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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How to specify between identical menu command names when making custom shortcuts.

I commonly set custom keyboard shortcuts in System Prefs. I tried setting a shortcut (command-shift-a, mirroring command-shift-j to move to junk) for Mail app to move messages to archive, since the ...
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Why cannot I see any browsers in system preferences?

Already filed a bug in Apple's bug reporter, ID is 25949722 What I want to do is to set Canary as default browser, but when I opened system preferences, I cannot see any browsers listed. What's ...
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How do I prevent OSX from creating a network entry when I connect a USB serial device?

I use a lot of different USB serial devices. I'm now at the point where my Network Preferences panel takes minutes to open and more minutes to change profiles. Opening ...
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Is it possible to set different timezones per user?

I have two user environments: one for personal use, another for work. I work remotely and in a different timezone than my colleagues at the office location. I prefer my work environment to be set to ...
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Make Sidebar items in Finder larger without affecting any other application

Background I'd like to make items in the Finder's Sidebar larger like this: Theoretically, you can do it like this: Open System Preferences. Open General. Set Sidebar icon size: to Medium or ...
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How can I globally disable 'Text Replacement'?

I've been looking for an answer to this question for a while, so I'm guessing this can only be solved with a console command. What I want to do is disable 'Text Replacement' everywhere on my Mac. The ...
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System Preferences Crashes

I open system preferences and this happens: View Crash Report At PasteBin
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My computer forgets trackpad tracking speed

My computer keeps on resetting the trackpad tracking speed. I will set the bar to full, then it will keep on resetting itself to default, after like half a minute. It is really frustrating, any help ...
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I Can't login with a Google account

The problem started after I restored from timemachine, but in a couple of days I saw that my gmail didn't work in Mail.app (my iCloud mail works fine) then I tried log out and log in again (with my ...
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Item: “Documents”, Kind “Unknown” in Login Items

In my Login Items on Mac OS 10.11.3 I see an item called "Documents". The Kind is specified as "unknown" and there is a yellow warning sign at the end of the line. No further information is shown ...
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Unable to toggle natural scrolling direction

I've been experimenting a bit when trying to write a script for toggling the scrolling direction; com.apple.swipescrolldirection. There are plenty of examples of people doing this online, and several ...
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Where can I find/unbind control shift space? (^⇧ + space)

I read through all of the system-wide keyboard shortcuts in "System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts" and I could not find nor unbind the Control+Shift+Space macro for use by SkipTune's pause/play ...
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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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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?