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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Text To Speech - Custom Rate (not on the slider)

In System Preferences, under Dictation & Speech, there is a Speaking Rate setting: Is there a way to change the Speaking Rate to a value that is not on that slider bar? For example, if I want ...
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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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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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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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iTunes 12 opens automatically when CD inserted

I don't use iTunes, but I can't prevent it from automatically opening every time a CD is inserted. I have already changed the system preferences for when a CD/DVD is inserted to "ignore" or to "open ...
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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 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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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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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 disable Mojave’s desktop tinting (with reduce transparency)?

Even with “Reduce transparency” enabled, Mojave’s desktop-tinting is quite horribly annoying, in both Light Mode and Dark Mode (regardless of accent color). Switching to a solid red desktop background,...
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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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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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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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What is 'currentHost' for, in defaults?

There are many webpages given over to listing defaults commands in order to configure various parts of the OS. Some of them include the flag -currentHost. The man page for the defaults command ...
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How can I script the keyboard backlight settings?

I'm looking to change settings with a script, but I can't find where the plist data for the keyboard backlight settings is stored. For example, in the System Preferences, I'd like to modify the ...
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MacOS: Get Notification System Update

How do I get notification that there is an update for the MacOS system? I can find some questions on how to turn it off, but my problem is that it doesn’t appear to notify me at all. The last update ...
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How to change font size and font for all profiles in terminal?

So I have many profiles in my terminal preference, as shown below I would like to be able to change the font for all of these different profiles at once 3024 Day, 3024 Night, AdventureTime... ...
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Increase shaken pointer size

So there is "shake mouse pointer to locate" feature which makes pointer bigger when I'm shaking it. What if I think it is not big enough? Can I somehow make "bigger" even more big? I couldn't find any ...
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Default character variant features for system font

The San Francisco system fonts have character variants as OpenType features cv01, cv02, etc., used e.g. in the Notes app for the minuscule a, but also for other letters. Some of these are helpful to ...
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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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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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How to increase “tracking speed” beyond the maximum?

For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging": However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the ...
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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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Finder- Reopen Last Closed Window

Finder does not seem to navigate to the last folder opened. For instance, when I am saving several files or images - it would be nice to (and used to ) open in the last place I placed something - now ...
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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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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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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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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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“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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...