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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AppleScript/Automator Workflow to restore OS X to “mint” condition

Under Mountain Lion, I wanted to create an AppleScript that would essentially restore my OS X install to "mint" condition, if possible even to the point of showing you the ML welcome screen asking you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Iterm2 - Export a single profile's settings for distribution to others

I've been getting used to working with Iterm2 over the past few weeks. I have a very specific profile configuration requirement for a legacy business application. The configuration for the profile ...
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Preferences resetting in Snow Leopard

Recently my Mac has been exhibiting two strange behaviours: Preferences for Safari and Windowshade return to their defaults on their own every few days. On occasions, when I select shut down, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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can't open the “Bluetooth” preference pane after resetting NVRAM

Not sure if the two issues are related, but I had to reset my Mac's NVRAM, using this tutorial. I later noticed that my bluetooth keyboard and trackpad don't work anymore, and when I try entering ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...