The configuration settings or preferences within a given app/program/environment

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Are there configurable power profiles in Mountain Lion like in Windows?

I started using a Mac few days ago (a MacBook Pro 13" with Mountain Lion). I'm wondering if there are power profiles that I can create and set like in Windows. Do they exist in the Mac world?
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How can I keep a macbook running when the display is closed?

I bought a macbook pro retina 13" few days ago. I have never had a mac before and I don't know where can I set the computer to keep running when I close the display. The laptop came with os x 10.8.4. ...
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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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Clicking on dock icon makes windows for other applications disappear

I just began using a new Macbook Pro 15" Retina running Mountain Lion. After a couple of days transfering files (from my previous Macbook Pro (early 2011) running Snow Leopard) and generally setting ...
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How to have different colors in each Terminal window

Can I do this? OMG, I looked for hours, and every article I find tells me how to colorize the output of ls. Or colorize my prompt. I really really really don't want that. I want to colorize the ...
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Is it possible to always show hidden/dotfiles in Open/Save dialogs?

It is possible to show so-called dotfiles/directories like .git or files/directories that have the Hidden attribute in the Finder by running defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles 1 ...
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Programmatically setting Terminal default settings for all users?

I'm trying to set up some standard terminal settings for all users across our system on all machines. I've tried to use the defaults write cmd in a LoginHook script, but since it seems that terminal ...
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Undelivered SMS is read in an automated voice

A work colleague sent me an SMS that I didn't get. Instead an automated voice keeps calling my number and starts reading this message out to me when I answer. Is this a feature of the iPhone, and if ...
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Mac Office 2011 - Exporting a Color Palette

Just got into using Mac "full time" for work, and as I'm a bit of a nit-picker, I want to get things looking/behaving just so. Thanks to the help of the group, I've been able to get my Category list ...
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logging in iPhone different profile settings

Is there a setting or an app that does this: When iPhone asked me for my passcode lock it will identify my passcode what passcode I entered and when passcode matches, it will match to the profile it ...
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Export or list system settings that deviate from defaults

I am looking to generate something similar to this osx settings script. I'm not having any luck finding ways to perform a diff between system defaults and my customized settings. Anyone know of a ...
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Win 7 size within VMWare

I use VMWare with a Win 7 virtual machine. I have a late 2012 iMac with 20GB of RAM. I use Windows for ... running Groupwise constantly using Respondus occasionally Explorer (please don't judge--I ...
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How do I stop my text messages and emails from showing on my 5yr old's iPad?

I am giving my 5yr old an iPad of his own. I'm happy to buy and share apps with him but how do I keep our text messages and emails separate?
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Why do settings disappear? Mail, usuallly

Long-time Mac user, curious why, from time to time, Mail settings just plain disappear. I only discover this when Mail suddenly can't connect. Have to input passwords again. And not the same ...
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Set the screen saver to 20 minutes

I set 20 minutes in System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver, however the screen saver starts after 5 minutes. I tried to log out and restart the mac with no success. I should say that after ...
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Is there a way to set an Application Shortcut in the Keyboard Preference Pane via Terminal?

I'd like to have a bootstrap for my custom keyboard shortcuts to use on multiple machines...
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Is there anything like /etc/hosts at user level in mac?

I want to block some websites for my son who does understand difference between parental controlled vs "not working" sites. He is addicted to youtube which I don't want him to use since there are ...
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How can I “zoom out” while viewing a text file on an iPhone?

On my new iPhone 4, plain text files display at a width of 38 columns. Rows with more than 38 characters are wrapped. I want to view text files containing prose formatted with widths of 70 or 80 ...
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How can I set 4 x 6 as the default printer setting?

I'm working on a photo booth web app that's going to run at a kiosk, and I'm trying to figure out how users can make a 4 x 6 printout of their photo. When the user requests a printout, PHP resizes ...
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How do I unlock portrait mode in iPhone?

My screen has a lock with an almost full bordering circle around it ending with an arrow. This is located in the top right of my screen. Just inside the battery %. How do I turn this lock off so I can ...
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Missing Safari settings option “Safari opens with”

I am running OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.3 and Safari 6.0.4 In Safari, the setting General -> "Safari opens with" is missing. I remember using this setting to turn off session restore a few weeks back. ...
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How to prioritize WiFi networks on iPhone [duplicate]

I can connect to multiple WiFi networks on my iPhone but the problem is that I cannot prioritize them. iPhone automatically connects to a specific network, which is slower in my case, and then I have ...
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“Profiles” for any Mac application?

Is there a tool that lets me have a set of profiles, similar to Firefox, for any Mac application? So I can have two instances of an application, but each has its own settings...
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Change Mac settings depending on situation

I use my mac as a lightweight laptop at college, but when I get home I plug it in to charge and plug in 2 external monitors and use it for more power use. Some things that really annoy me are ...
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Where are login options stored?

