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 restore System Preferences.app without reinstalling?

My younger brother decided to sudo rm -r /Applications/System\ Preferences.app. Yeah, it was a pretty stupid thing to do. (In his defense, it's probably my fault for giving him bad habits--whenever I ...
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Script to toggle internet sharing using Alfred

I tried many methods to toggle internet sharing with Alfred but its not working! Its driving me crazy! Can anyone please help me with an AppleScript which I can paste in Alfred and assign a hot key ...
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Log out after X minutes turning itself back on

This is driving me insane. The checkbox in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General Tab > Advanced > Logout after X minutes of inactivity turns itself back on whenever I move ...
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Where has dictation and speech gone on Sierra?

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202584 says Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dictation & Speech. I'm sure it used to be there, I've set it up in the past, but now I have ...
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Google Chrome shuts down when my MacBook Air goes to sleep

No error messages come up and upon initiating Google Chrome again, it goes to my homepage. I have gone into System Preferences and then to Security & Privacy and auto logout is disabled. Any ...
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How do I identify which preference panes are 32-bit and which aren't

Recently my Sound preference pane has asked me to reopen System Preferences when I select it, or when I switch away from it. I have added a few preference panes (e.g. Wacom, an Xbox controller pane, ...
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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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What does the checkbox for some apps in iCloud > Options > Documents mean?

In System Preferences > iCloud > Options > Documents, there are checkboxes for "Apps that store documents and data in iCloud." For many apps, it's clear what the checkbox means: the app can, ...
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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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Cannot Turn on Location Services

When I open System Preferences, go to Privacy, unlock the pane with my password. When I click on the 'Turn on Location Services' checkbox, the computer freezes, and the box turn blue and immediately ...
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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 ...
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Custom Screensaver?

In OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 I am trying to set my custom Screensaver, i.e. my own picture and not the predefined ones, just like as one would do for the Desktop background. Is this possible?
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Macbook Air shutting off on lid close

Every time I close the lid of my Macbook Air, it turns off and I have to manually start it later when I open the lid again. It also doesn't persist some of my settings such as volume level, desktop ...
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How to select login user with keyboard?

I have a 4K monitor and before I have logged in, the mouse moves really slowly on the user login screen. Once logged in, I have configured the Tracking speed in the Mouse System Preferences to move ...
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User-specific display brightness settings

A coworker and I timeshare an iMac (with external displays). I use it during the day and have it relatively bright to compensate for the light coming in the window and whatnot. He uses it at night and ...
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Where is `defaults -currentHost write domain key value` written to?

When I use defaults write domain key value the information is written to ~/Library/Preferences/domain.plist. When I use the -currentHost flag, it has a higher priority then when I just use defaults ...
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Animated gif as user picture in OS X?

How can I set an animated gif as user picture in OS X? Is it possible?
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What files should be copied to manually migrate a user account?

The user account I normally use has something wrong with its native OS "Internet Accounts" configuration. It's corrupted or something. This causes login failures within native OS X apps such as "...
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Cannot read keyboard shortcut text

Some of the shortcut titles take up too much space and are truncated. System Preferences cannot be resized, so I cannot see the full name. Is there any other way?
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How do I allow new system preferences in profile manager?

We're using Profile Manager on our group of Macs. The System Preferences options are setup as a whitelist. However, the profile manager doesn't know about certain options, so they get blocked by ...
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Missing lock icon in System Preferences->Sharing on El Capitan

See attached image below. I have a few macs and on one of them, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to lock the Sharing tab under System Preferences. The lock is present and working on other ...
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get radio buttons in System Preferences

I am trying to click at radio buttons in Displays panel of System Prefernces. This is the code I use to identify radio buttons: tell application "System Preferences" activate reveal anchor "...
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How to specify between identical menu command names when making custom shortcuts.

