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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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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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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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 remove the sync status icon from the menu bar after migrating to iCloud?

How do I remove the sync status icon from the menu bar after migrating to iCloud? Prior to iCloud the Sync pane of MobileMe preferences had a simple setting for this, but after migration it is ...
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Use Dictation with Earbuds' Microphone

I have the ~$80 apple earbuds, and it has a built-in microphone which works fine. I've used it for skype and taking calls. In Preferences, the drop down for Dictation's input has 'Line-in", but when ...
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Running two separate instances of Safari in the same user session

I would like to run two separate Safaris at the same time. Each Safari having his own session, history, cookies, and so on. I can do that with two users on my Mac. But doing that in the same user ...
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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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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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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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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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Energy Saver preferences keep breaking

This is a new question related to a question I asked previously. MacBook is sleeping despite being set to "never" sleep Basically, the MacBook would sleep after 3 hours despite 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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Removing entries from the MobileMe synchronization list

Some applications can synchronize data using MobileMe synchronization; the problem I have with those applications is that they are still listen in the MobileMe preference panel, under the ...
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How does Office 2008 for Mac store its Recent items?

I don't have access to Office 2008, but require the information for a project I'm working on. I'm mainly interested in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. This is the information I have gathered so far... ...
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No files with prefix com.apple.security in Library?

I have been having issues with Safari not showing https sites. The best solution I have found googling around seems to be to delete either com.apple.security.plist or ...
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Privacy Pane wont let me add a preference pane to control my computer

I have a 2010 Macbook Pro 15 inch and i just upgraded to yosemite with a fresh install (no data on any hard drives). I am trying to set up FunctionFlipper, a third party preference pane that will let ...
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How do I disable “iTunes Home Sharing”?

Whenever I launch iTunes, I see my computer appears listed among those offering Bonjour services (e.g., by iStumbler), with an entry for "iTunes Home Sharing" even though I have unchecked "Share my ...
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Like Windows, allow user to manually select if Sound is routed through Headphones or Internal Speakers

In the System Preferences -> Sound -> Output tab in my MBPr running Mavericks, I see the following 3 options: 1) Headphones/Internal Speakers (currently only ONE of these appears) 2) BoomDevice ...
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Is there a way to avoid the Featured tab in IOS App Store?

When there is an update notification on AppStore and I click on it to install whatever is pending, I typically get taken to the Featured tab. That's offensive! Is there any way to avoid this ...
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What are all of the preferences files used by iTunes X and iTunes XI?

Excluding anything in the iTunes Library, what and where (or full relative path is fine) are all of externally called files including preference list files etc used by iTunes X 10.6.3? And by iTunes ...
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Where is the Replace/With list stored?

This list, the one accessed by System Preferences/Keyboard/Text, vanished when I updated to 10.9.2 (it survived the initial update to Mavericks). I do a lot of writing for the sciences, and I've spent ...
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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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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 ...
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Why do editors such as BBEdit and Textmate have the option of ending your file in a newline (line break)? Why is that important?

Sorry about the n00b question but why is this an option? Is there any caveats to not ending a file with a line break?
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Is it safe to edit App Bundles in Core Services?

There is a default preference I want to edit (or delete and recreate in the English.lproj) in the Dock bundle in System/Library/CoreServices. What are the possible negative repercussions to editing ...
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Third-party service that syncs preferences? Like MobileMe

Are there any third-party software or services that offer synchronization of user-preferences the same way that MobileMe does? I’m thinking of the user defaults that live inside ...
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How can I change the preferred application for opening “fmp7://” URLs from FileMaker Pro Advanced to FileMaker Pro?

I have both FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced installed. Because the available licenses for the Advanced product are limited, I shouldn't use it unless necessary. But when neither application ...
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How do I prevent my MacBook Air from forgetting my Remapped Caps Lock Key?

As someone who doesn't like to shout, I have Caps Lock remapped to Control on all of my computers. A second control key is far more useful to a guy who spends most of his time in Terminal.app. This ...
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Is there any way to turn off the automatically opening window for a preview in Marsedit?

Whenever I open a post to edit it a whole preview window opens up along with it. I find this effect disorienting. I looked in the preferences and couldn't find anything. How do I shut off the ...
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Cant add or get flash player preference pane

I can't add or get the Flash Player preference pane. I have been trying for days and if someone could just go to Macintosh HD/Library/PreferencePanes and copy the Flash Player.prefpane and put it in a ...
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In which .plist is the underscan setting stored?

I'm trying to write a script which changes the underscan value on my Mac mini, but I haven't found the .plist file containing the setting. Does anyone know where the underscan setting is saved?
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Different Graphics Switch options on Yosemite

I'm used to see this checkbox in the Energy Saver window: When I turn it off it will switch to the discrete GPU. Now I'm using a program (gfxCardStatus) to switch between GPUs as I wish, and when ...
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Apple OS X Yosemite Email Viewing Preferences

Previous versions of OS X had a dropdown menu under Viewing in Mail Preferences that allowed you to choose the type of heading or no heading at all when viewing an email. The drop down menu is still ...
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iTunes won't show my Cloud music?

My iTunes keeps crashing whenever I try to show my Cloud Music. I go into Preferences > Store and check the box to show the music, but then it tries to load it and it crashes. It'll keep crashing each ...
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Enable right click Magic Mouse in Terminal

I am trying to enable the right click on a Magic Mouse connected to an iMac running 10.6.8, but due to parental controls, I am unable to gain access to the Mouse System Preferences. I know you can ...
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Is there a way to have BBEdit automatically save files when switching to a different application?

In Sublime Text 2, there is a save_on_focus_lost preference option. When set, every time you switch to another app all current files are saved. Is there a way to make BBEdit behave the same way?
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Default to Enabled Show Styles Guide in Word 2011

I would like to have the styles guide and direct formatting guide to be on by default. There is no option in the preferences. The options are at the bottom of the styles guide panel, as seen in the ...
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Mysql Workbench Model table height issue

having a weird issue with the model editor in mysql workbench. All the table name height are far too big. Its making working with the editor completely impossible. I've search and googled and can't ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 can I delete “Passenger” from my “System Preference”?

About 2 years ago I tried and installed Phusion Passenger Preference Pane for OS X and now I need to delete its "Passenger" icon from my System Preference. There's no uninstall option, how can I ...
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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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Where is the Display Calibrator Assistant on my hard drive?

I'd like to use the Display Calibrator Assistant without going through the process of opening the system preferences. Does anyone know where the program is located on my hard drive? I've done a ...