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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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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“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 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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Home folder name changed but terminal prompt is still showing last name

I changed the name of my home folder in 2 ways. First I change it using the instructions from the official Apple website: sudo mv /Users/old_name /Users/new_name and then I also changed it going to ...
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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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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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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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Mavericks+: (Desktop Wallpaper) How can I use both the Apple Desktop Pictures and a local folder?

I enjoy the built in wallpapers that are shipped with Mavericks, but I also want to supplant those with the wallpapers that I have within my user folder. In System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen ...
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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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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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Is there a config file stores the system shortcuts? [duplicate]

We can change shortcuts in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. And many preferences has its associated file. So I wonder if there is any file related to the shortcuts. Then I can use version ...
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Concatenating date and cycle count to file on startup

I have the following code from here to find the cycle count of the battery on my computer: system_profiler SPPowerDataType | grep "Cycle Count" | awk '{print $3}' I will enclose it in a simple app ...
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Access to sudo but not security and privacy or users and groups

How can I add myself to these groups so that I can have access to these areas in system preferences? I have sudo access but I'm not sure how to accomplish this through terminal.
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Apps Stuck in Security & Privacy > Accessibility

I was messing around with using AppleScript for GUI manipulation so the apps I was making had to be granted access. The very first one I did showed up in Security & Privacy > Accessibility as ...
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Why does my Twitter account keep reappearing in System Preferences/Internet Accounts?

I delete my Twitter account from "Internet Accounts". Within 10 seconds the Twitter account reappears. How can I get it to reset? Companion problem is that my Twitter account shows up multiple ...
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Unable to toggle Time Machine on

Have been backing up an iMac to Time Machine on an USB drive for some time. I now find that in the System Preference for Time Machine the toggle for OFF/ON is grayed out and cannot be shifted to the ...
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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 ...
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How preconfigure os x install image for automatic install?

I want to build a custom system image of OS X (say ML). I want to install it on the virtual machine (not really important). I want a never-boot image (i.e. not a preinstalled image) fully configured. ...
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Search Results Within System Preferences Not Highlighted

This is just a minor annoyance, but usually, when typing in the search field inside of System Preferences, the icons for matching search results receive kind of a glowing background or highlight. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Mail, Contacts & Calendars crashes System Preferences; iCal and Mail also affected

When I open System Preferences and click the Mail, Contacts and Calendars icon, System Preferences crashes. In addition, iCal crashes on launch and Mail crashes when I try to open its preferences. ...
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My hostname is now out of sync

My hostname got out of sync with what it is set to in System Preferences - Sharing. From what I've read this is most likely related to a router having the ability to update my hostname. Anyhow, I've ...
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Toggle Ink's WriteAnywhere with AppleScript

How can you easily toggle the Ink preference pane setting "Write Anywhere"?
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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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How can I delete “Passenger” from my “System Preference”?

About 2 years ago I tried and installed Phusion Passenger Preference Pane for OS X and now I need to delete its "Passenger" icon from my System Preference. There's no uninstall option, how can I ...
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How to set the autocorrection and dictionary to the same language in Mac OS X Mavericks

How can I change the system to stop making corrections like so: Please notice that the two words on the left have the dotted red line indicating that they are spelled in the wrong way. Then, if I ...
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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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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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Where is the Display Calibrator Assistant on my hard drive?

I'd like to use the Display Calibrator Assistant without going through the process of opening the system preferences. Does anyone know where the program is located on my hard drive? I've done a ...
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Is my password vulnerable to recovery using my Apple ID?

For some time, in Mavericks, I had an option, which I had disabled, in Users & Groups > Password to reset the password using Apple ID This option vanished after a migration, under Mavericks, to ...
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How do you enable MouseKeys without using the mouse?

Recently, I had to shut down a Mac with no mouse and only a PC keyboard with no Eject key. (Incidentally, there are several solutions to that puzzle, and the one I settled on was to use the ...