System Preferences, the application for OS X that allows you to modify various system settings. The application is organized into different preference panes.

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Syncing OSX settings and preferences to iCloud

Is there a way to sync/save OSX's own settings, preferences, etc to iCloud? I use OSX El Capitan.
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Share Keyboard Shortcuts

I have about over 100 keyboard shortcuts for my mac, and I want to transfer all those shortcuts to my second computer. Is there a way to do this easily?
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How do you delete applications which are stored in your system preferences?

I have these two programs "Fan Control" and "Shades" which I got from the Macupdate website. With other downloads it seems they can simply be dragged nd dropped from the applications folder into the ...
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OSX El Capitan preference issues

I own a MBP late 2013 edition. After upgrading to OSX El Capitan, some of my settings have changed. the system-wide date format changed from Day Month date, year to the default Day Date Month, Year ...
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“Recent Items” count is not saved in System Preferences-OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”

In System Preferences, when I try to change "Recent Items" count from "none" to any other value it is not saved. I can change it, but when I close System Preferences and open it again I still see ...
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Time zone updates are only semi-automatic

In my Mac's date and time prefs I have "Set time zone automatically using current location" checked. But when I travel to a different time zone, the zone doesn't automatically change-- unless I open ...
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Applescript for specific System Preferences pane

I'm trying to write an applescript to get me to a specific section of the system preferences - Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services and hopefully to a specific service as well. I've gotten a part of the ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for Terminal

I am trying to add a shortcut to the menu bar actions in the Terminal app, (specifically to create a new window with my own theme.) Here is a screenshot: However when I try to add the shortcut via ...
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How do I rearrange the order of Spotlight categories?

I believe I used to have the ability to rearrange the search categories shown in Spotlight, but I can't drag to rearrange within System Preferences > Spotlight anymore (El Capitan). Is there some ...
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How can I turn off “Swipe between pages”? [duplicate]

I went into system preferences and completely unchecked the swipe between pages button for my magic mouse, but it still does it. Why won't this feature turn off? If you're going to tell me my ...
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El Capitan: all keyboard shortcuts disappeared, but still have them in iOS devices

All the keyboard shortcuts disappeared from the list in System Preferences (System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Text), however they still react in all my iOS devices? I have daily Time Machine backups, ...
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Cannot delete internet accounts

I'm trying to clean up my "Internet Accounts" but cannot do so... First, I go to the System Preferences for "Internet Accounts": Then I click on each account I want to delete (everything but Gmail ...
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System Preferences locked even after entering password

I am using OS X El Capitan. For some reason, I can no longer unlock the preferences in System Preferences panes although I still appear as an admin. When I enter my password for authentication it ...
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How to fix a MacBook's sound output which is stuck on headphones?

My MacBook late 2008, running Yosemite and it suddenly stopped playing audio through the internal speakers. I've checked "Sound" under System preferences, and headphones show up as the selected device ...
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My Today Extensions in El Capitan are all missing

I was using my Mac over the weekend when I decided to change the song on iTunes from the Today Extension in the sidebar. I swiped to bring the sidebar into view and Hmm... not there (also no ...
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Text substitution does not work with Slack on Yosemite

I have a text substitution setup within the System Preferences. This works most places within OS X as far as I can tell, but it does not work in Slack. (Their native app for OS X version 1.1.4 - 2814) ...
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What has changed after switching the system language?

OS X 10.10 If one switched the system language from English to French(or other languages), what would change? A restart of computer is required. <- I only know this.
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OSX Automatic Time zone detects location but doesn't update

Recently my automatic timezone update stopped working. (ie it used to work but now it doesn't) Troubling thing is my mac detects the correct location (e.g. Golden, CO), but doesn't use this to update ...
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I can't open Network without my MacBook Pro crashing

I'm aware of the spontaneous reboot glitch as it happened many times before I found Apple's specifics on how to stop it, but starting earlier today, when I try to open System Preferences my MacBook ...
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System Preferences search no longer highlights possible matches

Spotlight would mark matches when searching in system preferences are no longer appearing. I have "System Preferences" enabled in Spotlight prefs. I have searched for a solution to this, no luck. Any ...
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How to mail Parental Control Logs?

is there any way by which we can send "Parental Control" logs via email?
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Enable guest user and location services with profile manager

Is there a way to enable the guest account and location services with profile manager via built in setting or custom ad on?
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Quick application switch (Command-Tab) messed up

My quick application switching, using Command-Tab, isn't starting at the most recently opened/focused application. Instead it does the opposite. It goes to the application I opened least recently. How ...
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How can I script the setup of preferences in Mac OS X?

