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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 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.
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Is there a way to prevent access to the Preferences menu in Safari in OS X?

I am looking for a way to deny the access to the Preferences settings of Safari in OS X. Similar (hidden) options are already available for the Finder, where you can hide the preferences menu with the ...
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Is there a way to force “low power” graphics?

Is there a plist or hidden config to set my graphics/energy preference to "Always use low power/ integrated graphics"? Seems like energy saver preferences only allow choosing between: Smart auto ...
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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 to disable mouse acceleration without logging out?

I know I can type in the terminal: defaults write .GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.scaling -1 to turn off mouse acceleration BUT this requires me to log out and log back in to take effect. The ...
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iTunes 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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Default System Sound Location

I'm looking for some of the sounds that come default on OS X, like the preferences lock/unlock: I basically just want to copy the sound files onto my desktop.
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Prevent update notifications in OS X 10.10.2

I need to stay with OS X 10.10.2 because some legacy programs don't perform smoothly with later versions. Is there a way to completely prevent any OS X upgrade notifications from showing up?
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Can You “Turn Off” Order of Preference For Wi-Fi Networks

As far as my MacBook is concerned, I have 3 Wi-Fi Networks in my house, with different names (it is actually one network, with 2 repeaters). I move around the house and frequently use the 2 repeaters ...
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How can I script the setup of preferences in Mac OS X?

I have a couple of Macs and I would like to create some kind of script that I can use to: Easily setup a new Mac after a reinstall Update settings to consistent values (so if I decide to change some ...
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iTerm2 preferences keep resetting after reboot

My changes to the preferences in iTerm2 are always reset after a reboot. They will survive a logout, but after a reboot everything is back to the previous state. I checked ~/Library/Preferences/com....
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Bottom row of system preferences (third party apps) not showing

In OSX Yosemite I used to have a bottom row of third party preference applets that contained Java, Flash, Air Display etc in System Preferences. This is no longer showing. How do I turn it back on? (I'...
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How to transfer preferences from one machine to another?

Is there a way to transfer my various preferences configured on Machine A to a new Machine B? For example, I would like to transfer many of the preferences configured within System Preferences and ...
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Modify Trackpad Right click via command line without logout

Is it possible to toggle the the preference setting under Trackpad labeled Secondary Click without logging out and in, so that I can toggle two-finger right-click for the builtin trackpad? I found ...
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Programmatically check if “Share iTunes Library XML with other applications” is disabled

iTunes update (10.2.0.145) seems to have added new advanced feature "Share iTunes LIbrary XML with other applications" which if disabled no longers outputs the Music Library.xml. Our applications is ...
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Is there a way to remove a server account network entry from terminal?

I have a Mac mini running Mac OS X 10.10.3. It has an open directory server configured in the server account network configuration in 'Users and groups'. Is there a way to remove that server account ...
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Where does Alfred store web searches?

Where does Alfred store default and custom web searches that you create on your Mac?
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Use defaults to edit preferences

Recently, I have been playing around with editing System Preferences without GUI and using the defaults command. I have tried for example: defaults write com.apple.dock autohide NO Though that did ...
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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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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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Can’t find .plist files

I can’t find the .plist file for TextEdit, Preview. I’ve looked into /Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Preferences, and ~/Library/Containers. I have tried opening the app and changing the preferences ...
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Are there two separate network systems on a Mac? One that is controlled through the GUI in OS X, and one that is controlled through the Terminal?

I have a 2012 refurbished Mac mini running Yosemite 10.10.3. Often I cannot connect via Wi-fi. I am not usually given a specific reason, but it does actively tell me It can't connect. It does not ...
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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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Preferences Error on IMac Yosemite 10.10.2

Preferences app launches fine and all but one prefs pane work well -- the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane yields the following message: "Preferences Error. Could not load Desktop & ...
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How to display timecodes with iMovie 10.0.7 N

On discussion forums, I read that I have to go to iMovie Preferences and ask to display timecodes. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH2129?locale=en_US&viewlocale=fr_FR But my preferences window ...
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In which .plist is the underscan setting stored?

I'm trying to write a script which changes the underscan value on my Mac mini, but I haven't found the .plist file containing the setting. Does anyone know where the underscan setting is saved?
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Want Preview to default to Thumbnail view in Sidebar

I want to have Preview default to Thumbnail view in the Sidebar. There is a Preference option to display the Sidebar or not. But, there is no option to choose which Sidebar option an individual might ...
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How to reload app preferences and documents on iPhone?

So I updated my iphone to new iOS and then my backup became corrupted. I was then able to get ALL the information out of the backup unto my computer. I now have for each app its corresponding ...
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Different Graphics Switch options on Yosemite

I'm used to see this checkbox in the Energy Saver window: When I turn it off it will switch to the discrete GPU. Now I'm using a program (gfxCardStatus) to switch between GPUs as I wish, and when I ...
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Copying printer preset .plist files (Mavericks)

I am trying to copy a custom print preset from one computer to another. My understanding is that the presets are stored in ~/Library/Preferences with the name com.apple.print.custompresets.forprinter....
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Apple OS X Yosemite Email Viewing Preferences

Previous versions of OS X had a dropdown menu under Viewing in Mail Preferences that allowed you to choose the type of heading or no heading at all when viewing an email. The drop down menu is still ...
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Change file icon OS X

I tried following Apple's instruction to change a file icon, but it didn't work they way I expected. Details File type: "web internet location" or Inbox.webloc So this it what I've tried so far. ^...
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Apps crashing on one user only

Random apps are crashing as soon as they open, such as Acrobat, Word, Distiller and a few other smaller apps. I tried opening the apps on a 2nd user account and they open fine. I have also tried ...
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Restoring iTerm2 to default values

I installed iTerm2, played a bit with the preferences. Now I would go back to the initial configuration, but removing the app and finding and removing any file on the disk apparently related to the ...
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Responsive icon solution when changing icon sizes in OS X Finder

I rarely use the Finder outside of list view, but sometimes I need to view a large folder of images to select from. By default, the icons/image previews are not large enough for my needs, so I ...
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Locating Location Services

In System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General, Location Services lists a variety of items that you can opt to give permission to accessing your location. I have listed in this pane an ...
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contents-immutable and locking the Dock

I have the following: defaults write com.apple.Dock contents-immutable -bool yes defaults write com.apple.Dock size-immutable -bool yes defaults write com.apple.Dock position-immutable -bool yes I ...
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Where is the Display Calibrator Assistant on my hard drive?

I'd like to use the Display Calibrator Assistant without going through the process of opening the system preferences. Does anyone know where the program is located on my hard drive? I've done a ...