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

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Can I disable the Lion animation when switching to/from fullscreen apps?

In Lion there is an animation when switching to and from full screen applications. Full screen apps are great, especially on a 11" screen, but this animation is getting very annoying. Is there a way ...
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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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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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Can I change my OS X theme?

Some of my friends said that OS X sucks because you only have to choose one theme on every device that have OS X. I searched, but I didn't find any feasible solution just one little thing that cost ...
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Can I extend the iPhone's maximum ringtone duration?

I'm wondering if there is a way to extend the maximum duration of a custom ringtone i make for my iPhone past 30 seconds.
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Screen Rotation Lock now turns off iPad speaker

After upgrading the iPad to 4.2.1 the screen rotation lock button no longer has any effect on the screen rotation. Instead it turns off the speaker. I've looked in settings but I don't seem to find ...
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How can you disable the low battery warnings for bluetooth devices?

I use a bluetooth apple trackpad and keyboard, and once the battery hits 20% the bluetooth indicator in the menu bar starts flashing this lower battery warning. Normally, I wouldn't really care, but ...
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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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Remove Window Drop Shadow and Replace with Outline

I'm running OS X 10.8.4. My goal is to remove the wide drop shadows around windows and replace them with a thin black outline. Several questions have been posted asking how to remove or reduce the ...
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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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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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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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What is analogous to the Windows registry in Mac OS X?

I am new to Mac and was wondering where application/OS settings are saved.
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Is there a way to show the date (in addition to time) in the OS X lock screen?

This is what the default OS X lock screen, (if you have it set to require password on wake from sleep etc.), looks like: By default it seems to only show the time in the top right-hand corner. It ...
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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 to quickly set year only in iOS 7

Can someone please explain how you can quickly set the YEAR within the date and time settings? If the battery has been removed then the iPhone is reset back to Jan 1st 1970. This means that the ...
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Disable “…application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” on certain file types?

Is it possible to modify which files Apple's quarantine warning pops up on? Specifically I download hundreds of PHP files (web developer) and I'm tired of seeing "...is a script application ...
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How can I keep settings consistent between Macs?

I use multiple Macs (OS X Lion). There are a lot of settings, apps, and files I'd like to keep synced up between them. Files are the easiest of the lot -- Dropbox + symlinks, Mercurial repositories, ...
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How do I change which characters OS X considers ‘a word’, for ⌥-arrow-key skipping?

When I type ⌥→, I'd like my cursor to stop at periods, and perhaps other characters. Does anybody know of a defaults configuration, or System Preferences setting, that changes which characters are ...
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Is there any way to have an iPad auto update its date and time?

On my iPhone, my date and time are set automatically. Is there any way to do the same thing on the iPad to ensure it always displays the correct time?
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How can I manipulate several security settings from terminal?

I want to change these behaviors from terminal: Auto-login Showing password after screensaver and sleep mode Go to sleep mode after x minutes Enable screensaver after x minutes
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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 ...
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Enable “Developer” inside the “Settings” app on iOS

Before Xcode 6 one could go to the Xcode Organizer window. Tap on the Devices tab. Select the connected device and click the "Use for Development" button. See here. However with Xcode 6 there are no ...
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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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Always Asked to Configure Firewall for iTunes

Whenever I open iTunes, I get the standard OS X dialog, Do you want the application "iTunes.app" to accept incoming network connections? Every time I click allow, but I am asked the same thing without ...
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What does “Sound Check” in iPod settings do?

On my iPhone (though I'm sure it's on iPods and iPads as well), under the iPod settings, there's a toggle "Sound Check". What does it do?
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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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Is there a way to export syntax color settings from one Xcode installation to a new one?

I have installed a new XCode 4 on a machine and I'd like to copy/paste the syntax coloring settings from the first one to the new one. How may I do this ?
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What does the option to “Allow Full Access” for my iOS keyboard do?

