The personal settings which control the configurable options on your Mac or iOS device. Examples include what wallpapers are displayed, when a screen saver will be displayed, or whether or not Time Machine is enabled and how it is configured.

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What methods can be used to find hidden options in OSX softwares?

I was wondering what methods can be used to find hidden options in OSX software. I regularly stumble upon hidden options that can be added in the .plist preferences files (using defaults write), but ...
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Mavericks asks for my password too much!

Since updating to Mavericks, I find that I'm getting asked for my password to do every little nit-noy thing, like moving a file to another folder or renaming it. Is there a menu in preferences that ...
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Mass Load of Keyboard/Text mappings in Mavericks

Under System Preferences/Keyboard/Text, you can enter a list of "spelling corrections" which can easily act as a macro-replacement for quick typing. It is easy to enter them one-by-one, but is there ...
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How can I launch a printer scanner from Spotlight?

I can go to the "Printers & Scanners" panel from Spotlight, but I cannot call the scanner directly. Is there any way to make Spotlight index a shortcut to the default printer's Scanner app? It ...
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Mac App mysteriously remembers deleted settings

After evaluating several its demo version, I decided to buy Linkinus from the Mac App Store.¹ As I had played with the settings a bit, I wanted to do a clean reset before seriously using it. So I ...
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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Mavericks Mail will not save preferences

I have the updated version of Mail, and still having Gmail problems, but one problem at a time here… Currently the headache is that it will not save any preferences: window layout, junk mail filtering ...
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OS X 10.9: Deleting Keyboard Input Sources

This is really similar to: How to remove or disable a default keyboard layout? However, I am new here and have no ability to comment or make remarks towards this to voice further problems. In OS X ...
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How to disable “Fast Start” in Safari?

In Mavericks’ Safari, the “feature” named “Fast Start” begins to load the first result of the search typed in the search bar. How can I disable such folly ?
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Software was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer

I went to run LibreOffice on my OS X 10.9 and it would not let me install it. It said it was from an unidentified developer. I'm aware of the security features of the Mac and went to System ...
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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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OS X's hidden preferences disappeared after Mavericks upgrade?

In past OS X versions, I used some commands to set preferences on my Mac. For example, I used the following command to enable selection of text in Quick Look: defaults write com.apple.finder ...
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How to select buttons in a dialog using the keyboard?

Times ago I setted my Mac (in system preferences) to use, when an alert appear, enter key to choose OK button and tab to scroll other possible button and space to select one of them. Now I initialized ...
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Stop Safari from restoring default preferences after quitting

Every time that I quit Safari, it restores all default preferences. It also resets the homepage to the default apple.com site! (I cannot stand this.) This problem began after installing McAfee, and ...
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Why are my preferences reset after restart with Mavericks?

My desktop wallpaper, the desktop icons - the file preview icon goes away, my default sound device, all get reset back to the default after a restart. I removed the com.apple.desktop.plist from the ...
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How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app?

How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app? In OS X 10.8 there was a setting for this in the app’s Preferences pane, but in OS X 10.9 that doesn’t seem to be ...
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How do I tell OS X to always mirror displays when I plug them in?

I plug the same external HDMI monitor in every day, and each time, I have to manually switch from external to mirrored mode. It's minor, but annoying. Is there a way to tell OS X to default to mirror ...
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Where is the preference list for “open with” applications?

I'm getting an (error code -10813) when trying to set file extensions to open with a certain app in Mountain Lion 10.8.5. Where is the plist file that has those preferences so that I can delete it and ...
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Problems with the key combination “$~1” in my DefaultKeyBinding.dict

I have the next DefaultKeyBinding.dict in ~/Library/KeyBindings: /* Key Modifiers ^ : Ctrl $ : Shift ~ : Option (Alt) @ : Command (Apple) # : Numeric Keypad */ { "$~1" = ...
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Mail.app reverts preference changes on restart - what can I do?

I have a set of SmartMailboxes in mail.app and noticed after I change them and restart the program, the changes are lost. I just tried deleting an old rule under Preferences > Rules and the rule ...
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What exactly does Background App Refresh in iOS 7 do?

I upgraded to iOS 7 yesterday, and I read that iOS 7 allows applications to not only update themselves in the background, but also retrieve current data (like stocks, weather etc.) so they are already ...
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Disable or Mute Trash Sound

How can I disable the sound when deleting a file from Finder in OS X Mountain Lion? I do not see any specific mention of it under System Preferences or Finder Preferences. I don't want to disable ...
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How to Sync MacOS Applications + Preferences across multiple Macs without OS X Server?

Will the following work? If not, can someone propose better alternaives to solve this problem? Summary problem: I want to sync multiple MacBook Air's, Pro's and possibly Mini's with the same ...
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Keyboard layout occasionally changes

I have a MacBook Pro and use a wireless keyboard. Both keyboards physically are a US English layout. In my user preferences I selected "U.S. Extended" as a keyboard layout. No others are selected. ...
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Finder- Reopen Last Closed Window

Finder does not seem to navigate to the last folder opened. For instance, when I am saving several files or images - it would be nice to (and used to ) open in the last place I placed something - now ...
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What is special in /Applications/ folder?

