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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What is the difference between "Remove" and "Remove All" in Safari Preferences › Privacy › Manage Website Data?

The title pretty much says it all. I cannot find any explanation of the difference between the two buttons.
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External monitor shows colors not right

I got a new extra-wide display. Unfortunately, my MacBook is not right configured to the monitor. The colors on it seem too bright, lacking contrast and color. I made sure that the issue is my MacBook ...
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How change value of "Press Fn to" in Keyboard preferences programmatically?

I need to change value of "Press Fn to" programmatically to "Do Nothing". I can't find a direct way to switch this. I believe that is possible do this with AppleScript, but will ...
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MacOS 12.3.1 Full Disk Access problem

We use an MDM solution to manage devices. A .mobileconfig 'profile' grants all the necessary access for Ivanti File Director, that works perfectly fine when the rights were granted on an earlier ...
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Why does Terminal.app ignore my cursor preferences?

I recently did a fresh install of macOS Monterey (previously was using Big Sur), and now I notice that the cursor always blinks in Terminal.app. I'm aware of these preferences: but no matter what I ...
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How can I run a script to add keyboard shortcuts on macOS?

See also: How to script a global keyboard shortcut in MacOS I like to maintain some scripts I use to set up new Macs the way I like them. One thing I would like to automate is the setting of some ...
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Is there a way to set the path to the iTerm preferences folder directly from the shell?

So I know that you can set the path to the URL or folder for your preferences using the following path in iTerm2: General > Preferences > 'Load preferences from a custom folder or URL' but can ...
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Unblock app Mac labels as unidentified developer with xattr

I recently asked how to unblock a binary from Mac's complaint that it's not identified. See How to unblock binary from use because Mac says it is not from identified developer. The solution of ...
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How to unblock binary from use because Mac says it is not from identified developer

I have a binary from work that I'm trying to run. I keep getting an error that “my-binary-amd64” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified. I've looked up solutions online and so far I'...
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How do you get rid of the notification to login to iCloud in Software Preferences?

If you want to login to MacOS to be able to get apps for example, but don't want (or can't due to corporate firewall, etc) to login to Icloud, how do you disable the red notification in system center?
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Synchronize preferences between macs?

I use four different Macs on a daily basis. I would love to be able to synchronize preferences between them. This is an obvious feature that is missing from iCloud. I'm thinking of writing software to ...
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How can I fix underscan/overscan when the slider isn't shown in System Preferences on macOS Monterey?

So I have this same problem: I purchased two new monitors recently and both had pretty bad overscan (underscan? there were black bars around the screen). My mac no longer has the setting it used to ...
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Iterm2 Text Stacking on Itself

I cannot figure out how to fix my iterm2 window. The text is simply overlapping itself when the window is anything except maxed out: Of course, I can't use iterm2 like this, so fixing would be great. ...
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Unable to add apps to Security & Privacy Preference on MacOS Mojave

Yesterday. I cloned my hard drive to my SSD for use. One of the essential apps I need to use is EVKey which works fine with no issue before. After I boot up the SSD, I notice that I am not able to add ...
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System Preferences can't alter Files and Folders

I am trying to set some privileges for apps to access folders using System Preferences->Security & Privacy and choosing Files and Folders. However clicking on the buttons for an app has no ...
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How do you programmatically enable the "Develop" menu in Safari 15 on macOS 12 (Monterey)?

In previous versions of macOS, it was possible to enable the "Develop" menu using the following command: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDevelopMenu -bool true Unfortunately, this ...
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Turn off automatic macOS updates

I'm trying to turn off automatic macOS updates. When I run command: $ sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate AutomaticDownload -boolean FALSE it works: $ defaults read /...
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Is there a command/simple method to restore all "defaults" settings?

defaults read prints out all the preferences for all apps. defaults write … … can be used to set preferences But write cannot use the format that comes from read I would like a way to get all the ...
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Login Items under Users & Groups preferences pane is painfully slow

Under Big Sur (all releases to date) the Login Items tab under Users & Groups preferences pane is painfully slow. Any change -- deleting an item, adding an item, checking the "hide" box -...
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How do I remove the "Do you want to replace it?" dialog in Big Sur?