How can I read Login options from terminal (Automatic login, Display login windows as, Network Account Server etc.)?
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iPhone 4 iOS 6.1.2 Keyboard -> Shortcuts not working properly

It was all working fine till I was on 6.1, I upgraded to 6.1.2 and restored my backup from iTunes after which I noticed that the text-expander is not working. for e.g. when I type "omw" it doesn't ...
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Macbook Pro changing desktop picture randomly

I just got back from vacation and while on vacation I turned my computer off for the 5 days I was gone. I just now turned it back on and my desktop picture was changed to the galaxy photo which I know ...
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Comfortable mouse tracking speed not available in system preferences

The mouse section of the OS X version 10.8.2 system preferences has 10 different tracking speeds for my mighty mouse. Unfortunately, the 4th fastest option is too slow for me, and the 3rd fastest ...
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Mountain Lion: how to change webcam resolution

I've just recently got my first Macbook Pro. I'd like to change the resolution of the inbuilt webcam, because my daily GoToMeeting chews through 1-2Gb of traffic and there's no flatrate available from ...
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Finder stopped opening a new window when I click the Dock icon

When I click on the Finder icon in the dock, it always used to open a new window for me unless I already had a window open. In that case it would bring that window to the front which was no problem. ...
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Change main keyboard layout in OS X

I have two active keyboard layouts - US english and russian. I have russian as my primary system language and the option "allow different input language for different documents" is active. But when I ...
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Sharing settings report (security audit)

I am new to Mac administration and struggling somewhat on how to programatically report in the settings in the Sharing Preference panel (10.7 and 10.8). Basically - I want to report in which settings ...
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MBP SSD upgrade - which settings to change?

After replacing the harddisk drive in MacBook Pro with a Solid State Disk I am wondering which settings I should change and how. Thinking of things that are supposed to protect the SSD like ...
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Setting preferred language order on iPhone

Q: Is it possible to set a secondary preferred language on the iPhone? Background: On the Mac Desktop it is possible to select a "Language Preference" order, so that if your favorite application ...
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I want to change clock from 12h to 24h mode via terminal

So I'm looking for the command to change from 12h to 24h. Is there even such a command? I mean I can do it with the GUI but I need to be able to do it via terminal so I can put it in a bash script. ...
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Why is `/etc/sysctl.conf` not determining my `kern.maxfiles` setting?

I've been having a persistent "too many open files in system" error on my machine (OSX 10.7.5). When I run sysctl kern.maxfiles and sysctl kern.maxfilesperproc, both output 2048. This article says ...
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Does iOS report usage in megabytes or mebibytes?

When looking at usage stats in iOS (data sent/received), are the megabytes/gigabytes in base-10 or base-2? The docs are not entirely conclusive (since it doesn't address usage specifically) but ...
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What is the “wake for wifi network access” setting in energy preferences?

Can anyone explain the "wake for wifi network access" setting in energy preferences for me? I do not understand it.
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How to add new keystrokes to the system settings from Terminal

I am currently creating a list of terminal commands to set up a new mac system according to my needs. Now I would like to add new keystrokes to Preview (normally in the system settings => keyboard) ...
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Unable to Turn off Battery Percentage Indicator

A few years ago when I had my iPhone 3GS, and wanted to see the battery displayed as a percentage (before this was implemented as a feature of iOS). I achieved this via jailbreak. Now my issue is ...
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iPad - Setup both PPTP and L2TP VPNs - blocked by firewall - can I use the 'Proxy' settings to evade?

I'm using the VPN Express app to setup PPTP and L2TP connections. It automatically sets the VPN profiles up successfully for me. When I try to connect, get error messages telling me that the server ...
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How do I access OpenGL specific settings for the Nvidia driver?

In the Linux-world there is a nvidia-settings command to control various OpenGL specific settings, however on MAC I can't find such a tool. How do I control those settings on my Mac? Its a ...
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About this Mac shows wrong graphics on Macbook pro 15" late 2011

When I check out the Graphics on 'About this Mac' it says that it is using the Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB even if I also have an AMD Radeon HD 6750M. Also when i click on 'Displays'-tab, i see the ...
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Gmail on iPad not working ..error message

I'm seeing this problem all over the web and I'm asking the same thing. I am not very computer savvy and would appreciate an answer that is easy to understand. When I try to access my Gmail account ...
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Setting for iOS device type (Jailbreak)

I've read that there is a settings file (/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist) that stores the value of the iOS version which can be changed (at least on Jailbroken iOS devices) ...
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Is it possible in iOS 6 to make banners only appear when the device is active, but self-dismiss upon unlock?

If I'm using the device, I'd like to see banner notifications from other apps. When I unlock it, I don't want a swarm of banner notifications bothering me and hindering my ability to use the top of ...
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What is the function of each of the system location services in iOS 6?

I'd like to know what functionality I gain or lose by enabling / deactivating each of the services under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. Some incomplete information is ...
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How can I reset my iMac G4 to factory settings without the startup disk?

I currently own an iMac G4 that I bought from someone online. But now that I try to update it, it won't let me. The Safari doesn't work and I really just want to clean it up and really start from ...
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Love DND — Can It Be Applied to Individual Contacts?

I think do not disturb is a great improvement in iOS 6. I have a super annoying persistent caller but I need to hear their voicemails. Is there any way to have calls from their phone number forward ...
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Is there a simple way to have separate dock icons for different Chrome Profiles?

I am using Google Chrome version 22 on OS X 10.8. I use separate user profiles (created using the native Chrome facility in Settings->Users) for my "regular" web browsing, and the web development ...