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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Yosemite problem with Xbox 360 Controller Driver

A few months ago, I downloaded this Xbox360ControllerDriver, which I believe it was the .11 Version and was working fine by the time. Recently, I bought a new wired Xbox 360 controller, thinking ...
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Cant add or get flash player preference pane

I can't add or get the Flash Player preference pane. I have been trying for days and if someone could just go to Macintosh HD/Library/PreferencePanes and copy the Flash Player.prefpane and put it in a ...
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How to set up mic volume to a fixed level

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 ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...