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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 separate “mouse” and “trackpad” settings?

In System Preferences > Mouse there's a setting "Scroll direction: natural", which I don't like, so I unset. The problem is that this also unsets the setting for Trackpad, which I do like. How can ...
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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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Is it possible to change the name of a bluetooth mouse?

I bring my MacBook Pro back and forth between home and work. I have a Magic Mouse in both places. I guess because they are both the same model, I have to re-pair the mouse with the computer every time ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Activity Monitor?

I can't seem to find a shortcut for launching the activity monitor. Does it have one?
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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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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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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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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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“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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Text substitution does not work with Slack on Yosemite

I have a text substitution setup within the System Preferences. This works most places within OS X as far as I can tell, but it does not work in Slack. (Their native app for OS X version 1.1.4 - 2814) ...
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Cannot add wireless network in Mavericks in System Preferences

I accidentally deleted the wifi connection on my macbook pro (I went to System Preference > Network, i tried to delete a VPN but accidentally deleted the WIFI connection as well). Now if I add a WIFI ...
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Using External Monitor. Want Mouse to move Up/Down, not Left/Right?

I've got an external monitor and want to be able to use the monitor above the laptop. It seems I'm supposed to use "Spaces" to support an external monitor which I have done and I've set up two ...
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How do I move my menubar to an external monitor?

I just asked this question (Using External Monitor and Spaces. Want Mouse to move Up/Down, not Left/Right?) and @calavera gave me a great answer, thanks! But now I have another question. It seems ...
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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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What change does the OS need to make, given this message? “iCloud Preferences wants to make changes to your account”

This message appears when I log on to my machine. It doesn't tell me what change it wants to make, so I deny it access to my system. Does anyone know what change it is trying to make?
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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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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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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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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/...
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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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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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App specific HIGHTAIL EXPRESS “accept incoming network connections”

If denying the request to accept incoming network connections does not seem to hinder an app, how would one go about finding out why the app asked to allow incoming network connections in the first ...
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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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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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Apps Stuck in Security & Privacy > Accessibility

I was messing around with using AppleScript for GUI manipulation so the apps I was making had to be granted access. The very first one I did showed up in Security & Privacy > Accessibility as ...
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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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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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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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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 clean Unknown item of kind Unknown from my Account startup items system preference pane?

I was running some beta apps that try and insert themselves as log in items and now need to clean up the mess they left. I'm speculating something went wrong while trying to follow this and this ...
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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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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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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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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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Why cannot I see any browsers in system preferences?

Already filed a bug in Apple's bug reporter, ID is 25949722 What I want to do is to set Canary as default browser, but when I opened system preferences, I cannot see any browsers listed. What's ...
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I am an admin but several preferences are grey and say “your system administrator has not given you access to this preference pane”

I have admin rights on my mac laptop at work. In the last several days I have lost access to several system preference pane items. Most notably "security and privacy" and notifications. The icons ...
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How to export Text replacements from the Keyboard System Preference from shell?

There are a few users here that use the same replacement text between several machines. We'd like to be able to sync up the replacement table between the systems. Right now the manual way of doing ...
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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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How can I globally disable 'Text Replacement'?

I've been looking for an answer to this question for a while, so I'm guessing this can only be solved with a console command. What I want to do is disable 'Text Replacement' everywhere on my Mac. The ...
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How to move the desktop background?

The situation I face is that I have a wallpaper that fills the screen but shows the wrong part of the actual image. So I am wondering whether I could possibly move the image so it shows me the proper ...
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Remove an app from Notification Center preference pane

My girlfriend added Facebook to my Notification Center. I tried to set the alert style to none, and you can see the check mark to show items in Notification Center is deselected. I want it completely ...
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Uninstalling macOS App Extensions from System Preferences

I'm a developer, but it is more of a user-centric question. How can one "unregister" a Finder Sync (or any other, presumably) OS X / macOS App Extension so that it disappears from System Preferences >...
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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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Profile manager pending on some devices

I have this problem that most of the options in the system preferences are greyed out, even when I log in as an admin. But I need to log in to my iCloud account to get some software to run on these ...