Questions tagged [preferences]

The personal settings which control the configurable options on your Mac or iOS device. Examples include what wallpapers are displayed, when a screen saver will be displayed, or whether or not Time Machine is enabled and how it is configured.

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Adding New Google Internet Account Re-uses Existing Email

Account 1: accountA@gmail.com (primary/iCloud) Account 2: accountB@work.com Account 3: accountC@volunteer.org (account I’m trying to add) When adding a new Google account, it tries to add it using a ...
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Catalina: Instruments with Full Disk Access

I am trying to use Instruments on my laptop, but it seems that after updating to Catalina, it cannot access my Documents folder: I have given access to the application, Full Disk Access, but it does ...
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Per App setting for 'Use font smoothing when available'?

Historically this setting (System Preferences -> General) controls subpixel font anti-aliasing. Since Mojave deprecates subpixel rendering, it controls how much greyscale anti-aliasing is ...
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Always enable Smart Quotes in TextEdit?

I like smart quotes and curly quotes (unlike most people of the internet, apparently). I'm on macOS Mojave, Version 10.14.3. I have both of these preferences turned on: TextEdit preferences: System-...
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Is there a way to manually install and maintain an EPG database from titantv for use in the old EyeTV software?

I still use my old EyeTV hybrid and it works great. However, I miss titanTV integration for automatic recording. Is there a way to restore integration of the titantv guide data? I found the EPG ...
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Disable the do not disturb banner on iOS 13 notification centre

I like do not disturb, however, I updated my iPhone to iOS 13 and now there is a banner every time I turn on do not disturb. I know I turned on do not disturb, I don't want the banner. How do I make ...
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What is a syncstatus.plist

I have some actions I see on a Mac computer, specifically----> Move "syncstatus.plist". What exactly is syncstatus.plist Is it an iPhone backup or something???
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How can I stop apps I do to not want appearing in the dock? [duplicate]

I have got into system preferences and there is no recents uncheck. How do I stop app icons from sticking in the dock?
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Set tapping instead of clicking for Arch Mouse

I am looking for a way to TAP the arch mouse and NOT click the mouse button for the same clicking action. I am using a MacBook Pro 2017. I go to System Preferences -> Microsoft Mouse and there is no ...
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Office Mac 16 - Disable recent items list

All Office applications offer a Open Recent... submenu (under File menu) that lists recent opened files. Is there a way to disable Open Recent... or set to zero the number of listed files? Why I ...
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How to prevent Photoshop changing the windows size if the menu bar is in auto-hide mode?

Photoshop is constantly moving the window application on macOS when the menu bar overlaps it. The menu bar is set to be hidden automatically like it's shown in the image below. I'm using Photoshop CS6 ...
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Create System Preferences URL to Privacy Files and Folders in 10.15 Catalina

In macOS you can create a link to the Automation section of the Privacy Pane in System Preferences by the following URL x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_Automation ...
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How to enable/disable suggestions for character alternatives? [duplicate]

I'm talking about the suggestions you (usually) get after you hold a key down for a few seconds. See image: For some reason they suddenly stopped working for me. I honestly don't recall changing some ...
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How to mirror files on all desktops when running in extended desktop mode

I want to mirror files/shortcuts on all desktops/screens when running in extended desktop mode. I don't want to manually copy them and I also don't want to mirror my displays. Is there any way to do ...
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Can I make the color of the matched word more vivid on macOS dark-mode?

I use a dark mode and so the matched color using Find functionality on the Dictionary app is very unclear. I changed the color from System Preferences | General but all the colors look useless on ...
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Can I create two different keyboard shortcuts for the same command?

The Preferences.app > Keyboard > Shortcuts pane allows for the creation of shortcuts to activate menu commands. However if that menu command already has a keyboard then that shortcut is overridden by ...
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GitHub account unavailable on Xcode 10.2

I noticed a strange behaviour in my Xcode (v10.2, running on a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS 10.14.4). I have most of my projects under source control with a local Git repository. I then create a remote ...
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How to revert this defaults write command?

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes It is related to this question: How can I disable inline attachment previews (i.e. view as icon by default) in Mac Mail in ...
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What is 'currentHost' for, in defaults?

There are many webpages given over to listing defaults commands in order to configure various parts of the OS. Some of them include the flag -currentHost. The man page for the defaults command ...
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How can I script the keyboard backlight settings?

I'm looking to change settings with a script, but I can't find where the plist data for the keyboard backlight settings is stored. For example, in the System Preferences, I'd like to modify the ...
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How to change font size and font for all profiles in terminal?

So I have many profiles in my terminal preference, as shown below I would like to be able to change the font for all of these different profiles at once 3024 Day, 3024 Night, AdventureTime... ...
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Increase shaken pointer size

So there is "shake mouse pointer to locate" feature which makes pointer bigger when I'm shaking it. What if I think it is not big enough? Can I somehow make "bigger" even more big? I couldn't find any ...
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Default character variant features for system font

The San Francisco system fonts have character variants as OpenType features cv01, cv02, etc., used e.g. in the Notes app for the minuscule a, but also for other letters. Some of these are helpful to ...
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MacOS: Get Notification System Update

How do I get notification that there is an update for the MacOS system? I can find some questions on how to turn it off, but my problem is that it doesn’t appear to notify me at all. The last update ...
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Delete many network configurations at once

Opening my Network preferences screen in Mojave 10.14.2 on my MacBook Pro 2017 takes about two minutes, due to the massive number of network configurations that were automatically installed when I ...
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Desktop tab blank under System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Saver

My desktop tab under Desktop & Screen Saver is showing up blank. Are there supposed to be settings here and, if so, is there a way I can repair my preferences so this tab will show up again? My ...
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How do you turn sound off in IRC client colloquy?

