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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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Turn off voice of "Your computer remotely control by **" ScreenSharing MacOS

I using 2 laptops, both on MacOS with ScreenSharing. And when I trying to use second laptop without VNC/ScreenSharing,I hearing voice with attention. "Your compture remotely control blah blah&...
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Two custom home pages for two focus modes whilst having a blank Home Screen when not in a focus mode

For the custom “Piloting” focus mode I have created, the Home Screen looks like this: When I turn this focus mode off, the Home Screen is empty. This is how I would like it. It is one empty page with ...
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Override MDM-controlled notification settings

We get Macs issued from my workplace, which has MDM (mobile device management) on it. When there is a scheduled system update upcoming in a couple of weeks I'll get daily reminders about it, which is ...
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How to enable App Shortcuts in MacOS Sonoma?

I upgraded my MacOS to Sonoma but my App Shortcuts that were already defined are not working. All of my shortcuts are per application (none are All Applications) and when I view the menus in the ...
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Mac OS shows wrong date and time

My Mac mini M1 mit Sonoma 14.3.1 shows wrong date and time: 10th of April [correct date: 13th of April] 22:52 [correct time: 00:24] System set do auto time settings with correct time Zone. Restart ...
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Connection between 2 MacBooks using cable instead of WiFi?

Is this possible to use a cable for connection between two MacBooks like in Sidecar for iPad? I'm connecting to another MacBook with a smaller screen using ScreenSharing with HighPerformance profile(...
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Is there a way to get a bigger cursor on the login screen on Monterey

I use a 43" tv as my main screen running 1800 x 2800 pixels. On my account, I've set the cursor larger and with red edges to make it easier to find. But the login screen still has the default ...
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Open System Settings with a shortcut

I'd like to open System Settings (formerly System Preferences) with a global keyboard shortcut. How do I do that in macOS Sonoma 14+? Related question is outdated.
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Individual accent colors for Mac OS Apps? [duplicate]

I'd like to change the individual accent colors of my apps in Mac OS (so that they arent all the same). I'd like to change my Mail app accent colors to blue specifically. Is there a way to do this ...
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How to Prevent Title Bar from Auto-Showing When Switching Between Full Screen Spaces on macOS?

On macOS Sonoma (version 14.2.1), I encounter an issue where the application's title bar automatically shows up each time I switch between full screen apps across different spaces. This behavior is ...
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Disable FN + C (other answers online do not work)

I use FN as a key inside emacs. Unfortunately, FN C (which I need to use) is bound to open Control Center. Looking in shortcuts, there is no way to disable this one. I have press fn key to -> do ...
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Search in System Preferences pane stopped working

Since recently, searching in the System Preferences does not work any more on my Macbook Pro M1. When I enter any search string, just nothing happens, as if I hadn't typed in anything. Other users (...
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Unable to login into Google Internet Account for Mac Sonoma or Sync Contacts

I am trying to login to my mac with a personal gmail Google account (not GSuite) that has 2-Factor enabled, so I can sync mail, contacts, and notes. Previously, I was able to do this. However, ...
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How to permanently disable the Do Not Disturb focus setting on a Mac? (disable the ability to turn it on)

How can I remove the ability to enable the Do Not Disturb focus on a Mac? I've had a number of times where I inadvertently, unknowingly enabled the Do Not Disturb focus with the F6 key, and didn't ...
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Quit Application on pressing Close

Essentially, I'm trying to find a way to make the red Close button do the equivalent of Cmd+Q, consistently (think; Windows/Linux close buttons). A previous question asked the same question, ...
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TrueTone flickering when switching user accounts (display color changes briefly)

When I switch between logged in user accounts, I noticed TrueTone flickers (the display color shifts to TrueTone briefly). It turns on when switching to the next account for a few seconds, and then ...
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How to get Count of Number of Past Connected Displays

I'm on a MacBook Pro, MacOS version Sonoma 14.2. I've noticed that each time I connect to a new external display, my Mac is able to remember my configuration for it (and for any combinations of ...
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Why are links opening in a non-default browser?

