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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How can I script the setup of preferences in Mac OS X?

I have a couple of Macs and I would like to create some kind of script that I can use to: Easily setup a new Mac after a reinstall Update settings to consistent values (so if I decide to change some ...
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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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Modifier key settings not sticking

I just purchased a MacBook Air with OSX v10.8.4. When I edit the modifier keys (I want to change Caps Lock to Ctrl), it works for a while, but then reverts back to defaults some time later. I'm making ...
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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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Bottom row of system preferences (third party apps) not showing

In OSX Yosemite I used to have a bottom row of third party preference applets that contained Java, Flash, Air Display etc in System Preferences. This is no longer showing. How do I turn it back on? ...
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iTerm2 preferences keep resetting after reboot

My changes to the preferences in iTerm2 are always reset after a reboot. They will survive a logout, but after a reboot everything is back to the previous state. I checked ...
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How can I launch a printer scanner from Spotlight?

I can go to the "Printers & Scanners" panel from Spotlight, but I cannot call the scanner directly. Is there any way to make Spotlight index a shortcut to the default printer's Scanner app? It ...
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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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How to transfer preferences from one machine to another?

Is there a way to transfer my various preferences configured on Machine A to a new Machine B? For example, I would like to transfer many of the preferences configured within System Preferences and ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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Missing Messages Preferences (Yosemite)

I have a new Macbook Pro (late-2013) with Yosemite. I am missing many Messages preferences, including the ability to set status. There are no options to set to away after a certain amount of time. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Update Preferences Panel after using default write

I am using default write to set/unset Block all incoming connections option of OSX firewall. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf globalstate -int 2 sudo defaults write ...
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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Can’t find .plist files

I can’t find the .plist file for TextEdit, Preview. I’ve looked into /Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Preferences, and ~/Library/Containers. I have tried opening the app and changing the preferences ...
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How to fix iBooks “Two pages” mode

I have a number of books in iBooks on my MacBook. All of them were showing nicely in "Two Pages" mode, until I clicked the "Show Notes" button, on two of them. Those books changed to "Single Page" ...
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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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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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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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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 do I tell OS X to always mirror displays when I plug them in?

I plug the same external HDMI monitor in every day, and each time, I have to manually switch from external to mirrored mode. It's minor, but annoying. Is there a way to tell OS X to default to mirror ...
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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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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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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 to disable frequently visited items and favorites under the address bar in Safari 8?

I want to remove the following frequently visited items and favorites under the address bar in Safari 8. How can I do this?
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Allow Apps won't unlock in Security & Privacy - Yosemite

When I was running Mountain Lion I selected "Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere" in Security & Privacy. I updated to Yosemite a few days ago. The update set that back to: "Mac App Store and ...
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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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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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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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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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How to reload app preferences and documents on iPhone?

So I updated my iphone to new iOS and then my backup became corrupted. I was then able to get ALL the information out of the backup unto my computer. I now have for each app its corresponding ...
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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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Copying printer preset .plist files (Mavericks)

I am trying to copy a custom print preset from one computer to another. My understanding is that the presets are stored in ~/Library/Preferences with the name ...
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Change characters in press and hold popup? Seems changed in Yosemite?

Does anyone know where the pressandhold.app file is in Yosemite? I used this answer (How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?) to customize mine, but lost the ...
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How can I set duplex to be the default option when printing in Acrobat Pro XI?

I wish for duplex to be the default, but I must reset it each time the application is launched. I would expect to find the option in the Print... dialog of Acrobat, however I do not find it in the ...
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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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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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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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Bluetooth Device Shows Up In Menu But Not In Preferences

I have an issue where an old iPhone I no longer own shows up in the Bluetooth menu but not in the bluetooth preferences. Screenshots below. Anyone else experiencing this? How to go about removing the ...