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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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 ...
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Photos.app Edit-mode UI broken after upgrading to High Sierra

Since upgrading to macos High Sierra, my Photos.app's editing functions have been troublesome. Features such as Retouch simply do not work, and I'm unable to access advanced options, such as the ...
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How can I better sort and set wifi network preferences on Mac?

The Advanced section of the Wifi - Network Preferences allows for dragging and dropping of known wifi networks in order to set a priority order for joining networks. (Networks higher in the list will ...
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Keep Safari from hijacking the media buttons from controlling iTunes

I'm on a Mac with no TouchBar (so I don't think this answer will help) running 10.13. I had YouTube open and my media buttons weren't useful for stopping iTunes so that I could start a video. Is there ...
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Set Different Language

I am trying to have everything in English, except day and month, which I want to change to my language. I followed this post, but this command does not work. defaults write NSGlobalDomain ...
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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 to uninstall Preference Panes?

I am running OS X Sierra on a MacBook Air. I don't remember exactly how, but quite some time ago I installed CUDA on my Mac (I was a newb then, I didn't know I wouldn't be able to run it without an ...
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Two entries for Google Chrome in Notifications preferences

In System Preferences > Notifications, there are two entries for Google Chrome, and they have different settings. I can obviously change them both to what I want, but why is this happening and how ...
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Dock icons not showing correct application icon

Randomly my dock icons will show the default application icon. Sometimes they return again. I have previously reset the dock and deleted the .plist, which temporarily corrects the problem, but it ...
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Make universal color adjustments to MacOS

Does anyone know of an application that would allow me to make universal color adjustments to the OS? This would mean being able to adjust saturation, black points, white points, or even ideally apply ...
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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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Fastest way to enabling screen mirroring on Sierra with the touch strip

People, The classical Command + F1 does not work to do screen mirroring macs with the touch bar running Sierra. Also, although in the System Preferences I have "Show mirroring options..." enabled, ...
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Finder resets preferences on restart

Im on macOS Sierra 10.12.5. I have customized a few things (finder window's toolbar, how to keep directories ordered by name etc) but sometimes (I think on restart, not sure) all this goes back to ...
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System Preferences error: “There was an error in Security & Privacy preferences”

When I open System Preferences (version 14.0) and then click on Security & Privacy, I get a popup error message: Preferences Error There was an error in Security & Privacy preferences. I ...
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How to change behaviour of function keys when launching Steam game?

Is it possible to toggle the setting for the F1, F2… keys behaving as function keys programatically or via some 3rd party software? I tried looking for the option in the .plist files for Preferences ...
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Need to script User Experience preference to “Create mobile account at login”

In brief, I'm working for an organization where we support a school's infrastructure with JAMF Casper. All the Macs are bound to a Windows AD. Currently, we have the student accounts stored on a ...
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El Capitan won't save change in default mail reader

In El Capitan, whenever I try to change my default mail program from mail.app to Spark, it reverts my preferences as soon as I close the preferences pane.
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Keyboard's brightness controll buttons are disabled

My MacBook Pro doesn't adjust the brightness when I hit the brightness controls on my keyboard (F5/F6). I've tried turning off automatic brightness to no avail. How do I use the function printed on ...
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How to stop Terminal from starting minimized in the Dock?

Every time I start Terminal, it starts minimized in the Dock. As I saw from this question, the problem is in my profile (under preferences) but I can't find any option to change this behaviour. How ...
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How to set up Touch Bar to show function keys in a specific VirtualBox virtual machine

macOS allows you to change the Touch Bar to traditional function keys when you run specific applications. I have tried to do so with VirtualBox, and it works on the main VirtualBox window properly. ...
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Where is the list of sidebar's favourites stored in macOS Sierra?

Where is the list of sidebar's favourites stored in macOS Sierra? I tried to delete ~/Library/Preferences/com.applde.finder.plist and ~/Library/Preferences/com.applde.sidebarlist.plist - almost all ...
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Where are Mail.app display prefs?

