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 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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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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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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contents-immutable and locking the Dock

I have the following: defaults write com.apple.Dock contents-immutable -bool yes defaults write com.apple.Dock size-immutable -bool yes defaults write com.apple.Dock position-immutable -bool yes I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Administration of Safari security preferences

Is there a way of administering the Safari (version 6.1.4) preferences of my OSX 10.8 users? I would like to be able apply the same security preferences across all users and, ideally, prevent users ...
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My Mac loses bookmarks and other personal settings

After a recent laptop changes for corporate compliance, my Mac laptop loses bookmarks and other personal settings, such as Finder and Dock preferences next time I log in. The duration of such ...
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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 ...