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

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How to toggle closeViewZoomFollowsFocus in com.apple.universalaccess via shell script with instant activation?

I created a Service with Automator on a Mac running "Lion 10.7.3". The Service toggles via a shell script the visibility of hidden files in the Finder and works like a charm. Here's the script: ...
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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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How do I refresh Application metadata - URL handlers, Web browsers - after installing my own AppleScript?

I'm working on an Apple Script that handles URLs. There's a command one can give which re-creates the list that Safari shows to change the default web browser. Anyone know what this is?
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Defaults tool equivalent of Ctrl-F7

In OSX one can use Ctrl-F7 to change what the Tab key can move the focus between. By default it is only text boxes and lists but after pressing ctrl-f7 one can move between all ui elements. I was ...
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specify Open With application for stacks

My application preferences were reset, and at which point the 'Open In Finder' arrow on the stacks is now opening iPhoto. Does anybody know how to change this?
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How do I restore the audio balance to default?

On my iPod Touch, I was playing around with the audio balance setting (settings -> general -> accessibility) How can I reset the balance setting so that it is precisely at the midpoint (i.e. the ...
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How to I set the scroll direction to be “non” natural for any new users created on a Lion machine?

When a new user account is created on a Lion machine, a "helpful" dialog appears to describe "Natural" scrolling. I want to set the scrolling to be "unnatural" for any new users created - is there a ...
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Screencapture with zooming

In Snow Leopard when I used a screencapture program (⇧⌃⌘4) on the screen area that was zoomed in (by using ⌃ + mouse wheel) the resulting screen shot has the same zoom factor. Super useful when I ...
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How Do I Restore the Default Settings in Lion?

I love playing with new operating systems, and also love to experience the default behaviour that Those That Be have decreed are the New Best Thing. Up until now, I've always - be it Windows or Mac OS ...
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Can I enable file removal in the open window on OS X?

Can I enable file removal in the open window on OS X? The open or save dialogs do not allow you do do many opeations, like removing a file or renaming it. Is there any hidden defaults preference ...
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What are the default permissions on the Applications folder in OS X supposed to be?

I was trying to run VirtualBox on OS X when I got the error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine tinyXP. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE). Unknown error creating VM ...
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How does the defaults domain ‘Network’ work? (/Network/Library/Preferences/)

How does the Network preference/defaults domain work on Mac OS? I see it referenced in a lot of Apple documentation, but I don’t understand this particular preference domain. I get the user defaults ...
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Is it possible to somehow default the OSX preview window size on open for PDF files?

I have had this bug-bare for a while where preview always opens documents too small, I'm visually impaired and want them to default to open with two options Default width to nearly 100% of screen, ...
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Command Line method to backup using two Time Machine disks

Does anyone know of a command line method to select the active Time Machine disk? I would like to alternate between two backup disks for redundancy. I would like this to be automated, presumably via ...