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

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Where does OS X store mouse preferences?

I couldn't figure out where the settings I change with the "Mouse" system preferences are stored. Neither plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple..plist nor /Library/Preferences/com.apple..plist changes ...
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Notification Centre “Tweet sent” bird whistle plays through iMac internal speakers instead of selected output device

Tweeting through Notification Centre share buttons plays "Tweet sent" bird whistle through my iMac's internal speakers. This only happened when I re-enabled the option to select internal speakers ...
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Why are the network connections in the Network System Preference panel mislabeled?

Here is a screenshot of a problem I am having. The wireless connection is mis-labled as Ethernet and my wired connection is mis-labeled as Wi-Fi. ...
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How do I verify the integrity of my OSX installation? (Files, versions, and preferences)

I want to verify the files, and configuration settings for my OSX installation against a known good reference "base". Assuming I have two identical Macs (hardware), with one being factory installed ...
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Desktop background folder selections not persisting

Upgraded to Mountain Lion a few weeks ago, didn't have the problem. A few days ago I replaced the hard drive with a SSD and did a clean install of Mountain Lion then manually moved my background ...
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Unable to remove login item from Users & Groups startup list

I have an item in my "Login Items" list (System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items) that refuses to be removed. When highlighted, the minus button grays out. The "hide" toggle is ...
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Why do some applications in System Preferences say “To use the “xxx” preferences pane, System Preferences must quit and reopen.”

When I open my MIDI driver in System Preferences I get the following message: "To use the “YAMAHA USB-MIDI Control Panel” preferences pane, System Preferences must quit and reopen." Then when I ...
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How can I remove remnant processes from deleted preference panes?

I discovered in Activity Monitor that I have several leftover processes running in the background that shouldn't be there anymore. I deleted these preference panes long ago with an application that ...
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Repair Permissions messed up network preferences

I ran repair permissions a few days ago, because other accounts on my computer couldn't open system preferences (this problem persists, but I don't care about it very much). What does bother me, ...
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Time Machine - Is it backing up system files, preferences, etc?

Problem My iMac is one which falls under a hard disk replacement program due to a possibly faulty disk made by Seagate in 2010. Because of that I will be soon sending it off to Apple for the disk to ...
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Keyboard shortcut to change the behavior of function keys?

Is there a shortcut for toggling the behavior of the function keys between standard and the media functions printed on them? I know I can do this in the Preferences, but it would be great to achieve ...
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can you set an application to come to the desktop you are on osx

I know that you can lock an application to a certain desktop, and if you select that application(either through the dock or command+tab), then OSX will change your desktop to the one where the ...
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Can I configure Accessbility settings using Terminal instead of Preferences Panel

I have a problem with my MacBookPro, the left click button on (any) mouse doesnt work and the trackpad doesnt respond to any clicks, so the only thing that works properly is the keyboard and Mouse ...
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How to change account name and full name to one, consistent name?

I have created an administrator account on a Mac OSX 10.5.8. At first, the user name and account name were called "kaleb". However, I later changed the name (is this account or user?) via System ...
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Time/Clock in menu bar is always wrong, System Preferences crashes after upgrading to 10.8

Since upgrading to 10.8 the time displayed in the menu bar is always incorrect. Sometimes by minutes, or hours, other times it just displayes the same time (eg 3:13) for several days without changing. ...
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Automatically executing actions according to the current location

I would like to have in my MacBook Pro a functionality which execute automatically some actions according to my current location. This actions could be for example Change the default printer Change ...
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Found bizarre signed exceptions under com.apple.alf.plist

In the never-ending quest to track down odd errors on my late 2008 MBP, running 10.6.8, I have recently noticed that I have several .plist files are created anew several times a day. The list varies, ...
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AppleScript/Automator Workflow to restore OS X to “mint” condition

Under Mountain Lion, I wanted to create an AppleScript that would essentially restore my OS X install to "mint" condition, if possible even to the point of showing you the ML welcome screen asking you ...
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icon for iTunes 10.7/music missing from System Preferences in Snow Leopard

My music/iTunes icon: is present in the Dock has gone from some panes of System Preferences. This first screenshot is from the Spotlight pane, the icon is expected to the left of Music: The ...
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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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files locked in public folder when sharing via file sharing

i share files with a friend from his macbook to my mac mini over my wireless connection. i set my public folder as a shared folder & turned on file sharing in my system prefs. my friend can copy ...
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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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What does OS X use “associated” Apple IDs for?

On OS X it is possible to associate Apple IDs with user accounts. Apple lists three consequences of doing so: The Apple IDs can be used to reset the user account The Apple IDs can be used to access ...
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How to configure OS X for exhibitions

I need to configure a Mac Mini and OS X for use in exhibitions so that it: boots when power switches on (or wake on LAN) starts Safari in full-screen mode suppresses closing Safari and/or showing ...
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How can I reclaim quick-keys from special characters I never use?

