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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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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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iCloud opens as GameCenter?

MacOS High Sierra version 10.13.6. MacBook Pro Retina 13inch mid 2014. System Pref, after I sign into iCloud it opens in Internet Accounts as Game Center. Is this how is should be?
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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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How can I change the administrator's username and home folder directory on Mac?

How can I change the username of the only account on my MacBook Air (High Sierra 10.13.3) as well as the home directory folder (users/[USERNAME]). I attempted to change it in settings but it locked ...
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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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Remapping input-source ABC-toggle key away from <kbd>CAPS</kbd>

OS version 10.13.5: When using the Chinese/pinyin input source, no matter whether one has "Use the Caps Lock key to switch to and from last used Latin input source" option checked (in System ...
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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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MySQL Server Instance will stop whenever I connect using a client such as SequelPro or MySQL Workbench

I have installed MySQL 5.7 by downloading from https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.7.html. I selected the macOS 10.13 (x86, 64-bit), DMG Archive option. My OS is High Sierra 10.13.3. I can run ...
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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 ...
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Bluetooth icon missing from iMac. How do I connect wireless keyboard

How can I connect wireless keyboard to iMac when Bluetooth icon missing from system preferences? I bought a refurbished computer and have not been able to connect due to missing Bluetooth icon needed ...
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osx require password after sleep greyed out [duplicate]

I don't have the option to change the delay on "require password xx after sleep or screen saver begins. For security, I would like to change it to "immediately" instead of 5 seconds. I obviously ...
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Rearrange displays with AppleScript

I’m looking for a way to apply two different display configurations inside System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement with AppleScript. Is this possible? I was thinking about reading and ...
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Allow button not working in system preferences

I am trying to install some software, (at this particular moment I want to install VirtualBox, although this issue has happened with other software), and I have to click "Allow" in System Preferences, ...
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Why is System Preferences not recognising Pictures folder? [macOS 10.13.4]

I want to change my 2016 MacBook Pro's wallpaper to a custom image which is already in the Pictures folder. If I launch System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop, under Folders ...
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Location of system file that connects roles with apps

RCDefaultApp can change so-called macOS "roles", eg. change the handler of the mailto: protocol. This is stored in the following file: defaults read ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices/com....
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Why does this app keep getting its Accessibility API privileges revoked when my computer goes to sleep?

I'm using an application called Better Touch Tool which does keyboard mappings, and so requires that you give it permission to the Accessibility API in System Preferences > Security & Privacy. I ...
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How is the UUID for a user used by macOS?

In the Advanced Options for a user under the Users & Groups System Preference, there is field for UUID and a button for Create New next to it. How is the UUID used by macOS and what are the ...
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Use downloaded picture for login image

For macOS Sierra I am trying to change the login image. I am going to System Preferences → Users & Groups and clicking on the edit button on the image. An image selection popup appears. I have to ...
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Unable to unlock System Preferences in High Sierra

As the title says I can't unlock System Preferences in High Sierra, however my password works for login, for authenticating app installs, and my account is an Admin when I open the Users and Groups ...
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display mirror settings get reset after shutdown

I'm using the latest High Sierra on my macbook air with an external acer monitor. I recently did a clean install, and noticed that display mirroring gets reset after every shutdown. Before my clean ...
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how to change display settings for login screen?

I have a MacBook Air 11inch running the latest High Sierra, connected to a 22 inch Acer monitor. I've always had display mirroring turned on so that both the MacBook's builtin screen and my large ...
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Include backspace key in custom keyboard shortcut

I want to make the keyboard shortcut for a Service I made ⌃⌥⌫ (Ctrl+Opt+Backspace); however, System Preferences doesn't let me do this. Is there a way I can include the key manually?
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disable temporary autoconf inet6 address

My OS X machine gets assigned two public IP addresses from Android 7.1.1: % ifconfig en0 en0: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 ether 8c:29:XX:XX:XX:XX ...
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Make preferences changes take effect immediately from CLI

How you can make changes take effect and update in the Preferences GUI immediately without having to reboot (unacceptable), log out (bad) or kill processes (last resort)? macOS 10.12 defaults write ~/...
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Why does my Network preference pane freeze every time I open it?

For some time (about a month give or take) the Network Preferences pane in System Preferences has been freezing every time I open it. Wi-Fi works fine and I can connect using the menubar icon, but I ...
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Unable to remove /reconfigure external keyboard configuration in System Preferences

The external keyboard configuration from Preferences|Keyboard|Modifier Keys is not working properly on my Sierra mac. It works fine for the same and other external/USB keyboards on my two El Capitan ...
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Changing service order using Terminal

I would like to write a script to change the service order from Ethernet 1 to Ethernet 2. Any help would be appreciated.
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Configuration profile for managing multi monitor display

I am not sure how exactly to phrase this, but wondering if there is a way to manage the display preference and monitor arrangement with a unique profile on macOS? The problem is, I have a home and ...
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Crashes related to Remote Access?

I hate to sound like everybody else. I think my computer is being accessed by somebody, likely the somebody that gifted the computer to me. I don't thing it beneath him at all, or by somebody else. ...
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Make Desktop the alias folder macOS High Sierra

How can I make the Desktop folder, the alias folder for a different folder too? In other words: In Mail app, if you double click on an image someone emailed to you, it downloads to: /Users/name/...
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Modifying the Menu Bar

TL;DR I'm attempting to locate the system files/variables responsible for drawing the menu bar in Sierra so that I can tweak the color and opacity, and would love any information you might have on 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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Renaming Bluetooth device not working

I run 10.12.6 and I'm wondering how I can rename a Bluetooth device. The function Bluetooth Preferences > Right click > Rename seems to be a no-op, see below gif. Is there a configuration file ...
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Toggle iCloud services in System Preferences via command line / Bash

Is there a way to toggle the check boxes (enable or disable the services) in the System Preferences > iCloud preference pane via command line or Bash?
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System Preferences constantly jumps to Keyboard screen

Whenever I open System Preferences directly to one of the subscreens (e.g. Network or Bluetooth), that screen appears for a split second, then Sys Prefs immediately jumps to the Keyboard screen. I ...
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Make fn the default function key behavior only for some of the function keys [duplicate]

I find myself using the actual F* only for F1 to F6, but for music and sound controls I use the function instead. I've tried using functions by default, and it works great for F7 to F12, but then I ...
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macOS sierra 10.12 screen captures - how to edit system files?

Is there a possibility to edit the following files in macOS 10.12 Sierra: /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/Resources/German.lproj/ScreenCapture.strings and ~/Library/...