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 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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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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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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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 com.apple....
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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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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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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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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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How to set default input source in Mac OS X Lion

I use two keyboard layouts (input sources) in my everyday work - the standard US and Russian-PC. In System Preferences/Language & Text/Input Sources I have activated the "Allow different input ...
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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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Setting defaults for Magic Mouse

When I log on the Guest user, the Magic Mouse settings are not as I want them to be. E.g., I would always like the right click enabled and the tracking speed set to fast, but these settings default to ...
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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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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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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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Writing to NSUserDictionaryReplacementItems with defaults

The following command reads the NSUserDictionaryReplacementItems. The keys are called Text Shortcuts in OS X. defaults read NSGlobalDomain NSUserDictionaryReplacementItems I want to create new ...
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Toggle Natural scrolling from command line with reload

I'm looking to make a script that quickly toggles the Natural scrolling settings, so I need a way to do it from the command line. I think I found the correct defaults command, but I'm not sure how to ...
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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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Disable screensaver password requirement from command line

I am trying to enable and disable the screensaver password requirement from the command line. defaults read com.apple.screensaver shows a variable askForPassword set to either 0 or 1, depending on ...
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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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Set preview.app to default to “content only” view

Is there any way to make (Mountain Lion) Preview's default view 'content only'?
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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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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 to apply written defaults to a Magic Mouse (com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.mouse)?

Running OSX 10.7.4 I wrote a script to swap Apple Magic Mouse secondary click. The following simple bash script do modify the system preferences (can be seen in System Preferences GUI), but the mouse ...
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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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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 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 computer;...
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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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To control default opening software for PDF centrally?

I want PDF documents open with Preview, not Adobe Reader. I select Open With > Other > Click the Box Always Open With. However, this does affect all pdf-files in my system. How can you set the ...
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How do I change which characters OS X considers ‘a word’, for ⌥-arrow-key skipping?

When I type ⌥→, I'd like my cursor to stop at periods, and perhaps other characters. Does anybody know of a defaults configuration, or System Preferences setting, that changes which characters are ...
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Force URL link to open with a specific browser

I've created a URL link in my dock, however, the link only opens with the default browser. I have safari, Firefox, and chrome (latest being the default) installed in my machine. I'm wondering if ...
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Apple's Preview prints in middle of page

Apple's Preview app always prints in the center of the page, rather than at top & left margins. This is true regardless of the scale (% size) an image is printed at. I'm hoping there's a way to ...
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How to change OSX System (Default) Shortcuts?

In OSX (now is Mavericks), how to change the System Default Shortcuts, for example which are currently like: Command + Shift + Q .. for current User Logout. Command + Q .. for current (active) ...
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Change the default application (for a file extension) via script/command line?

Is there a way to define the default application for a file extension via an Apple script, command line command (like defaults write [...]). I know that you can change it manually via the information ...
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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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How do I change mouse settings instantaneously from Terminal?

My school has a bunch of Macs that are always logged in as Guest and have very annoying default settings (natural scrolling, no secondary mouse button, etc), so I am trying to write a terminal script ...
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Defaults utility: how to get xcode project info

I have found that utility defaults can get info from .plist file. But how can I canonically pass as parameter to it path to .plist file ? I read about <domain> parameter but still don't have ...
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What do I need to know for setting key combination shortcuts

I am running OS X Mavericks 10.9 and I want to create a new key combination shortcut for, lets say, 'Look Up in Dictionary'. Personally I think CommandShiftD or CommandOptionD would be nice. When I ...
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How to reverse the defaults write com.apple.Safari CustomUserAgent “\”My user agent string\“” command

Using the defaults write com.apple.Safari CustomUserAgent "\"My user agent string\"" command, you can set the default User Agent for Safari. This means that the CustomUserAgent key gets written in ~/...
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Where does Messages.app store its “Play sound effects” setting?

I'm trying to write a script to configure the system and various apps to my liking, mostly via defaults write. I got stuck with Messages' Play sound effects setting (under General). I think this ...