Mac OS X

Mac OS, Mac OS X, or macOS, is the operating system that resides on Apple’s desktop and portable computer lineup. Built upon a Unix core, it is easy to use yet highly advanced, extremely stable, and an excellent OS for productivity and creation. Browse through our articles or use the search feature to look for something specific that is pertinent to the Mac operating system.

Search Mac OS X

Screen Flickering on Retina MacBook Air 2018? Here’s a Workaround Fix

Jan 16, 2019 - 7 Comments
Retina MacBook Air

Some 2018 MacBook Air (and possibly 2018 MacBook Pro) computers may exhibit seemingly random screen flickering, where the entire display backlight blinks and flickers. This can be alarming, since often screen flickering indicates a hardware issue. But in this case, the MacBook Air screen flickering may actually be software related, and after some investigation it … Read More

How to Reset SMC on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro (2018 and Later)

Jan 14, 2019 - 1 Comment
How to reset SMC on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from 2018 onward

Resetting the SMC on newer model MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers from the 2018 model year onward is a different process than resetting the Mac SMC on prior Macs, this is because of the T2 security chip that controls Touch ID and secure boot functionality on the latest Mac laptops. Despite being a different … Read More

How to Record Voice Memos on Mac

Jan 10, 2019 - 4 Comments
Voice Memos for Mac

Recording voice notes on the Mac is now easier than ever thanks to the appropriately named Voice Memos application in Mac OS. While Mac users have long been able to record sound and audio with QuickTime Player, the latest versions of MacOS system software include a built-in Voice Memos app that aims to make voice … Read More

How to Install VirtualBox in MacOS Mojave if Installation Fails or Shows Kernel Driver Errors

Dec 31, 2018 - 2 Comments
Install and run Virtualbox in MacOS Mojave

If you have attempted to install VirtualBox in macOS Mojave you may have noticed the installation sometimes fails with a generic “The installation failed” error message. Then, when trying to run VirtualBox you may experience another error saying “Kernel driver not installed” and VirtualBox fails to function. The reason for the installation failure and the … Read More

How to Use zsh as Default in Terminal for Mac OS

Dec 29, 2018 - 4 Comments
Terminal in macOS

Zsh, or z shell, is a popular shell alternative to bash and tcsh, complete with many improvements and customization options offered through the Oh-My-ZSH project. If you’d like to use zsh as the default shell in Terminal for Mac OS rather than bash, you can do so rather easily with taking the following steps:

How to Use BBEdit Dark Mode Color Schemes on Mac

Dec 28, 2018 - 5 Comments
BBEdit Dark Mode themes

BBEdit, the excellent text editor for Mac, includes some very nice Dark Mode favorable color schemes, each of which compliment the Mac Dark Mode theme quite well. If you spend a considerable amount of time in a text editor for scripting, programming, development, code review, or writing and editing with a markup language, and you … Read More

How to Enable the Light Theme in Mac OS

Dec 26, 2018 - 1 Comment
How to enable the Light appearance theme on Mac

If you’re currently using the Dark mode theme in Mac OS, you may wish to change to the Light visual theme. The Light theme in Mac OS was the default visual option on the Mac for ages, but with MacOS Mojave came the new visual option for enabling the Dark mode theme for the Mac … Read More

5 Ways to Decorate a Mac Desktop for the Holidays

Dec 24, 2018 - 2 Comments
Mac Christmas desktop decorations

Feeling festive? Want to decorate your Mac for the holidays? How would you like to have a lovely falling snow screen saver, some holiday lights blinking around the perimeter of the Mac display, and maybe even some snow falling on the desktop itself? With the help of a handful of utilities, you can get all … Read More

How to Format an SD Card on Mac

Dec 21, 2018 - 8 Comments
Format an SD card from Mac

Formatting an SD card from a Mac is simple and quick thanks to the Disk Utility application. This is a commonly required task before an SD card or Micro SD card can be used as a storage medium for another electronic device, or even to remove any data stored on the SD card. This tutorial … Read More

How to Update All Apps from the Mac App Store, Concurrently

Dec 20, 2018 - 2 Comments
How to update all apps from Mac App Store

Rather than updating apps individually, Mac users can wield a convenient feature of the App Store that initiates a bulk software update to every app installed from the Mac App Store, all with a single click. This makes the process of installing available software updates for Mac apps a bit easier and quicker, since there’s … Read More

How to Use Reduce Motion on Mac to Disable Most Animations

Dec 17, 2018 - 2 Comments
How to disable animations on Mac by using Reduce Motion

The Mac has many visual animations that draw on screen as you perform various actions throughout the operating system, whether it’s the zooming in and out of opening Mission Control, or sliding between desktops in Spaces, amongst others. These provide for some enjoyable visual eye candy, but some users may find the animations cause motion … Read More

How to Disable Video Autoplay in Mac App Store

Dec 15, 2018 - 6 Comments
Disable video autoplay in the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store defaults to auto-playing videos, but if you’re not a fan of autoplaying video let alone in the Mac App Store, you can disable that capability. When you turn off video autoplay in the Mac App Store, the videos accompanying apps will still exist, but they must be played manually.

Battery Draining with MacOS Mojave? 15 Battery Life Tips to Help

Dec 12, 2018 - 12 Comments
Troubleshoot battery life issues with MacOS Mojave

Do you feel like battery life has worsened since updating a Mac laptop to MacOS Mojave? Some Mac users have discovered their battery life has reduced after updating a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air to MacOS Mojave 10.14.x, or just that battery life seems to drain faster than expected. Here we will discuss a … Read More

How to Tell if Safari Private Browsing is Enabled When in Dark Mode for MacOS

Dec 10, 2018 - 6 Comments
Private browsing mode in Safari for Mac when Dark Mode is enabled too

If you’re a Safari web browser user, and you also use the popular Dark Mode appearance theme on Mac OS, then you may have noticed that it’s a bit more challenging to determine if a Safari browser window is in private browsing mode or not. It turns out there is still a visual cue to … Read More

How to Enable TextEdit Dark Mode on Mac

Dec 9, 2018 - 6 Comments
Dark mode in TextEdit for Mac

TextEdit, the default text editor bundled with MacOS, now supports a dark mode theme, which basically inverts the color display of the text editor so that white text appears on a dark background, rather than the default black text on white background. This makes working in TextEdit at night or in low light conditions a … Read More

How to Connect a Mac to Bluetooth Speaker

Dec 7, 2018 - 3 Comments
Connect a Mac to Bluetooth speaker

A Mac can easily be connected to a Bluetooth speaker system, offering a convenient and wireless method of enjoying audio from the computer. Using a Bluetooth speaker system on a Mac is quite simple, and the only real requirement is that the Mac has Bluetooth actively enabled, and the Speaker system is within range. Beyond … Read More

MacOS Mojave 10.14.2 Update Released for Mac

Dec 5, 2018 - 27 Comments
MacOS 10.14.2 release notes

Apple has released MacOS 10.14.2 update for MacOS Mojave. The latest software update for the Mac is said to improve the stability, compatibility, and security of Macs, and is therefore recommended for all Mojave users to install. Mac users not running Mojave will instead find “Security Update 2018-003 High Sierra” and “Security Update 2018-006 Sierra” … Read More

How to Delete Unwanted Email Addresses in Mail on Mac

Dec 4, 2018 - 8 Comments
Mail app icon

The Mail app for Mac maintains a list of contacts and email addresses with which you have communicated before, and that email address list will be used for the Mail app suggestions and email address completion suggestion lists. This is separate from the regular Contacts address book that is maintained on the Mac, as the … Read More

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates

Tips & Tricks

News

iPhone / iPad

Mac