Questions tagged [system-prefs]

System Preferences, the application for OS X that allows you to modify various system settings. The application is organized into different preference panes.

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Hide recent items in the system menu without hiding them in other programs

I wanted to hide the "Recent Items" list in the system menu. I literally never use it, and every time my mouse moves over it it causes the system to freeze for a few seconds while the list loads. So I ...
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How to change macOS Mojave’s menu bar transparency [duplicate]

How do you change the menu bar transparency in MacOS Mojave?
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What Firewall settings needs to be enabled for Airdrop?

Which option in the built-in firewall in System Preferences needs to be enabled to allow AirDrop to receive files on a Mac? The Mac can currently see iPhone's and other devices in Airdrop, but does ...
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Is there any way to force the Mac to not to log me out after ten minutes?

With this setting on the Mac Mini: The screensaver comes on the screen turns off after ten minutes or so. This has just happened three times running. Is there another setting which makes the Mac ...
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Can't get custom keyboard layout Svorak (Swedish Dvorak) to work in Mojave

I have a .xml-file with a custom keyboard layout (Svorak, Swedish Dvorak). It works just fine if I put the file in Library - Keyboard Layouts on my old Mac with Yosemite, but on my new Mac with Mojave ...
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How to delete 802.1x profile in OS 10.13 when Profiles does not display in System Preferences?

I am trying to delete an 802.1X eduroam profile that appears in my Network preferences in OS 10.13. The solutions I've found online say that this can be done in Profiles, in System Preferences. ...
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Identify the correct key used by defaults system when changing settings using System Preferences

I would like to identify which key is being changed in which file when a specific checkbox is unchecked in System Preferences (in my case it's System Preferences → Keyboard → Show keyboard and emoji ...
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Why does my Early 2015 MacBook Pro thinks it has a Touch ID sensor?

Touch ID preference pane is shown on my Early 2015 MacBook Pro that doesn't have a Touch ID hardware. Clicking on it says fingerprint limit has reached. Apple Pay says unknown error occured while ...
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How to reset File Sharing preferences from Terminal in Mojave?

I have some old shares from a previous installation showing up still on other computers connecting to macOS, but unfortunately when I go to System Preferences -> Sharing -> File Sharing it hangs ...
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MacBook Pro: Trackpad preference demo video not playing

I bought a pre-owned MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14.3. I tried to changing Trackpad preference as per my convenience, but it appears that while changing the option on left side, the video demo ...
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Is there a bug in Mojave's localisation handling?

Is there a bug/radical difference in how Mojave treats date settings in System Preferenceas from previous versions? All my 3d party apps on Mojave, except Launchbar, seem to be unable to interpret/...
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What's option-drag in Display Arrangement do?

In macOS Mojave, when in the Displays control panel, on the Arrangement tab, holding down option and dragging a display turns the cursor white. What does this mean? Does it do something special?
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for the System Preferences lock?

Is there a keyboard shortcut, or a way to create one, which does the equivalent of clicking the locked lock icon in the bottom left corner of locked System Preferences panes (which brings up the ...
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Dynamic Desktop wallpaper thumbnails

I have downloaded various "Dynamic Desktop" wallpapers online, put them into a directory, and added this directory to my Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane. The problem is, it does not ...
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Photoshop CS5 can’t be added to Accessibility

I recently updated to Mojave and have been having the same problem with Photoshop CS5 crashing. Before I knew about adding it to accessibility, I downloaded Photoshop CC 2019. Now I’m trying to add ...
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On Mac OS X 10.7, Java Control Panel crashes unexpectedly

I'm wondering if this is a serious problem that I should be concerned about. I have the latest version of Java installed (currently Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_212-b10) via command ...
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How can I determine after how many minutes of inactivity, Mac automatically logs off without admin privileges?

I cannot access the Advanced page under System Preferences → Security & Privacy to check or change the automatic logout settings. I don't think I can change this setting, and I tried using sudo in ...
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Can we view or edit HostName value via macOS desktop UI?

Here are two instances where I found that setting the computer name via System Preferences > Sharing > Computer Name does not really set the HostName attribute. The macOS version is macOS High Sierra ...
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Did Oracle remove the Java System Preference in macOS?

I recently updated my Java install on macOS 10.14.4 from Java 10 to Java 11, and the Java System Preference pane disappeared after Java updated. I updated Java again on a different Mac running the ...
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How do I use the 'Profiles' tab in System Preferences?

I've found a bunch of random (sketchy-looking) files inside the Profiles pane of System Preferences. To delete them, I need to be an admin, but no matter how many times I put my account on admin, it ...
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Opening specific URL in a not-default browser no matter from where it's called from (without using Choosy app)

I need a certain URL to be always opened in a browser that's not systems default browser. Problem is, that this should happen even if the URL is called automatically from within a hardcoded 3rd party ...
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How can I allow an unsigned Preference Pane to run at every login?

I (used to) use a Preference Pane (PP) which was developed long before Apple introduced the idea of developers signing their applications. The developer has long since retired the PP in question. I ...
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Do macOS default preferences ever have breaking changes (the ones we edit with defaults command)?

I have a script that uses the defaults command to set a bunch of preferences. I am curious, do these preferences ever have breaking changes (f.e. when I update macOS), so that I need to modify my ...
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error “System Events got an error: Can’t get application process \”System Preferences\“.”

