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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Icons stuck on Desktop

For some reason I drag any of the icons on my Desktop. They are stuck. This is happening not only on my desktop, but also in all my other folders. I've checked "Show View Options" and set the order 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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How do I set a custom avatar for my account profile in Mountain Lion?

I just got Mountain Lion. On previous versions of OS X, I could choose a photo from the filesystem as my account avatar. This doesn't seem possible under the Users & Groups section of System ...
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Where do applications store local settings?

Where does OS X store local settings for applications such as license keys, Skype favorite contacts, etc. Yesterday I was troubleshooting an issue with an Apple rep and he had me delete a bunch of ...
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Where is the screenshot property list now located in Mavericks?

Previously, the screenshot property list could be found at: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist In Mavericks, this file no longer exists. In the past, I used to be able to manipulate ...
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Can't trace origin of corrupted preference file

I keep getting a corrupted preference file that auto-regenerates. I can't seem to pin it to any recent downloads and google has not been my friend. org.stereovision.exploration.plist Can't tell if ...
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How do I prevent TGZ archives from being automatically un-gzipped upon download?

I use Safari on Mac OS Lion, and one behavior I find rather annoying is that it insists on automatically un-gzipping TGZ archives when I download them. It doesn't untar them; it just uncompresses ...
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Safari AutoFill/Preferences

My question is: where does one find this option in the preferences for Safari Version 7.0.3 (9537.75.14)? I cannot find this option anywhere: not in Mac OS X System Preferences or in Safari’s own ...
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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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Preferences resetting in Snow Leopard

Recently my Mac has been exhibiting two strange behaviours: Preferences for Safari and Windowshade return to their defaults on their own every few days. On occasions, when I select shut down, the ...
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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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Unable to load preference pane

I installed TCPBlock and whenever I try to open the TCPBlock preference pane I get the error: "Unable to load TCPBlock preference pane". Does anyone know what might cause this?
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Where is the “Double click on titlebar to minimize” setting located in Mavericks? [duplicate]

I just updated my MacBook Air to Mavericks and I can't find the checkbox to enable the "Double-click on window title to minimize it" feature. I thought I was in the System preferences > General ...
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Folders in Finder not showing

This may be a total noob question, but this is my first apple product, please bear with me. I'm not seeing certain folders, like "movies", "music", and "pictures" in finder. Is there a way to ...
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System-wide finder view preferences

I know that .DS_Store files are created in every directory I enter with the finder in Mac OS X, and that keeps track of the folder's metadata (including how is it being displayed). I also know that ...
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How to control order of startup items for users at login?

I have seen a few applications with mixed reviews that will allow a user to change the order of startup items. I would simply prefer the "bare metal" method and stick to using the shell or the Open ...
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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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Is there any global Finder setting for “Keep Arranged By”?

Is there any global Finder setting for "Keep Arranged By"? I know I can set it on a per folder basis pressing Option - Right Click: It is painful having to do this for every folder though... ...
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Where can I find a list of Apple preferences/plist files & what they're used for?

Does anyone know of a resource that lists the Preferences files/plists (pertinent to OS X and Apple applications, not third-party apps) found in ~/Library/Preferences (and the other locations too, but ...
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Need to prohibit writing CD/DVD for all non-admin users in Mountain Lion

We have a requirement that forbids users writing to removable media such as CDs. So far all I've been able to find is defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitBurn true but that is a per-user ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Make iTunes stop prompting me for my username and password

On OSX Lion, iTunes keeps prompting me to enter my username and password to "sign in to enable this computer for automatic downloads." In the past I tried checking the box to remember my password but ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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), ...