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Enter a filename in the File Open dialog

Can I enter a path to a file and its name instead of selecting a file in Mac OS X file dialog? I tried just typing into an open dialog but it will just try to "Go to a folder", it won't accept a full ...
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Shortcut key for fullscreen mode

I am new to Mac OS (2014 Macbook Air). I am looking at the arrow on top right corner of windows, when I click it, it maximizes window over the top menu and in order to switch back I need to hold mouse ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Copying the current directory's path to the clipboard

What's a quick way of copying the path to the directory that's currently open in Finder? Copying that path is very easy in Linux and Windows file managers - you just need to copy it from the address ...
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How can I mount an SMB share from the command line?

I would like to mount an SMB network share from the command line (terminal); how would I go about that? I am using Mac OS X 10.6.4.
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How can I list all user accounts in the terminal?

How can I list all local user accounts in Terminal (whether logged in or not?) The commands users or who does not provide this information. OS X version is 10.6.8. I have seen this suggested command -...
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Is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?

I've previously connected to a wifi network on my iPhone but I've no way of finding out the password. So is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?
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Where are books stored after iBooks migration on Mavericks?

After upgrading to Mavericks all of my books from iTunes have been migrated to iBooks. They are no longer in my media library and I haven't been able to locate them as of yet. So where does iBooks ...
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Why does Numbers hide a huge PNG file in exported Excel sheets?

OK, this is a weird one. I take my blank Numbers sheet: ...and export it to Excel: Whoah, that seems a little large. Let's rename the Excel doc to .zip and have a look inside: Digging a little ...
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Can I get back Snow-Leopard-like application hiding (Cmd-H) in Lion?

Till Mac OS X Snow Leopard, pressing ⌘+H while using an application did two things... The application hid itself from view. The application placed itself at the end of the ⌘+⇥ ...
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Magic Mouse can never reconnect on Yosemite

Since upgrading to Yosemite (did a wipe of my HD before installing, so no settings was there from Mavericks) I can only connect my Magic Mouse normally once per boot. Normally you would be able to ...
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Why is my host name wrong at the Terminal prompt when connected to a public WiFi network? [duplicate]

For three days straight, I have connected to the public WiFi network at my local library. Each day, I have seen a different prompt in Terminal. Here are some of the prompts I've seen: zp-pc:~ russell$...
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High Sierra 10.13 : Keychain Access Menubar Item Missing?

Is the Keychain Access Menubar Item missing for anyone else? The in-built Help app still claims setting the Keychain Access Menubar Item is possible through Keychain Access > Preferences > General. ...
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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12answers
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How do you force a 5 GHz wifi connection?

Wifi networks are often set up in dual-band mode, with the same SSID served on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. I'd like to always use the 5 GHz band (due to interference with Bluetooth and other devices ...
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How do I open the context menu from a Mac keyboard?

In Windows, one can hit Shift+F10 to access the "Context Menu." But a similar keyboard action doesn't seem possible on Mac. One potential application... When I make a spelling error in a document, ...
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Password dialog appears when SSH private key permissions are set to 0600

I installed my SSH private key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa and set its permissions to 0600. When I connect to an SSH server which uses my private key in Terminal.app via ssh, a dialog pops up and asks me to ...
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Is charging my iPhone all night harmful?

I normally charge my iPhone all night to get 100% power. Does this harm my phone's battery? Update [Oct 1, 2017]: Thanks for all your great answers. I noticed there is a related video which addressed ...
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How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion, there is a very useful feature for people like me who need to write in multiple languages, which pops up a small menu of additional characters when you hold down a letter. For instance, ...
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How to choose on which display Application Switcher shows?

I always have a lot of applications open at the same time. In order to quickly switch between them, I use CMD+Tab shortcut. In order to switch even faster, I sometimes use CMD+Tab and then select the ...
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7answers
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Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid?

The most common use case I have for this is when I'm playing music over AirTunes, but don't want an open laptop laying around. Or when I'm syncing or downloading something. This isn't the same as ...
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Is there an iMessage client for Windows?

My wife's iPhone has iOS 5 and hence iMessage installed. I would like to be able to chat with her using my Windows computer. What options are available for this? Is there a Windows client or any ...
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Can I disable the Lion animation when switching to/from fullscreen apps?

In Lion there is an animation when switching to and from full screen applications. Full screen apps are great, especially on a 11" screen, but this animation is getting very annoying. Is there a way ...
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A tech from MacKeeper wishes access to my computer for licensing and activation. Is this a scam?

I paid for a version of MacKeeper which may be a mistake. Their tech wants me to allow them to access my computer as in have access to my desktop files, etc. They say it is to fully license and ...
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Homebrew: Rollback from Python 3.7 to Python 3.6.5.x?

