A Mac OS console application used to manage user preferences.

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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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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 can I disable the delay + minimum distance when deleting icons from the Dock by dragging in Mountain Lion?

As you all know, Dock icons can be removed by simply clicking them and dragging them out of the Dock. As soon as the “poof” animation appears, you can release the mouse button to remove the icon. ...
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Move 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' etc folders

I would like to move folders like 'Pictures', 'Documents', 'Movies' to a different from default under the root of user's home location, preferably into a sub-folder under the same user's home folder. ...
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How to list all available .plist keys on a certain domain application by defaults command?

I want to know all keys (property list) which available on certain domain application, as example i could list available key for com.apple.dock by entering this command: $ defaults read ...
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How do I change the location of screen captures on 10.5?

As a developer, I take a lot of screen captures. I often take a lot to share with StackExchange members on chat. The problem is my desktop is so cluttered with screen captures that they're now ...
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Can I change the default camera app on my iPhone?

In the latest iOS update (5.1) Apple added the camera to the lock screen, so now I don't need to unlock the phone to take a picture. Is it possible to change which app is used for this? I realise ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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How to specify that cover art for a video in iTunes should be a frame from a specific time in the video?

When I add a movie or other video to iTunes, it appears that iTunes selects a video frame from somewhere near the beginning of the video file as the default cover art — and most of the time this ...
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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 to change tap to click using “defaults write” from command line?

I want to change the trackpad tap-to-click property from the command line. Graphically, I can do it by clicking System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Tap to Click. How can I do it from the command line? ...
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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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Can I undo changes made via “defaults write”?

I've been messing with Bluetooth audio settings to try to keep my Bluetooth speakers from popping by changing settings via defaults write, but I'm afraid I've made the problem worse. I'd like to ...
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Change the default action to open executable files in the editor instead of Terminal

When double clicking an executable file (without a file extension) in Finder, it opens in Terminal by default. I can change that to any other application for this single file, but I cannot change the ...
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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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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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Default settings for pmset -g?

I remember changing some values to disable Deep sleep mode and hibernation a few months ago, and realised that my battery drains faster now. I just want to revert all settings to default. I changed ...
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Choosing the default application does not stay as default after reboot

When I'm opening .avi files, I want to open them with VLC Media player, when right clicking the item, I see this: As you can see QuickTime is the default player, I want to change it to VLC, so I ...
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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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Change default applications

I have somehow managed to replace the default movie player, with my FTP client. I'm not sure how that happened, but now every time I double click a movie file in Finder, my FTP client launches. Can ...
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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 ...
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Spaces and Expose Overview using the 2nd Monitor

I have two monitors, and 9 (3x3) virtual desktops. When I invoke the Spaces overview mode of expose, everything gets pulled onto the primary display. It creates one overview with 3x3 desktops, ...
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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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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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How to map the bottom right Trackpad corner to right-click programmatically?

I’m looking for a command (defaults write …) to enable right-click by tapping the bottom right Trackpad corner. This can be enabled as follows: System Preferences → Trackpad → Point & Click → ...
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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 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 do I change my default “from” email address for the iOS Mail app?

I changed my "Default Account" in Mail Preferences: And this changes my default "from" address when I send an email from (say) the Twitter app But when I use the Mail app to send an email, it uses ...
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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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Button “Use as Defaults” are missing in View Options panel (Mountain Lion)

I'm a very new user of Apple and Mac OS - coming straight from Windows so please bear with me if my question is a bit foolished. I'm looking for a way to set my View Option as a default property ...
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How to set default number formatting in Numbers?

In Numbers, I've seen how to change the default cell colour and font, based on table styles. But how can one change the default number formatting? The default "American" formatting for dates, for ...
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How can I toggle magic mouse one finger swipe pages gesture via terminal?

How can I toggle magic mouse one finger swipe pages gesture via terminal? The command defaults write -g AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool NO triggers checkbox in System Preferences, but ...
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How do you get ipod nano to display the watch face as the default view

Is there way to set the watch face as the default display? I wear the iPod Nano as a wrist watch and I would like it display the watch face first when I press the power button. Note: I'm asking ...
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Is there a default location for 'linux too applications'

I recently moved to OS X from Windows 7. In Windows, pretty much everything gets installed to C:\Program Files\[application name] or C:\[application name]. In OS X /Applications seems to be roughly ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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 do I verify the integrity of my OSX installation? (Files, versions, and preferences)

I want to verify the files, and configuration settings for my OSX installation against a known good reference "base". Assuming I have two identical Macs (hardware), with one being factory installed ...
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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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Default list of Quicklook Plugins for a fresh LION install? What QL plugins “should be” in /System/Library/Quicklook/?

This is an easy one for you all. I simply need people to list what Quicklook plugins they have installed in /System/Library/QuickLook. I ask because I have a QL plugin named: Icon.qlgenerator in my ...
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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) ...