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

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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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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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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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How to prevent Command-I/Command-Shift-I from opening Mac Mail when in browser?

When in a browser (Chrome or Safari), the following keyboard shortcut will always bring up a window that says "Welcome To Mail": Command+Shift+I I would like to use this shortcut for another ...
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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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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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Change default shell from bash to zsh

I've tried to switch my default shell to zsh, using chsh: chsh -s /bin/zsh and: chsh -s `which zsh` Both commands ended with: Changing shell for adamatan. Password for adamatan: chsh: ...
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How to always show menubar with fullscreen apps?

Does anyone know if it is possible to keep the menubar in Mac OS Lion visible for fullscreen apps instead of hidden until hovered over with a mouse or trackpad? I imagine there's some Terminal ...
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Is there a hidden preference to get Mission Control to show application icons when grouping is turned off?

When I turn on grouping in Mission Control to I get the application icon overlaid on the windows that belong to the application. Is there a hidden option to show icons on ungrouped windows?
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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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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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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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Move 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' etc folders

I would like to move folders like 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' to a different from the default under the root of user's home location, preferably into a sub-folder under the same user's home ...
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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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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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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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Default background color in Textedit

How do I set default background color in Textedit? Preferences -> New Document -> Font doesnt help. That black on white isn't too good in nights.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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.