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Change the default system highlight color

Is it possible to change the default highlight color in Chrome and other Mac OS X Applications system wide? How do I customize the default setting in apps like TextEdit or Mail?
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Why does my volume adjust bezel not show properly in macOS Catalina?

I recently updated to macOS Catalina (10.15.3), and the "volume adjust" bezel that pops up in the center of my screen when I adjust the volume via touch bar no longer looks correct. Specifically, it ...
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Is there a GUI for OS X LaunchAgents?

I'm a web developer by day and a lot of the software I install on my computer (namely databases and web servers) come with an optional LaunchAgent to automate starting/stopping processes on boot. I'm ...
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AppleScript UI for Notability

Okay, using a program called "Notability" for taking notes now. I would like to create a shortcut for changing text colors, etc. However, I'm having trouble scripting the UI. The changing colors is ...
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State of xorg support in MacOS Catalina (10.15)

I'm currently setting up a new Mac with Catalina (10.15) and Homebrew. What is the current state of xorg support in this combination? Is XQuartz still maintained, and is it compatible with 10.15? The ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a Mac OSX equivalent of zenity?

I'm porting some simple X windows/bash scripts to Mac OSX, but I cannot find a build of Zenity (a Gnome app for basic GUI dialogs) for OSX. Is there some other command line driven dialog utility I can ...
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AppleScript click Ui Element with modifier keys

I want to click an Ui Element button with modifier keys pressed. Here is my code: tell application "System Events" tell process "Pro Tools" tell (1st window whose title contains "Edit: ")...
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Run a command without opening the terminal

Is it possible to start a terminal command without opening the terminal first? I have some quick commands, and for those I open the terminal window, run the command, and close it again. I generally ...
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Select and drag text on Mac OS X 10.6 doesn't allow me to drag

I have just been enlightened on what I previously thought was a short-coming of the whole Mac OS X platform - that like Windows, a user may select a block of text and drag it. This is particularly ...
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Strange icon in all system password boxes on Mojave 10.14.6

For a few days, I've been seeing this very strange icon every time a system password box shows up. I have no idea what it means? Does anyone know? I do not have capslock on.
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Brew cask install emacs takes control of the emacs command line command

I'm currently using Homebrew to install both the command line version of Emacs and the GUI version of emacs, with the following commands: brew install emacs brew cask install emacs When I first ...
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UI Exerciser for Installed Apps

I'm working on a project where I want to start installed apps an on iOS device and then simulate (random) user actions on the screen: clicking buttons, accessing menus/ Similar to the Monkey app on ...
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Touch Bar has blank/void button after Catalina update

After the Catalina update, the Touch Bar shows a void button on the left of the play button at all times as you can see from this screenshot. As far as I know, the number of buttons that should ...
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macOS emacs in the terminal (no GUI)

Since the update to macOS Catalina, I installed Emacs separately using brew cask install emacs. Now when I type emacs in Terminal, Emacs is opened in a separate window with a GUI (the Emacs.app?). How ...
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How to set Apple TV's language back to English?

So, our daughter thought it would be funny to change the Apple TV's language setting. She is now complaining that she can't watch TV shows. Of course she can't, because nobody can figure out how to ...
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How can you replace macOS's bouncing dock icon animation?

I often find macOS's endlessly repeating "I want your attention" dock bounce animation irritating, so I disabled it with the command defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE , followed by ...
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How to use Applescript to turn off Apple TV in iTunes?

In Automator, I would need an Applescript who turn off Apple TV sound. See this picture. I need the "Apple TV salon PT" checkbox unchecked.
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How to simulate keystroke in a GUI application programmatically?

On Windows I use AutoHotKey, I can create a GUI window that can be "Always On Top", I can create different Tabs that contain buttons with names that will send keystrokes/macros to a particular ...
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Missing a lot of options from Finder's right click context menu

No idea what caused this or why it's happening, but when I right click something in Finder I'm missing a lot of the standard options that should be there (dropbox options, labels, etc). I've ...
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AppleScript with list selection and Cancel button suppressed or disabled

Is there any way to suppress/disable the Cancel button in a list selection dialog - in other words, force a response? Here's what I came up with (I'm forcing a response by displaying an error message ...
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How to display photo albums in iOS12.4 as a list rather than an array of thumbnails?

