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Computer name keeps changing OSX 10.10 (14A389)

Since I upgraded to Yosemite 10.10 (14A389) my computer name keeps changing adding a (2) and (3) and so forth. Any ideas how to fix this?
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Why is it not possible to use the “cut” command to manipulate a file in the Finder?

On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I don't seem to be able to us the "Cut" command on a file in the Finder, like you can do in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows. (In Windows, once you select a file and "...
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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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How to add hibernate mode to MacBook Pro

I have recently switched to Mac from Windows hence I do not have much information. I want my Mac to go to safe sleep state on closing the lid. I also need an extra option available somewhere which ...
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Difference between autopoweroff and standby in pmset

I just got a new Retina MacBook Pro 15". After getting some downloads interrupted due to the computer going to sleep (even on AC power), I started looking at the man page for the pmset command. I ...
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What is com.apple.bird? Why does it grow so big?

When trying to clean up their hard disk, some users discover ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.bird is pretty big, sometimes in the order of many gigabytes. What is it?
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How to remove or disable a default keyboard layout?

Is it possible to remove or disable one of OS X Lion’s default keyboard layouts? I’m using a custom keyboard layout, and now that I managed to set it as the system-wide default keyboard layout, I’d ...
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8answers
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How do I disable the volume control overlay?

When changing the volume on a Mac, you get a big ugly gray bezel showing the change in volume. This is super annoying when (say) watching a movie. Is there any way to disable this?
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Unable to Resize Partitions

I have recently created a partition on my macbook air running OS X 10.9, and this was to run install another OS instance (Yes, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, but that is an aside to the query I have) on it. I ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to bring up Finder?

Is there a default keyboard shortcut to start a new Finder window? If not, is there a way to assign one? I tried System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and created a new item for ...
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Disk space not freed up after deleting files and emptying Trash

I had approximately 50Gb of Windows VMs on my MacBook Pro internal SSD (128Gb) (OS X 10.7.3). I copied them to an external drive, then deleted them from the internal drive, then emptied the Trash. ...
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How do I create a custom ringtone for my iPhone?

The iPhone has a very limited selection of default ringtones. How do I create a new ringtone for my iPhone?
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How do I change the login screen background in macOS Mojave?

I just updated to macOS Mojave, and immediately noticed a couple of things: My custom login screen wallpaper is gone. When you click on a user's name in the login screen, it switches to their ...
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2answers
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Where are keyboard shortcuts stored (for backup and sync purposes)?

Where can I access OS X keyboard shortcuts, say for Dropbox sync?
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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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Yosemite auto creates multiple desktops (spaces) on main monitor

Since upgrading to Yosemite I've been having issue with OS X creating additional desktops on my main monitor for no apparent reason. I usually have 3 different desktops setup on my main monitor and ...
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Download El Capitan Installer now that Sierra is out [duplicate]

I have recently been having issues with my mac and want to do a clean install. I still have Yosemite and thought it’s a good time to upgrade the OS. However, I am wary of jumping directly to Sierra ...
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How can I dim the screen from Terminal?

Is it possible to dim the screen from Terminal, in a Mac with OS X Lion? Is there any command to do control brightness and volume?
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How to record iPhone/iPad screen on macOS?

OS X Yosemite brought support for recording iPhone/iPad screen natively without having to using AirPlay applications like AirServer or Reflector. How do I record the iPhone screen on macOS ?
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How can I recover my MS Office 2011 product key?

I want to use Migration Assistant to transfer my data from a Macbook Pro to a Macbook Air. I'm told that I need my product key for MS Office 2011. Is there a way to find my product key on my mac?
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Can't cd into alias

I have two aliases in my home directory: devbootcamp and bookshelf. I can cd into devbootcamp but not bookshelf but I'm not sure why. I don't remember how I made the alias to devbootcamp but I ...
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How can I merge primary APFS partition with other empty APFS partition?

Using the latest Macbook Pro with currently High Sierra 10.13.1, I was using bootcamp for a year, and I decided to get rid of the Bootcamp partition this morning. The Bootcamp utility would not let me ...
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Reclaim deleted partition now Free Space after Yosemite removal

I've installed Yosemite in a second partition. Once I decided to remove Yosemite and go back to Mavericks, I am not able to claim the free space partition in the Disk Utility. How can I reclaim this ...
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macOS Sierra doesn't appear in my Purchased list within the Mac App Store

Typically, when users download and/or upgrade to a new version or macOS (previously Mac OS X), via the Mac App Store, that version of the installer appears in the Purchased tab of the App Store app. ...
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Does the OS X log notifications from the Notification Center?

The helpful companion to the OSX notifications center Growl per default logs all received notifications. You can define how big the log may get or disable logging in the application. Since the latest ...
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I broke my PATH by editing my ~/.bash_profile and Bash will not recognize most commands

in .bash_profile I accidentally set the path to: PATH="~/Tools/apache-maven-3.3.3/bin" and now the default path is gone. Nothing in Terminal works anymore: Korays-MacBook-Pro:~ koraytugay$ ls -bash:...
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What and how does macOS Mojave implement to restrict applications access to personal data?

