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Show a “Now Playing” iTunes Notification in the OS X Dock

Nov 19, 2011 - 55 Comments
Now Playing iTunes Dock notification

Using a defaults write command, the iTunes Dock icon can be set to display a “Now Playing” song and artist pop-up that transitions in and out and music starts. It’s a nice addition, particularly if you’re playing songs from a shared network playlist and have iTunes hidden in the background. Enable the iTunes song & … Read More

Enable Safari Hidden Debug Menu in Mac OS X

Nov 7, 2011 - 8 Comments
Debug menu in Safari

Safari has a hidden “Debug” menu that offers some additional features for debugging the browser, including stress and load tests, sampling, javascript error logging, the ability to intentionally crash a page, and more. Intended for Safari developers, the Debug menu is different from the Developer menu, which is geared more at web developers, although there … Read More

View & Mount Hidden Partitions in Mac OS X

Sep 23, 2011 - 14 Comments
View and mount a hidden partition in Mac OS X

By enabling a hidden debug feature in Disk Utility, you are able to both view and mount hidden partitions on hard drives in Mac OS X. Hidden partitions include things like Linux swap, GUID partitions, a Windows Recovery drive, and OS X Lion or Mountain Lion onwards Recovery HD partition, and once they’re mounted they … Read More

Stop Safari Auto-Refreshing Web Pages in Mac OS X Lion

Sep 20, 2011 - 21 Comments
Stop Safari from Auto Reloading Web Pages in OS X Lion

A new addition to Safari 5.1 in Mac OS X 10.7 is that web pages auto-refresh if they are left inactive for a period of time. The feature can seem unnecessary and even annoying, but there’s no clear preference option to disable reloading of pages. Thankfully, Stormcloud (via DaringFireball) shows us how to stop this … Read More

Enable AirDrop Over Ethernet & AirDrop On Unsupported Macs Running OS X

Sep 16, 2011 - 68 Comments
Enable AirDrop on Unsupported Macs Running OS X 10.7

AirDrop is the extremely easy local peer-to-peer file transfer tool that is built into OS X 10.7 and 10.8 and beyond, it allows you to easily send and receive files wirelessly over a network just by dragging and dropping. It’s a great addition to Lion, but it’s not supported on all Macs (some 2008 model … Read More

Automatically Customize Mac OS X with a Bash Script: 27 Defaults Write Commands, custom .aliases, .bash_profile, etc

Sep 9, 2011 - 8 Comments
Bash script to customize many aspects of Mac OS X

If you’re an advanced user and setting up a new Mac, you probably customize the OS with a ton of defaults write commands and .alias adjustments. These are things you can either enter manually, use an easy tool like LionTweaks, or check out this new great script from GitHub called .osx. Note: this is obviously … Read More

Enable Element Inspector in the Mac App Store

Sep 7, 2011 - 5 Comments
Mac App Store element inspector

The Mac App Store has a hidden element inspector that lets you view the source of any page or element drawn within the App Store, letting you extract text or images, and even enter your own code into the console (which can lead to all sorts of fun things). This is probably most useful for … Read More

Disable “Reopen Windows When Logging Back In” in Mac OS X Completely

Aug 25, 2011 - 96 Comments
Disable Reopen Windows when Logging In

You may have noticed that when you log out or reboot Mac OS X, you get a dialog window with a checkbox next to “Reopen windows when logging back in” that restores all of your currently open applications and windows. If you don’t like it and you’re tired of unchecking the box to no longer … Read More

Lion Tweaks Makes Customizing Mac OS X Lion Features as Easy as a Click

Aug 19, 2011 - 10 Comments
Lion Tweaks

Tired of tweaking OS X Lion on your own with all the defaults write commands? Don’t want to manually change iCals leather look back to aluminum? What about older tips like turning the Dock into 2D? Lion Tweaks to the rescue! This little free app is an extremely easy GUI front-end to a ton of … Read More

Show System Info, Hostname, & OS X Version at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Login Screen

Aug 17, 2011 - 5 Comments
Show System Info and Hostname at the Mac OS X Lion Login Screen

Prior to Mac OS X 10.7, you used to be able to click on the “Mac OS X” text to display additional system information about the Mac, showing things like IP Address, OS X version and build number, and the machines Hostname. Apple pulled that ability out of Mac OS X Lion, but you can … Read More

Return the “Don’t Save” Keyboard Shortcut to Command+D in Mac OS X

Aug 15, 2011 - 16 Comments
Don't Save keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X has rearranged the “Don’t Save” keyboard shortcut that shows up in the save dialog windows, moving from the longstanding Command+D to Command+Delete instead. Presumably this was done because Command+Delete (backspace) makes more sense and it’s harder to make a mistake, but some habits die hard. This change was first introduced in Lion, … Read More

Disable the Character Accent Menu and Enable Key Repeat in Mac OS X

Aug 4, 2011 - 29 Comments
Enable Key Repeat in Mac OS X Lion and Disable the Accented Character Pop Up

If you hold down many keys in Mac OS X, particularly vowels but also letters like j and n, a little popup menu appears showing an accented character selection window. This is a fairly new change to OS X behavior, replacing the long existing default of a repeating key press instead, where if you hold … Read More

Turn Off Resume on a Per App Basis in Mac OS X Lion with defaults write

Aug 1, 2011 - 23 Comments
Turn Off Resume on a Per App Basis in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

In our post on how to disable Resume for Safari or other applications in OS X 10.7, several of our commenters pointed out that it isn’t necessary to change the individual app directories permissions. Alternatively, you can turn off Resume on a per-app basis using a defaults write command entered into the Terminal. Turn Off … Read More

Disable Mail Animations in Mac OS X

Jul 27, 2011 - 15 Comments
Disable Mail Animation in OS X Lion

If you have used Mail for a long time, you have probably noticed the new Mail animations for replying and sending, where the message seems to slide off the screen. Like all the other new animations, this is a polarizing addition and some people hate it. Turning off the general new window animations in OS … Read More

Disable the New Window Animation in Mac OS X

Jul 25, 2011 - 30 Comments
The New Window Animation in Mac OS X Lion can be disabled if you don't like it

The latest versions of Mac OS X bring a subtle new window animation, it’s so subtle that many people probably won’t even notice it, but it displays any time a new window is created. It’s better seen than described (the attached screenshot only captures so much), but basically the new window grows to full sized … Read More

Disable the Window Shadow on Screen Shots in Mac OS X

May 23, 2011 - 4 Comments
Screen shot without the window shadows in Mac OS X

Have you ever noticed that there’s a shadow on every screen shot of a window you take in Mac OS X? If you don’t want those shadows to appear on your screen shots, you can disable the shadow effect by turning to defaults commands at the Terminal.

Super-Size Dock Icon Magnification in Mac OS X

May 9, 2011 - 2 Comments
Super Size Mac OS X Dock Icon Magnification

For those using larger displays you may wish the OS X Dock icon magnification was greater on the Mac, but it turns out this can be achieved easily with a defaults write command.

Show Only Currently Active Apps in the Mac OS X Dock

Apr 28, 2011 - 13 Comments
Show active apps only in Mac OS X Dock

Here’s a great trick if you prefer a minimalist Mac OS X desktop and Dock: set the Dock to only display currently active apps. Launch the Terminal and enter the following command: defaults write static-only -bool TRUE Now you have to kill the Dock for changes to take effect: killall Dock If you use … Read More

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