I dislike the array of thumbnails or large icons as a user interface. Is there a way to get my iPhone XR running iOS 12.4 to display my photo albums as a list?
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How to submit UI ideas to Apple for consideration

Doubletap (rapid-successive) of the iPhone's power button (aka "side" button) could be intepreted by the iPhone to invoke an app or action that is user-configured (camera, etc.). Where is the ...
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Left-align Safari Favorites labels

Is there a hack to make the items in Safari's Favorites bar be left-aligned rather than centered? I've never gotten used to having to scan visually for the folder I want.
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Does Apple prohibit the display of a non-interactive preview of a system notification on an app's UI?

I'm on initial design stages of a new iOS app, and for one of the screens I'm thinking of having the user build a custom notification. For that, the app would feature a preview of the final ...
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Moving files in Finder with drag and drop opens a new window

I'm trying to move files around in Finder by using my trackpad to drag and drop files. The problem is that I'm using tap to click with dragging enabled. So, when I decide to drop the files onto a ...
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Is it possible to update macOS's emoji keyboard (to use all emojis)

Following this question, I have obtained and installed macOS Mojave's Apple Color Emoji.ttc on macOS Sierra. While I can now see these emojis if I'm texted them, they don't show up on my emoji ...
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Switch to another desktop faster on macos high sierra

On a macbook with macos high sierra, how do I switch between desktops faster by sliding 3 fingers across the touch pad? Currently it takes ~1 second to switch to another screen. It does not matter if ...
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Dragging PDFs out of safari

Is there a way of dragging an open PDF out of safari into another app without saving it and then having to delete it like to the files app or notes?
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Custom 24-hour single-hand watch face for Apple Watch

Is there a way to make the Apple Watch display a 24-hour single-hand watch face? Preferably with midnight on the bottom, and noon at the top? Something like this:
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How do I remove the left column in finders column view?

When in column view in finder, there may be several columns displayed, one for each folder. Let's say the one I really care about is 5 folders deep, and so its far to the right side of the window. How ...
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macOS: What is this mysterious white window?

This small white window often pops up and it's very annoying. I'm using macOS Sierra 10.12.6 It may or may not be related to these questions: 1, 2 The only way to get it to disappear is to click on ...
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How to mirror files on all desktops when running in extended desktop mode

I want to mirror files/shortcuts on all desktops/screens when running in extended desktop mode. I don't want to manually copy them and I also don't want to mirror my displays. Is there any way to do ...
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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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macOS: How to keep an app and its new windows/dialogs always hidden?

I am running a 3rd party app on my Mac that spawns new small in-app windows/dialogs/popups almost every 3 seconds, to show the progress of a specific command. These windows are closed automatically by ...
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Run AppleScript in background without showing in app switcher?

Is there any way to run an AppleScript command (which runs infinitely) completely in the background without any icon showing in the dock or app switcher (⌘+Tab)? For example, hiding the AppleScript ...
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How to disable Mojave’s desktop tinting (with reduce transparency)?

Even with “Reduce transparency” enabled, Mojave’s desktop-tinting is quite horribly annoying, in both Light Mode and Dark Mode (regardless of accent color). Switching to a solid red desktop background,...
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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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Is there a way to add ‘separators’ to the menubar?

Does anyone know of a tiny pseudo-app that adds fake menubar widgets, ones that take effectively no resources and have no icon, so I can ‘space out’ my menubar? (I ask because I use Bartender.app, ...
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Hide the cursor from the terminal

I want to be able to hide the cursor programmatically. I am okay with giving any required permissions to the script.
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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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How to convert Apple's .textClipping files to plain text?

If you select some text in an app (e.g. Chrome or any other app which allows dragging text), and drag the selection to a Finder panel, then a file will be created in the panel with an invisible ....
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How to reduce tooltip appearance delay in Xcode?

When I hover some icon in Xcode I have to wait quite long for tooltip. How to reduce delay?
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How exactly is PATH calculated?

I've read a dozen different answers and talked to a bunch of people and am having difficulty understanding how PATH is calculated in different scenarios. Specifically I'm thinking of How exactly is ...
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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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What is the name of this button?

I've been calling it the "keyboard dismissal button," but I'd like to know if it has an actual name.
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Tips or Tricks: Identifying if there are Opened Documents

New Mac user here, trying to figure out how to adapt my workflow and the like from Windows/Linux to Mac. I think the answer might be "it's not possible" but here goes anyway. I'm used to leaving ...

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