Concerning modifying various aspects of a computer application's appearance and behavior to suit the needs of the individual user

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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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How can I remove the Finder icon from my Dock?

I've started using Forklift as a Finder replacement, so I don't need Finder in my Dock. In fact, I would much rather have Forklift be the farthest left icon so I don't accidentally click on Finder. ...
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How can I move virtual memory swap files to a different drive or partition?

note: This is a question that I asked on SuperUser a while ago. I'm re-posting it here because I think it belongs here. By default, Mac OS X stores its swap files in /private/var/vm/. I would like to ...
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How can I customize the Lion login screen to remove the vignette effect?

Just upgraded to Lion, but the new login screen needs some colour. I found someone online who posted the address of the image that's in the background, so I went and replaced that. Only, after ...
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How can I change OSX's spinning beachball pointer animation?

I want to change the spinning beachball pointer animation used in OSX to indicate an application is not responding to system events, to something else, like a funny GIF, or maybe just a different ...
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Is there a way to change font sizes system-wide while preserving UI resolution?

I have a 17" widescreen mac book pro (1920 x 1080) and find it hard to read the small fonts in the finder menu and in the Finder let hand panel even though my vision is good. Even the font's in most ...
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Remove Window Drop Shadow and Replace with Outline

I'm running OS X 10.8.4. My goal is to remove the wide drop shadows around windows and replace them with a thin black outline. Several questions have been posted asking how to remove or reduce the ...
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Composing messages in Apple Mail: Displaying text on screen in larger size without changing font size

When composing messages in Mail.app, as I now have an HD screen on my MBP, the default Helvetica 12pt appears quite small. I would like to be able to enlarge the text size, but only locally, ...
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How do I permanently disable Notification Center in Mavericks?

In Mountain Lion I was able to permanently disable Notification Center, with no apparent side effects: launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist killall ...
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How do I rename desktops in Mountain Lion?

It seems that Apple doesn't provide a way to rename desktops from the default "Desktop 1", etc. Renaming desktops would be great for my workflow. Does anyone know how to do this manually or with a ...
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How to see all options configurable by “defaults write …” [duplicate]

Many Mac apps have "hidden" configurable options that can be modified in Terminal by using the defaults write ... command. This is straightforward to do if you know the name of the option that you ...
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Is it possible to configure Safari's search box to use google.co.uk rather than google.com?

Is it possible to customise the search engines used by Safari 5.1 on Snow Leopard? I'd like to get it to use google.co.uk rather than google.com for searches. I've found a couple of old posts ...
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App that turns the menubar black/dark?

Is there an app that can change the color of the menubar? I saw one that I'm pretty sure wasn't Nocturne.
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Is there a way to globally change the appearance of messages in Messages (Beta) for OS X?

In OS X Messages (Beta), the appearance of a given message thread can be changed by selecting submenu options from the View > Messages menu item; but this only applies to the currently displayed ...
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How to change/customize mail signature in Mountain Lion?

To add an custom mail-signature in Lion you had to add an signature via preferences, and then replace the contents of the webarchive with your own. In Mountain Lion, Apple replaced the webarchive ...
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How can I disable media playback in Finder document icons?

I'm on Lion now, and hoped that Apple would have added the option to disable the quick preview buttons on the icons some way. Here's the problem I have: When I click on a video in Finder just to ...
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Can I cmd-F and click a highlighted link in Safari (or something similar) without a mouse?

I'm trying to make my Mac as mouseless and possible. My three last big hurdles: Moving the current window to a different space in Spaces. (I'm still on OS 10.6, until 10.8 comes out.) A more ...
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Is it possible to use mac trackpad gestures on, say, a linux virtualbox machine?

Specifically, I would just love to use the trackpad to do "three finger swipes" and switch between Linux workspaces (desktops), that would be extremely slick. I imagine this might require a plugin or ...
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Yet Another Custom Sidebar Icon Question (System Info.plist Question)

I have perused just about every Google search I could think of and have gotten what I think seems to be close to an answer on how to set custom icons in the sidebar WITHOUT having to resort to ...
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Replacing The Blue Folder Icon With A Customised Image?

How can I select a JPEG image and use that to customise/replace the usual blue folder icon for a given folder (which additionally may even make it easier to tell folders apart, when looking for one)? ...
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How do I change the Icon for a USB device?

My phone uses a standard icon when mounted. I just want to replace that icon with a custom one. I'm opening a PNG image in Preview and copying the image, then pasting onto the icon in the Get Info ...
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Does ios7 support third-party software keyboards?

I am a litte confused about iOS 7. Does iOS 7 support third-party software keyboards? There are a lot of rumors around, I watched the last WWDC and read Apple documents but I couldn't hear anything ...
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iPhone backplate mod: On what side of the iPhone 4S backplate should I paint?

My iPhone backplate was broken. So, to make something good out of this, I want to create an effect like this: I would like to fill the cracks with paint, but I have other options too. Will ...
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Changing Folder's Icon

I am using Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I tried changing a folder's icon using this well known method. I used a png image as my target icon. The icon does get changed, but not to the picture itself, ...
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Can I remove the clip of the iPod nano 6G?

Is there a (non-brute-force) way to remove the clip-part of the iPod nano 6G? I find, I don't use it and it add clunkiness. Also it's a bit scratched since it's the only part not protected by a ...
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There's a folder shortcut on my dock, next to the trash. Why is there and how do I remove it?

