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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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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How do I change my System Preferences menu colour from Dark Violet back to Dark Grey?

When I set my accent to colour to anything (besides graphite) the background colour of my menus become Melanzane (a deep dark violet) instead of the original Nero colour (dark grey). It was normal at ...
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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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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 want ...
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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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