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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How preconfigure os x install image for automatic install?

I want to build a custom system image of OS X (say ML). I want to install it on the virtual machine (not really important). I want a never-boot image (i.e. not a preinstalled image) fully configured. ...
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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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Desktop background folder selections not persisting

Upgraded to Mountain Lion a few weeks ago, didn't have the problem. A few days ago I replaced the hard drive with a SSD and did a clean install of Mountain Lion then manually moved my background ...
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Found bizarre signed exceptions under com.apple.alf.plist

In the never-ending quest to track down odd errors on my late 2008 MBP, running 10.6.8, I have recently noticed that I have several .plist files are created anew several times a day. The list varies, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Make Sidebar items in Finder larger without affecting any other application

Background I'd like to make items in the Finder's Sidebar larger like this: Theoretically, you can do it like this: Open System Preferences. Open General. Set Sidebar icon size: to Medium or Large. ...
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Quick application switch (Command-Tab) messed up

My quick application switching, using Command-Tab, isn't starting at the most recently opened/focused application. Instead it does the opposite. It goes to the application I opened least recently. How ...
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Why does changing password in System Preferences work when it doesn't through Terminal?

My question might also be put, "What does System Preferences -> Users & Accounts do to change a user's password that I'm missing in the command line?" The desktop is joined to both OD and AD ...