I commonly set custom keyboard shortcuts in System Prefs. I tried setting a shortcut (command-shift-a, mirroring command-shift-j to move to junk) for Mail app to move messages to archive, since the ...
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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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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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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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I Can't login with a Google account

The problem started after I restored from timemachine, but in a couple of days I saw that my gmail didn't work in Mail.app (my iCloud mail works fine) then I tried log out and log in again (with my ...
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Item: “Documents”, Kind “Unknown” in Login Items

In my Login Items on Mac OS 10.11.3 I see an item called "Documents". The Kind is specified as "unknown" and there is a yellow warning sign at the end of the line. No further information is shown ...
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Unable to toggle natural scrolling direction

I've been experimenting a bit when trying to write a script for toggling the scrolling direction; com.apple.swipescrolldirection. There are plenty of examples of people doing this online, and several ...
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Where can I find/unbind control shift space? (^⇧ + space)

I read through all of the system-wide keyboard shortcuts in "System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts" and I could not find nor unbind the Control+Shift+Space macro for use by SkipTune's pause/play ...
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Syncing OSX settings and preferences to iCloud

Is there a way to sync/save OSX's own settings, preferences, etc to iCloud? I use OSX El Capitan.
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Share Keyboard Shortcuts

I have about over 100 keyboard shortcuts for my mac, and I want to transfer all those shortcuts to my second computer. Is there a way to do this easily?
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How do you delete applications which are stored in your system preferences?

I have these two programs "Fan Control" and "Shades" which I got from the Macupdate website. With other downloads it seems they can simply be dragged nd dropped from the applications folder into the ...
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“Recent Items” count is not saved in System Preferences-OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”

In System Preferences, when I try to change "Recent Items" count from "none" to any other value it is not saved. I can change it, but when I close System Preferences and open it again I still see "...
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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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Applescript for specific System Preferences pane

I'm trying to write an applescript to get me to a specific section of the system preferences - Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services and hopefully to a specific service as well. I've gotten a part of the ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for Terminal

I am trying to add a shortcut to the menu bar actions in the Terminal app, (specifically to create a new window with my own theme.) Here is a screenshot: However when I try to add the shortcut via ...
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How do I rearrange the order of Spotlight categories?

I believe I used to have the ability to rearrange the search categories shown in Spotlight, but I can't drag to rearrange within System Preferences > Spotlight anymore (El Capitan). Is there some ...
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How can I turn off “Swipe between pages”? [duplicate]

I went into system preferences and completely unchecked the swipe between pages button for my magic mouse, but it still does it. Why won't this feature turn off? If you're going to tell me my ...
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Can't Turn Off Swipe Between Pages!

I recently picked up the new Magic Mouse 2. Since then, the 'Swipe Between Pages' has started working on it's own. With the old mouse, I turned it off, as I was constantly flipping through web pages ...
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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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How to fix a MacBook's sound output which is stuck on headphones?

I have a late 2008 My MacBook running OS X Yosemite. It suddenly stopped playing audio through the internal speakers. I've checked Sound under System Preferences, and headphones show up as the ...
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My Today Extensions in El Capitan are all missing

I was using my Mac over the weekend when I decided to change the song on iTunes from the Today Extension in the sidebar. I swiped to bring the sidebar into view and Hmm... not there (also no Weather, ...
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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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OSX Automatic Time zone detects location but doesn't update

Recently my automatic timezone update stopped working. (ie it used to work but now it doesn't) Troubling thing is my mac detects the correct location (e.g. Golden, CO), but doesn't use this to update ...
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I can't open Network without my MacBook Pro crashing

I'm aware of the spontaneous reboot glitch as it happened many times before I found Apple's specifics on how to stop it, but starting earlier today, when I try to open System Preferences my MacBook ...
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System Preferences search no longer highlights possible matches

Spotlight would mark matches when searching in system preferences are no longer appearing. I have "System Preferences" enabled in Spotlight prefs. I have searched for a solution to this, no luck. Any ...
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Enable guest user and location services with profile manager

Is there a way to enable the guest account and location services with profile manager via built in setting or custom ad on?
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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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How can I script the setup of preferences in Mac OS X?

I have a couple of Macs and I would like to create some kind of script that I can use to: Easily setup a new Mac after a reinstall Update settings to consistent values (so if I decide to change some ...