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

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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 ...
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How can I keep ~/Library visible in (Mountain) Lion

Starting on Lion, Apple decided to annoy the users hiding the ~Library directory. I was forced to type this on terminal to bring it back: sudo chflags nohidden ~/Library the problem is that every ...
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How to quickly turn on/off active corners?

Is there any way to turn on/off active corners? I want to use it but someone is coming fix something and they are going to use my comp and they have big troubles with active corners (Windows users). ...
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Unchecking “Enable mouse Keys” using keyboard?

I wanted to test the Mouse Key functionality on my MBP and so went ahead and checked the enable mouse keys option under Universal Access settings. As expected the trackpad was disabled and I was ...
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How to set reply-to address in Apple Mail

I have two accounts set up in Apple Mail. The second account is for backup purposes and because at times the primary account is unavailable. When that happens, I send from the second account but would ...
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My Mac keeps forgetting settings

My Mac seems to keep forgetting the following settings: I have to type my wireless password everyday (and checking "remember"). I couldn't permanently set a particular app to be the default opener ...
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Icons on buttons changed

I was tweaking my new Mac (I'm new to OS X) and suddenly I noticed that the icons in lots of my apps changed. I've checked all the things I done (using OnyX) but can't find what I done to make my apps ...
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Macbook pro retina setting resolution to 2880 restored to 1440 after restart system

System is Mountain Lion, these steps will reproduce the problem: Select a primary resolution in System Preferences pannel, Displays. Select the 'Best for Retina display' (Other resolution in this ...
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Alternative way to add Apps to LaunchPad

I noticed that its possible to add custom apps to the launchpad by dragging apps to the launchpad on the dock. However I removed it from dock, but still want to add an application without dragging it ...
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Caps Lock key mapped to a second Control key, reset after wake in Mountain Lion

I'm running a clean install of Mountain Lion. I have my Caps Lock key mapped to a second Control key. Whenever I wake my computer back from sleep, it re-sets itself to the Caps Lock key. This did ...
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How many times can I attempt to guess the pin code of the restrictions settings on iPad?

I want to change some settings related to restrictions on my iPad but I don't remember the code I used to lock changes to restrictions. I have a few common variations to try, I'm certain it is one of ...
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Change background image with Time

I created 288 different earth renders depending on sun position (one for every 5 earth minutes) based on this file from blendswap. It the image sequence starts at noon and ends at noon. I would like ...
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How to set “Input Sources” for all users at the same time

In Lion OSX, changing the keyboard layout "Input Sources" setting in the "Language & Text" only changes the setting for the current user. Is there a way to populate the setting to all existing, ...
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Why does OS X keep forgetting my trackpad settings

I am running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on an early 2010 15" MacBook Pro. After restarting from scratch (what I don't do often usually) my trackpad is set back to "click" instead of "touch". This started ...
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How can I change the lock screen background image in Lion 10.7.4?

With Lion, I know that, in order to change the lock screen background image, I have to change ...
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How do I disable the Russian keyboard layout in software?

I enabled Russian input source, and am having problem disabling it. How do I disable it?
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How do I change my iPod's name?

I am trying to change the name of an iPod I bought off the Internet. I changed it in iTunes, and that seemed to work fine, but when I look at "About" in "Settings" it still has the old name. Any ...
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How can I set the time before the screen dims?

I've got an iPad 3 on iOS 5.1. When reading occasionally my screen will dim before I interact with the screen; it doesn't turn off and lock but it dims. How can I lengthen the timer for this? Is it ...
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MacBook connects to network over Ethernet but not WiFi

I'm visiting my relatives and trying to get my MacBook on their network. If I connect over Ethernet, everything works fine and I can get online without a hitch. But if I connect over WiFi, I can't ...
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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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What's the Mac equivalent of Windows' Turn Windows Features On or Off?

One of my favorite parts of Windows is the ability to selectively turn features on or off. For instance, on a tablet you can turn on Tablet PC components; on a desktop you can disable these and ...
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Cannot open Desktop Settings and Energy Saver settings

i don't kwow why, but i can't able to open Preferences settings options like Desktop and Energy. It show me this error: TRANSLATION: error in preferences Cannot load the Desktop & ...
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How to make clicking on icon in dock == open new instance

I have several applications in my dock that can have multiple instances open (eg. Chrome, iTerm, Sublime, etc.) When I click on one of the icons, I want a new window to open (this is what happens if ...
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How can I know which setting TinkerTool is modifying?

Is there any way to easily know which setting a TinkerTool option relates to in Mac OS X? For example, the Show Hidden and System Files setting seems to be related to com.apple.finder ...