I have two different installations of Firefox. This is done so that one installation can be automated using Marionette, while I use the other for regular web browsing. I created the second ...
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Can I enlarge the system scrollbar size?

I would like to enlarge/widen the default system scrollbar size - it annoys me how the width has shrunk over the years. I have found how to do this for certain individual applications (e.g. Firefox), ...
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Where is that "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" checkbox in modern macOS Sonoma etc. edition of the System Settings?

I would like to turn off the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" feature is System Settings. Some folk say that will solve the mysterious problem of Disk not ejected properly error ...
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How to set default paper sizes for different printers on macOS

I've two printers, HP desktop A4 size and a Zebra thermal label printer for label printing 4"x6". I'm not able to set the default paper size for these printers separately and I've to ...
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How can I fix “Error 15” System Settings so the control center pane renders and works reliably?

A while ago, I started to get an error notification when I navigated to the Control Center section of System Settings. "The operation couldn't be completed. (com.apple.extensionKit.errorDomain ...
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How can I tell if the Content Caching feature is working correctly?

I enabled this on a Mac Mini which I use as a server with attached storage. It's shows that it's "working" and my iMac finds it "healthy" however none of the large updates we've ...
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Change the Date format in the menu bar

Specifically, I would like to include the year for the menu bar date display and, even better, if I could change it to the iso format like YYYY-MM-DD. I was able to change how it is displayed in the ...
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'o' in macOS date format for menu bar clock

I have a problem with clock in menu bar date format. I'd like to show my clock with weekday, and 24 hour. For some reason, I see Niedz. 13.08 o 19:19 (pl_PL locale). While trying to figure out what ...
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How to use Applescript to set output sound volume

I want to tweak the Applescript I use to select the sound output, to also dial the output volume up to 100%. (* Applescript to toggle between two sound outputs by Line number, ¬ as they appear in the ...
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Where Are Ventura System Settings Icons Located?

I'm creating a menu bar interface to Ventura's System Settings. Where do the icon resources (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Network, Notification, etc.) reside? I've checked all the usual Resources folders ...
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Switching Tilde (~) and plus-minus (±) when using an external keyboard over a USB receiver

I have a MB Pro 2021, with an ISO keyboard layout. I wanted to swap between the (~) and plus-minus (±) keys. I already tried the option in Tilde (~) and plus-minus (±) in wrong place on keyboard, ...
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Choose which Applications re-open documents at launch

To enable or disable the preservation of open files between launches, there's a global Preference/Setting. up to Monterey System Preferences > General > Close windows when quitting an app ...
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What is the meaning of these user interface elements in macOS System Settings? [closed]

In the macOS UI there are several visual elements that seem to do the same thing. Why are they different? What is the meaning of each? For example, all the clickable things shown below bring up a ...
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MacOS Ventura 13.3 apps don't show in Camera and Microphone Privacy & Security settings

I've been having issues getting apps to show in System Settings > Privacy & Security > Microphone & Camera, on MacOS Ventura 13.3. I have a iMac 27-inch, Late 2013, which I used OpenCore ...
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Accessing iCloud page in System Settings in macOS Ventura causes stalling, high CPU and ExtensionKit error 15

Accessing System Settings > Internet Accounts > iCloud causes my Macbook Pro (running Ventura 13.3.1) to stall, high CPU, and everything going jumpy. Then an error message: "The operation ...
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Applescript - What's the path of this "button" in System Preferences (Function Keys) / How to refer to Function Keys button in code

I've been trying to write a script in AppleScript for making enabling and disabling Function Keys easier for me, but I cannot find the path for the Function Keys "button" in System ...
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"To continue using iCloud, confirm your MacBook Pro password" requested multiple times per week

In the last few weeks, my Intel MacBook Pro 15" 2018 running macOS Ventura 13.2.1 has been requesting its local password for using iCloud, which I think has happened in the past, but certainly ...
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How to enable Background Sounds (accessibility) from Terminal or Shortcuts?

