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

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How can I send emails with Mail.app as text/markdown explicitly?

I write all my emails in plain text, not rich text or HTML, but I do use punctuation markup as has been popularized by Markdown and others (which were inspired by prior customs in plain-text email). ...
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Kensington Trackball Works, how to scroll horizontally with Trackball or Auto Scroll

I have a Kensington Expert Mouse on the Mac running the latest 1.3 drivers. There still is no option to use the trackball to in addition to scroll vertically also scroll horizontally. Similar to the ...
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Changing default email reader does not take effect

I am trying to use Kiwi for Gmail as my default email reader (for example, when wanting to share a link via email, I want Kiwi to open up, rather than the Mail application by Apple). In the Kiwi ...
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Update Dock after defaults write without `killall` restart

I'm toggling a Mission Control setting with defaults write but the Dock doesn't see the change without restarting via killall Dock. How can I get the Dock to read the updated plist settings without ...
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default application to open folders with

Back in the days I used to run Path Finder for a while, but then removed it from the system and went back to regular finder. Now when entering i.e. open Desktop/ in the terminal, it opens up Finder ...
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When will podcasts be automatically deleted in iTunes?

I've heard that downloaded podcasts that are visited would be automatically deleted after some time. But I'm not sure about when or which condition does this occur. When will the downloaded podcast ...
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Refresh the contents of the (right-hand side) menu bar?

After making a change to whether something should appear in the menubar, like so (for example): defaults write "org.pqrs.Karabiner" 'isStatusbarEnable' -bool true I see no change. Nothing shows up,...
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Unable to toggle natural scrolling direction

I've been experimenting a bit when trying to write a script for toggling the scrolling direction; com.apple.swipescrolldirection. There are plenty of examples of people doing this online, and several ...
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How to disable screensaver for newly created user?

I am fairly new to OS X, I am trying to disable the screensaver of a user that I recently created with the following commands on the terminal of an account that I'm currently logged in as: sudo ...
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Am I supposed to have both a Library/Privileged Helper Tools & a Library/PrivilegedHelperTools folder?

Library/Privileged Helper Tools is empty. Library/PrivilegedHelperTools has 3 items belonging to known installed applications within it.
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Can “Full Keyboard Access” tab-key behavior be set for the login window?

The shortcut fn-F7 toggles the tab key behavior anywhere in Mac OS X, including on the login window (called "Full Keyboard Access" in System Preferences, this determines if tab cycles through text ...
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Setting Default Folder Settings using defaults write

I am trying to set the default settings for every folder to be Arranged By: Name and Sort By: Kind using defaults write. I know that there are these options; defaults write com.apple.Finder ...
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FaceTime dims all other audio during video calls – how to stop that happening?

Is there a hidden preference or something I can get at through defaults write? I'm running El Capitan 10.11.2 Beta (15C31f)
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Disable Microsoft Office for one user

I share a Macbook Pro with another user (we are both Admins). The other user has a Microsoft Office 2016 account, and I do not. I work with a lot of CSV files, and it's extremely annoying that MS ...
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Manage Finder favourites with defaults write or similar?

I've been unable to find any preferences list file with the locations for the 'Favorites' list shown in the Finder sidebar. No luck from likely candidates com.apple.finder and com.apple.sidebarlists. ...
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What “defaults” command is used to enable NTFS write support in OS X

I remember long time back I came across some terminal command (something like: defaults write...) to enable ntfs write support on OS X. When I am searching for the command now I can see only either of ...
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How can I check what mode is already on on defaults write?

I am making a script that puts on a defaults write thing to true. How can I check before it's it's true or false?
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Default Browser .plist location

I have a custom built browser, lets say its similar to a firefox port such as Ice Weasel. I am wondering where I register this so that it will appear in the System Preferences > General > Default ...
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Website-specific default browser

Is it possible to have website-specific default browser? I use Firefox for the most part, but Chrome for Google sites (Inbox, Calendar, Keep, Music, etc), and I obviously open several links from my ...
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The location of plist file with defaults

How to know the location of plist that defaults read reads. For example, defaults read com.google.Keystone.Agent returns the information. { ActivesInfo = { "com.google.Chrome" = ...
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Defaults documentation for builtin apps?

Does Apple supply a list of valid preferences, in terms of key-value pairs found in plist files, for built-in OS X apps? For example, the Preview app has a user setting for anti-aliasing. One can ...
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Safari 9 doesn't have the Address Bar and Back/Forward button

I'm having a serious problem in Safari 9. I am unable to set back the Back Button and the Address Bar. It's not showing anymore. I've deleted a bunch of files in Cache, Preferences. Some procedures ...
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How can i speed up the animation of hiding the menu bar?

I recently installed OS X El Capitan and figured out I could hide the menu bar. But it would be nice if i could accelerate the animation. For hiding the dock menu I use these defaults. I wondered ...
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How to set default scroll option for full-screen mode in Mac Preview?

Mac Preview always opens in single page or double page view when going to full-screen mode while I prefer continuous scroll. I know I could press CMD+1 every time but is there a way to set this scroll ...
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defaults: command not found

i have two users on macbook pro (yosemite). one of them has access to the defaults binary in /usr/bin the other user gets command not found. looking up in /usr/bin --> no defaults. both accounts are ...
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How do I succeed setting sublime text 3 as a default text editor on Yosemite? [duplicate]

It's a matter of principle for me as I'm struggling with it for a long time. I had this issue back on Mavericks and now on Yosemite 10.10.5. What I'm trying to do is to set Sublime text 3 as a ...
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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 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 me....
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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 /Library/...
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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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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 globally....
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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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Disable display mirroring for every possible future display

Is there some 'defaults write' or other trick to tell OS X to never mirror displays? (Unless they're at least as good resolution as the retina display.) I thought I had display mirroring disabled ...
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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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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 ...