I want my dock to be purely for shortcuts to the programs I use the most. Frankly it annoys me that you can't remove the Trash from the dock, but I can live with that. What I really want to get rid ...
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Setting up environment variables for GUI apps?

Transitioning from Windows to the Mac. In Windows, I had a lot of environmental variables set-up that I used to speed up my work. Thinks like DEVDIR=C:\WORKDOCS\DOCS_jaravj\PROJ\dev ...
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Configuring keyboard shortcuts

I'm using OS X 10.7.2 and there are a couple keyboard shortcuts that are just driving me crazy - how do I change them? In Chrome, "Go Back" (or Forward) is ⌘ + [ or ⌘ + ] (for forward), ...
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Is it possible to switch to a specific keyboard layout via `defaults`, *.plist or similar?

I have figured out a workable shell script using osascript (AppleScript) to automatically switch to US keyboard layout when MacVim activates (triggered by Keyboard Maestro), and Swedish layout when it ...
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Keyboard layout editor that works on Lion

So far I've been using Ukulele for editing my keyboard layout (I assigned some shortcuts to Alt+key and changed a few others). Unfortunately, after upgrading to Lion, it's broken. The point is, Lion ...
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Add custom OS images to bochs on iphone? [closed]

im trying to get DSL (Damn Small Linux) to work on the iphone version of bochs but i cant figure out how to configure the os.ini file, please help?
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How can I give a Space a custom name?

I'd like to give my Spaces helpful names like "Graphics" and "Communications" instead of using confusing, generic names like Desktop 1 and Desktop 2. Is there a way to accomplish that through a ...
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How can I customize the background of the FileVault login screen in 10.8? [duplicate]

I've successfully changed the background image for OS X login screen, but cannot do it for the FileVault login screen. This makes sense as the contents of the disk are still encrypted at that point ...
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Two custom keyboard layouts, both ALMOST working in different ways

I have been using the Programmer Dvorak keyboard layout for a while, but ran into problems after a poorly-executed tweak of mine which lead to me re-installing version. However, the latest package ...
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iPhones in business: How to set restrictions on devices provided to employees

I was recently able to use an iPhone supplied by a tech startup to one of its affiliates. The phone had limited apps, several disabled settings, and no icon for the App Store among its restrictions. ...
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Outlook 2011 category colors - Windows Color Palette?

Does anybody know what are the RGB "equivalents" of the category colors that MS uses in the Windows version of Oulook 2010? Just starting to use a Mac "for real work" (vs tinkering with it as a ...
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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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Binding an applescript to a button in osx

I have asked a question here. But it is for adding a custom button in osx finder toolbar. Suppose I have an applescript & I want to bind it on a custom button. & then I want to place that ...
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How to make windows of new folders open in my size?

In OS X 10.8.2, I create a new folder by right-clicking in the Finder and selecting New Folder. When I open this folder, the size of the window is not the size of the foremost window. The window size ...
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How do I disable the drop shadow from text on the Desktop?

Does anyone know how to get rid of the text drop shadow from files and folders on the Mac desktop? I would prefer a subtle shadow with an offset of 1 pixel. If you know of a hack to get rid of ...
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Replace dead keys of default US keyboard layout on Lion?

I've been trying to create a new keyboard layout using Ukelele on Lion. I want to replace some dead keys combination like option+e to option+'. Ukelele seems to be the right tool for it. Problem is, ...
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How can I do shift + slash on a French AZERTY keyboard?

I have a MacBook with a French AZERTY keyboard. On this keyboard, the forward slash ('/') is over the ':' character, so I have to do: Shift + : to get the /. However in Eclipse there is a useful ...
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Is it possible to make Modbook-style tablets from MacBook Pros …?

I ask this question because the Axiotron website and their Facebook presence seems to suggest stasis and/or the end of the company. Hence the DIY approach. A few years back I lusted after a Modbook ...
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OS X: Specifying custom command line invocation of program as application for opening files on double click

I'm primarily a Linux user who recently acquired a MacBook Air and I'm currently desperately trying to find out whether there's an equivalent for Linux's desktop definition files, where you can define ...
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What's the best way to edit the look and feel of the dashboard

I need advice if there's a best method in changing the look and feel of the existing dashboard. I've already mocked up the look and feel that I wanted. I wanted a method where I can also let other ...
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Can I remove the lines in the Notes.app and change the line spacing?

The only reason I use the Notes.app and not Stickies.app is iCloud sync. I enjoy the customization (colors, fonts, minimized view) and minimalism (plain background, thin borders) of Stickies over the ...
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Is it possible to change the dock icon of an application only?

Is there any way to just change the icon in the dock while still keeping it the same everywhere else? It's probably not going to be possible without tweaks, so are there any programs for that?
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Lion login screen when using two screens

When logging into Lion with a second screen attached, does the second screen always have a plain grey background as opposed to the textured background that the primary screen has? Is there a way to ...
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How can I change a filetype’s “Kind” value in the Finder?

There are several filetypes that get a generic “Kind” description (if viewed in Finder’s List View) based on the program used to open them. I’d like to add descriptions for some file extensions so ...
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Sugar Sync & menu bar icons

I'm wondering if there's a way to stop SugarSync (or any app) putting itself in the OS X menu bar (top right) when launched. Sugar Sync doesn't have this option in it's preferences. I've managed to ...