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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Add Energy Saver to menu bar?

On my iMac, I tend to adjust the Turn off display after: from short to long and back again, pretty frequently. It would be convenient if I could get to this with one click, perhaps from the menu bar. ...
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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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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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Log individual users out of a period of inactivity? [duplicate]

There is a setting under Security & Privacy -> Advanced, to "Log out after X minutes of inactivity". However, this is a system wide setting. I just want to have my kids account log out after a ...
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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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osx require password after sleep greyed out [duplicate]

I don't have the option to change the delay on "require password xx after sleep or screen saver begins. For security, I would like to change it to "immediately" instead of 5 seconds. I obviously ...
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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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Why is System Preferences not recognising Pictures folder? [macOS 10.13.4]

I want to change my 2016 MacBook Pro's wallpaper to a custom image which is already in the Pictures folder. If I launch System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop, under Folders ...
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Location of system file that connects roles with apps

RCDefaultApp can change so-called macOS "roles", eg. change the handler of the mailto: protocol. This is stored in the following file: defaults read ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices/com....
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Why does this app keep getting its Accessibility API privileges revoked when my computer goes to sleep?

I'm using an application called Better Touch Tool which does keyboard mappings, and so requires that you give it permission to the Accessibility API in System Preferences > Security & Privacy. 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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Use downloaded picture for login image

For macOS Sierra I am trying to change the login image. I am going to System Preferences → Users & Groups and clicking on the edit button on the image. An image selection popup appears. I have to ...
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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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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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Include backspace key in custom keyboard shortcut

I want to make the keyboard shortcut for a Service I made ⌃⌥⌫ (Ctrl+Opt+Backspace); however, System Preferences doesn't let me do this. Is there a way I can include the key manually?
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disable temporary autoconf inet6 address

My OS X machine gets assigned two public IP addresses from Android 7.1.1: % ifconfig en0 en0: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 ether 8c:29:XX:XX:XX:XX ...
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Make preferences changes take effect immediately from CLI

How you can make changes take effect and update in the Preferences GUI immediately without having to reboot (unacceptable), log out (bad) or kill processes (last resort)? macOS 10.12 defaults write ~/...
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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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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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Changing service order using Terminal

I would like to write a script to change the service order from Ethernet 1 to Ethernet 2. Any help would be appreciated.
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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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Crashes related to Remote Access?

I hate to sound like everybody else. I think my computer is being accessed by somebody, likely the somebody that gifted the computer to me. I don't thing it beneath him at all, or by somebody else. ...
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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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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 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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Renaming Bluetooth device not working

I run 10.12.6 and I'm wondering how I can rename a Bluetooth device. The function Bluetooth Preferences > Right click > Rename seems to be a no-op, see below gif. Is there a configuration file ...
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Toggle iCloud services in System Preferences via command line / Bash

Is there a way to toggle the check boxes (enable or disable the services) in the System Preferences > iCloud preference pane via command line or Bash?
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System Preferences constantly jumps to Keyboard screen

Whenever I open System Preferences directly to one of the subscreens (e.g. Network or Bluetooth), that screen appears for a split second, then Sys Prefs immediately jumps to the Keyboard screen. I ...
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Make fn the default function key behavior only for some of the function keys [duplicate]

I find myself using the actual F* only for F1 to F6, but for music and sound controls I use the function instead. I've tried using functions by default, and it works great for F7 to F12, but then I ...
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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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Mac OS Sierra System Settings won't stay set

I just got a new 15" MBP with Mac OS Sierra. I've changed the System Preferences to allow me to drag and drop things with the touchpad (under accessibility) and to prevent tap clicking. But after I ...
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How do I remove Gmail from my Mail app without removing Gmail account from system preferences?

I got myself a MacBook today, and one of the steps I took to set it up was adding my work email account (Microsoft Exchange) to the Mail app. I also had to give other apps access to my personal ...
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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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Disable F14/F15 for Brightness Control

My new iMac (2017, running 10.12.5) has by default F14/F15 bound to control the display brightness. I can't find any way to disable them, which means that binding them to other functions doesn't work. ...
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Is it possible to hide or remove system preference panes?

I have a number of System Preference panes I'd like to get rid of. My preference is to make them inactive so nothing loads, but not to delete them in case I ever want them back. What are my options? ...
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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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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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Change the default system highlight color

Is it possible to change the default highlight color in Chrome and other Mac OS X Applications system wide? How do I customize the default setting in apps like TextEdit or Mail?
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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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macOS Sierra 10.12.3 iCloud email is STILL in system preferences after signing out

Story: Okay, so I have this "old" Mac which was fully signed in and connected to my Apple ID. But now that I have a newer Mac, I want fully sign out of the older Mac. So I navigate to System ...
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Using AppleScript to launch specific tabs in System Preferences panes

So I'm new to this and I might be overlooking something simple, but after failing to figure it out myself I attempted to follow the instructions from grgarside's solution to this question: https://...
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Dictation settings with AppleScript

I'm trying to create an an AppleScript to turn dictation on or off (not just make it start listening). My goal is to be able to disable dictation when I am on battery power. I am new to AppleScript ...
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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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What is the shortcut for changing my primary display?

What is the shortcut for switching the primary display when two monitors are connected. It is cumbersome to open up System Preferences > Displays and drag the menu bar across each time I switch. ...
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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 does `System Preferences.app` sync to iCloud?

If we go into System Preferences → Internet Accounts → iCloud → iCloud Drive (Options…), we’ll see System Preferences.app is syncing with iCloud. What exactly is it syncing? I’ve just performed a ...
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Saving and restoring the brightness setting of a display

I have a dual monitor display and I calibrate both displays. My calibrator generates a calibration profile for each monitor, however the brightness is not saved to the profile (apparently this is the ...
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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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Left pane in shortcuts of keyboard system preferences doesn't slide

I would like to slide the left pane in order to access the list of App Shortcuts. This is what should happen, as per an image I've found on internet. And this is what actually happens in my macOS ...