On iOS there is a Shortcut action for enabling background sounds. This doesn't exist on macOS 13 Ventura, as far as I can tell. I can enable background sounds manually by navigating to Accessibility -&...
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cocoAspell successor? (Improved Spell Check for m1+, macOS 13+)

cocoAspell (git, last updated: 2016, deprecated) brought the unix package Aspell (a spellcheck dictionary for terminal editors) to the system-wide macOS spellcheck. cocoAspell has since deprecated. ...
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How to specify the languange of "System Settings" it self without rebooting?

I want to change the language of System Settings App without rebooting. However, it was invalid to select this App in the interface where I can specify a language for an App.
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System Settings > Privacy & Security > "Allow accessories to connect" section is not visible

I am running Mac Studio (Apple Silicon) on MacOS Ventura 13.2, which is the latest version as of writing. For some reason, on this particular computer, System Settings > Privacy & Security > ...
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Refresh After Defaults Accessibility Write

I need to programmatically change the Accessibility "Reduce Transparency" System Setting under macOS Ventura. The change is easy enough… defaults write com.apple.Accessibility ...
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Control Panel "Sound" / AudioMIDISetup settings, are lost on restart. Audio Interface box connected

I have a typical dac audio interface attached to my Mac for sound OUTPUT. (Just TBC, I don't use it for input, only output.) This is a MBP 16" 2019, hence with four Thunderbolt3 (USB-C) ports. I ...
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Why can't I use Automator to correctly target UI elements in System Preferences? [ventura]

I'm trying to use Automator to record an action on the system preferences, in the accessibility display pane. I want to change the value of the slider for the color filter intensity. I use automator ...
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MacOS Screen Saver Start After Field can not be Modified

I have this weirdest problem for MacOS BigSur version 11.1. I want to change the screen saver "Start after:" parameter to 1 minute. But every time I quit and reopen the System Preferences I ...
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Turn off Time Machine notifications (Ventura) [duplicate]

I keep getting the "No Backups for X Days" notification on my Mac from Time Machine. System Preferences layout was updated for Ventura, so the old answers on how to turn off the ...
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How to click checkbox "Play user interface sound effects" macOS Ventura with appleScript

On macOS Ventura it is not possible to click on the checkbox "Play user interface sound effects" tell application "System Settings" activate end tell tell application "...
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How to restrict user creation on Mac from System Settings?

I use my mac with admin user, which is the only user on the device. I just want to restrict user creation from the "User and Groups" in System Settings or Preference. Or even if the admin ...
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How to change default tab when opening System Settings on macOS Ventura?

Whenever I open System Settings it always brings me to the ‘Appearance’ tab. However, I have a feeling that is not right and it should instead bring me to ‘General’. How do I change this?
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Permanently disable Spatial Audio in MacOS over entire system

I am using MacOS Ventura on Apple Silicon. When previewing video files in Finder (Space button), MacOS insists on playing audio using Spatial Audio on my AirPods Pro. I've tried multiple times to ...
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Mac's "System Preferences" asked me for iCloud password, Mac password, and my iPad's password — is this normal?

The System Preferences app on my Mac displayed a message saying I needed to provide password to log into my iCloud account, otherwise some services would not work. I complied. Then System Preferences ...
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How to fix "Show scroll bars" system preference being ignored?

macOS General System Preferences contains this option: When I select "Automatically based on mouse or trackpad", the behavior is identical to "Always". Scrollbars are always shown,...
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MacOS Ventura Date Format Broken

In System Settings, General, Language & Region, Date format, I choose year/month/day. But Finder still shows dates in confusing month/day/year. This was not a problem prior to updating macOS to ...
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