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 can I change colors for the minimization / close / maximazation controls in the titlebar on macOS?

Is there any way to change this Colors? I have already disabled SIP and downloaded ThemeEngine, but it doesn't want to save my changes anyway. It says that I don't have enough permissions, even after ...
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Font of calendar in Preference pane of macOS

What font is used in the calendar of macOS Date & Time preference pane? Like the left box of this image, where it says Nov 2018 and Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa and 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 ....
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Lock Screen Recording In Privacy (System Preferences)

I made a standard account to try to put a password to system preference. When I go to privacy, everything is locked except "Screen Recording". I can change "screen recording" without having to unlock ...
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How are System Preferences categorized in Catalina?

Starting with macOS 10.15 Catalina, the contents of System Preferences are divided into two categories. This is a change from 10.14 Mojave in which the panels are divided into four rows. What is the ...
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Security & Privacy is not responding

I need to change enable camera for Google Chrome. So I go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and it hangs. Console log: Dec 13 07:17:37 macabook com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.xpc....
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Is it possible to change the screen display names in MacOS for a multi monitor setup

I have a 15" MacBook Pro (with Catalina 10.15.1) with a multi monitor setup using USB-C adapters: I've using this setup since Maverick, as you can see in the next screenshot, the 3 screens have the ...
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Why are some System Preferences icons “Generic” in macOS 10.15 Catalina?

Something weird is going on with the Icons for a few of the built-in System Preference prefPanes in macOS 10.15.x Catalina. For example, "Bluetooth" and "Internet Accounts". When I search Spotlight ...
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How can I set up a system-wide key combination to toggle a specific System Preferences setting (“Tap to Click”)?

I want to be able to toggle the "Tap to Click" setting under "Trackpad" > "Point & Click" in the System Settings app with a key combination from within any application. I looked at "Keyboard" > "...
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Stop System Preferences Software Update to notify me of a OS update [duplicate]

I am on Mojave and I will not ever upgrade to Catalina because I have 32 bit stuff I am not planning to ditch. Software Updates in System Preferences still shows that there is one 'update', i.e. a ...
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Setting older Wacom table preferences using MacOS 10.14 or later

This is an update to an older question:Is it possible to use old Wacom tablet on 10.11? I am not allowed to comment on some of the great answers there, so asking as a new question. I followed the ...
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Mouse System Preferences does not recognize USB mouse, even though mouse works

I have attached a Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000 to a USB-A port on my 2014 Mac Mini running macOS Catalina 10.15 (plus all supplemental updates current at time of posting). The mouse works, but, when ...
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How to change native Resolution on MBP 2015 running Mojave?

My problem is I would like to change the native resolution of the built-in screen of my MBPR 2015 running Mojave to 1920 * 1080. The thing is I don't want the output to be scaled, I just want this ...
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Always enable Smart Quotes in TextEdit?

I like smart quotes and curly quotes (unlike most people of the internet, apparently). I'm on macOS Mojave, Version 10.14.3. I have both of these preferences turned on: TextEdit preferences: System-...
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How to give an application with a modifed Info.plist access to the microphone?

I have an application which requests access to the microphone, and when I accept everything works as it should. But I want to hide from the dock (to have it run in the background sort of). To do this ...
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Catalina Keyboard shortcuts preferences missing 'full keyboard access'

vs. I am not sure why I do not see this option. I want to see this option because I have for long since been in search of the hotkeys to enable navigation through search results without a mouse ...
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Look Me Up By Email problem

Does anybody have anything in the "Look Me Up By Email" tab? I'm trying to understand how to remove this thing from "Look Me Up By Email". This app was uninstalled a long time ago and it's still ...
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How to access iCloud file invitation

An iCloud file was shared with my apple id and a friend's apple id. However, we're both new to iCloud and neither of us have been able to access the file. The file was definitely shared: the person ...
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Add a Google account to macOS 10.14.6 running Safari 13.0?

Starting on September 20, 2019, my macOS 10.14.6-equipped iMac began asking me to enter the password for two Google accounts I've long had connected to the machine. I clicked the notification bubble ...
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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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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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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 ...