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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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Change File Picker Dialog folder location (avoid latest visited folder)

Whenever a File picker dialog (MacOs Catalina) is being open by a website or in general within the operating system, the UI shows as a default folder the latest used/visited one. Let's consider this ...
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Created volume navigation and structure doesn't behave like a normal directory

I've created a new volume as my previous encrypted partition was running low on space. When accessing the new image, it does not have a sidebar and when I enter a subdirectory it opens a brand new ...
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Simulate user login using command-line utilities

Sometimes, I need to create a login session (create windowserver instance, run login items / launchagents) of an admin user, because a lot of software cannot be run under root (but can be run as ...
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Can the spacing of menu bar apps be modified in Big Sur?

It's much too wide, which is a problem if you use a lot of menu bar apps.
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What is the radius of the windows on BigSur?

I read Apple's What's New in macOS about BigSur, and they have mentioned about an increase in the window radius, but they have not mentioned anywhere about what the radius is. Throughout macOS 11, ...
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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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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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Revert UI on Big Sur?

How can I revert the Big Sur UI changes, especially Finder's? While it looks cleaner, it now takes 2 clicks to change the Finder's view type of gallery, list, icons, or columns. I would rather have ...
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Big Sur: Remove extra horizontal padding in menubar [duplicate]

In Big Sur MacOS update menubar icons have extra horizontal padding compared to previous OS versions. All the icons I need just simply not fitting there. And they used to fit in Mojave. I am still not ...
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How to enable backtap to switch on Safari Reader View using Shortcuts in iOS?

iOS14.2 Create shortcut to enable 'reader view on' and another for 'reader view off' Enable shortcuts via backtap functionality (two taps for the 'on shortcut', three for the 'off shortcut') I have ...
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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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possible to enable “gumdrop” buttons (close/minimize/zoom) in all windows (disable auto-hide of these buttons for non active window)?

I often want to use these on non-active windows and of course they're not visible until you hover over them or activate the window, which prevents instant tracking of their location. I don't think ...
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UI bugs in Wallet on iOS 14

Three bugs: I have added all of my cards to Apple Wallet on iOS 14, but this notice still shows really big when I open the app: The cards have been lumped together with my flight tickets in the same ...
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Why these window couldn't appear in the right location after enabling “Auto hide menubar” feature on macOS Catalina?

On my mac, I have enabled auto hide menubar and auto hide Dock. After then, I found some applications didn't work as expected. Like Noizio, which is a white noise generation app, it often starts as ...
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Is it possible to disable the gui controls in apple tv (former itunes) app for MacOS?

I got someone to help me disable amazon prime video's gui that shows up when you move the mouse and am happy with how it went, but I understand that works through browser and appletv is an app, would ...
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quick resize app to half of window on Lion

I am not a long-time Mac user and could find the answer. So on Win7 there is a built-in feature when you click Win+← the window resizes to fit half of the screen and sticks to left. Is there something ...
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more “Frequently Used” in “Emoji & Symbols”?

I would like to have a longer list of “Frequently Used” history in the “Emoji & Symbols”/“Character Viewer” window (aka ⌃⌘Space / Control–Command–Space bar). My impression is that this category ...
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When I double tap on an image url when using Safari, the selected text includes the extension only if the filename is lower case. Why?

I write a lot of SE questions and when I include multiple images I frequently copy/paste just the names. I've just started using Safari on my new MacBook after using Chrome on my old MacBook, and I've ...
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Can I see where I'm touching my trackpad on the screen and whether it's being interpreted as a right or left click?

As a way of addressing Is there a spatial map for 2020 MacBook Air track pad's right-click "sweet-spot"? I was wondering if I can see in real time on my screen what my trackpad "...
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Typed text showed on central-top part of screen

I have a brand new MacBook Air, last night I updated to 10.15.6. Now, every time I type something, it gets replicated on the top, central part of my screen, above all other windows. I can even select ...
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Why does the “hand” cursor in macOS have three vertical lines?

What are the three vertical bars in the middle of the cursor supposed to represent?
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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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Where is the “Open in Low Resolution” setting stored for an app?

I'd like to script the opening of an app - which is normally used in retina resolution - to open in low resolution. set low resolution setting open app clear low resolution setting But where is the &...
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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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Is there a spatial map for 2020 MacBook Air track pad's right-click “sweet-spot”?

I'm migrating from a late 2012 to a new 2020 MacBook air and having difficulty right clicking. Sometimes when I push with the side of my right thumb: a light touch works perfectly and I feel some ...
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Why is it still not possible to cut files to paste them elsewhere in Catalina? [duplicate]

I find it weird that this simple functionality doesn't exist in macOS, as it does in other OS. IIRC, it used to exist in the System 7 era. What would be the rationale to get this simple functionality ...
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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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Miniaturise all windows with AppleScript

tell application "System Events" set mywindows to windows of (processes where background only is false) repeat with theItem in windows of (processes where background only is false) ...
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Any way to “close” a group of reminders all at once on OSX?

Every time I turn on my mac, a set of like 10 recurring reminder popups clog up my OSX Desktop screen. I may be a procrastinator and all, but Reminders.app's interface on OSX feels downright buggy ...
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Control-F2 “Move Focus to Menu Bar” only works occasionally

I don't want to use my trackpad too much due to a strain injury, hence I use the Control F2 "Move Focus to Menu Bar" a lot. However this feature only works occasionally, it can work for hours and ...
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macOS overall slow UI when running (Adobe?) apps

I do have an almost new iMac (27", i9, 32gb ram, 512gb SSD, middle of the GPU options, 5k display + fullhd second monitor, Catalina, all up to date). using it to do graphics design (InDesign, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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