As well as many of the other features talked about during macOS Mojave's release like dark mode and the addition of new apps like Home, another key feature of macOS Mojave seems to be it's heightened ...
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Are the changes to Lion's screen sharing documented anywhere publicly?

I am looking for a general technical overview of the changes Lion brought to screen sharing (VNC). Specifically, the server now can differentiate and communicate the difference between dropping in ...
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Roll back from OS X Mavericks ( or any newer OS) to Mountain Lion

I installed the developer preview of OS X Mavericks, & too many things broke. I can't stay on it & need to roll back to Mountain Lion. Any ways of doing that? Please help! I originally ...
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Apart from being able to encypt an entire volume, what are the other differences of FileVault 2 over FileVault?

Does FileVault 2 in Lion have any other differences compared to the old version, FileVault in previous releases of the system? Are there any additional benefits to using the new version?
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What is the normal operating temperature for the MacBook (2016 generation)?

My MacBook sometimes becomes hot when I'm using it, and I want to make sure it is operating within normal temperature. What's the operating temperature for the MacBook that was released in May 2016 ...
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Catalina not allowing to change read/write permissions despite having SIP disabled

Currently Running: macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Issue: Ever since I upgraded to Catalina, macOS is not allowing me to change read and write permissions on system protected files, hence, I am not able to ...
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Are there adapters to use Thunderbolt Display with non-Thunderbolt computers?

That Thunderbolt Display looks great. However, if I buy a monitor, it had better work with all my older computers, not just the latest and greatest Thunderbolt Macs. Is there any way I can get ...
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1answer
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Is there a script I can use to download the Mojave installer without being signed in to the App Store?

Is there a way to script and download the Mojave installer without signing in to the App Store? Something other than opening or clicking a url that points to the installer on the Mac App Store would ...
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Is it possible to wipe an entire iCloud Photo Library?

I've been using the beta iCloud Photo Library for a week and a bunch of photos got duplicated and I'd like to wipe all the photos out and start over. I have backups of all the photos and have turned ...
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1answer
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Boot Camp Assistance is stuck on create a partition?

I have a MacBook Pro, Late 2013. I have done a clean install of High Sierra macOS 10.13.3. I am trying to install Windows 10, Fall Creators Update, on my Mac by following Boot Camp Assistant's ...
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2answers
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keyboard no longer repeats keys when held down

I just wanted to make some input where I press a key and the auto-repeat function engages so I don't have to press the 0 key many times to make a long number. 10000000000000000000000000000 This has ...
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4answers
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Can I still use the older Airport Utility 5.5.3 if I install the 6.0 version of Airport Utility?

I have a simple network setup, and have read some initial reviews that say the new Airport Utility 6 for Mac OS X lacks some of the advanced settings that the older utility provides. I depend on those ...
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5answers
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iOS: Your passcode is required to enable Touch ID

Occasionally, when unlocking my iPhone or iPad, I get the following message: Your passcode is required to enable Touch ID Now this is not after a number of failed attempts or turning the device ...
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Can the data on an MacBook Pro SSD be recovered after formatting using Disk Utility

My MacBook Pro is going to a new owner and I want to be certain the data is adequately erased on the internal SSD (PCIe flash). There are two Stack Exchange questions/answers that appear to present ...
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Mavericks Mail will not save preferences

I have the updated version of Mail, and still having Gmail problems, but one problem at a time here… Currently the headache is that it will not save any preferences: window layout, junk mail filtering ...
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Recover deleted Encrypted OS X Extended volume

I accidentally formatted an external 1TB HD to FAT file system using Disk Utility in Mac OS. The disk used to be HFS+ encrypted. Encryption was done when I created the OS X Extended partition, not ...
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How to install Windows 10 into a 2013 iMac without using the Boot Camp Assistant, USB flash drive or third party tools?

First of all, let me state the following. I did use the Boot Camp Assistant to download the Windows Support Software, but because of the iMac's drive partitioning, I can not use the Boot Camp ...
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1answer
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Dual display with MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) and would like to set up two 24" Acer monitors so I can have an easier working life. The monitors support CDMI, DVI and VGA, I am new to MacBooks, so I'm not ...
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1answer
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Macbook Pro hard drive failing?

I'm trying to figure out if my Mac's hard drive could be failing, or that it could be some other component or the HD cable. After transporting my Mac about a week ago it started beachballing a lot. I ...
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iMac only show flashing folder with question mark after formatting OS X partition drive

Today i format my "OS X El capitan" partition for installing "Yosemite". But due an error in bootable yosemite usb it didn't install on this partition. After some hours when i turned on iMac and hold ...
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What features of Mavericks are beneficial to you?

This question serves to share and collect the enhancements that make a large difference to how you use your Mac. Please post one feature per answer. Please also check to see if your answer has ...
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Using The Terminal Command to Shutdown, Restart and Sleep My Mac?

I'm getting more interested in using Terminal as an alternative way to address solutions on my Mac. I have seen this question entitled "Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?". I would ...
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What is the modern way to do port-forwarding on El Capitan? (forward port 80 to 8080)

The old utility ipfw was discouraged in recent versions of Mac OS X and is now gone from El Capitan. What is the modern way to do port forwarding in El Capitan? I simply want port 80 to forward to ...

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