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How to submit UI ideas to Apple for consideration

Doubletap (rapid-successive) of the iPhone's power button could be intepreted by the iPhone to invoke an app or action that is user-configured (camera, etc.). Where is the appropriate forum to submit ...
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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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Are there any GUI Git clients that support diff with —color-words?

I use Git for both programming and writing projects, the latter using LaTeX. All the GUI clients I’ve tried on the Mac (e.g. Tower, sourcetree) do a fine job with traditional line diffs. But for ...
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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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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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MySQL Workbech editor hiding value

I have Workbench on my Windows PC and the Editor looks great .. But I just loaded it onto my Macbook, and it looks funky (I can't see the whole value) .. Does anyone know if there's a setting where I ...
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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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Default character variant features for system font

The San Francisco system fonts have character variants as OpenType features cv01, cv02, etc., used e.g. in the Notes app for the minuscule a, but also for other letters. Some of these are helpful to ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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GUI unresponsive or slow, but CPU and RAM healthy

I've go two MacBooks: MacBook Air, 11-inch, 2013, running 10.11.6, 8GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7, integrated graphics MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2018, running 10.13.6, 32GB RAM, 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9, ...
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AppleScript get value of a button

I want to get the value of a button from an internal tool. tell application "System Events" to tell process "App" set myNumberIs to get value of radio group 1 of group 1 of splitter ¬ ...
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Can't add some shortcuts folders to the dock

Very strange situation I have two folders that I can't add to the dock in macosSierra, I can add all the other folders correctly. I check the library\Preferences\com.apple.dock.plist but they aren't ...
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How to right-drag using trackpad only, for Windows on MacBook

Is there ANY way -- either from Apple or via third party utility software -- to enable the built-in TrackPad on a MacBook Pro laptop to do a real "right-click drag" function? Note I'm asking for ...
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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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How to disable all system dialogs, popups, for automated UI testing

I maintain a large pool of mac os machines for use in clustered UI testing of a mac OS app. One thing that constantly brings us pain is that Mac os has a seemingly limitless number of popups and ...
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Keyboard viewer in macOS Mojave dark mode

I upgraded to macOS Mojave and switched to dark mode. I use Accessibility Keyboard. I am wondering if the keys on it are supposed to look like this in Light mode.
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Enable Mojave desktop tinting in Graphite mode?

According to this answer, macOS Mojave's new Desktop Tinting feature only applies in appearance modes other than graphite. I've tested this on my machine, and it works the same way. I prefer graphite ...
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macOS Force User Global Preferences Reread To Refresh GUI

The user global preferences file (High Sierra, Mojave) ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist contains a user's GUI preferences. The preferences are read at login, but, how do I force the ...
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Grey line above the window on Mojave

With the Mojave update a grey line appeared above every window, in either dark or light mode. Is it possible to remove that line? Any sort of hack of "hidden" setting? I've tried with: defaults ...
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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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Get password prompt in the terminal/shell

When I am connecting a Mac through ssh, I don't have any GUI. However, for some of the commands like security find-internet-password, there will be a GUI prompt for the admin's password. How can I ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to select the printer in Mac printer dialog boxes?

I want to jump to the printer selector with the keyboard and select the desired printer with the keyboard.
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How can I make the dictionary pop-up expanded as default?

I have installed some external dictionaries into dictionary.app. When I force-click on a word, only the first 3 lines of each dictionary will be shown in the pop-up window. I have to click the more ...
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Calendar - How to show day end beyond midnight?

For many people with different chronotypes or works shifts, an effective or net day doesn't end neatly before 12AM - not all people stop doing things and close their eyes magically at midnight. It ...
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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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Applescript : Click at position not working

I'm trying to click on a Chrome extension ( Google Highlight : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/multi-highlight/pfgfgjlejbbpfmcfjhdmikihihddeeji) then click on the text box and past my ...