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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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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Recent items menus have stopped working on my iMac

Recently I noticed that on my iMac, running El Capitan, the Open Recent menu has stopped getting updated, both in the Apple menus, and for apps, and both for the Open Recent menu item, and the list ...
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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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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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Text shortcuts reset to older settings in System Preferences

I use the Text shortcuts replace function provided by Mac OS X's System Preferences' Keyboard panel quite often. It helps me type things faster in most applications, such as my phone number, my full ...
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In Mac OS X El Capitan, is it still possible to change the color of the bubbles in Messages?

I have looked through Preferences, System Preferences, even looked at a couple of 3rd-party apps. I could find nothing of use. So is it still possible to change the color of chat bubbles (and text) ...
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How to change Sound device without visiting System Preferences?

Are there any alternative ways to switch your Input/Output sound device in OS X? My goal is to avoid going through System Preferences and have as few keystrokes/steps as possible.
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Can I disable Dashboard in Mountain Lion?

I'm wondering if there's a way to disable the dashboard in Mountain Lion. I never use it and I think it's consuming processor and memory powers.
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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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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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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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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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Notify the system that preferences were changed

I disabled SIP (How do I disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) AKA "rootless" on OS X 10.11, El Capitan?) and started editing the file ...
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How can I assign “middle click” to a button on my mouse?

How can I assign "middle click" to a button on my mouse? I am not seeing it in Preferences > Mouse, and every google search just returns results about how to set it up with Apple's Magic mouse. ...
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Screensaver suddenly active

I've always opted to have my display turn off after X amount of time in lieu of using a screensaver. My screensaver preferences were set to Start after: Never. That is until today. I walked into the ...
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Log in window (El Capitan)

How can I update changes to the Login window (Mac OS X 10.11.3). When I change settings in the Preferences and then restart computer, there is absolutely no difference. Is there a XML file with these ...
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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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How do I remove mouse acceleration AND increase/decrease sensitivity?

I like to do some casual gaming on my mac, however it's frustrating to deal with mouse acceleration. Now I've found various ways to reduce the acceleration, but this affects the sensitivity.. Is there ...
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Open Preference Pane from command line on El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11)

I'm trying to open Preference Pane from command. However, when I invoke open /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Dock.prefPane as in How do you access network preferences from the Terminal?, I get Finder ...
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Security & Privacy — unlocking padlock doesn't enable settings

I can open the padlock in Security & Privacy fine, but the settings are still impossible to edit. I am an administrator user so I should be able to edit these settings. How can I gain access to ...
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How do I find Preferences in bittorrent or utorrent on a Mac?

I can't find Preferences in utorrent or bittorrent on my new MacBook Pro. How do I find Preferences on a Mac?
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How to disable mouse acceleration without logging out?

I know I can type in the terminal: defaults write .GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.scaling -1 to turn off mouse acceleration BUT this requires me to log out and log back in to take effect. The ...
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Setting Default Folder Settings using defaults write

I am trying to set the default settings for every folder to be Arranged By: Name and Sort By: Kind using defaults write. I know that there are these options; defaults write com.apple.Finder ...
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How to remove audio device from Preferences?

I'm trying to remove an old device from the Sound Preferences pane. The app is trashed along with whatever preference files I could find. But it remains after reboot.
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Changes to Preferences > Login items setting doesn't affect com.apple.loginitems.plist

I am on El Capitan (10.11.3) on a MBA Mid 2013. The system doesn't seem to make any changes to the com.apple.loginitems.plist file despite me adding items in preferences to login items list, this ...
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Is there a way to prevent access to the Preferences menu in Safari in OS X?

I am looking for a way to deny the access to the Preferences settings of Safari in OS X. Similar (hidden) options are already available for the Finder, where you can hide the preferences menu with the ...
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iCloud disabled on Mac…System Preferences iCloud pane dimmed

I am on a company-issued Yosemite 10.10.5 Mac. The administrators in their infinite wisdom have decided to disable iCloud...the iCloud System Preferences pane is dimmed. I would like to override ...
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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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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 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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System Preferences saving where you last clicked?

I was wondering if this behaviour is present on anyone else's Macbook. Every time I've set up a new fresh install, I check that all the Sharing preferences are disabled one by one, and I leave it ...
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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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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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Is there a way to force “low power” graphics?

Is there a plist or hidden config to set my graphics/energy preference to "Always use low power/ integrated graphics"? Seems like energy saver preferences only allow choosing between: Smart auto ...
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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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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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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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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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Finder- Reopen Last Closed Window

Finder does not seem to navigate to the last folder opened. For instance, when I am saving several files or images - it would be nice to (and used to ) open in the last place I placed something - now ...
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Keyboard & mouse behaving erratically

My mouse and keyboard are behaving erratically. The computer is occasionally registering left-clicks as if they were right clicks (I have a Kensington ExpertMouse) and sometimes not registering clicks ...
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iTunes 12 opens automatically when CD inserted

I don't use iTunes, but I can't prevent it from automatically opening every time a CD is inserted. I have already changed the system preferences for when a CD/DVD is inserted to "ignore" or to "open ...
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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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How to force volumes to show toolbar/sidebar on initial open

I noticed when upgrading to Yosemite that all new network drives, disk images, flash drives, etc initially show up without the toolbar and sidebar: I like always being able to see the toolbar and ...
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Default System Sound Location

I'm looking for some of the sounds that come default on OS X, like the preferences lock/unlock: I basically just want to copy the sound files onto my desktop.
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Default background color in Textedit

How do I set default background color in Textedit? Preferences -> New Document -> Font doesnt help. That black on white isn't too good in nights.
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Software was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer

I went to run LibreOffice on my OS X 10.9 and it would not let me install it. It said it was from an unidentified developer. I'm aware of the security features of the Mac and went to System ...
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How can I get OS X to remember my WiFi networks after visiting the Apple store?

Every time my MacBook Pro (running 10.6.8) goes to the Apple store for service, it comes back working fine (or, at least: no worse than before) - except it no longer knows about any WiFi networks. ...
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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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Can You “Turn Off” Order of Preference For Wi-Fi Networks

As far as my MacBook is concerned, I have 3 Wi-Fi Networks in my house, with different names (it is actually one network, with 2 repeaters). I move around the house and frequently use the 2 repeaters ...
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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 ...