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 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 ...
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AppleHighlightColor syntax

I'm changing my highlight color via a command I find in Mathias Bynen's dotfiles like so: defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600" I'd like to change ...
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Can I reduce the time to display the list of running windows when clicking and holding the icon of a running application in the dock?

When you click and hold the icon of a running application in the OS X dock you get a list of current app windows that you can pick from. The list of windows appears after some time interval. Is ...
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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 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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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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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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Modify Trackpad Right click via command line without logout

Is it possible to toggle the the preference setting under Trackpad labeled Secondary Click without logging out and in, so that I can toggle two-finger right-click for the builtin trackpad? I found ...
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Use defaults to edit preferences

Recently, I have been playing around with editing System Preferences without GUI and using the defaults command. I have tried for example: defaults write com.apple.dock autohide NO Though that did ...
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Text To Speech - Custom Rate (not on the slider)

In System Preferences, under Dictation & Speech, there is a Speaking Rate setting: Is there a way to change the Speaking Rate to a value that is not on that slider bar? For example, if I want ...
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How do I make command+delete delete a word backwards instead of to beginning of the line?

I tried putting this in my ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict: "@\U0008" = "deleteWordBackward:"; /* Cmd + Backspace */ When I log out and log back in, but it still doesn't work. ...
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How to beautify binary dict files?

I've opened /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Resources/StandardKeyBinding.dict in vim, and it looks like jibberish. Is there a way to convert it to human readable just to see what it ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is there a preference file where MobileMe username and password are saved?

I am looking for a preference file that contains the MobileMe username/password couple that I would need to pass to a script that starts the MobileMe synchronization. What I am trying to achieve is to ...
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Programmatically check if “Share iTunes Library XML with other applications” is disabled

iTunes update (10.2.0.145) seems to have added new advanced feature "Share iTunes LIbrary XML with other applications" which if disabled no longers outputs the Music Library.xml. Our applications is ...
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Is there a way to remove a server account network entry from terminal?

I have a Mac mini running Mac OS X 10.10.3. It has an open directory server configured in the server account network configuration in 'Users and groups'. Is there a way to remove that server account ...
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Where does Alfred store web searches?

Where does Alfred store default and custom web searches that you create on your Mac?
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iCloud preferences crashes System Preferences in OS 10.10.1

I skipped the set up of iCloud when upgrading to OS 10.10.1 Now I get an error message saying there is a problem with iCloud preferences and when I clicked on iCloud in System Preferences, I get a ...
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How to change spelling library in Mac OS X with a shortcut?

Since I'm a Hungarian, but I learn and work in English, I switch the spelling settings in System Preferences approximately 50 times a day, because I'm constantly working with both languages. Is there ...
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Are there two separate network systems on a Mac? One that is controlled through the GUI in OS X, and one that is controlled through the Terminal?

I have a 2012 refurbished Mac mini running Yosemite 10.10.3. Often I cannot connect via Wi-fi. I am not usually given a specific reason, but it does actively tell me It can't connect. It does not ...
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Enabling both trackpad Drag Lock and 3 Finger Drag at once?

OSX has two methods of dragging with the track pad, “drag lock” (double tap then drag until you tap to release) and “three finger drag” where you touch three fingers and drag until you release. The ...
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Preferences Error on IMac Yosemite 10.10.2

Preferences app launches fine and all but one prefs pane work well -- the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane yields the following message: "Preferences Error. Could not load Desktop & ...
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Little stuttering in system preferences

I have MacBook Pro 15,4 from late 2014 (with internal graphic Intel only). When I started using it, I noticed little stuttering when I'm scrolling pages on Safari, or when I go to the System ...
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How to display timecodes with iMovie 10.0.7 N

On discussion forums, I read that I have to go to iMovie Preferences and ask to display timecodes. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH2129?locale=en_US&viewlocale=fr_FR But my preferences window ...
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Kotoeri doesn't work anymore in Mountain Lion

So the Kotoeri input method doesn't work anymore. I've selected Italian and Kotoeri with Hiragana, Katakana, Romaji and Full width Romaji. The first few times I switched from the usual Italian to ...
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How does Internet Accounts on Mac Os X 10.9 and up work?

I'm having problems with trying to turn on syncing the Contacts of an Exchange email account in the Internet Accounts System Preferences with Yosemite (10.10.2). Every time I click on the checkbox, ...
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How (if possible) to change aesthetics of scrollbars?

I like to work with scrollbars always visible, especially when working with a traditional mouse, but I don't like the ultra-skinny, rounded-corner scrollbars when "always visible" is turned on. How ...
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Want Preview to default to Thumbnail view in Sidebar

I want to have Preview default to Thumbnail view in the Sidebar. There is a Preference option to display the Sidebar or not. But, there is no option to choose which Sidebar option an individual might ...
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Can't access both the iCloud and internet accounts pane

I am running the latest version of Yosemite (10.10.2 I believe) and I am not able to access the Mail applications, iCloud preference pane, or the Internet Account preference pane. I tried to removed ...
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Change file icon OS X

I tried following Apple's instruction to change a file icon but it didn't work they way I expected... Details: File type: "web internet location" or Inbox.webloc So This it what I've tried so far: ...
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Apps crashing on one user only

Random apps are crashing as soon as they open, such as Acrobat, Word, Distiller and a few other smaller apps. I tried opening the apps on a 2nd user account and they open fine. I have also tried ...
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Window opacity and overlay for OS X Yosemite

I used to use Afloat for the kind of window tricks I am no longer able to replicate since updating to Yosemite. My favorite feature was the ability to make any Cocoa-based window partially ...
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Restoring iTerm2 to default values

I installed iTerm2, played a bit with the preferences. Now I would go back to the initial configuration, but removing the app and finding and removing any file on the disk apparently related to the ...
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Locating Location Services

In System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General, Location Services lists a variety of items that you can opt to give permission to accessing your location. I have listed in this pane an ...
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Can't Update Finder Sidebar Favorites (Reappear After Every Restart)

Running 10.9.5. It seems that no matter what I do to my sidebar favorites in Finder (deleting items, adding new ones)... every time my machine restarts, the old favorites come right back. It's as ...
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Cant access firewall in system preferences; firewall tab is greyed out

I have tried multiple things to rememdy this issue. I have tried enabling and logging in as root, tried to clone the system preferences app and accessing security and privacy from the view menu and ...
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Disable Safari plug-in management using the command line

Safari 6.1 introduces a feature called "plug-in management". In our organization, I'd like to disable this feature, or set all plug-ins to Always Allow for all websites. I need to do this using the ...
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How do I add a program to the “Open With” when I right click over an image in Mail OS X Mavericks

I am using OS Mavericks 10.9.4 and Mail 7.3. I frequently open JPEG images in Photoshop from the mail application. I right click to Open With, and Photoshop used to be an option before I "upgraded" to ...
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Cannot open Mail.app Preferences in OS X 10.7.5

I get the pinwheel of death when I try to open Mail Preferences. I'm using OS X 10.7.5 and Mail v5.3.
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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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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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Preference for adding epub to iBooks

In iTunes it was/is possible to prevent files to be copied to iTunes Media folder. Does any of you know if same de-selection is possible in iBooks? Thanks for lot of useful knowledge sharing
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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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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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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 ...