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What keyboard shortcuts move, resize, and maximize windows under Mac OS X?

I just checked http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table%5Fof%5Fkeyboard%5Fshortcuts but the following "Window management" entries are blank for Mac OS X: Move the focused window Resize the focused window ...
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Find duplicate files on Mac OS X

Is there an application that would search duplicate files in my Mac with an easy way to delete the duplicates?
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View Filesystem Access in Real Time on Mac OS X

Had a sysinternals tool (filemon) for that, but now I can find something similar for the mac. I'm a developer and I basically want to debug "file not found" or "wrong permissions" errors.
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How can I change an application icon in Mac OS X?

I've just created an AppleScript simple application and I'd like it to have a nice icon (besides the rolled paper it is by default). How can I change an icon for this application (or any other ...
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How Unix is Mac OS X? [closed]

From my limited knowledge: The Unix OS coder assumes the user knows what they're doing etc. versus the Apple's you can only do it the way you are allowed to do it, etc. Compared to other variations ...
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What should I do about com.apple.quarantine?

I've downloaded some .jar files from the internet and want to use them under Mac OS X. But the OS seems to have tagged them with the extended attribute com.apple.quarantine (no indication of this ...
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OSX Terminal showing incorrect hostname

When I open Terminal I expect it to show what my PS1 is set to \h:\W \u\$. However it's not displaying my hostname Eriks-MacBook, as displayed in System Preferences. Instead, it's showing a random ...
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Sharing or syncing home folders between Macs

I've had a Macbook for some time, and recently got a Mac Mini too (both as desktop & media player computer). When setting up the Mini, I copied mostly everything (in target disk mode) from Macbook ...
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Equivalent of Win-L on Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a keystroke that can lock the Mac OS X screensaver? What is the equivalent of the shortcut Win + L on a Mac? Eg. the shortcut to lock the computer when you go ...
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Uninstall on Mac OS X?

How can I completely uninstall any given program from Mac OS X Leopard (10.5)? I'm obviously new at Mac... I've installed programs only through .dmg installers. I haven't compiled anything myself. ...
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How can I show hidden files/folders in Finder

How can I see the hidden files in Finder? For instance, if I have a file named: .something is is not listed. Right now I have to open the terminal and type ls -la.
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Show/Hide Application Icon in Dock

Is there away to toggle an Application Icon in the OS X Dock? Specifically I was hoping to be able to use the 'deafults' command to toggle something within the given application.
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Launch an OS X app with a keyboard shortcut

I would like cmd+F3 to open an application. How do I do that? I tried adding a service, but services can't be bound to this combination for some reason.
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Inexpensive, simple screen recording application for mac

I am more and more consistently running into the need to create screencasts (record my screen) for clients to show them how to use programs or websites. Up until now I've been using Jing and it's been ...
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What's causing all the disk activity on OS X?

Occasionally my Macbook Pro will slow down as the hard drive clicks away endlessly. CPU load is low, but applications and menuitems are slow to respond. Is there a utility that can help me determine ...
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How to use Mac OS X Keychain with SSH keys?

I understand that since Mac OS X Leopard the Keychain has supported storing SSH keys. Could someone please explain how this feature is supposed to work. I have some RSA keys that I've generated ...
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Does Mac OS X support hibernation?

On Windows, you can hibernate your computer, so that it starts a lot faster while consuming zero energy while "hibernating". I see an option to Sleep on my Mac mini but not hibernate. Does Mac ...
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How to disable the Option-Space key combination for non-breaking spaces?

How to disable the annoying Option-Space key combination for non-breaking spaces? This is very very annoying in Eclipse or the terminal as I often type the non-breaking space instead of a regular ...
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Log of cron actions on OS X

Does the cron which comes with OS X log its actions anywhere? I'm not looking for output of any particular cron job, but rather log of what cron is doing. On a couple linux machines I've checked, ...
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Create a symbolic link in the Mac OS X Finder

Is there a way to get the same functionality as the unix command ln -s in the Mac OS X Finder (OS 10.5)? I want to be able to create symbolic links while working in Finder windows without opening the ...
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How do I retrieve files from Time Machine backups from another computer?

Really it's the same computer - I just did a fresh install of Snow Leopard. When I try to open the Documents directory from my old user account I get The folder "Documents" can't be opened because ...
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Reset Mac OS X Windows Position after de-attaching external monitor

Using Mac OS on multiple monitor is great, but after removing external monitor (2nd monitor) usually windows position originally on the external monitor doesn't get re-positioned to default monitor. ...
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Compressing folders on a mac, without the .DS_Store

Is there anyway to get rid of the .DS_Store when compressing a folder on a mac? I work on a mac and send work to clients in zip format, but always get questioned on the .DS_Store folder inside them. ...
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Why do I get files like ._foo in my tarball on OS X?

When I tar certain files in OS X: tar cvf foo.tar foo It produces an extra file ._foo in the tarball: ./._foo foo which only shows up if I extract it on a non-Mac operating system. But ._foo ...
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Enter to open a file in Finder

I find the Cmd + O shortcut to open a file in Finder unintuitive. Does anyone know how to change it? I'd like to set it so that enter opens a file instead of going into rename mode.
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How can I copy on select in the OS X Terminal like PuTTY does?

That PuTTY option to select and then right-click to paste is the best invention after the mouse. Is there any way to make Terminal in OS X do this? Hack the source code? Install something? Is the ...
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Mac VNC client (for controlling Mac Mini remotely)?

