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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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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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Managed Preferences

I can access Library/Managed Preferences/[user], but all the .plist files, like com.google.Chrome, complete.plist, and com.apple.systempreferences are all updated randomly, such as 11:57, 9:etc ect. ...
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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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Increasing the size of the search field in the file-picker dialog

This is a Finder window's bar. The search field in the top right is about 25% of the width unless I make it quite narrow. This is a file-picker dialog. The search field is always this tiny, ...
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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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Enable Mojave desktop tinting in Graphite mode?

According to this answer, macOS Mojave's new Desktop Tinting feature only applies in appearance modes other than graphite. I've tested this on my machine, and it works the same way. I prefer graphite ...
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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)?

In either Light Mode or Dark Mode (regardless of accent color) with Disable Transparency, Mojave’s desktop-tinting is quite horribly annoying. Switching to a solid red desktop background, for example, ...
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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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Why would my Wi-Fi “Preferred Networks” be filled with unfamiliar entries?

About a month ago, I cleared all of my "Preferred Networks" and have since only connected to a few specific Wi-Fi networks between home and work. Today, I looked at my list of Preferred Networks and ...
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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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How to enforce Safari settings for users?

Like in Chrome, where I can place a modified .plist file in the /Library/Preferences directory to enforce the settings for all users, I can't do the same for Safari. Is there any way I can enforce ...
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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?
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How to Set Custom Keyboard Shortcut to Adjust Volumes and Brightness [duplicate]

Is there a way to setup custom keyboard shortcut to adjust volumes and brightness? I'm using a MacBook Pro with Touchbar and it's really hard to use.
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School Mac rSecurtiy System system prevents WiFi connection or troubleshooting for Summer curriculars

Every student at my school is given a MacBook Air. I am able to keep mine for the duration of the summer as a result of debate nationals and camp. Both of these activities are in out of state places ...
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Preferred way to set default application by content/MIME type from the command line [closed]

Per https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/9883/206073 , default file opening by content type should be set via LSHandlers -> LSHandlerContentType in com.apple.LaunchServices/com.apple.launchservices....
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Refuse to install fonts in MS Word Docs

When opening one of my documents in Word 2015 (15.17.1) on MacOS 10.13.2, I'm asked to download a series of fonts including: STHeiti and Osaka. I know I could have these fonts installed to make word ...
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iMac System Preferences

When I click the apple symbol and select System Preferences it takes me an iCloud page. I want to view the settings on my printer. Why is this happening and how can I correct it.
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Resetting previously selected folder when selecting a file with Finder

I use a personal password manager and the database is protected by a password and you have to provide a key file. To select the key file you click a file selection dropdown. A Finder window pops up ...
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How can I prevent macOS from restoring all applications after a hard reboot? [duplicate]

At least in macOS 10.13, if my iMac reboots due to a kernel panic or when a software update requires a reboot, the system restarts the applications that were running immediately before the shutdown ...
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MacOS 10.13.4 Cannot turn off lock screen in system preferences

I guess since up 'upgraded' to 10.13.4 I get a login screen if I leave my MacBook air alone for the briefest time. This is a real pain in the neck. In system preferences the this statement is checked:...
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Safari 11.1 Search Engine Preference Reverts to Google

Safari 11.1 running under macOS Sierra 10.12.6., on a mid-2013 MacBook Air. The software is all up to date. I'd like Safari to use DuckDuckGo as its default search engine. However, when I choose DDG ...
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How to make macOS to preserve System Preferences -> Extensions preferences?

Each time i unselect Google Drive (Backup and Sync From Google) option in System preferences -> Extensions -> Installed Extensions , after restart it is back. How to save that state so after ...
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How to stop the “Your startup disk is almost full” message from appearing? [duplicate]

The question is not about how to free space but how to get rid of this annoying message under macOS Sierra, since the "Don't warn me again about this disk" option is absent.
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How do people find out hidden UserDefaults [closed]

Quite often I come across these online posts about these hidden tricks that, usually entered it Terminal, access the user defaults system and overwrites/creates new defaults which are not normally ...
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What preference files does Safari share?

What preference files does Safari share with Finder? Also, which ones does it share with Safari Tech Preview?
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how to reset mac local host name to defaults

So I was messing around with Sharing Preferences and I accidentally changed the name of the local host name I don't remember the previous name so I would like to reset it back to what it was before ...
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How do I get iCloud Two-Factor Authentication to work? (cannot turn on to begin using)

I click 'Continue', then 'Continue' for the 'Turn On' Radio button, a loading icon rotates for several seconds, then I'm back at step 1 and nothing appears to have happened. Is bluetooth tethering 4G ...
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Show function keys on control strip when using app is not working

Adding the app in the systems preferences as followed: Go to Apple > System Preferences Select the Keyboard preference pane Click on the Shortcuts tab In the left sidebar, select the Function Keys ...
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Where are widget screen positions (coordinates) stored?

I keep a widget open on my desktop on my secondary monitor. Went away on vacation. No external monitor. The widget was "trapped" offscreen and active. I tried looking in the preferences file for that ...
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How to disable transpose shortcut?

How can I disable the system transpose (Ctrl+T) shortcut? Note: I'm using a MacBook Pro running High Sierra (10.13.1) I've tried searching online, stack overflow, etc. and tried everything I could ...
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How do I modify the alt+[key] special character mappings?

So pressing alt+[any key] gives you a special character. I am wondering if there is a way to change what special character is outputted for every alt+[key] keystroke. For example, I would like to map ...