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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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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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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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 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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Tradeoffs between symlinking vs changing path to $HOME

I'm moving my user account $HOME to a different drive. The Apple-blessed procedure is outlined here. An alternative would be just to symlink from the old to the new location. Are there any ...
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How to force macOS to accept and activate changes to .GlobalPreferences.plist?

I have a key with values that I'd like to insert into .GlobalPreferences.plist. I've been able to insert these via the following steps: mkdir ~/tmp; cd ~/tmp cp /path/to/some.plist ~/tmp/ cp ~/...
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System Preferences locked even after entering password

I am using OS X El Capitan. For some reason, I can no longer unlock the preferences in System Preferences panes although I still appear as an admin. When I enter my password for authentication it ...
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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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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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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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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Is there a Settings/System Preferences simulator for macOS/iOS tech support?

Frequently when offering technical assistance, I either want to follow along with my own instructions to make sure they are correct, or provide a screenshot to demonstrate my instructions visually. ...
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Sound Output keeps reselecting built-in Output, from Bluetooth Device

I have a Logitech Blue Tooth audio adapter which has been working for like 2 years. All of a sudden, in sys preferences, it automatically switches to built-in sound. The bluetooth, is connected in ...
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System Preferences Date & Time Icon

This is more of a curiosity question that's been bugging me and I can't find an answer to. With the new MacOS Sierra, if you open the System Preferences, and look at the Date & Time icon used, the ...
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Time zone updates are only semi-automatic

In my Mac's date and time prefs I have "Set time zone automatically using current location" checked. But when I travel to a different time zone, the zone doesn't automatically change-- unless I open ...
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Yosemite problem with Xbox 360 Controller Driver

A few months ago, I downloaded this Xbox360ControllerDriver, which I believe it was the .11 Version and was working fine by the time. Recently, I bought a new wired Xbox 360 controller, thinking ...
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How does the language & text region setting “affect the availability of Internet services”?

According to a note underneath the Region setting in the Language & Text prefpane, "Changing the region may affect the availability of Internet services." This is not explained in any ...
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iCloud can't find my MacBook

When I sign into icloud.com and click on the Find My iPhone icon, my MacBook does NOT show up in the located devices. I have already made sure that my location services are turned ON in System ...
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Can Teleport be set up to be automated?

I've got two Macs, and I only use one keyboard and mouse thanks to Teleport. The problem is that I have to activate it every time I turn my computer on. Would it be possible to do it automatically?
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What does OS X use “associated” Apple IDs for?

On OS X it is possible to associate Apple IDs with user accounts. Apple lists three consequences of doing so: The Apple IDs can be used to reset the user account The Apple IDs can be used to access ...
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Why do Application Shortcuts in System Preferences disappear?

I have a longstanding issue with Application Shortcuts (ie. in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Application Shortcuts). I can set up a new shortcut to a menu item of a specific application, eg. ...
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'Change resolution' in menu bar

I just upgraded to Catalina with a new Mac... and am wondering if it is possible to change the screen resolution from within the menu bar? I was sure I used to do something like this years ago in ...
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Allow all applications to access Desktop, Documents, and Downloads in Catalina

How do I disable the macOS Catalina security feature that prevents apps from accessing the Desktop, Documents, and Downloads folders? Note: I have my Desktop and Documents folders stored locally, not ...
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Proxy user/password setting in System Settings apparently ignored

Using macOS Catalina 10.15.2, I observe the following behavior: I open System Preferences, Network, the network I am on (only tested Ethernet thus far), Advanced, Proxies, Web Proxy (HTTP). I enable ...
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Setting System Preferences via script

Good thing: I got a spiffy new e-ink monitor and it's going to help a ton with my concussion symptoms. Bad thing: It can't exactly handle things like video conferencing, so I need to switch back and ...
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“Could not load Notifications preference pane”

Preference panes generally load fine for a while after I boot up my MacBook, but eventually I start getting errors like "Could not load Notifications preference pane" (replace "Notifications" with ...
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App Limits for Executables in MacOS Screen Time

I would like to play less Minecraft, and MacOS Screen Time seems well-equipped to keep me from using certain applications for more than a specified amount of time using the "App Limits" function. ...
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Setting up different profiles for left / right handed use

Im right-handed but, due to some posture issues, I've recently started attempting to use my mac left-handed. So it's easy enough to set up the mouse so that it's left handed, but I could do with ...
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MacBook Pro Catalina - Input Monitoring

I hope someone can help me. I was updating my driver for my XP-Pen drawing tablet. Part of the instructions included adding the app and the driver to Input Monitoring. However, the + and - sign at ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why does my Twitter account keep reappearing in System Preferences/Internet Accounts?

I delete my Twitter account from "Internet Accounts". Within 10 seconds the Twitter account reappears. How can I get it to reset? Companion problem is that my Twitter account shows up multiple ...
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Need to prohibit writing CD/DVD for all non-admin users in Mountain Lion

We have a requirement that forbids users writing to removable media such as CDs. So far all I've been able to find is defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitBurn true but that is a per-user ...
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Search Results Within System Preferences Not Highlighted

This is just a minor annoyance, but usually, when typing in the search field inside of System Preferences, the icons for matching search results receive kind of a glowing background or highlight. ...
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How can I select “Allow” from System Preferences -> Security Panel to allow the installer to run from TERMINAL

I am trying to install Docker on a macOS computer remotely from my Windows machine using a terminal connection. In order to to this, I run the following command on the Mac: brew cask install ...
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MacOS Catalina - iTerm2 - Strange message when rebooting the MacBook pro

When I reboot my Macbook pro and after logging, I have a strange message on a iTerm2 terminal window that appears and that doesn't give the hand : /Applications/iTerm.app/Contents/MacOS/image_decoder; ...
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It seems to take far too long to unlock the “Users & Groups” setting on Mojave than was the case for High Sierra

This has bugged me from the time I did the first upgrade to Mojave (revision 3) under advice not to upgrade from High Sierra when Mojave was first released. I have tried several resets and even a ...
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Mac Catalina won't let me delete user

I go to users and groups, I put in my admin password, I click on the user, the user is a standard user, I press the - button, and then nothing happens. I can't do anything from that point other than ...
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Do I have to have System Preferences open to use keyboard shortcut I created?

I created a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services to trigger the screen saver, and it works only when I have System Preferences open. Is this normal? I'm on Mojave.
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Give Standard User temporary full System Preference access using sudo

I'm on Catalina 10.15.4 2017 MacBook air and I'm on a standard account with sudo privileges. To unlock fully unlock System Preferences, I need the administrator password. Is the a way where I can ...
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Require password not able to change time delay , it is greyed out

Why is the checkbox in the second line greyed out ?
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How can I use AppleScript to set Night Shift?

I have setup an AppleScript that tries to change the state of Night Shift: https://gist.github.com/HanSooloo/0c1223e9efecf26d3110fc1f22913cff PROBLEM STATEMENT: However, I am getting an "Invalid ...
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Why can't I see the Security and Privacy Tab in System Preferences?

We have installed latest version of chrome and remote desktop to Mac laptop running 10.6.8. However Remote access wont launch. After research I think I need to give access to org.chromium.chromoting....
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How do I access additional bluetooh settings on HighSierra?

I am trying in vain to write to a bluetooth serial port, both echo and screen to /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port have caused the terminal to be stuck and not respond. I have found out through guides ...
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Modify the shared inside the security authorizationdb system.preferences with macOS Mojave 10.14.6

I am working on some security requirement specification on a macOS Mojave 10.14.6 laptop and in the specific they require me to make sure that the output from the following command line: /usr/bin/sudo ...