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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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), ...
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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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Thunderbolt display fails to play audio

I'm running a MacBook Pro (late 2011 model) that has a recent OS X upgrade to version 10.8.1. For some reason, when the MacBook Pro is docked to the Thunderbolt display, it no longer sends sound out ...
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Screensaver changes images too quickly – is there a way to adjust it?

I like to display my own images using the Mac OS X screensaver, but it seems that Mountain Lion has shortened the duration for which each image is displayed. The duration is too short for my tastes – ...
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Mac OS X - Mouse moves are not smooth nor constant

I have a Logitech optical USB wheel mouse I've used for years on my PC (Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, 7): http://www.clubic.com/shopping-1360-3-logitech-wheel-mouse-optical.html I'm now using it on a Mac ...
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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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How can I hide the privacy tab from Spotlight.prefpane?

I am using spotlight search on my MacBook, and am excluding a few folders from spotlight search. My problem with Apple's method of excluding the folders is that excluding them actually calls attention ...
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Increase font size in OS

I have a 17-inche Macbook-pro, the resolution is at the moment 1920x1200, the font size of the system looks very small. Is there a way to increase the font size without changing the resolution? It ...
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How to set “Input Sources” for all users at the same time

In Lion OSX, changing the keyboard layout "Input Sources" setting in the "Language & Text" only changes the setting for the current user. Is there a way to populate the setting to all existing, ...
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Notification Center preferences shows duplicate apps

I was running the Tweetbot for Mac Beta, and still had it installed when I installed the full release from the Mac App Store. Now I have 2 entries in my preferences for Notification Center, and I ...
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Double click windows to minimise in Lion?

Before upgrading to Lion I was able to double-click the header bar of windows to minimise the windows. Since upgrading I only seem to be able to minimise by clicking the yellow - button. Is this a ...
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AppleScript/Automator Workflow to restore OS X to “mint” condition

Under Mountain Lion, I wanted to create an AppleScript that would essentially restore my OS X install to "mint" condition, if possible even to the point of showing you the ML welcome screen asking you ...
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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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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 ...
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Can I stop the optical audio out from entering 'time out' when idle?

In my office I have a surround-sound receiver, and I have my MacBook Pro (6,1) hooked up via a TOSLink cable and adapter, and it works beautifully, except this: if there are no sounds playing for a ...
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Quicktime now reopens last video. How to avoid?

It seems to be a new behavior in Lion but here is what is happening for me: I open a video file Quicktime launches and play the video When I'm done, I hit CmdQ Now, with Lion, when opening another ...
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Is it possible to set Magic Trackpad option via Terminal?

Is it possible to set the magic trackpad options with the menu topics: Point click, scroll & zoom, etc. by using the Terminal?
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Mountain Lion: Use standard keyboard function keys, F1, F2, etc.?

I'm having issues with Mountain lion in which I am unable to use my non-Apple keyboard's function keys, i.e. F1, F2 etc. Upon firing up System Preferences ➤ Keyboard, this is what I'm greeted with. ...
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Where is the config (application properties) file for TimeMachine settings and the path excludes?

Where is the config (application properties) file for TimeMachine settings and the path excludes? You know, that what you might click and add in TimeMachine Settings > Options ... Can't find ...
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Where does Mountain Lion's Calendar.app store its preferences?

The program Calendar.app clearly has some preferences that are settable. However, when I type defaults read com.apple.Calendar (and various permutations on capitalization), I get the message Domain ...
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How do I enable “Announce the time” programmatically?

The "Date & Time" System Preferences pane has an option to "Announce the time". I'd like to be able to turn on this preference option by invoking a shell script. Is this possible? (It's fine if ...
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How can I replicate Account Preferences across multiple accounts?

I'm working on creating a NetRestore Golden Image that will be used on about a dozen computers across our organization. I need EVERY account to boot up with the same baseline preferences ...
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How do I change the location of screenshot in OS X Lion?

