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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Mavericks Mail will not save preferences

I have the updated version of Mail, and still having Gmail problems, but one problem at a time here… Currently the headache is that it will not save any preferences: window layout, junk mail filtering ...
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Software was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer

I went to run LibreOffice on my OS X 10.9 and it would not let me install it. It said it was from an unidentified developer. I'm aware of the security features of the Mac and went to System ...
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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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How to change tap to click using “defaults write” from command line?

I want to change the trackpad tap-to-click property from the command line. Graphically, I can do it by clicking System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Tap to Click. How can I do it from the command line? ...
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Recent items menus have stopped working on my iMac

Recently I noticed that on my iMac, running El Capitan, the Open Recent menu has stopped getting updated, both in the Apple menus, and for apps, and both for the Open Recent menu item, and the list ...
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How do I completely disable automatic keyboard backlighting on Macbook Pro with OSX Lion?

I have the system pref "Automatically illuminate the keyboard in low light" disabled. However, when I wake the computer from sleep and the login prompt appears, the keyboard backlight turns on. ...
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Why are my plists in ~/Library/Preferences accompanied by a matching lockfile in Lion?

$ cd ~/Library/Preferences $ ls -1 | grep plist | head -10 AddressBookMe.plist com.adiumX.adiumX.plist com.adiumX.adiumX.plist.lockfile com.apple.AddressBook.plist com.apple.AddressBook.plist.lockfile ...
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How to stop an app from launching on Login?

I have created an app, that sets itself to launch at Login using SMLoginItemSetEnabled. Here is the code it uses. My question is, how can I manually remove this app from launching at login? The app ...
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Default background color in Textedit

How do I set default background color in Textedit? Preferences -> New Document -> Font doesnt help. That black on white isn't too good in nights.
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System-wide finder view preferences

I know that .DS_Store files are created in every directory I enter with the finder in Mac OS X, and that keeps track of the folder's metadata (including how is it being displayed). I also know that ...
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Enabling both trackpad Drag Lock and 3 Finger Drag at once?

OSX has two methods of dragging with the track pad, “drag lock” (double tap then drag until you tap to release) and “three finger drag” where you touch three fingers and drag until you release. The ...
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How to control order of startup items for users at login?

I have seen a few applications with mixed reviews that will allow a user to change the order of startup items. I would simply prefer the "bare metal" method and stick to using the shell or the Open ...
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How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app?

How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app? In OS X 10.8 there was a setting for this in the app’s Preferences pane, but in OS X 10.9 that doesn’t seem to be ...
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Where are cellular data preferences stored in iOS?

In Settings → Cellular (Mobile in UK), settings can be changed regarding mobile data, including per-app switches for all installed apps to enable or disable mobile data. Where are these preferences ...
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How do I reset to default window sizes in MacOS Safari's Responsive Design Mode?

I use MacOS Safari's Responsive Design Mode for web development (Command-Option-R or 'Develop' > 'Enter Responsive Design Mode' in the menu. I have "accidentally" changed the largest window size to a ...
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Use external display only with MacBook?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook. Is it possible to make the external display into the only one, so that I can close the lid and keep working on my MacBook with an external keyboard/mouse and monitor?
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Mountain Lion: Use standard keyboard function keys, F1, F2, etc.?

I'm having issues with Mountain lion in which I am unable to use my non-Apple keyboard's function keys, i.e. F1, F2 etc. Upon firing up System Preferences ➤ Keyboard, this is what I'm greeted with. ...
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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 can I enable SSH without using the gui or apple script on snow leopard?

A while back here How can I enable Internet sharing without using the GUI or AppleScript? I asked if any one knows how to enable Internet sharing without using GUI or apple script, I still have that ...
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How to disable “Fast Start” in Safari?

In Mavericks’ Safari, the “feature” named “Fast Start” begins to load the first result of the search typed in the search bar. How can I disable such folly ?
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How can I enable Internet sharing without using the GUI or AppleScript?

for some rather strange reason my sharing preferences tab crashes (it's a long story and there seems to be no good solution for it, it's looking for a ui object that no longer exists). Anyway, I want ...
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How does Spotlight determine which category a file belongs to?

In Spotlight you can enable and disable file categories that will appear in search results. How does Spotlight determine that a certain file belongs to a certain category? The following specific ...
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Update Preferences Panel after using default write

I am using default write to set/unset Block all incoming connections option of OSX firewall. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf globalstate -int 2 sudo defaults write /Library/...
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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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How do I change the location of screenshot in OS X Lion?

The old method that works for Leopard/Snow Leopard doesn't work any more on Lion: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/kamus/Pictures/snap Has something changed or does anyone ...
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Missing “Use as Defaults” box in “Show View Options”

I am trying to change the default size of my icons and their grid spacing as was asked in this question. For whatever reason, my Mac does not have a Use as Defaults box in Show View Options. Do you ...
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How do I enable “Announce the time” programmatically?

The "Date & Time" System Preferences pane has an option to "Announce the time". I'd like to be able to turn on this preference option by invoking a shell script. Is this possible? (It's fine if ...
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Increase font size in OS

I have a 17-inche Macbook-pro, the resolution is at the moment 1920x1200, the font size of the system looks very small. Is there a way to increase the font size without changing the resolution? It ...
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How do I prevent my MacBook Air from forgetting my Remapped Caps Lock Key?

As someone who doesn't like to shout, I have Caps Lock remapped to Control on all of my computers. A second control key is far more useful to a guy who spends most of his time in Terminal.app. This ...
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How does Office 2008 for Mac store its Recent items?

I don't have access to Office 2008, but require the information for a project I'm working on. I'm mainly interested in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. This is the information I have gathered so far... ...
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Preference for adding epub to iBooks

In iTunes it was/is possible to prevent files to be copied to iTunes Media folder. Does any of you know if same de-selection is possible in iBooks? Thanks for lot of useful knowledge sharing
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Are apps that use LSUIElement in their plist causing google account problems?

I've noticed a pattern with some apps not logging into my Google account when they are hidden. After some digging, I think I have identified a common thread - the LSUIElement which is basically a flag ...
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Where is the config (application properties) file for TimeMachine settings and the path excludes? [duplicate]

Where is the config (application properties) file for TimeMachine settings and the path excludes? You know, that what you might click and add in TimeMachine Settings > Options ... Can't find ...
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How to change spelling library in Mac OS X with a shortcut?

Since I'm a Hungarian, but I learn and work in English, I switch the spelling settings in System Preferences approximately 50 times a day, because I'm constantly working with both languages. Is there ...
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I can't save my system preferences

I can't save my dock and spaces setting. Every time I set them (eg. disable spaces), after I reboot/re-login to the system, the dock and spaces settings will revert back to the previous status. How ...
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Cannot disable “Dark menu bar” on Mac OS X

While going through my settings I wanted to try out the "dark menu bar" in the General System Preferences. Now I cannot turn it off. Each time I uncheck the checkbox, it seems to have no effect, it's ...