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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 - 90 Comments
Disable Reopen Windows when Logging In

You may have noticed that when you log out or reboot Mac OS X Lion, 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 … 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 - 14 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 - 17 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 - 21 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 - 5 Comments
Screen shot without the window shadows in Mac OS X

Ever noticed that there’s a shadow on every screen shot of a window you take in Mac OS X? You can easily turn this off by using the command line: defaults write disable-shadow -bool true You’ll then need to restart SystemUIServer by killing it: killall SystemUIServer Now take a screen capture of an individual … Read More

Super-Size Dock Icon Magnification

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

For those using larger displays you may wish the Dock icon magnification was greater, this can be achieved easily with a defaults write command. The number at the end represents the pixel dimensions of the icon magnification, so 200 equates to 200×200 (for reference, 128 is the default): defaults write largesize -float 200 200×200 … Read More

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