On a new M1 with Big Sur I attempted to save over a file with Photoshop. Adobe has always presented a dialog box to confirm I wanted to save over a previous file. Note the "confirm" button ...
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How can I selectively copy preferences from one machine to another?

How can I selectively copy app preferences from an older machine to a newer one? Is it sufficient to copy the preferences files from (e.g.) ~/Library/Preferences? Will there be any side effects to ...
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How to clear Default Web Browser dropdown cache in General Preferences

I used to have few test browsers a while ago, after my testing I deleted them from Applications. However I still see them in Default web browser dropdown as shown below. How can I clear or reset this ...
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Shell command to change "Prefer tabs when opening documents"

In macOS System Preferences->General you can change "Prefer tabs when opening documents" option to "never" or "always" etc. I would like to enable this feature for all ...
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Applescript for keyboard system preferences pane

I'm trying to write an applescript to get me to a specific section of the system preferences - Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and click on the "+", choose a specific app, enter ...
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How can I fix underscan/overscan when the slider isn't shown in System Preferences?

I purchased two new monitors recently and both had pretty bad overscan (underscan? there were black bars around the screen). My mac no longer has the setting it used to have in the Displays section of ...
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AppleScript to control sound output balance preference

When I pair my Bluetooth headphones with my Mac Pro, the sound balance drifts kind of randomly, not always, but sometimes. To fix this problem, I've made an app with AppleScript as follows: tell ...
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Any way to configure fsck_hfs to use more memory to speed up verification of Time Capsule images?

Periodically Time Machine verifies sparsebundle backups with fsck_hfs. When the sparsebundle is on a Time Capsule (TC) it does this by creating a partial and much smaller representation of the ...
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How to modify .GlobalPreferences.plist file?

my objective is to create a keyboard shortcut to activate/deactivate the "replace with" on Mac. The idea is to create an automation that can be activated with a shortcut trough services. ...
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Finder sidebar duplicating entries

I'm trying to figure out why one of my drives is appearing multiple times in the Finder sidebar. If I drag the list order a new one is generated. Dragging out to the desktop, the normal way of ...
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macOS Calendar.app Duration-of-Day Preference Nonresponsive

macOS 11.3.1, Calendar 11.0, mid-2015 iMac I have Calendar's preferences set to display a day beginning at 5:00 a.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m. thus: However, both Calendar's Day and Week tabs display a ...
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Safari autofill preferences grayed out

Question My Safari preferences pane looks like this: How do I fix this? Can I change these settings by editing or creating a plist file? I'm on macOS Big Sur (version 11.3) on a 2019 Macbook Pro 16-...
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Video file location of dynamic wallpaper preview in system preferences

i want to know the location of the little video that keeps on playing in a loop when we select a dynamic wallpaper ( Catalina for eg) and turn it to dynamic mode in system preferences. Anyone knows ...
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Can I automate changing Magic Mouse 2 settings in macOS?

I'm a regular user.I often need to leave only the left button of Magic Mouse 2 active ,now I do it in the usual way:I go to the system preferences,and disable unnecessary options It takes ten clicks....
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Logitech Options won't let me change the "Keystroke assignment" assigned to a mouse button anymore

Logitech Options won't let me change the "Keystroke assignment" assigned to a mouse button anymore. I just get a sad error noise every time I try to set one. Strangely, there are already ...
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Cannot remove spotlight item from menu bar with `defaults`

When unchecking "Show in Menu Bar" in System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar > Spotlight, it removes the NSStatusItem Visible Item-0 from com.apple.Spotlight.plist. When enabling the ...
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What is Symantec Auto-Protect

I found some 3rd-party preference-panes in my macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, one is 'NTFS for MAC OS X' but I know what it is, the thing I want to know is 'Symantec Auto-Protect': 'SymantecSAQuickMenu....
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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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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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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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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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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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