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 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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How can I export my system preferences?

Is there a way for me to export my system preferences on my Mac for quick install on another machine? An example of what I am trying to accomplish is, when I start a new job, I would like to import ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is macOS is unable to verify my Yahoo user ID

Through System Preferences > Internet Accounts I enter my Yahoo user ID and password and am getting error message, "unable to verify user id and password". I have enabled POP in my Yahoo account and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Wrong date format in the menu bar

I set up some custom date formats, and while at first the date in the menu bar did honor them, now I've noticed it stopped and it's just using a standard one. How do I switch it back? Screenshot: ...
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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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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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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 ...