A keyboard I recently installed on iOS 8 provides an option (in Settings) to "Allow Full Access"? What does this setting do?
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Find and Change system shortcut

As I know you can find a limit of shortcut in system preference > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcut where you can find other shortcut and how must change it? for example if I change the cmd + O to enter ...
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Reset external monitor settings (Lion)

When I plug an external monitor into my MacBook (Air, Pro... it doesn't matter), I can change the monitor's settings (resolution for example) and Mac OS X saves the configuration for the next times I ...
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Command line (or other way) to change proxy config in easy way

At the company I work at we use the proxies to connect to the Internet. This works fine until I have to do XCode simulator work(in UIWebView, not Safari browser), at which time I have to turn off all ...
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adjust battery-warning-level of magic mouse

How can I adjust the level at which Mac OS warns me about the battery of my magic mouse? I always have a lack of batteries, so I would prefer if the battery warning comes up at 15 or 20%, so I could ...
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Lion Server DHCP randomly loses settings and reverts to defaults

I’ve been trying to set up Lion Server on a Mac Pro with it acting as the router/gateway/firewall/DNS/NAT and DHCP. I’ve been trying to setup an internal-only network named mycompany.something. After ...
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iPad virtual keyboard text entry: Way to type multiple capital letters without having to press SHIFT before each letter?

Let's say I'm typing a word in ALL-CAPS on the iPad. Currently, the only way I know of how to do this is to press SHIFT before each of the letters. Is there an alternative, like a sticky shift or ...
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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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Can I reverse the two-finger scrolling direction in OS X Lion (10.7)?

I just got 10.7. The two-finger scrolling direction seems wrong to me, although it says "direction - natural." I couldn't see a way to reverse it. Does anyone have a way yet?
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What files are accessed when an app starts up?

I am wondering if there is a way to see which files an application accesses (reads or writes) when starting up. /usr/bin/fs_usage seems like one tool, but I wondered if there are others. I am trying ...
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Change Login screen background

Is there a way to change the login screen in Snow Leopard? I do not like the way the purple 'time machine' background looks and can't seem to find anyplace to change this.
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How to rename a bluetooth device in OSX Lion?

Before I upgraded to OSX Lion, I could open up the Bluetooth Preferences, select a device, click on the settings icon, choose 'Rename Device' and rename the Bluetooth device. Now that I've upgraded ...
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Setting to Disable Automatic Text Replace (OS X 10.9.1)

When typing in a rich text format form in an application (such as the Notes app, Mail compose message dialog, Evernote) my Mac automatically corrects two or three dashes (--) into one long dash (—). ...
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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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Why are switches grayed out in the iPhones Settings app with iOS 8.3?

In 'Settings' > 'Cellular': all the switches under 'Use cellular data for:' are grayed out. Some are ON and some are OFF but none can be changed. These are the switches that control cellular data ...
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How to hide audio volume pop over?

How can I disable/hide this automatic volume level pop over that appears when changing the sound level. Is there switch or secret flag to not show this when I change the volume using the volume keys ...
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What are the default permissions on the Applications folder in OS X supposed to be?

I was trying to run VirtualBox on OS X when I got the error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine tinyXP. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE). Unknown error creating VM ...
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Where are Terminal.app profiles files located?

I just recently reinstalled OS X and forgot to back up all my sweet 'profiles' aka colour schemes. It would be very helpful if I could find the location of these so I can recover them from backup.
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Screensaver settings spontaneously revert

I have my screen saver set to display images from a folder in my ~/Pictures directory, and the "Shuffle slide order" box is checked. In Yosemite, I find that occasionally one or both of those settings ...
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Chrome AutoSelectCertificateForUrls OSX

I have a client SSL certificate for authentication. I'm trying to map it to a URL in Chrome on OSX, however the Chromium documentation is of no use. I have no idea what file to put the ...
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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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Can I prevent my (jailbroken) iPhone from retrieving mail between certain hours?

I have a jailbroken iPhone which is set up to retrieve mail every 30 minutes. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening at 3am when I'm trying to sleep?