What happens when an .app bundle going copy to the /Applications/ folder? Are there any processes starting, any preferences copied to /Library/ ? Is a copy to /Applications/ folder a special ...
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Where is a full (complete) list of defaults domains and parameters?

I found several long lists with defaults, settings, but never a complete one with a reference to developers.apple.com. Is there any such list to find? If not, which is the longest/systematic/complete ...
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Mute Mac Sound When Idle

I like it when my Mac announces the time every hour. It keeps me focused or provides me with a reminder to take a break. I also like it when Mail makes a sound when new messages arrive so I can check ...
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How does Spotlight determine which category a file belongs to?

In Spotlight you can enable and disable file categories that will appear in search results. How does Spotlight determine that a certain file belongs to a certain category? The following specific ...
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Modifier key settings not sticking

I just purchased a MacBook Air with OSX v10.8.4. When I edit the modifier keys (I want to change Caps Lock to Ctrl), it works for a while, but then reverts back to defaults some time later. I'm making ...
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How to restore deleted applications on system preferences using pref setter?

some of my mac 10.5 system preferences items such as, General, desktop and screen saver, sound, dock, display, users and group, bluetooth, start up desk, speech, and time machine are all gone. I can't ...
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iMessage via WiFi only

Is there a way to rig iMessage so it receives (and, I guess,sends) messages only when connected via WiFi and not when connected via the carrier's data plan?
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What ghost in the machine is changing Safari Privacy settings? Mail, too?

Safari, Mail. What on earth? Occasionally, Mail can't connect, so I go into Preferences .. and every time, a password has just plain disappeared. Or I'll go thru Safari Preferences and discover, ...
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Can I disable Dashboard in Mountain Lion?

I'm wondering if there's a way to disable the dashboard in Mountain Lion. I never use it and I think it's consuming processor and memory powers.
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Cannot enter nvALT options anymore

I changed nvALT to be displayed in the menu bar and set the option that it is not to be displayed in the Dock anymore. I wanted to change the settings back and unchecked the options that nvALT is ...
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How do I set the home page for Safari on the iPad2?

This is driving me crazy . I'm trying to set the Home page on the iPad. The instructions I've seen indicate there should be a bar at the bottom of the browser with an arrow. There isn't. There also ...
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Sync apps preferences between multiple Macs

I tend to keep all my stuff in Dropbox. Now that I bought a second Mac, I thought that keeping also my applications preferences in Dropbox would have been a good idea. I managed to sync some of the ...
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How to Reset Full-Screen Terminal.app Preferences to Factory Defaults

On an iMac running Mac OS X version 10.7.5 I have accidentally resized Terminal.app to full-screen (272 x 76) and am unable to resize Terminal.app to a smaller size. How do I resize Terminal.app to ...
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How can I restrict access to certain Preference Panes?

Several of the preference panes on my Mac at work have are translucent and when I hover over them I get the following message: Your system administrator has not given you access to this preference ...
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Show desktop keyboard shortcut doesn't work

I have F5 key bound to the show desktop shortcut in keyboard shortcuts. However when I press F5 on the keyboard (with fn on the built in keyboard, or with/without fn on the Apple wireless keyboard), ...
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How to stop an app from launching on Login?

I have created an app, that sets itself to launch at Login using SMLoginItemSetEnabled. Here is the code it uses. My question is, how can I manually remove this app from launching at login? The app ...
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Where does OS X store mouse preferences?

I couldn't figure out where the settings I change with the "Mouse" system preferences are stored. Neither plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple..plist nor /Library/Preferences/com.apple..plist changes ...
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Deploying default Wifi settings and Passwords

I am building a default 10.8 image for our corporate Mac users. We have a local Wifi network which should be set up by default on this image. I have used PackageMaker to set up all the other ...
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How to set up Safari to always show status bar

I am using Safari 6.0.2 (8536.26.17) within Mac OS X 10.8.2. I would like to know how to set Safari so that, whenever a new window is opened, the status bar is always turned on. I think this used ...
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Disable Genre Art in iTunes 11?

New iTunes bumps up the font size and adds Genre images to Genre column view. I make custom Genres for sorting and don't need the visual hinting. Anyone know how/if I can disable this? I'm not able to ...
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Removing the font toolbar in a new message

In the mac (mountain lion) mail.app (v 6.2), when composing a new message, im looking to hide the default font/styling bar that appears beneath the standard toolbar at the top of the window. I've ...
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Cannot disable three finger tap look up after migrating to a new computer

I recently moved to a new MacbookPro and migrated my old computer's files/settings over to the new one. For some reason I am unable to disable the ability to look up the definition to a word by using ...
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Why don't property lists use more XML-element types? [closed]

Most software would store information in XML rather like this: <book> <title>Generic Examples, the Internet, and You</title> <length pages="43" /> <authors> ...
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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 do I set iOS 6 iCal start of week preference to Monday?

Since I installed iOS 6 on my iPhone and iPad, iCal shows Sunday as the start of the week, rather than Monday. These iOS iCals are synced over iCloud with iCal on my Mac OS X desktop, which has a ...