defaults(1) is a Mac OS console application used to manage user preferences stored in property list files.

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Is there any list of OS X hidden configuration?

I just found this script to automatically configure a lot of OSX preferences. I'm wondering if there is any website/wiki/git repo with a complete list of all the options.
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Formatting 'defaults domains' output on multiple lines

Just a quick question here. I'm trying to format the output of the command: defaults domains so that it puts each domain on a new line, so I can use that parsed output in a different command. I've ...
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How can I script the setup of preferences in Mac OS X?

I have a couple of Macs and I would like to create some kind of script that I can use to: Easily setup a new Mac after a reinstall Update settings to consistent values (so if I decide to change some ...
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How to set default scanner settings in Adobe Acrobat dialog?

After installing a Canon MF-220 series printer/scanner/fax, when I go to create PDF from scanner in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC on Mac OSX Yosemite, I get a dialog that defaults to Text, 25 dpi, and A4 that ...
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How to customize open with menu in Yosemite?

I want to customize the right click/"open with" menu for some file extensions like jpg, in order to see just the 4 apps i want to use with this file type. Google suggests me to edit the info.plist ...
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Can I reset app windows to default size/position?

I was just wondering if there is a way to reset app windows like Mail or Finder to there default size and position. Is this possible and so yes, how? Thanks in advance.
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Concise, compact list of all 'defaults' currently configured and their values?

Hello Ask Different community, I'm not an OSX expert, though I've used it for some time now. I'm trying to understand more about how to automate and push config changes for netboot/imaging , etc. I ...
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Accessing dictionary keys using defaults

How do I use defaults to access a specific field in a dictionary? I've tried doing this $ defaults read -app Terminal "Window Settings.Pro" but it doesn't work. Accessing "Window Settings" on its ...
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Is there a way to remove a server account network entry from terminal?

I have a Mac mini running Mac OS X 10.10.3. It has an open directory server configured in the server account network configuration in 'Users and groups'. Is there a way to remove that server account ...
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How can I remove all modifications I've made using 'defaults'

I've run a number of customization scripts and manually made a lot of changes in my environment using the defaults utility. Is there a way I can delete all of my modifications? Essentially go back to ...
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How to use Defaults to set an element of an array of and array in a preference file?

I am trying to increase the speed of the Text-To-Speech on my Mac. The GUI Preference pane maxes out at 360 words per minute. I do accessibility development and this is actually a little slow for ...
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What is the default (blue) value for AppleHighlightColor?

Lots of popular dotfiles repos (stemming from this one) include this: # Set highlight color to green defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600" It looks ...
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Use defaults to edit preferences

Recently, I have been playing around with editing System Preferences without GUI and using the defaults command. I have tried for example: defaults write com.apple.dock autohide NO Though that did ...
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Update Preferences Panel after using default write

I am using default write to set/unset Block all incoming connections option of OSX firewall. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf globalstate -int 2 sudo defaults write ...
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Correct Syntax to change default Screenshots and Screencapture save location?

I would like to change the default screenshot location for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 using Terminal. But this command is not working, where subfoldername = "name of my sub-folder" I want to store my ...
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Set Default App For Everything That Doesn't Have A Default

Is it possible to set a default open application if none is found on the system. For example if I have a .mp3 file, still let that open with iTunes but if i've got a random unknown .abcdefg file make ...
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Move files across disks (change default to move and not copy)

When you move files/folders across disks Finder, by default, copies the files. I'm looking for a configuration option (defaults?) to reverse this, so default is moving files (as it is when you are on ...
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How do I get rid of orphaned application entries after uninstallation?

Orphaned Entry in Default Calendar App Preferences (OS X Yosemite)? The image below is the preferences pane in Calendar.app. This is where the user sets the default calendar app used by OS X ...
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Disable three finger drag on Xcode

I want to use the three finger vertical swipe to switch between header and implementation files on Xcode, but this stops working when I have three finger drag enabled in system preferences. I've ...
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Changin IRC default client on Mavericks

I installed Colloquy and then LimeChat IRC clients. I realized Colloquy opens automatically when clicking on a link like irc://irc.freenode.net/kolab How can I changed these links to open in LimeChat? ...
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Need Help with Post-install Script to Switch Off “Displays have separate Spaces”

We have an PC application adapted to run on the Mac using Wine that we install using Apple's Installer. Because Wine uses X11 to display the adapted application's GUI and because of the way X11 (aka ...
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How to set default finder window size?

How do I set the default size of my finder window to a size of my choice? Currently each time I open a finder window, it opens up in a very small size and I have to adjust it before I can start ...
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How can I set the default width, height, and position of my Mac terminal app?

