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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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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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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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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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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How to set up mic volume to a fixed level [duplicate]

Lately, I am holding a lot of vconfs on Google Hangouts. I'm using a headphone set but the internal mic is capturing the input sound. Apparently, if I move a bit away from my iMac or if I speak softer,...
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How to enable fast user switching when Login Options are disabled?

I'm not sure how this machine was setup, but I do have control over it now as a local admin. I need to enable fast user switching, but the option is greyed out along with some others. This is after ...
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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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iCloud can't find my MacBook

When I sign into icloud.com and click on the Find My iPhone icon, my MacBook does NOT show up in the located devices. I have already made sure that my location services are turned ON in System ...
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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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Binding multiple items to clipboard?

Is it possible to bind more than one items to the clipboard on osx? Which would possibly get evoked by different shortcuts? If it is how can I set it up? I simply need to have a string always ...
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How to add keyboard shortcut to toggle F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys?

I saw an AppleScript on Github to automate toggling F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys, but I don't know how to install it to my system and trigger it via a keyboard shortcut. Help? I am running ...
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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 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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Remaining icon in PreferencePanes

I succesfully removed some unneeded fuse apps but 'fuse-ext2' icon remained in System Preferences pane. If I right-click and ask for Remove I get an error message: The “fuse-ext2” preferences pane ...
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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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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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Wrong date format in the menu bar

I set up some custom date formats, and while at first the date in the menu bar did honor them, now I've noticed it stopped and it's just using a standard one. How do I switch it back? Screenshot: ...
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Why can I set VLC as my default browser?

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 installed; in my System Preferences > General, my default browser selection allows me to choose VLC. Why does this happen and can it be removed?
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Mac Mini startup sound always plays on internal speaker

My 2012 Mac Mini (Mavericks) is plugged into a USB audio interface which is selected as my sound in and sound out device. All works great, except for the startup sound which still comes out of the ...
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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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Set service keyboard shortcut and have change take effect programtically

I have the following script to set a services shortcut: set serviceName to "(null) - VimAnywhere - runWorkflowAsService" set libPrefPath to POSIX path of (path to preferences folder from user domain ...
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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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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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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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How can I export my system preferences?

Is there a way for me to export my system preferences on my Mac for quick install on another machine? An example of what I am trying to accomplish is, when I start a new job, I would like to import ...
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System Preferences hangs when trying to open Display settings with an external monitor connected

I've searched all over for this, with no luck. So here goes: My 2012 MacBook Pro has always played nice with my old Samsung monitor, connected with a Mini DisplayPort > VGA adapter plugged in to the ...
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How do I get my system preferences to show up?

How do I make my system preferences show up again? I tried logging in as another account on the same system:
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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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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 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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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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Cannot read keyboard shortcut text

Some of the shortcut titles take up too much space and are truncated. System Preferences cannot be resized, so I cannot see the full name. Is there any other way?
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How do I allow new system preferences in profile manager?

We're using Profile Manager on our group of Macs. The System Preferences options are setup as a whitelist. However, the profile manager doesn't know about certain options, so they get blocked by ...
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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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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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How to mail Parental Control Logs?

is there any way by which we can send "Parental Control" logs via email?