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Questions tagged [customization]

Concerning modifying various aspects of a computer application's appearance and behavior to suit the needs of the individual user

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Can't change or add album artwork in iTunes 12.9

on files that have existing artwork which is wrong on files with no artwork The files are NOT .wav files but any edits to either the individual files or to the entire album are saved but not ...
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Is there a way to resize Dock in macOS using keyboard shortcuts?

I would like to be able to resize the Dock in macOS strictly using keybindings. Ideally, this would be incrementally and work similar to the way that volume/brightness increase/decrease keys work. I ...
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Custom keyboard layout not showing in System Preferences in 10.13.6

I have a custom keyboard layout which I would like to use and I've tried moving the .keylayout file to the /Library/Keyboard Layouts/ and the corresponding directory in home folder, but it doesn't ...
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Firefox Profile Manager window starts inactive - Access via Keyboard

I use Spotlight search / Launchpad to start firefox. I also have configured the firefox to start with profile manager. The problem I face is when it starts up it starts as "inactive" window Cmd + Tab ...
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Customize the way Downloads appears at the bottom of the Dock area

The Downloads folder appears at the bottom of my Dock area (which is on the left side of my screen). When I minimize a window, like from Finder, that window goes into the Dock area directly above ...
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Play/Pause option for iTunes instead of global media for TouchBar [duplicate]

I have always liked my play/pause button to always affect my iTunes music and never any other application. Since before macOS High Sierra, the media keys on the function bar always used to control ...
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Where is the folder icon of dark mode located? [duplicate]

Where is the dark mode folder icon located? The Dark Mode is so cool, but the blue folder icon is too bright in the whole black background. The grey one would be better for me. So how do I change ...
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High Sierra, how to set screensaver as desktop background?

Before I updated my OS I was able to set my current screen saver as my desktop background using this command found in this answer /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/...
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Lock Screen and Logged Out screen

So, on High Sierra, I know how to change the login screen for when a user logs out by changing the com.apple.desktop.admin.png file in /Library/Caches. And this works fine when you log out, however I ...
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Where can I find the schematics/CAD model for MacBook Pro's components?

Device: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) I'm looking for detailed schematics, preferably official Apple publications, describing and/or annotating the dimensions or other specifics of the ...
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Do water blocks that would fit a MacBook Pro cpu socket exist?

From what I've read, when you buy a water cooling system you match stuff depending on your cpu socket or gpu type. Can that be done for MacBook Pro's? *Update I have a rMacBook Pro 13" Early 2015. ...
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Could not write domain ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.systemuiserver

I am kind new on OSX environment, learning about the dotfiles now, I am building my own following a guide. Got a mix between paulirish and mathiasbynens, getting what I want from them. I use Itsycal ...
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Documents where the viewer can adjust features such as size colour font easily

I'm currently working on an assignment for teaching and learning strategies for students with a very broad range of disabilities that can inhibit reading literacy abilities. I'm thinking of an ...
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Add Folder to Finder Favorites using Terminal

I'm not sure whether this is actually possible or not but I'm trying to add a newly created folder into the favorites section of the Finder window. If it is possible how can I achieve this? I have ...
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Is it possible for an AppleScript .scpt file to retain a custom icon, even after edits have been made to the code?

The file: I created an AppleScript .scpt file in Script Debugger.app. Here is how I assigned a custom icon to this .scpt file: I downloaded a unique icon (in the "512px PNG" format) from ...
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Does customising MacBook Pro 13inch to 16GB RAM, i7 7th gen processor and 1TB SSD affect it's battery life?

I would like to know whether customising MacBook Pro 13inch (2017 version) to 16GB RAM i7 7th gen processor 1TB SSD would have any implications on it's performance, especially in terms of battery ...
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Is it possible for an AppleScript .app file to retain its custom icon, even after edits have been made to the code?

I've created an AppleScript .app file in Script Debugger.app. I assigned a custom icon to this .app file by pasting a new icon over the default icon in the application's Get Info window in Finder. ...
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What parts do I need to build a iPhone

I'm soon planning to build a iPhone 6, but before ordering random parts, I've made a list of parts needed to have an nice overview. A list of what parts are needed: Housing LCD Screen + digitizer ...
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Is it possible to disable a default keyboard shortcut for a special character, without the use of third-party software?

I have set ⌥ + M to execute the command "Paste and Match Style", system-wide. I assigned this custom shortcut at the following location: System Preferences → Keyboard → App Shortcuts → All ...
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How can I label the top row of keys on my 2013 MacBook Pro?

I have re-mapped several of the function keys on my 2013 rMBP's keyboard to execute tasks that have nothing to do with the original function (i.e., the function that is depicted in the image that is ...
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Is there any app to always display time in touch bar?

I would like to know if there's any way to always display current time in the touch bar in latest MacBook Pro. When using browsers and other applications in full screen, I'm unable to view the top ...
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How can I set the app to use High Perf GPU instead of the standard one?

Can I set the app to Require High Perf GPU? The thing is, I use few apps which in my strong belief should use NVIDIA GPU (which is much better instead the Intel built in graphics) and it uses the ...
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Can I add custom pronunciations to “Speech”?

When given a well-known abbreviation or acronym, Mac's built-in Text-to-Speech engine automatically speaks the correct word or pronunciation, instead of the individual letters. For example: vs ...
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Is it possible to change the “Quick Look” zoom modifier key?

On a Mac, while using Quick Look to briefly view the contents of a file (by pressing the space bar while the file is selected in Finder), one can use the option ⌥ key to achieve two results, depending ...
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Is there a third-party Finder app that remembers custom column widths in List View?

