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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Change global system property for file.encoding

Due to a conflict between the mac osx lion 'file.encoding' system-property and my java application, i have to change the setting from MacRoman to UTF-8. What is the best way to reset this system ...
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Default Settings in Mac OS X

How can I reset all settings for the system preferences in Mac OS X? I'm using lion.
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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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How to enable Three Finger Drag from command line

I'm trying to write a shell script that will automatically set the trackpad to use the three-finger-drag option that you can find in the system preferences. I've tried a number of different things, ...
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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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How does the language & text region setting “affect the availability of Internet services”?

According to a note underneath the Region setting in the Language & Text prefpane, "Changing the region may affect the availability of Internet services." This is not explained in any ...
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Spotlight Doesn't Properly Show Preference Panes

I'm having an issue where Spotlight isn't properly showing results for System Preference panels. When I search for a preference panel by name (e.g. Sharing or Network), I don't get any System ...
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Can I exclude itunes from the Software Update feature in system preference?

I've reverted from 11 back to 10.7 three times by now because I keep forgetting to uncheck iTunes whenever it prompts me to install patches. I'd like to be able to tell the updater to skip over iTunes ...
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Can Teleport be set up to be automated?

I've got two Macs, and I only use one keyboard and mouse thanks to Teleport. The problem is that I have to activate it every time I turn my computer on. Would it be possible to do it automatically?
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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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Applescript to change Wacom Driver settings

Can an Applescript change the primary monitor option within the Wacom Driver, and do it near instantly?
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Snap/Maximize function has stopped working. What could be wrong and how can I fix it?

Forgive the poor title. I don't know what this feature is called. I'm using OS X Lion, and there is a feature that I use all the time with my Thunderbolt display. Specifically, if I grab the title ...
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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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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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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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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 do I change mouse settings instantaneously from Terminal?

My school has a bunch of Macs that are always logged in as Guest and have very annoying default settings (natural scrolling, no secondary mouse button, etc), so I am trying to write a terminal script ...
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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System Preferences lock always unlocks itself after restart

The Mac's System Preferences panels have a universal "lock" icon which, when locked, will apply to all panes, therefore preventing the user from changing any settings until they unlock the System ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to set up so on the Mac the default new user will have a single color wallpaper?

We are trying to set up multiple user accounts on a Mac and wish to have all the users' desktop wallpaper to be single colored (such as aqua blue). It can be done manually but I would like to know if ...
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Late 2008 MacBook Pro no longer wakes up on its own

Plain and simple here: about one week ago, my MacBook Pro stopped adhering to its wake schedule. I have had it set to wake every weekday at 6 a.m. for as long as I can remember. It has done so with ...
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How to disable “new network interfaces have been detected” prompt on Mac OS X Lion?

I get this uber annoying prompt every single time I plug my Macbook Air into my Thunderbolt display. Does anyone please know of a way to disable this? Thanks a lot!
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Is it safe to edit App Bundles in Core Services?

There is a default preference I want to edit (or delete and recreate in the English.lproj) in the Dock bundle in System/Library/CoreServices. What are the possible negative repercussions to editing ...
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Network interfaces missing after software update [iMac 7,2]

I recently updated my iMac to Mac OS X 10.6.8, it took a while to come back up, and when it did start up, the network interfaces were missing and when trying to open the Network tab in system ...
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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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How do I prevent my MacBook Air from forgetting my Remapped Caps Lock Key?

As someone who doesn't like to shout, I have Caps Lock remapped to Control on all of my computers. A second control key is far more useful to a guy who spends most of his time in Terminal.app. This ...
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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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“Could not load Vox Preferences preference pane.” Solutions?

I'm trying to install the Vox prefs pane so I can have it use the play/pause next and previous media keys rather than iTunes. However after installing, I get the error "Could not load Vox Preferences ...
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Need to prohibit writing CD/DVD for all non-admin users in Mountain Lion

We have a requirement that forbids users writing to removable media such as CDs. So far all I've been able to find is defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitBurn true but that is a per-user ...
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Preference files for system-wide configuration

Is it possible to set a system wide configuration for Java site permissions in Safari 6.1. I know that to set system wide preferences you have to have the plist file in the /Library/Preferences ...