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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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May I have a list of “System” group names, and their respective gid(s)?

I know there are group names such as "Staff" and "Admin", but are those the only ones? I suspect that the root user should also be assigned in a group. Using the command dscacheutil -q user tells me ...
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Where can I find system log information on OS X Lion 10.7.5 for System Preferences changes?

Suppose I navigate to System Preferences and make a simple change (say I turn off BlueTooth). Is it logged somewhere in the syslog? In other words, is there a log file somewhere on the file system ...
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Remove an app from Notification Center preference pane

My girlfriend added Facebook to my Notification Center. I tried to set the alert style to none, and you can see the check mark to show items in Notification Center is deselected. I want it ...
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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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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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Apple Cinema Display Brightness no longer works in Mavericks

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), you will lose the ability to adjust the brightness on the ...
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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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Mac OS word delimiter character settings

I seem to remember seeing a tip once where there was a setting in System Preferences where you can define "programming" as a language or something so that double-clicking on a hyphenated word selects ...
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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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Sharing pane not available in System Preferences in 10.8.5

I might have said this before, but since updating to 10.8.5, the sharing pane disappeared from the System Preferences. I haven't heard that it was dropped or anything, so I assume something else has ...
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File Sharing sometimes turns itself on

For some reason, sometimes File Sharing in the System Preferences (the Sharing pane) will turn itself on, every few days. I use File Sharing, but usually keep it off since upgrading to Mavericks, ...
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Mavericks Some System Preferences Panes won't open

I first noticed there, but many system preferences similar panels won't open anymore. VPN Authentication Settings; Security & Privacy > Advanced; iCloud > Manager or Options; Date & Time > ...
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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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Why does System Preferences -> Security & Privacy get a spinning rainbow beach ball (i.e. 'Not Responding') when accessing it?

When in System Preferences, if I click on Security & Privacy, I get a well-known spinning rainbow beach ball, meaning that I cannot access the Firewall settings from System Preferences. What could ...
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How does Pandora know that I've changed my audio output?

I'm currently playing Pandora in Firefox. I'm listening on my Bluetooth wireless speakers. If I open System Preferences -> Sound -> Output and change the audio output from the wireless speakers to ...
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How can I import text substitutions from Wikipedia “Lists of common misspellings for machines”?

Wikipedia has some nice lists of misspellings for machines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lists_of_common_misspellings/For_machines ...
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Can't add keyboard shortcuts

I've been trying to create keyboard shortcuts under System Preferences / Keyboard / Keyboard Shortcuts / Add, but, although I can add the Menu Title fine, when trying to enter the actual shortcut ...
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Why doesn't the screen saver delay that I set persist after restarting my Mac?

I have a problem with a screen saver, I set it to 20 minutes and when I lock the computer and unlock it, the settings are unchanged. However, when I restart my mac, then the screen saver is set to ...
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How can I connect to the App Store again?

When i try to open xcode, It show me message like:you can't open the application "Xcode" because it is being updated. When i try to update the xcode through App Store, It display the message like: ...
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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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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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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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Unable to link Apple ID with User Account in Lion 10.7.3

I'm desperately trying to link my user account with my Apple ID. After entering my ID and password a yellow warning sign appears in System Preferences beside the Set Apple ID button and the console ...
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How to get Mavericks 10.9.1 to remember external keyboard modifier keys

When I upgraded to Mavericks I discovered that my external keyboard modifier keys (for multiple wireless keyboards) were no longer mapped as they had been before. I was able to fix this by going in to ...
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How to move the desktop background?

The situation I face is that I have a wallpaper that fills the screen but shows the wrong part of the actual image. So I am wondering whether I could possibly move the image so it shows me the proper ...