My understanding is that it is impossible to change the default width of the List View "Name" column in Finder on a Mac. To be specific, I need to increase this width. Is there a third-party program ...
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Is there a program that allows you to create keyboard shortcuts that consist of regular keys?

I'm looking for a method that will allow me to turn custom, nonstandard key combinations into a currently-unused intermediary key (like F16 or something). The intermediary key would then be able to be ...
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Excluding those provided by Automator, is it possible to custom define what a Service can receive as an input?

If one opens Automator.app and creates a new Service document, one is presented with the ability to choose exactly what kind of input that that Service receives: Outside of using these default data ...
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“Word of the Day” Screensaver without Words?

Using Onyx I have set the Word of the Day screensaver as my desktop. The shimmering blue water effect is wonderful but I am distracted by the words flying through the screen and the fade to black ...
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Finder window background colour or image for USB Drive

I would like to know how to add an image (if that's not possible then a colour) to the Finder window of my USB stick - just the stick not every window. I have seen it on various .DMG installers (the ...
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Is it possible to change the default window size of a .txt file in TextEdit?

I have a .txt file that I open regularly on my Mac. I would like the TextEdit window of this .txt file to be wider than it normally is. I can manually increase the window width every time I open the ...
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Custom short commands to open apps

Is it possible to create custom short commands to run apps and open folders, to be called in Spotlight? I mean, I'd like to create custom commands so I just open Spotlight (⌘ + space) then run things ...
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Add a tone as an Alert Tone rather than as a Ringtone

I have successfully added a tone to my iPhone 7, as explained in this Apple Communities discussion. However it is getting added as a “ringtone” rather than as an “alert tone.” How can I change it to ...
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Deactivate 'Nike+' exclusive features form AppleWatch 2 - Nike+ edition

For whatever reason* you decide that you want your Apple Watch Nike Plus to function just like a standard Apple Watch: no more running notifications, no ugly watch faces, etc. which are exclusive to ...
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How to make Mac OS X more convenient for a person with low vision?

Is there any way to adjust Mac OS X GUI to have larger buttons, larger texts, larger and more distinctive window borders? The long story. I'm a software developer, I'm using Windows as my main ...
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Is it possible to change the order of contextual menu items?

When one right-clicks selected text on a Mac, one is presented with various contextual menu items. Is it possible to rearrange these items? Specifically, I would like to move the last item in this ...
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Where would the code for colours of an OS X app be?

I have a to-do app and there is a frustrating black Undo/Hide box that appears and stays there for 10 seconds, every single time you edit an item, or simply move one. In other words, it is there half ...
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How can I change Finder's “Name” column width in “List” view in El Capitan?

My question is essentially the same as this question: AskDifferent.SE: How can I change the default width of Finder columns? But I am concerned about "List" view, not "Columns" view. Is this ...
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How to automatically paste today's date with keyboard shortcut?

I am on El Capitan OS X. I want to be able to hit some keyboard shortcut and then have today's date be automatically outputted. Example: When I press Option + D, "2016_06_13" is pasted into the ...
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How can I change the apperance of terminal to make it indentical to Ubuntu's terminal

I like using the default terminal application, but as I use both Ubuntu and OS X a lot I want to make them behave and look the same. How can I change the Mac terminal to make as identical as possible ...
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Rootless custom scheduling of Time Machine backups

It has been asked how to customize the backup schedule of Time Machine, but the solutions in the answers only seem to work in releases of OS X that weren’t “rootless”, i.e. before 10.11 El Capitan (or ...
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Is there a way to customize the color of visited links?

I am an Apple user, and am currently using the Chrome and Vivaldi browsers. Not a computer programmer. Is there any easy way to make visited links stand out? The default color for those isn't defining ...
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Hacking Preview in Mac OS X

For certain PDFs with graphics split over two pages, it is best to view them side-by-side. Apple's Preview app lets me view two pages side-by-side. This is great! The only problem is that it's off ...
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Create custom Terminal shortcuts

I'm working a lot with SSH connections to servers, by for example forwarding localports or just establishing SSH connection to manage some servers. For this I would like to be able to create some ...
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Format menu bar time to english words

I saw this screenshot of someone's menu bar and their time formatting is set in readable English. Is this a this party app or a setting / script I can run on OS X?
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online automatic wallpaper changer

I use a tool called variety which sets automatic wallpaper to my Linux machines via various websites like deviantart, wallpapers.net, flickr etc. Is there such tool for MacOSX?
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Adding an icon for a custom input

I have a custom input (.inputplugin) installed already. I'm curious how I can change the icon of the input from just the C in a box to my own icon. The installation was rather finicky so I'd rather ...
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How to change Gmail notification sound

How to change Gmail notification sound on iPhone is question a lot of people ask. So did I.
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My terminal background keep changing after each restart

I have this in my ~/.bash_profile export ANDROID_HOME=/Users/username/Library/Android/sdk export PATH=$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools:$PATH export PATH=$ANDROID_HOME/tools:$PATH export PATH=/usr/local/...
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How to change the vibrate pattern for Messenger and GroupMe?

I have the iPhone 6s and I do not like the default Facebook Messenger and GroupMe vibrate pattern, whereas I like the default one provided by Apple. Is there a way to change the vibration for non-...
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Custom solar 5v iPhone charger

I have a solar panel that emits 5 volts, and I would like to try to charge my iPhone with it. Should I connect the I/O wires directly behind the lightning plug, or is the big transformer block ...