I recently got a Mac mini as both a media centre and a desktop computer. I'd like control it remotely, over wifi, using my MacBook. I have the impression that what's basically needed is to enable ...
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How can I change the default shortcut in Windows for closing programs?

I like the close program keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X which is ⌘ + Q. Nice and convenient for hand placement. In Windows however, the equivalent shortcut is Alt + F4, a little awkward. Is there a ...
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/etc/hosts getting reset in Lion

In order to do web development on my local machine, I use the /etc/hosts file to define hosts that point back to 127.0.0.1 to which I have Apache serve up via VirtualHosts. This works great, except ...
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How disable creating .Spotlight-V100 and .Trash folders on external drive?

Everytime I put a USB Flash Driver the Mac OS X creates 2 folders .Trash and .Spotlight-V100. Is it possible to disable this operation?
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Make search by file name default in Finder

In Finder when I type something in the textbox the default is to search the whole mac in the contents of the files. I was able to change the default to search the current directory, but didn't see an ...
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Why can't I block Facebook using /etc/hosts on Mountain Lion?

It worked for a while in the old configuration, but then stopped working for some reason. Here is my /etc/hosts file from my Mountain Lion MacBook Air: 127.0.0.1 reddit.com www.reddit.com 127.0.0.1 ...
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Mac OSX Preview: Disable the Command-Backspace “Move to trash” keyboard shortcut?

I use Preview to view PDF files (duh) and sometimes annotate them as well as search them profusely. I keep using the Command-Backspace combination to try to delete the current line I'm writing in the ...
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Using Python on Mac

I want to learn Python using my Mac. Now I want to setup a Python version >= 3.1.3, because my materials for learning are using this version. Typing python into terminal results version 2.6.1, using ...
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How to keep my OSX settings under version-control?

Coming from Linux, I've gotten in the habit of keeping my config files under a git repository. Since I got a macbook however, I've made a lot of tweaks through defaults write and preferences panels, ...
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What do I need to be able to convert analog video (VHS, or an old camcorder) on a Mac?

I have a number of old VHS tapes, as well as some analog 8mm tapes. I still have a working VCR, as well as the camcorder that recorded the tapes. I'd like to convert these on a Mac (MacBook Pro) - ...
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Reinstalling Mac OS X without original disc

I've had Mac OS X Lion installed on a mid-2011 iMac. I've erased the main partition and when I try to repair OS installation it connects to the Internet and says that it can't continue and I should ...
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Managing Applications on Mac OS X

I'm a long-time windows user and an occasional Linux user who now finds himself using Mac OS X (10.6.6) on an iMac. Mostly it seems fairly intuitive, but I'm unclear about how programs are managed ...
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Mac OS X as guest on VirtualBox with Ubuntu Host?

I have a legitimate copy of Mac OS X. I want to install Ubuntu on my new AMD computer as my host OS, then install Mac OS X as the guest OS via VirtualBox. Does anyone know if this will be an easy ...
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Remapping Keys for the Mac

I have a Windows keyboard I'm using with my Mac (Leopard), and I want to swap some keys (mainly the Ctrl, Alt, and Win keys). Is it possible?
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What can I do to stop the Play / Pause button from opening iTunes?

In Snow Leopard the Play / Pause media button (on the F8 key) opens up iTunes. How can I disable that? Preferably keeping the old Leopard behaviour, so I can use it to control other media applications ...
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Mac OS X: Best Way to Make an ISO from a CD or DVD

Both command-line and screen-oriented pointers appreciated! update: I verified the disk utility, hdiutil, and dd methods. dd seems the fastest, 30 minutes on my macbook pro vs. 40 minutes for ...
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How to add user to a group from Mac OS X command line?

trying to add a user to a group from the command line but can't figure out how? Specifically this is on Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 like to add user to 'admin' and 'wheel' groups
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In Mac OS, what is the keyboard shortcut to switch between windows of the same application?

I often use the Cmd+Tab shortcut to switch between different applications (for example: Xcode and Google Chrome), but is there a shortcut to switch between different windows of the same application ...
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How to get git-completion.bash to work on Mac OS X?

I have followed http://blog.bitfluent.com/post/27983389/git-utilities-you-cant-live-without to add git-completion.bash to my /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/git-completion and I put ...
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Keyboard shortcut to unhide or unminimize a window in OS X

I know how to Hide (Cmd+H) or Minimize (Cmd+M) a focused window in OS X, but I can't find a keyboard shortcut or even a menu item to restore, unhide, unminimize, or otherwise show a window that I've ...
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How to merge (and not replace) folders when copying on the Mac?

There's a similar question about windows. This is the same, but for mac. By the way, it's odd there's no question on this yet, since it seems like it's the most hated thing on Mac OS X. If I try ...
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Is there a good tool for monitoring network activity on Mac OS X?

Is there a good bit of software on Mac OS X that I can use to monitor incoming and outgoing network activity? Nothing too geeky, I just want something simple to use. I'm on version 10.6 (Snow ...
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Command to unlock “Locked” files on OS X

I copied a lot of read-only files from a Windows system to my Mac. When viewing the Info for each file using "Get Info", I can see they are Locked. I'm writing a bash script to copy over some files ...
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Force an application to use a specific network interface

I'm using multiple network interfaces (LAN and Wireless), and I've noticed that there's a way to change the order of prefered interfaces. How can I use the wired network to do work, check email, and ...