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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why does a “SAMSUNG_Android” network service keep appearing?

I recently noticed a strange service in the Network preferences called "SAMSUNG_Android", which seems to be configured as a modem: I don't have an Android or Samsung device and I've never plugged ...
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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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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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How to toggle closeViewZoomFollowsFocus in com.apple.universalaccess via shell script with instant activation?

I created a Service with Automator on a Mac running "Lion 10.7.3". The Service toggles via a shell script the visibility of hidden files in the Finder and works like a charm. Here's the script: ...
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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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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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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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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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What files are accessed when an app starts up?

I am wondering if there is a way to see which files an application accesses (reads or writes) when starting up. /usr/bin/fs_usage seems like one tool, but I wondered if there are others. I am trying ...
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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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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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Apache starts even if web sharing is disabled

I do web development so I normally have web sharing turned on in the sharing preferences. After upgrading to Lion I have been continuing with the web development projects I have pretty much as ...
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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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Keyboard Shortcut for moving left/right a space doesn't work

After going to: Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Mission Control I am able to assign a keyboard shortcut to move left/right a space. However pressing shortcut I assigned does not ...
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System Preferences crashes when trying to open time setting

My System Preferences are crashing when I try to open time setting on my mac. I have try to repair the permissions by following the help given on this thread ...
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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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Need location of image for preference pane “PREF” icon

I have a stack in my Dock with aliases to my most-used preference panes. In the past, the icons that appear in the grid when I click on the stack have been the large descriptive icons shown in Finder. ...
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Why does three-finger swipe gesture not support natural scrolling?

There are three page swipe gesture options in Lion: Scroll left or right with two fingers, which is new to Lion, has a neat animation and is currently supported only by Safari. Swipe left or right ...
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What is the .plist.lockfile introduced in Lion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are my plists in ~/Library/Preferences accompanied by a matching lockfile in Lion? Since upgrading to Lion, I have noticed that Lion is placing lockfiles that ...
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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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Why do editors such as BBEdit and Textmate have the option of ending your file in a newline (line break)? Why is that important? [closed]

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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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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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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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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Is there a way to export syntax color settings from one Xcode installation to a new one?

I have installed a new XCode 4 on a machine and I'd like to copy/paste the syntax coloring settings from the first one to the new one. How may I do this ?
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Backup and restore application preferences

I already have a backup of my system on Time Machine, but will it restore my application preferences too when I migrate to a new system? Even if it is Lion? (I come from Snow Leopard) And what about ...
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I can't save my system preferences

I can't save my dock and spaces setting. Every time I set them (eg. disable spaces), after I reboot/re-login to the system, the dock and spaces settings will revert back to the previous status. How ...
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How do I edit Managed Client preferences without them getting replaced?

Specifically I would like to edit com.apple.applicationaccess.new.plist. (Which is in /Library/Managed Preferences/[username]/), but when I restart the computer my edited preferences are replaced with ...
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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?