How can I set the default width and height of my Mac terminal window so that it always opens the way I'd like it to. Currently, every time I launch the terminal app, I need to resize it.
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Use smart folder as Finders default folder

Does anybody know how to setup a smart folder as Finders default folder? If I try to select the smart folder in Finder settings, the "choose" button is deactivated like the screenshot shows:
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Yosemite maximize button fill width and height, not go fullscreen, as default. No extra keys [duplicate]

I've been dealing with this for a while and I just can't take it anymore. I want to set the default maximize button to fill the width and height of the screen without any extra shortcut keys. The way ...
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determining Preferred Language in OS X via cli

I was hoping to do something like: defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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Running defaults command as root vs regular user

I've used the defaults command to tweak my settings to some sane defaults, but I have been unsure if I should run them as root or as my regular user. Seems to work either way. It is possible to do ...
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Increase increment size of keyboard backlight

I usually have my keyboard backlight either: all the way up, at the lowest setting or off. It is (slightly) annoying to have to hold down F5/F6 keys, when I never use the middle values. Is there a ...
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Can I set Show Library Folder via defaults from command line?

Is there anyway to activate the Show Library Folder option from the command line? I know that I can archive it with the command chflags nohidden ~/Library', but for several reasons I would prefer a ...
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Recover font antialias on Yosemite

I've changed some options related to font rendering by defaults write command in past (I can't recall was it lcdfilter, or something else). Now when I turn off antialiasing in system preferences font ...
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How do I use the defaults command with App Groups?

In OS X Yosemite it's possible to have preferences that are shared between multiple apps that are in the same App Group. On the development side of things it's as simple as setting up the App Group ...
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How to reset all Yosemite's settings and preferences to default?

I used this script to modify settings on my mac. See full script here defaults write com.apple.systemuiserver menuExtras -array \ "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Bluetooth.menu" \ ...
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How to always show window controls in Yosemite full screen apps?

The default behavior in Yosemite for apps with combined window title/toolbar in full screen mode is, that the window controls (signal lights) slide in from the left when the mouse the mouse pointer ...
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Is it possible to have two guest accounts with separate language settings?

I have a shared use OSX machine (running Yosemite) used by a varying set of people with mutually exclusive language and keyboard needs. Most users use the guest account and all settings get reset ...
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How can I change some of the system default preferences used for the guest and new user accounts?

I have an shared OSX machine (now running Yosemite) that is used by a large group of people, most of which are not normally Mac users. A couple of the most regulars such as myself that need persistent ...
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Using Yosemite's dark theme but keeping the menubar normal

I just switched to the dark theme on Yosemite OS X and it is a true blessing. For days i have been annoyed by the too light colored background that appears on CMD-TAB, now this is remedied ...
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Zsh using 100% of CPU during iWork install

I've been trying to install Keynote and Numbers, but they hang like so: This is associated with a shell script consuming 100% of a CPU: That process is defaults delete com.apple.helpd ...
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New users can't see Apple applications from Utilities folder in Launchpad

I felt like giving my mess of Launchpad icons a fresh start. So I did defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true && killall Dock On checking Launchpad, it had appeared to have ...
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Mac printing error: paper size unresolvable conflict

I am trying to set duplex as the default for my printer. Many people have told me to just create a preset and use that but there are some apps that this doesn't work for, so I am looking for a ...
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Position Dock stretched full width without increasing size proportionally

Using defaults write com.apple.dock pinning start;killall Dock I was able to move the position of the dock to the upper left corner below the Apple menu. What I'd really like to do is force the ...
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How can I set the default browser depending on time of day?

I have a MacBook Pro from work. To keep my browsing history separate, I use 2 different browsers. (Chrome = Work, Safari = Fun) I want to make my default browswer Chrome while at work (9 am to 6pm), ...
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Enable flash player audio access in safari for a website permanently

I get this request every time I try to use the microphone on the same web page. Is there anyway to set this so it stops asking for this domain. I understand the security ramifications; however I ...
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Updating modifier keys from the command line takes no effect

The goal: map "Caps Lock" to "Control" from the command-line. I'm trying to update the modifier keys from the command-line with the following command as explained here and here but to no effect. $ ...
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How do I change my “Recommended Applications” list (shown after right click > open with) for a given file extension?

OSX v. 10.9.3 When I "right click" a *.kml file and go to "Open With", the list of applications does not include QGis, my favorite program for medium to heavy duty GIS work. I'd like QGis to be on ...
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Add local file URL handling to Applescript Application

I am using a simple applescript application to open different URL schemes in different Fluid Apps. By setting this app as the default browser, I can effectively parse out the URL scheme and open the ...
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Adding to “Open with” list

[OSX 10.9.2] My Mac doesn't think Audacity can open mp4 files, so when I want to do so using "Open with", I have to switch from "Recommended Applications" to "All Applications" so as to select ...
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how to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch?

How to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch? I apparently need to pad out this qwuestion, so i will add that it makes me dizzy thank you!
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How to change shape defaults in keynote?

I'm using Keynote 6.2. Is there a way to change the default properties of shape objects? Specifically, I'd like to get rid of the drop shadow and the advanced color fill. It's a pain to have to change ...
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Mavericks: How to ADD Input Source via plists/defaults?

I'm trying to automate my OS X setup but I'm stuck trying to programmatically add a new Input Source or keyboard layout. I usually use two layouts: regular US and US International, so what I'm trying ...
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How do I clear the default email client?

I do not want ANY email client as a default. Whenever I accidentally click on a link, Outlook comes up. I do not want ANYTHING to pop up. Uninstalling is not an option. I want Outlook on the ...