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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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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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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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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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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Permanently swapping option and command keys on a non-Apple keyboard

Whenever I plug my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard into my MacBook Pro, I have to swap the Command and Option modifier keys. How can I prevent these keys from reverting to their default settings ...
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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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Is it possible to write a script to change the Energy Saver settings in OS X (10.7.3)?

Basically, whenever I know I'm going to be gone, or if I'm going to sleep, I change the Energy Saver settings in System Preferences in OS X (10.7.3) for Power Adapter to: Computer sleep: 1 min ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where is java? Java Control Pannel has disabled “View” button and Terminal still response with “No Java runtime present, requesting install”

I installed java from the oracle's website. Now I have a Java Control Panel in the System Preferences. But in the tab "Java" of Java Control Panel there is the button "View" disabled. And if I ask ...
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System-Preferences Applescript using osascript cannot select its window

This AppleScript (based on an answer in a MacWorld form) will tell me whether or not Screen Sharing is enabled: tell application "System Preferences" reveal pane "com.apple.preferences.sharing" ...
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Need location of image for preference pane “PREF” icon

I have a stack in my Dock with aliases to my most-used preference panes. In the past, the icons that appear in the grid when I click on the stack have been the large descriptive icons shown in Finder. ...
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keyboard preferences ignores modifier key settings

I'm using a Windows-type Logitech keyboard with my OS X 10.6.8 iMac. I've always just used the "Modifier Keys" setting in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences to reverse the Option and Command keys ...
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System preferences crashes when press accounts

I'm trying to help someone else with their computer, every time I try to access the "Accounts" settings in system preferences, system preferences hangs and then crashes, any idea what's up? The ...
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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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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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Choosing the default application does not stay as default after reboot

When I'm opening .avi files, I want to open them with VLC Media player, when right clicking the item, I see this: As you can see QuickTime is the default player, I want to change it to VLC, so I ...
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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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Where are System Preferences settings stored? Trying to script equal brightness settings for two monitors

I was wondering if anyone know where the System Preferences settings are stored on Mac OS X Lion? I presume there's some .plist with them somewhere. I think that they might be stored in multiple ...
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Terminal switch tabs not working Yosemite

I had added keyboard shortcuts and those were working pretty fine on OSX Mavericks but not working in Yosemite. On pressing shortcut for switching tab terminal just flashes. Check screen shot of my ...
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Where is the text expansion file located with OS X?

I'd like to give a colleague all of my text expansions without her having to re-enter them on her Mac. I was hoping to locate the file, then simply send her a copy to replace her own. (She doesn't use ...
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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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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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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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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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Do three finger navigation gestures work in System Preferences?

I've been playing around with a lot of different settings, and I'm not sure if one of the changes I made causes three finger gestures to not work in the System Preferences application, or if they ...
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iCloud preference pane loads indefinitely and prevents access to System Preferences

When I open the system preference pane, it opens straight to the iCloud pane, which loads a spinner, states that it is loading, and then runs indefinitely. While the spinner is up, I can't quit the ...
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App Shortcuts missing in Keyboard preferences

I upgraded to Mavericks recently and it seems I am now missing the ability to set App Shortcuts. I only see the following in my Keyboard/Shortcuts preferences. Any thoughts on how to get App Shortcuts ...
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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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“Set time zone automatically using current location” is not working. Why?

Although I keep my system time & date in check using time.asia.apple.com, I can't "Set time zone automatically using current location". I get the error message, "Unable to determine current ...
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Force a change to a program's key bindings

Is it possible to force a change to a program's keybindings? E.g., instead of an menu action being invoked by Cmd-J it's Cmd-K? The reason I ask is that Cmd-Q in Firefox drives me nuts. I ...
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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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Microsoft Mouse Settings do not work after restart until I open preferences

I seem to have this same problem my work and home Macbook Pro Systems. Both are running Mavericks. The Mouse is a Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse and I have the latest version (8.2) of IntelliPoint ...
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Date and time settings disabled

My date and time has suddenly become 1 jam 2013 In date and time preferences the setting "set date and time automatically" is disabled by which I mean it's greyed out. It's ticked and set to ...
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Uninstalling JAMBOX by Jawbone

I've uninstalled the Jawbone Updater software by deleting it from /Applications. However, I'm still seeing the JAMBOX by Jawbone as a Bluetooth output and input in the System Preferences panel. I ...
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Remove old user from Remote Login permissions list

On OS X 10.8 I deleted a user account which had Remote Login permissions. Now, in the Sharing tab of System Preferences, that user shows up as "Unknown User", and clicking the minus button won't ...
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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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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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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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How can I set duplex to be the default option when printing in Acrobat Pro XI?

I wish for duplex to be the default, but I must reset it each time the application is launched. I would expect to find the option in the Print... dialog of Acrobat, however I do not find it in the ...
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Apple Cinema Display Brightness no longer works in Mavericks or Yosemite

So when you have a ~5-7 year old Apple Cinema Display monitor that looks something like this: and you upgrade to Mavericks (MacOS 10.9) or Yosemite (MacOS 10.10), you will lose the ability to ...
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Change of default behaviour when connecting to external display: mirror mode

Some OS generations back the default behavior when a new display was attached was that the screen was mirrored. I would like to get this behavior back since without it I have to fiddle with the ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I find out how much toner is left in my printer, which is connected to an Airport Express via USB?

My Samsung ML-2850D printer is connected via USB to an Airport Express. I print to it from my Mac over WiFi. I want to check how much toner is left, so I know if I need to purchase a new cartridge ...