nearly remove the titlebar of the Firefox window. This ...
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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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Disable font anti aliasing in Firefox in OSX?

As much searching and trying I have done, I can not disable text anti aliasing in Firefox. Can someone please show me a screenshot of Firefox in OSX with no text aliasing. Also, how would I achieve ...
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Replacing Yosemite RED/ORANGE/GREEN window buttons with standard Mac OS X icons?

I've tried Yosemite on my MacBook Air (testing machine). I think it is ugly, bland, and the most un-Apple-ish OS that Apple has ever released. One of the most irritating design aspects is the RED/...
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What's the difference between rainbow and regular spinning wheel?

I usually see the well known rainbow colored spinning wheel when the Mac is working on something, but sometimes there is a blue one. What is the difference between them? Do they come from the OS and ...
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Position Dock stretched full width without increasing size proportionally

Using defaults write com.apple.dock pinning start;killall Dock I was able to move the position of the dock to the upper left corner below the Apple menu. What I'd really like to do is force the ...