A brew upgrade upgraded my system Python to Python 3.7. Unfortunately, Python 3.7 breaks other software I need to use (including but not limited to Ansible). I imagine these problems will be worked ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: Taking ...
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How to set PATH for Finder-launched applications

Apps launched via Finder seem to not respect the PATH as set in .bash_profile. So when I try to run code from an IDE (Intellij) I no longer have access to programs in /usr/local/bin, which is ...
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12answers
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This copy of the Install OS X El Capitan application can't be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading

Macbook Pro 13" 2015 with OS X Yosemite on board. I've been trying to install OS X El Capitan, but always get the following message: "This copy of the Install OS X El Capitan application can't be ...
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11answers
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How to print an image across two pages

I have a long image that's about 8 inches wide by 20 inches tall. It's open in Preview. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to get the top half of the image to print on one sheet of letter ...
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16answers
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Prevent iTunes from opening when connecting bluetooth headset

Every time I connect my bluetooth headset to my Mac, iTunes decides it's time to launch. Is there a way I can prevent this behavior? I found this thread, but there is no solution: https://...
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Displaying combined file size of selected files in Finder

To find details about a files size, you can right click and select "Get Info": When I select a large number of files, and want to get information about all if them together as a single selection, ...
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Can I install any iOS version I wish by picking and choosing which firmware to restore?

I'm trying to downgrade my iPhone from the current iOS to an older one, as per this question. But every time I try, I always receive this error: The iPhone could not be restored. This device isn't ...
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Make the Menu Bar never show while in Full Screen

Pretty much every application I use in full-screen (including Firefox, MacVim and the Terminal) have tabs on the top of the screen. The problem is, when I move my mouse to reach the tabs I'll often ...
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8answers
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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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10answers
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Can I use 45/60/85W MacBook chargers interchangeably?

I have a 13" Macbook Pro that came with a 60W power adapter and a 15" Macbook Pro that came with a 85W power adapter. Can I use either adapter with either laptop? There seems to be disagreement in the ...
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How do I type a ² or a ³ on an Apple keyboard (International English layout)?

I use ² and ³ a lot in e-mails. When using my Belgian Windows keyboard and a custom keymap it was easy to type this in Mac OS X as I assigned the appropriate key. Now I switched to a qwerty ...
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How to open files via Terminal

I want to open videos and pictures from Terminal. Is there any way to do this?
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13answers
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How to switch between different Chrome windows with keyboard shortcuts?

Switching between applications is easy with command-tab. Switching between tabs is easy with command-} or control-tab. Switching between separate windows within an application is easy with command-`....
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Can I copy by highlighting and paste by middle click on Mac OS X?

I was using Linux for the last couple of years and I find it extremely useful to copy text by highlighting it as well as to paste by clicking a middle mouse button. I'm using a Mac now and I wonder ...
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7answers
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Logitech Mouse: how can I use additional buttons?

I recently bought a Logitech M560 mouse. It works fine on my Mac, but I wonder if there's a software/prefpane (free or paid) I can use to map the additional buttons I have on my mouse (i.e. to open ...
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8answers
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Display hidden files hot key on Mavericks gone?

On prior versions of OS X, it was possible to display hidden files in a Finder dialog box (Open, Save, etc.) using Command-Shift-Period. In Mavericks, that feature isn't working for me. Is there ...
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6answers
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How do I get detailed SMART disk information on OS X (Mavericks or later)

I'm trying to get a detailed SMART status report on the drives in my Mac. I'm not talking about "Verified," I'm talking about the detailed report that's about 100 lines long listing all the vital ...
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6answers
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“powerd” process uses a lot of CPU

Oftentimes, after I wake my Mac from sleep, powerd (which is the power management daemon? Which in particular deals with sleeping the Mac and waking it?) uses high CPU, usually around 25% to 50% on my ...
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1answer
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Disable automatic iTunes launch when iPhone is plugged in via USB [duplicate]

How do I disable automatic iTunes launch when iPhone is plugged in via USB (for charging)? In fact, I would like to disable automatic launch of anything when an iPhone is plugged in (including ...
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7answers
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How do I set environment variables on OS X?

I have always difficulties setting the Environment variables in OS X like JAVA_HOME, M2_HOME or PATH. How to set these on OS X Mavericks? I did some research but the answers I've found didn't really ...
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How can I name desktops/spaces in El Capitan?

I would like to give names to different spaces; currently a new space get the default name Desktop n where n is a number. How can I give it a meaningful name?
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OSX Yosemite - Mission Control stopped working

Not sure how long this has been happening, but I just noticed it AFTER Yosemite update. Mission control just does not work: using hot corners, keyboard shortcut, or even double clicking Mission ...
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5answers
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On OS X, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine backup?

In addition to whatever files I may choose to exclude, what files does the system exclude by rule or classification? It might make sense not to backup Trash or Caches, but I'm looking for a way to ...
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Are there keyboard shortcuts for Home, End, PageDown, and PageUp in OS X?

How do I set keyboard shortcuts for Home, End, PageDown, and PageUp on a 13" MacBook Pro? Are there default keyboard shortcuts? Or can I do it with Automator (and if so, how)? I want them to work the ...
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9answers
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MBP Lock screen hotkey without sleeping?

I'd like to press a key combo to get my computer to the lock screen. In Windows the shortcut was Windows key + L. On Mac I press CMD+ALT+Power which turns the laptop off and puts it into sleep. I want ...

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