I restarted my Mac (OS X 10.11.6) this morning and upon opening Mail.app (9.3), most (all?) of my display preferences had been reset. Very annoying! I have a Time Machine backup - what file(s) do I ...
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How do I completely ignore a wireless connection? [duplicate]

I've removed a wifi ssid from the remembered connections list, but I would like to go one further and disable it from appearing in the wifi drop down list (after clicking on the wireless icon on the ...
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Set default mail client without adding mail account

I'm on OSX el capitan (10.11.6). I use outlook to access my email and would like outlook to be the default mail application. All the instructions I find online suggest that I should open mail and ...
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Some of my iOS 10 apps are losing saved settings and information

Over the past week, may of my apps have started resetting, losing saved settings and information. I have an iPhone 6 on iOS 10.1.1 and a Watch on watchOS 3.1. I updated my iPhone to 10.1.1 on October ...
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On macOS Sierra Airplay is always “Looking for Apple TV”

Just upgraded to macOS 10.12.1 Sierra and the mirroring display options keeps oscillating between: "Looking for Apple TV" and "Off". In preferences i have turned AirPlay Off. But it keeps looking for ...
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10.12- Screensaver question- Photos not a choice

I recently updated to 10.12 - Sierra- and migrated iPhoto to Photos. In the system preferences I do not see a choice to select Photo library. In the source panel I just see National Geographic/Aerial/...
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Log out after X minutes turning itself back on

This is driving me insane. The checkbox in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General Tab > Advanced > Logout after X minutes of inactivity turns itself back on whenever I move ...
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Can't log out, shutdown or restart macOS Sierra since the update

Since I have updated the OS to Sierra, I'm facing several issue (one example: Character Accent Menu doesn't appear anymore in macOS Sierra) Another bothering issue that is, I just can't log out. ...
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How do I identify which preference panes are 32-bit and which aren't

Recently my Sound preference pane has asked me to reopen System Preferences when I select it, or when I switch away from it. I have added a few preference panes (e.g. Wacom, an Xbox controller pane, ...
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OSX service with custom user does not write Java Preferences

This is the setup: OSX Yosemite Java based service that is being started using a LaunchDaemon The service is started with a custom user that is being created during installation The user has a custom ...
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How do I back system and application settings up on my Mac?

I want to reinstall OS X completely on my machine. I have backed up all of my documents and made a list of applications that I have, so that I can install them later. However, one thing that I do ...
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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 ...
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How to remove EPSON Projector Audio driver?

I made the mistake of installing the EPSON Projector Audio driver. It gets selected all the time, now, even when there is no EPSON Projector around. There's no obvious way to get rid of it. How do I ...
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“XfinityWifi” and “PublicWifi” are being added to my list of networks without my knowledge or consent

(OS/X El Capitan ... MacBook Pro) From time to time, when I go to *System Preferences...Network...WiFi...Advanced," I find that two network-names have been added to the list without my knowledge or ...
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How to make CMD+Tab show current window

The most ongoing annoying thing about OSX is that I'll switch to an app with CMD+Tab and it only shows the top menu bar. How do I make it also show the current window like it does in Windows?
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Text shortcuts reset to older settings in System Preferences

I use the Text shortcuts replace function provided by Mac OS X's System Preferences' Keyboard panel quite often. It helps me type things faster in most applications, such as my phone number, my full ...
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In Mac OS X El Capitan, is it still possible to change the color of the bubbles in Messages?

I have looked through Preferences, System Preferences, even looked at a couple of 3rd-party apps. I could find nothing of use. So is it still possible to change the color of chat bubbles (and text) ...
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How to change Sound device without visiting System Preferences?

Are there any alternative ways to switch your Input/Output sound device in OS X? My goal is to avoid going through System Preferences and have as few keystrokes/steps as possible.
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Notify the system that preferences were changed

I disabled SIP (How do I disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) AKA "rootless" on OS X 10.11, El Capitan?) and started editing the file /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/...
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How can I assign “middle click” to a button on my mouse?

How can I assign "middle click" to a button on my mouse? I am not seeing it in Preferences > Mouse, and every google search just returns results about how to set it up with Apple's Magic mouse. ...
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Screensaver suddenly active

I've always opted to have my display turn off after X amount of time in lieu of using a screensaver. My screensaver preferences were set to Start after: Never. That is until today. I walked into the ...
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Log in window (El Capitan)

How can I update changes to the Login window (Mac OS X 10.11.3). When I change settings in the Preferences and then restart computer, there is absolutely no difference. Is there a XML file with these ...
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Open Preference Pane from command line on El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11)

I'm trying to open Preference Pane from command. However, when I invoke open /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Dock.prefPane as in How do you access network preferences from the Terminal?, I get Finder ...
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How do I find Preferences in bittorrent or utorrent on a Mac?

I can't find Preferences in utorrent or bittorrent on my new MacBook Pro. How do I find Preferences on a Mac?
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How to remove audio device from Preferences?

I'm trying to remove an old device from the Sound Preferences pane. The app is trashed along with whatever preference files I could find. But it remains after reboot.