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 alias of an App or actual App onto the right side of Dock

How do I do add an app placed on the right side of the Dock as shown? (On the right of the line separator, along with the Downloads and Trash icons). This is on a Macbook Air 2015 running Mac OS ...
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System Preferences' Screen Recording window won't open

Working with Mac OS 10.15, I noticed that - at least for a couple of applications (Astropad and AnyDesk), I'm unable to allow Screen Recording from System Preferences Privacy panel. As a matter of ...
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Always use dark mode, on Mojave

I have chosen Dark mode, under System Preferences > General > Appearance. Yet, it seems whenever starting up the computer, it switches back to Light. I am guessing there is some "switch ...
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Enable Finder “Calculate all sizes” checkbox by default

Finder > Show View Options > Calculate all sizes This option causes Finder to calculate the sizes of all files and folders and display their sizes in the Finder list view columns, rather than a ...
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Remove/Reset Login screen message

Recently, I wanted to put a message on my Login (not Lock Screen) screen and I did it with the following command: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "...
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Contact cards vanished. After Big Sur update, Contacts won't open at all

OSX Contacts app started to act strangely a while ago. It opened and showed all the contact sources/accounts but none of these would display actual contact cards. Contact autofill functionality ...
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Preference Panes no longer open after Big Sur update. Library/PreferencePanes is now completely empty

After upgrading to Big Sur, none of the System Preferences panes open. A little hunting around online steered me to the folder, Library/PreferencePanes, which is now completely empty. So I guess there'...
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Permanently allow Chrome to access location

Recently, Google Chrome keeps loosing the ability to detect my location. When I open Google Maps, it has the icon indicating This site has been blocked from accessing your location and when I click it,...
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Is it possible to automate changing some security settings in Catalina?

I realize the user would have to enter their password, but beyond that step could the process of adding a program to Accessibility, Full Disk Access and Screen Recording be automated in some way? ...
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Is there a way to show app icons in Mission Control?

When I used Mission Control, I like to show all my open apps (not in groups) , but when I have a lot of windows, it would be nice to have an overlay of the application icon over the image of the ...
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Controlling notification preferences from command line

Is there any way to change these settings from the command line (via defaults or something similar)? I am mostly interested in the "Allow notifications from [app]" toggle.
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Stop macOS from resetting “require password <> after sleep or screen saver begins”

Because I have an issue with slow login, I unselected the checkbox of "require password <> after sleep or screen saver begins". However, each time I reboot, this is turned on again. ...
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Macbook pro trackpad works but not detected in system preferences

My macbook pro's trackpad is working normally, but when I check up the system preferences > Trackpad, I find that NO trackpad is found! I use macOS Catalina Version 10.15.7, and this is the mac I ...
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MacOS Catalina change word delimiter language region setting

I would like dash (-) to be considered a letter so if I double-click on 1d18830d-0250-ee03-0c48-6ff9d89dfcff the entire string is selected and not just one segment. It seems you used to be able to ...
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Terminal - different window colors?

Here's an obscure one, it used to be that if you ... opened a window A (say, green bg, your default) open another window B open prefs change the bg color in prefs to yellow that would change B to ...
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'defaults write com.google.Chrome PasswordManagerEnabled true' has no effect

'defaults write com.google.Chrome PasswordManagerEnabled' has no effect. Neither the contents of /Library/Managed Preferences/com.google.Chrome.plist nor that of /Library/Managed Preferences/<...
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How to identify plist values for iterm preferences

iTerm2 preferences are stored at ~/Library/Preferences/com.googlecode.iterm2.plist. (see also this post for details). I can print its contents using defaults read com.googlecode.iterm2.plist Is there ...
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“Preferences Error There was an error in Language & Region preferences” on Catalina

I recently was dealing with a display problem that caused me to delete several preferences files and reset things, fixed that issue but I've since been trying to get the rest of my stuff back to ...
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Change MouseMomentumScroll and Update Preferences Cache via defaults write

When scrolling with inertia is enabled on my Magic Mouse, Google Maps street view goes bonkers. I'm running Catalina 10.15.6 and I want to write a simple shell alias to quickly change the setting: ...
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Reset Finder Sidebar

Is there anyway to reset the Finder sidebar? I thought deleting the finder and sidebar preferences and then restarting would have done this, but it does not.
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macOS - Difference between /Library/Preferences/ & /Library/Managed\ Preferences

Just for my learning and knowledge purpose why some .plist files are saved inside of /Library/Preferences/ and some others are saved inside of /Library/Managed\ Preferences? Basically what is the ...
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Mail.app signature preferences too big for screen

Because I have so many .signature 'quotes' attached to Mail.app, when I switch to that tab in the Mail.app preferences, the window is too large for my screen. Click for full size. I cannot resize it ...
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Why do Mail preferences get lost on reboot?