How do you turn sound off in IRC client colloquy? I don't see any option to do so:
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Not able to read all of the sentences in Help Topics

What is it called when you are in Finder/ Help/ Help Topics for example and you are not able to see the entire sentence but if you hover over the sentence you see a pop up of what the sentence says? ...
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Mojave: How to grant apps permission in Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility on the command line

I manage a number of macOS laptops. Trying to automate a deploy of Mojave, I have found that some things aren't very automatable. One thing in particular stands out: the new permission scheme in ...
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Allow button in system preferences not present - macpro 5.1 macOS Sierra 10.13.6 - Line 6 pod 3 Live Driver Issue

I m trying to install some drivers, (Line6 / Digidesign nd Zoom ) . These drivers (all latest versions that works with Sierra) are not working and my devices (mainly audio units) are obviously not ...
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MBP resets display arrangement on restart

I am running 10.14.1 Mojave on a mid-2015 MBP, connected to an external monitor. Every time the machine is restarted my display arrangement is reset. This only happens on 10.14.1 and did not happen ...
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Keyboard preferences are lost after each restart

I had this strange behaviour on my Mac running OS X my Mac running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. When logging in, I have the following keyboard shortcut conflict between Spotlight and keyboard layout ...
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Dock never autohides on macOS Mojave 10.14

'Automatically hide and show the Dock' is ticked in the dock preferences pane, but the dock never autohides. Perhaps relevant, tooltips for application names also hang about indefinitely after the ...
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How can I increase tracking speed of Macbook Trackpad beyond the maximum (Sierra<)?

How can I increase tracking speed of Macbook Trackpad beyond the maximum? The MacOS maximum trackpad tracking speed is extremly slow. Since Sierra it seems like it's not possible to change the ...
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How to set “Tap to click” on guest accounts in macOS Mojave?

I setup new MacBooks with macOS Mojave having the "Tap to click" setting on in Trackpad settings. However, when a guest user logs in, this isn't set. Almost all other Trackpad settings are the same as ...
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Change Text to Speech Speed on the command line

I want to change the speed of my text to speech. I know I can do this via preferences like this: However, I want to configure this setting via the command line. How can I set the speaking rate via ...
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Cannot add any apps to Security & Privacy preferences on Mojave

I recently updated my Mac to Mojave. I have several apps (e.g. Dropbox, Backblaze, Stay) that require specific permissions that can be granted via System Preferences > Security & Privacy > ...
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How can I avoid accidental right-clicks now that the Macbook trackpad is so big?

I just bought a summer-2018 Macbook Pro, with a very big trackpad. The result is that I frequently experience accidental right-clicks when I click but one of my other fingers is touching the trackpad....
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How to restore MacOS Desktop Workspaces, Mouse, and Keyboard (etc.) settings?

I walked through the procedure of changing my MacOS user short name. Somehow screwed it up - such that on reboot, MacOS went through the "new user initialization". I fixed it ... and got everything ...
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How to disable Mojave’s desktop tinting (with reduce transparency)?

Even with “Reduce transparency” enabled, Mojave’s desktop-tinting is quite horribly annoying, in both Light Mode and Dark Mode (regardless of accent color). Switching to a solid red desktop background,...
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How can I determine plist changes while changing System Preferences to automate them next time?

I am trying to automate the process of setting up a new laptop as much as possible. There are certain changes I always end up making manually on a new Mac, such as enabling screen zooming with the ...
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How to unlock admin locked preference panes

My lovely work locks certain preference panes, but I need to access a couple things. I've found a way to do this before, but can't seem to find it online. I've dumped the managed preferences plist. ...
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Set an external display as main and always display the app switcher UI on it

I was wondering if there is a way to set an external display positioned towards visible right of my Mac as primary, and always show the app switcher UI Command + Tab on that display. I tried the said ...
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Where can I change the region settings in the iOS file system or otherwise tweak them when jailbroken?

Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this, but I feel that an audience who jailbreaks may know the answer to this. I am trying to hack files right now to change my region settings exactly ...
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Configuring Siri to tell me the things I want to know in the morning

Is there a way for me to configure my MacBook or iPhone so that Siri will tell me my schedule for the day and other relevant information I want to know (like what the weather will be for the day) ...
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How to extend the time that a screenshot remains on screen on macOS Mojave?

After taking a screenshot. The screenshot goes to the bottom right hand corner. It disappears after 5 seconds (yes I timed it). How can I extend this time?
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Why doesn't the disabling of the Caps Lock key have any effect?

On Mac OSX High Sierra v10.13.5 (17F7) on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013), using an external bluetooth connected Mac keyboard in the System Preferences, under Keyboard, there is Modifier ...
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Enable the display of harddrives in the finder sidebar from terminal

I administrate MacBooks (os version 10.13) most of the time remotely and as much as possible from terminal only. I know how to display Hard drives in the sidebar of the Finder using the graphical ...
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Certain apps occasionally won't unhide once hidden

On one of my Macs certain apps, e.g. Safari, Xcode and Disk Utility, sometimes cannot be unhidden once they were hidden by me, and it's quite annoying and disruptive to my workflow. I could use some ...
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How to reduce tooltip appearance delay in Xcode?

When I hover some icon in Xcode I have to wait quite long for tooltip. How to reduce delay?