I have a couple of Macs and I would like to create some kind of script that I can use to: Easily setup a new Mac after a reinstall Update settings to consistent values (so if I decide to change some ...
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How can I set the region in Terminal

I want to change the Region via Terminal. How can I do this ? Ideally it would use a command (/usr/bin or sbin) or modify a plist (plistbuddy). I'd love to avoid using osascript (AppleScript)
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Cannot open Parental Controls preference pane in Yosemite

I cannot open the Parental Controls preference pane in OS X Yosemite. It just gives me: "Preferences Error. Could not load preference pane." Here are the console logs I got: System Preferences[609]: ...
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How to transfer preferences from one machine to another?

Is there a way to transfer my various preferences configured on Machine A to a new Machine B? For example, I would like to transfer many of the preferences configured within System Preferences and ...
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Mac dictation custom commands not working

I use the Mac Yosemite (10.10.3) built in dictation extensively, and I find it does a really good job of understanding my speech, at least when I'm speaking in complete sentences. I also use the ...
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Unable to change clock separator

I am using OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. In the Language & Region preferences, I clicked Advanced and set my clock format to 0-23:08. However, the clock in the menu bar and in the Date & Time ...
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My Mac's hostname keeps adding a “-2” to the end

If my Mac's computer name (in the Sharing prefs) is "Node" normally, once in a while when using the Terminal, I can see it's magically changed itself: Node-2:~ $ For some reason it thinks its own ...
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How can I export my system preferences?

Is there a way for me to export my system preferences on my Mac for quick install on another machine? An example of what I am trying to accomplish is, when I start a new job, I would like to import ...
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Yosemite problem with Xbox 360 Controller Driver

A few months ago, I downloaded this Xbox360ControllerDriver, which I believe it was the .11 Version and was working fine by the time. Recently, I bought a new wired Xbox 360 controller, thinking ...
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Setting up email accounts in internet accounts shows progress wheel

I am trying to set-up an iCloud account. It has worked well in the past using my optimum email address. I even had Yahoo, Gmail accounts set-up in iCloud through my Mac's System Preferences. I had ...
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Wrong date format in the menu bar

I set up some custom date formats, and while at first the date in the menu bar did honor them, now I've noticed it stopped and it's just using a standard one. How do I switch it back? Screenshot: ...
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To use MySQL, system preferences must quit and reopen, and quit and reopen

How do I just get the MySQL Admin GUI to run: then: final loop: I can't seem to get out of whatever sort of infinite loop is in there.
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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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Apps, specific tasks or system preference panes won't open in mountain lion

I am having a weird case. It started with a POP mailbox that had issue to display the emails. Whatever I tried the mailbox couldn't be restored/rebuilt/imported - the mail app was hanging and had to ...
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Unable to delete IMAP mail account in Yosemite

I have an IMAP mail account in the Apple Mail client that I want to delete. I first goto the Accounts preferences pane in Mail. When I click the minus icon to delete the account, I get a message ...
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Why can I set VLC as my default browser?

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 installed; in my System Preferences > General, my default browser selection allows me to choose VLC. Why does this happen and can it be removed?
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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How to set up mic volume to a fixed level

Lately, I am holding a lot of vconfs on Google Hangouts. I'm using a headphone set but the internal mic is capturing the input sound. Apparently, if I move a bit away from my iMac or if I speak ...
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Locations to switch between WiFi and Ethernet

I have a new MacBook Pro and would like to know how to manage my connectivity within my own home with the following scenario I have WiFi and can connect to that no problem I also have a TP-LINK ...
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System Preferences hangs when trying to open Display settings with an external monitor connected

I've searched all over for this, with no luck. So here goes: My 2012 MacBook Pro has always played nice with my old Samsung monitor, connected with a Mini DisplayPort > VGA adapter plugged in to the ...
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How do I get my system preferences to show up?

How do I make my system preferences show up again? I tried logging in as another account on the same system:
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How to remap F4 to Dashboard or Notifications on a MacBook Pro in Yosemite?

I had this working fine in Tiger thru Mavericks, but it broke in Yosemite. Pressing F4 now launches Launchpad, and only fnF4 triggers Dashboard. Launchpad is useless compared to Spotlight or even ...
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Up Arrow Key Shows Application Windows (without having set it up as a shortcut)

I'm using OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and whenever I press my up arrow key, mission control will display the application windows while also performing whatever action the up key is expected to (e.g. move ...
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Binding multiple items to clipboard?

Is it possible to bind more than one items to the clipboard on osx? Which would possibly get evoked by different shortcuts? If it is how can I set it up? I simply need to have a string always ...
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Where is the Display Calibrator Assistant on my hard drive?

I'd like to use the Display Calibrator Assistant without going through the process of opening the system preferences. Does anyone know where the program is located on my hard drive? I've done a ...
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Yosemite Finder Column View Modified Timestamp

Upon updating to Yosemite, My finder column view preview window displays the Modified and Last Opened options as "Today" or "Yesterday" etc. I need to see what time yesterday in the column view ...
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Is there a config file stores the system shortcuts? [duplicate]

We can change shortcuts in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. And many preferences has its associated file. So I wonder if there is any file related to the shortcuts. Then I can use version ...