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How To Fix ‘Cannot Delete Time Machine Backup Files From Trash’

macOS Time Machine iconDeleted Time Machine Backups in the trash cannot be emptied because of System Integrity Protection (SIP), introduced in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. If a Time Machine backup fails or gets interrupted then incomplete backups can result. The Time Machine will be unable to successfully complete a backup until this corrupted file is deleted. However, if you try to empty the trash, such backup files get stuck on ‘Preparing to empty the Trash…’. Deactivating System Integrity Protection enables emptying the trash in macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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macOS Photos App: How To Import Folders To Albums

macOS Photos app icon 216x216macOS Photos app cannot import selected folders of images to albums sustaining the original album’s name. macOS Photos app is only capable to make bulk import of images. Further more, macOS Photos app can even not import nested folders and convert them to nested albums in  the Photos app. However, nested folders images are easily imported to nested albums in the Photos app using an app based on an applescript conserving the folders’ original names and nested structure. The app is working on macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Sierra 10.12, Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 and Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.

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macOS Photos App: How To Export Albums To Folders

macOS Photos app icon 216x216macOS Photos app cannot export selected albums to folders sustaining the original album’s name. Further more, macOS Photos app can even not export nested albums. However, nested Photos app albums are easily exported to folders using an app based on an applescript conserving the albums’ original names. The app is working on macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Sierra 10.12, Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 and Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.

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macOS: How To Fix Grayed Out Folders Or Files On Mac

macOS 10.12 sierra logo 256x256Typically, folders and files are displayed in macOS finder app in regular black font and can be accessed. In some cases, the folders and files are grayed out in macOS finder meaning you cannot move or delete files and folders and you cannot access them. Grayed out folders and files are often generated if copying files from one location to another, especially copying them from or to network drives. Grayed out folders and files show the ’24 January 1984′ error, meaning they are all dated with 01/24/1984.

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macOS: Fixing SMB Windows File Sharing Not Working On Mac

macOS 10.12 sierra logo 256x256SMB Windows file sharing not working on Mac after upgrading to macOS 10.13 High Sierra or macOS 10.12 Sierra or setting up a new Mac or MacBook via iCloud is easily fixed. For SMB windows file sharing, you need to select a user for activation. Sometimes, you cannot select the user because the user is grayed out. The real cause of this problem is that you most probably use the same password for accessing your Mac and as your iCloud password. Due to security reasons, you cannot use the same password for both your Mac and iCloud anymore. This fix also applies to Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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macOS Sierra and High Sierra: How To Disable System Integrity Protection

macOS 10.12 sierra logo 256x256Learn how to disable Apple’s System Integrity Protection (‘SIP’) ‘csrutil’ on macOS 10.12 Sierra and macOS 10.13 High Sierra. System integrity Protection was introduced with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Due to improved OS security, you must disable the System Integrity Protection, also called “rootless”, for installing certain apps, e.g. OpenPlex or OpenPlex Lite, or devices, e.g. mobile broadband modems like Huawei E3276 (Telekom Speedstick LTE III), Huawei E3372 (Telekom Speedstick LTE V) or Huawei K3765-HV (Vodafone K3765-HV).

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Plex, PlexConnect And OpenPlex Running On Mac OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

Plex icon with Apple TV logoPlexPlexConnect and OpenPlex are running on Mac OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan. On July 18, 2016, Apple released Mac OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan (build number 15G31, ‘final release’). I positively tested it with an Apple TV 3 running on Apple TV 7.2.1 software. Find more about Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Apple’s Website. I had not to re-install OpenPlex.

Plex, PlexConnect and OpenPlex are working on Mac OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan:

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Plex, PlexConnect And OpenPlex Running On OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan

Plex icon with Apple TV logoPlexPlexConnect and OpenPlex are running on Mac OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan. On May 16, 2016, Apple released Mac OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan (build number 15F34, ‘final release’). I positively tested it with an Apple TV 3 running on Apple TV 7.2.1 software. Find more about Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Apple’s Website. I had not to re-install OpenPlex.

The OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

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Fixing ‘Cannot Connect MacBook To iPhone Via Bluetooth’

Apple bluetooth logo 128x128Learn how to fix the issue ‘cannot connect MacBook to iPhone via bluetooth’. If you try for the first time to connect and pair your new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or MacBook 12 inch to your iPhone (5, 5S, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, iPad air, iPad Pro) or any iOS device via bluetooth tethering, you probably got the message ‘Connection unsuccessful’ and ‘your MacBook’s name‘ is not supported’ on your iOS device and ‘Network is unavailable’ on your MacBook. I bet, you had already set up a Personal Hotspot on your iOS device before. And that’s the source of the problem. I will show you the fix in the following.

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macOS: Fixing Sidebar’s Favorites Not Showing In Finder And Apps

OS X 10.11 El Capitan finder iconLearn how to fix ‘sidebar’s favorites not showing’ in macOS finder and apps like macOS mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Microsoft Office or any other app. In macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite  the sidebar’s favorites folder list sometimes just disappears and got lost. This happens due to an issue in the macOS finder app, if you have not restarted your mac, iMac or Macbook for a long time.