When running tell application "System Events" click button "Turn Bluetooth Off" of window 1 of application process "System Preferences" end tell I get the error: error "System Events got an ...
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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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Hide System Preferences icon from dock during AppleScript execution

I have an AppleScript scheduled to run every several minutes with launchd. The script makes some adjustments in System Preferences. However, whenever it runs, the System Preferences icon appears on ...
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Changing MacOS's IP Address While Booted Off Another Drive

My server lives in a data center, 1,000 miles away. This Mac has two hard drives, a primary and a backup. Both are bootable and have the same network settings, so I can switch back and forth between ...
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Can I lock iCloud System Preference pane?

Here is the scenario. Say I have a Mac that I have to leave in a semi publicly accessible location and which I need to be awake at all times (i.e. it has to be accessible and not asleep/locked). I ...
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Adjust font size Safari sidebar Mojave

does anyone know how to adjust the Safari sidebar font size? I called Apple Tech Support and they confirmed there is no user access to modify font size in the Safari sidebar, as you can for Finder, ...
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How can I disable the red Software Update notification bubble on the System Preferences app in MacOS Mojave (not App Store)?

I keep the "System Preferences" app icon in my dock in Mojave. I recently checked for updates, and found one, but I'm not ready to install it just yet and the red notification dot over the settings ...
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No audio in Safe Mode

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) Mojave. I have been using Safe Mode to see if I can find out information about my trackpad. Then I quickly realized that I do not have any audio. In System ...
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I’m unable to save preferences for sharing Mac analytics

Hello from newbie to everybody in the community. May I ask for you help on one matter that bugs me recently? After exchanging my main drive for SSD in an old iMac (late 2009, 21.5-inch) I performed ...
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How to find MAC Adress of second system?

I'm on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, but have a second OS on my hard drive: Mac OS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. I'm resetting my router and am therefore looking for the MAC hardware addresses of my two systems. ...
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What is “Two system dialogs displayed” message?

I was using the VO learning in System Pref and went away from my computer for a few min. My screen was black when I got back and I clicked the mouse to wake it. Then it went black again and I clicked ...
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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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How to delete GameCenter and iCloud from Internet Accounts using the Terminal?

Running Sierra 10.12.6 without administrator privileges, the system has some problem with my iCloud profile. Whenever accessing anything remotely related to it, the respective app beachballs ...
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Mojave and its non-respect of the AppleLocale preference

This is a new (Mojave) version of a question posted two years ago here. Being a French speaking bilingual Canadian, I have always had my macOS computers configured in English (because I prefer using ...
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Set an external display as main and always display the app switcher UI on it

I was wondering if there is a way to set an external display positioned towards visible right of my Mac as primary, and always show the app switcher UI Command + Tab on that display. I tried the said ...
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“To continue using iCloud, confirm your new Mac password” keeps crashing

I recently changed my Mac password, and a System Preferences notification comes up, asking me to "confirm Mac password to continue using iCloud": However, when I click Continue, all that happens is a ...
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Toggle Light Mode/Dark Mode AND Accent Color from one to another

I am new to scripting, so excuse my lack of knowledge. I would like to create a toggle that switches from Light Mode and an accent (and highlight) color of blue to Dark Mode and an accent/highlight ...
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Tilde (~) and plus-minus (±) in wrong place on keyboard

I'm using a MacBook Pro with a Swedish physical keyboard, but with U.S. layout defined in System Prefs. However the tilde (~) and plus-minus (±) keys seem switched. The following key combination ...
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Macbook Air El Capitan constant message about iCloud

My Macbook Air OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 gives me a notification about every 5 minutes that says Finish changing your password. I get directed to the iCloud settings when I press the ...
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App Keyboard Shortcuts Display Bug?

I'm encountering what appears to be a bug in the display of  > System Preferences > Keyboard: Shortcuts - App Shortcuts. The shortcuts are functional, but as you can see, their names randomly ...
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Macbook not updating time zone

I flew from Washington DC to Devon (UK) roughly 9 hours ago. My MacBook knows that I am in the UK, but won't update the timezone. How do I make sure that the MacBook keeps updating the time zone ...
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Ukelele not working on High Sierra

I'm trying to switch to a Hungarian keyboard layout in High Sierra. I downloaded Ukelele for this and got a custom layout which I installed and then selected in System Preferences. Unfortunately ...
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Facebook log-in in macOS “Internet Accounts” suddenly stopped working [duplicate]

As of about a week or two ago, I started getting notifications in macOS (High Sierra, 10.13.4 17E202) that I need to sign in again ("Facebook Password Required"). It seems to accept my (definitely ...
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Add Energy Saver to menu bar?

On my iMac, I tend to adjust the Turn off display after: from short to long and back again, pretty frequently. It would be convenient if I could get to this with one click, perhaps from the menu bar. ...
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Can't remove LDAP account from Internet Accounts

The goal: Remove LDAP Contacts account from list of the Internet Accounts. The problem: Removed LDAP account reappears in the Accounts list in 5 seconds after deletion. Current OS: macOS 10.13 High ...
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Why does my MacBook Air (almost) always lock when I shut the lid?

In system preferences, under Security and Privacy, the "Require Password" box is not checked. Interestingly, even when I have entered my password and the lock icon is open, I cannot check this box - I ...
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Log individual users out of a period of inactivity? [duplicate]

There is a setting under Security & Privacy -> Advanced, to "Log out after X minutes of inactivity". However, this is a system wide setting. I just want to have my kids account log out after a ...