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 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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how to avoid root elevation dialog using SCNetworkInterfaceForceConfigurationRefresh in MAC 10.11 [migrated]

Our App tries to perform DHCP refresh without popping up for elevating user credential. We have seen the SCNetworkConfiguration api has some functions to achive this. in the apple developer site . ...
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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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Missing lock icon in System Preferences->Sharing on El Capitan

See attached image below. I have a few macs and on one of them, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to lock the Sharing tab under System Preferences. The lock is present and working on other ...
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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get radio buttons in System Preferences

I am trying to click at radio buttons in Displays panel of System Prefernces. This is the code I use to identify radio buttons: tell application "System Preferences" activate reveal anchor ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Mac OS word delimiter character settings

I seem to remember seeing a tip once where there was a setting in System Preferences where you can define "programming" as a language or something so that double-clicking on a hyphenated word selects ...
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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 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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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Activity Monitor?

I can't seem to find a shortcut for launching the activity monitor. Does it have one?
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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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Why does this applescript not actually set the input volume to zero?

I have this command that builds a script to mute the input volume. The input volume is not fully muted, though. It seems to be closer to 10% than 0%. osacompile -x -e 'tell application "System ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...