Apple Mail, the OS bluetooth subsystem and some other applications (e.g. Fantastical) loose relevant (but not all) configuration and preferences on nearly every reboot. For Apple Mail it seems that ...
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How can I change the colour matching option in the Default Settings printer preset?

Specifically, I want to change the colour matching for my Canon Pixma G3500 from Canon Color Matching to ColorSync. When editing using the GUI, the Default Settings, and Draft Printing on Plain Paper ...
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Changed Fullname and Account name but not Home directory, now blank “Admin” page [duplicate]

This morning i changed the Full name and Account name on my account but not home directory name. Now, everytime an admin feature is needed, it just shows up as a blank login page. When i try to right ...
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How can I enable unlocking my Mac Mini while sharing the screen?

For reasons I can only guess are somehow related to security, it is not possible to unlock macOS with an Apple Watch if you're viewing the screen over the network rather than over a dedicated monitor ...
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Avoid default fullscreen (no header, no dock)

Since time ago and after upgrading I realize that macOS began abusing of fullscreen feature, and personally I hate this behaviour. Maximize icon goes to fullscreen (hides window header and dock) ...
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Mac computer name is not replicated in sharing addresses or terminal [duplicate]

When I upgraded to Catalina, I have noticed that the computer name in Terminal was not what it is set to in System Preferences > Sharing. When I looked at the System Preferences > Sharing pane, I saw ...
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Can't Login System Preference After Changed Username

I just changed my username and after that I can't login in my System Preference. Usually there will be my username and just fill the password but now all is blank. I used my new and old username to ...
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Mac Catalina 10.15.4: Could not load Sound preference pane

I selected Volume icon and then Sound Preferences in menu bar, but cannot load it. It shows: Could not load Sound preference pane It sometimes happens. How to solve this? My current workaround: ...
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Programatically modify tag visibility, order

I need to programatically alter both the visibility and default sort order for tags, explicitly in Catalina: I have different categories of tags that, depending on what project I'm working on, I'd ...
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Disable Mail.app “special” text replacements (i.e., … –> …) that are not present in global settings

Most notably my Mail.app and Notes.app perform text replacements of .... to …, which I do not want. I do have text replacements globally enabled and want to keep it that way, but I have deleted a ...
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Why is it called Desktop Picture or Background in macOS and wallpaper in iOS? Is there a technical difference?

macOS calls it Desktop Picture while iOS uses wallpaper. I haven't found any information about it so I wonder if someone has a piece of information that may help. macOS https://support.apple.com/en-...
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Can't see list of screen resolutions anymore when Option-Clicking the Scaled button on macOS 10.15.4

I used to be able to Option-Click on Scaled button in the Display Preferences window to see a full list of resolutions, e.g., 1920x1080, 1280x720, etc. But recently (started with 10.15.4, I think) ...
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Macbook, sound icon greyed out, screen flickering

I have a 2016 12 inch Macbook. Encountered something very strange today, the sound icon is greyed out. When I try to open system preferences and sound settings, system preferences freezes so I have to ...
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Security & Privacy preference always hangs when opening

Every time I try to open Security & Privacy preference it hangs indefinitely. Eventually I have to force it to quit. This is the top part of the latest crash report after forcing it to quit: Date/...
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How to add a domain user MacOS

Is there a difference between new Mac: Create Admin + Configure Qualify new Mac in the domain Create New User with AD credentials in System Pref OR Add new User directly into AD with "Change User" ...
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Is it possible to remove or at least hide the “Family Sharing” Preference Pane from Catalina?

I can hide the other preference panes the usual way (Preferences -> Menubar -> View -> Customize) but not this one. Is it possible at all?
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Is there any way to define custom hotkeys for “deep” options, in system preferences > keyboard > shortcut? [duplicate]

I'm using photoshop-like program, what I want to do is binding a simple combination of keys, to the option in the app's command bar. ...but the problem is, there is another option which have ...
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How to undo Terminal tweaks to the computer's factory settings?

I've been playing around with Terminal. I used the following command. defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO I'd like to go back to the way the computer was when I first ...
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How to change the main user name of a used MacBook on macOS 10.13?

I just bought a used MacBook Air 2012 with High Sierra. I would like to change the user name to mine. I tried changing it in the address book or at the preference login but the old name is still stuck ...
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Add apps to Input Monitoring

I would like to grant access for google chrome or safari to my microphone and both redirect me to security & privacy section. There are no plus or minus signs and no apparent way to allow these ...
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Disabling notifications for a given app from a command line

I would like to disable system noficiations for a selected application, like the Calendar in the screenshot below: How can I do that from the command line?
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Can I create a user that only has Network permissions?

I would like to create an account that only has permission to modify the Network preference pane in the System Preferences (in it's entirety). Is such a feature feasible? Comparable to Windows, where ...
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In Catalina, Can Fingerprint Replace Password Requests on Preference

I am running 10.15.2 in a MacBook Pro15,1 (6-core, I7) and I was curious if the fact that you cannot use fingerprint authentication to gain access top Settings panel is by design or if this is 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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