The old method that works for Leopard/Snow Leopard doesn't work any more on Lion: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/kamus/Pictures/snap Has something changed or does anyone ...
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How can I enable Internet sharing without using the GUI or AppleScript?

for some rather strange reason my sharing preferences tab crashes (it's a long story and there seems to be no good solution for it, it's looking for a ui object that no longer exists). Anyway, I want ...
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How to increase “tracking speed” beyond the maximum?

For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging": However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the ...
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Are apps that use LSUIElement in their plist causing google account problems?

I've noticed a pattern with some apps not logging into my Google account when they are hidden. After some digging, I think I have identified a common thread - the LSUIElement which is basically a flag ...
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How do I disable Lion's Resume feature?

Some of my software will be loaded at login, but I don't want it to be loaded as-it-was when I closed it. How can I disable this feature?
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The system preference panes will not load

When I open System Preferences and click on an item it says 'Loading Users & Groups' at the top of the window, but will not load the pane. I've tried deleting the property list file: ...
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Use external display only with MacBook?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook. Is it possible to make the external display into the only one, so that I can close the lid and keep working on my MacBook with an external keyboard/mouse and monitor?
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What is the Aliases pane in Sparrow?

I've just installed Sparrow on my brand new iMac. I found the Aliases pane in Sparrow: I've Googled it and found some source say it similars to Shortcut in windows. What the Aliases pane for? ...
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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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Why can I no longer open the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences?

Problem Since April 2012, one user of my MacBook Pro can no longer load the Security & Privacy pane. When I click the icon, a sheet drops down: Translated from Chinese to English: Error ...
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Spaces preferences carried into Lion - can't get hash symbol

In Snow Leopard I used to use Option + cursors to move around spaces (not Command - this was because I liked Command + cursors for 'Home' and 'End'). Therefore I also used Option + 1, Option + 2 etc ...
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Does using a brightness reducing app save battery?

I installed the app Brightness Slider on my MacBook because the lowest brightness setting in the System Prefs isn't low enough at times. When I choose a brightness setting below what the System Prefs ...
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How can I change scroll direction in Snow Leopard?

I've gotten so used to the Lion natural scrolling that using (for lack of a better term) unnatural scrolling in Snow Leopard and earlier is very annoying. Is there any way I can reverse it for OSes ...
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How do I completely disable automatic keyboard backlighting on Macbook Pro with OSX Lion?

I have the system pref "Automatically illuminate the keyboard in low light" disabled. However, when I wake the computer from sleep and the login prompt appears, the keyboard backlight turns on. ...
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Saved preferences resetting on restart

I just bought a MacBook Pro with OS X Lion. I am having a problem with all my saved preferences: for example, in my Finder "General Preferences", the new finder window shows setting keeps resetting ...
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Is there a setting to force Adium to open a new chat in a new window?

For Adium, a single window holds many chats. from official link (http://trac.adium.im/wiki/TabbedMessaging) "A single window might contain 10 different tabbed chats" Is there any setting where I ...
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How do I stop my Mac from attempting Time Machine Backups?

I have a 2005 PowerBook running 10.5.8 that, in its previous life, was my personal, full time machine that I used all the way through graduate school. It has been relegated to very light duty in the ...
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Why are my plists in ~/Library/Preferences accompanied by a matching lockfile in Lion?

$ cd ~/Library/Preferences $ ls -1 | grep plist | head -10 AddressBookMe.plist com.adiumX.adiumX.plist com.adiumX.adiumX.plist.lockfile com.apple.AddressBook.plist com.apple.AddressBook.plist.lockfile ...
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What is the purpose of the extra room on Finder's “View Options” window?

I am running 10.6.8 on a late 2008 MBP. I know this has been the look of the "View Options" window for a while, but I just really noticed all of the extra space at the bottom. It's now being used in ...
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Any way to change recommended resolution for all users on a Mac (preferably via Terminal)?

I work on a college campus with a number of iMacs hooked up to projectors. For some reason, after imaging, they all default to 800x600 resolution on both the iMacs and the projectors, despite their ...