I love Byword.app and there's a very handy quick key (⇧-⌥-p) that, recently, started showing the uppercase Greek character pi (∏) instead. I'm not sure what I changed, but it's very frustrating, as ...
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Toggle Natural scrolling from command line with reload

I'm looking to make a script that quickly toggles the Natural scrolling settings, so I need a way to do it from the command line. I think I found the correct defaults command, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Internet Sharing won't show under Share settings on OS X Server 10.6.8

I need to use the Mac Mini Server running 10.6.8 as an access point for my team at the office. When I go under System Preferences>Sharing there's no Internet Sharing Option. What to do?
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No sound and volume icon

I have a Mac mini and the sound has disappeared. I have also lost the sound icon off the toolbar. I went to preferences for the sound and see that mute is checked. I can't un-check it because it is ...
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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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Mountain Lion, System Preferences and App Store crash, Clean Install doesn't help

Background - Mid-2010 MBP 13", upgraded to 8 GB memory. Came with Snow Leopard, Upgraded to Lion without clean install. Worked perfectly. Have CleanMyMac installed on it. Problem - After upgrade to ...
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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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Spotlight in upper right screen corner in Mountain Lion

In the System Preferences panel for Spotlight in OS X 10.8, it claims "Spotlight is located at the top right corner of the screen". On my system, this no longer appears to be true; the Notification ...
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Why does my home directory location keep reverting to the previous setting?

I have two hard drives in my MacBook Pro: one is a solid state drive that holds the OS and Applications, the other a spinning platter drive that holds my home directory. I currently have /Users/ian ...
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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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No Keys Repeating on New MacBook Pro After Changing Key Repeat Speed

I just opened my new Retina Display MacBook Pro and everything worked fine, but when I tried to go into System Preferences to make the key repeat speed faster, none of the keys repeated, not even ...
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Network preferences will not open

All network preferences are frozen on my macbook. This problem happens when I do the following: Fast User switching is on. At least two users are logged into the system. I've switched from one wifi ...
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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 to change a password for an OpenLDAP user, which fails when using Lion's System Preferences?

The Problem Users are unable to change their password using System Preferences -> Users & Groups on a Mac that is connected to an LDAP server (specifically, OpenLDAP). This error appears to be a ...
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Where is the “Computer Name” screensaver stored in Mac OS X?

I've looked in: System/Library/Screen Savers Library/Screen Savers ~/Library/Screen Savers I wish to explore the package contents for a personal project I'm working on. I've done iOS apps in the ...
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Is it possible to access a Mac via SSH without administrator access?

I want to be able to SSH into my Mac, but it's disabled in System Preferences (Sharing --> Remote Connections, I believe). The administrator disabled this, and I'm looking for a way to re-enable it ...
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Why do Application Shortcuts in System Preferences disappear?

I have a longstanding issue with Application Shortcuts (ie. in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Application Shortcuts). I can set up a new shortcut to a menu item of a specific application, eg. ...
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Trackpad Gestures - Three-finger swipe unresponsive until I use two-finger scroll (OS X Lion)

Sometime within the last week or so, I noticed this really weird glitch with my trackpad. I have always used the three-finger swipe to navigate forwards and backwards on web browsers, between tabs in ...
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Disable screensaver password requirement from command line

I am trying to enable and disable the screensaver password requirement from the command line. defaults read com.apple.screensaver shows a variable askForPassword set to either 0 or 1, depending on ...
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System Preferences icons lost/gone all the same

I have Mac mini (mid 2010) server running Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.3 (11D50b) At some unspecified point in time (which could have coincided with the installation of Logitech Media Server to serve a ...
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How to open a specific pane in system preferences from dock?

When I add the system preferences to the dock and click it, it opens in the common view. How can I open a specific pane at once from the dock?
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Audio Devices: Hardware Rate Converter

Audio MIDI Setup -> Audio Devices -> Built-in Input has four configurable audio parameters: Sample Rate Sample Size Channel Volume Hardware Rate Converter The Hardware Rate Converter has three ...
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Hide/Block System Preference Panes?

I have just discovered that System Preference panes such as Mouse and Keyboard cannot be locked, this is a problem as one user could log in change the strings and then another user would log in and ...
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System font display issues since upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion

Since I upgraded my system from 10.6 Snow Leopard to 10.7 Lion, I have errors in the display of system fonts, and in the spacing of characters in documents. An image of my old system under 10.6 Snow ...
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web sharing doesn't make my website live on internet?

I have enabled web sharing in System Preference. Still when I try to access my machine from outside the LAN using safari url: http://my-laptop-ip-address/ I get this - "Can open the webpage" Why?
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How do I create a menu shortcut which involves the delete key?

In Addressbook I want to create a keyboard shortcut for the Menu entry Delete Group using the key combination option-command-delete. So I went to System Preferences --> Keyboard --> Keyboard ...