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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What Is Graphic Switching & Are There Reasons to Turn It Off?

I was tinkering about in the System Preferences of my Macbook Pro yesterday, when I came across "Automatic Graphic Switching" within the Energy Saver pane as exemplied below: What exactly is ...
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I am an admin but several preferences are grey and say “your system administrator has not given you access to this preference pane”

I have admin rights on my mac laptop at work. In the last several days I have lost access to several system preference pane items. Most notably "security and privacy" and notifications. The icons ...
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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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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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Is it possible to change the name of a bluetooth mouse?

I bring my MacBook Pro back and forth between home and work. I have a Magic Mouse in both places. I guess because they are both the same model, I have to re-pair the mouse with the computer every time ...
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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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Remove an app from Notification Center preference pane

My girlfriend added Facebook to my Notification Center. I tried to set the alert style to none, and you can see the check mark to show items in Notification Center is deselected. I want it ...
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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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How to separate “mouse” and “trackpad” settings?

In System Preferences > Mouse there's a setting "Scroll direction: natural", which I don't like, so I unset. The problem is that this also unsets the setting for Trackpad, which I do like. How can ...
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Issue with deleting a Mac account through system preferences

I have a desktop mac with multiple users and I would like to erase just one user from the computer but when I open system preferences and click on the accounts area, the minus sign to delete the ...
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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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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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Secondary click in Lion with two fingers OR bottom-right corner click

I just did a clean install of Lion on my 2010 MBP. It seems as though in the system preferences for the built-in trackpad, I have the option of setting the secondary click gesture to "Click or tap ...
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Terminal flashes on empty backspace with Yosemite

Since using Yosemite, I've had the annoying problem of my current Terminal window flashing when backspacing on an empty line. I know on previous versions of OS X this flashing was not default, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can't disable “Press the Option key five times to turn Mouse Keys on and off”

Apple lets users who occasionally want the use of Mouse Keys to enable/disable it by pressing Option (⌥) five times. I use Maya, so I'm constantly using the Option key to manipulate the camera, and ...
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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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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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Is there a fast way to switch System time zone from the command line?

I usually do it through the System Preference panel for Date & Time, but I'd like a quicker way to do this if there is one.
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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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Alfred Keeps Asking For Contacts Permission

I'm not sure what is going on. Every time I access Alfred, I get this dialog box, "Alfred would like to access your contacts." I always have to click "OK" before I can use the program. I have verified ...
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How can I export text substitutions from Lion for import into Mountain Lion

I am trying to migrate to a brand new install of Mountain Lion. I am trying to migrate select data from my old Lion install. Does anybody know where the text replacement definitions in System ...
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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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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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Cannot add wireless network in Mavericks in System Preferences

I accidentally deleted the wifi connection on my macbook pro (I went to System Preference > Network, i tried to delete a VPN but accidentally deleted the WIFI connection as well). Now if I add a WIFI ...
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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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Toggle “Use all F1, F2 as standard keys” via script

I toggle the "Use all F1, F2 as standard keys" setting very often and would like to automate it via a script (or a keyboard shortcut). Is it possible? I've tried to Google the right arguments for ...
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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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Can't unlock preferences - no password dialog

In system preferences, if I click the "lock" icon to allow me to make changes as the administrator, no dialog opens. The message "Authenticating..." appears momentarily, then disappears, and the lock ...
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How do I copy (or clone or duplicate or make a template) user account?

In Mac OS X Lion (10.7.3), is it possible to create a new user account with settings identical to an existing user account? Or put another way, is it possible to set-up a user account template? I do ...
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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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Is there a 3rd party program that can change the cursor size?

I've always used a larger mouse icon in Windows (made it easier to find when zipping around multiple screens :p). Recently switched to using OSX and discovered that the option to enlarge the mouse ...
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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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Why does a “SAMSUNG_Android” network service keep appearing?

I recently noticed a strange service in the Network preferences called "SAMSUNG_Android", which seems to be configured as a modem: I don't have an Android or Samsung device and I've never plugged ...
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Where can I find system log information on OS X Lion 10.7.5 for System Preferences changes?

Suppose I navigate to System Preferences and make a simple change (say I turn off BlueTooth). Is it logged somewhere in the syslog? In other words, is there a log file somewhere on the file system ...
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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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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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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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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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Keyboard shortcut not working in yosemite

Here is the screen shot and it's not working anymore after upgrading to Yosemite NOTE: Although if I add this shortcuts under all applications then it works. I don't know why it's not working, ...