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How to Use Light Theme with Dark Menu Bar and Dock in MacOS Mojave

Oct 15, 2018 - 30 Comments
Choose the Dark theme again but this time it only impacts menu bar and Dock

Enabling Dark Mode in macOS Mojave tranforms the entire user interface appearance into an all-dark look, and while it’s very popular with many users, some other Mac users may not want a full dark mode appearance on their Mac. Instead, some Mac users may prefer a more limited Dark theme experience that only applies to … Read More

How to Fix Blurry Fonts in MacOS Mojave for Non-Retina Displays

Sep 26, 2018 - 19 Comments
How to adjust font smoothing settings in macOS Mojave

Do you think fonts and screen text looks fuzzy, blurry, or excessively thin in macOS Mojave? If so, it may be due to changes in anti-aliasing in Mojave, particularly for users with non-retina displays. If you are running macOS Mojave on a Mac without a retina display, or with an external monitor that does not … Read More

Try a (Very Broken) Dark Mode on MacOS High Sierra

Jul 6, 2018 - 7 Comments
Try broken Dark Mode in macOS High Sierra

Mac OS has long had a dark menu and dark Dock option, and macOS Mojave 10.14 has a true Dark Mode theme that shifts the entire visual appearance to a pleasing dark interface scheme. But if you’re running macOS High Sierra 10.13.x, you can use a defaults command entered into the terminal to enable a … Read More

How to Show the Expanded Print Details Dialog in Mac OS by Default

Mar 19, 2018 - 15 Comments
How to show the expanded Print dialog always in Mac OS

Do you frequently access the detailed printing options when printing from a Mac? If so, you’ll really appreciate this trick to always show the expanded print dialog window and settings screen.

How to Disable the Focus Ring Animation in Mac OS X

Aug 17, 2016 - 32 Comments
Finder

One of the most subtle animations found in Mac OS X and macOS is known as the “focus ring animation”, which is a sort of zooming highlight around where ever the cursor focus goes in a text book. Many users likely haven’t even noticed it, it’s that subtle. If you have no idea what the … Read More

How to Disable Hot Corners in Mac OS X

Aug 10, 2016 - 4 Comments
Disable Hot Corners on Mac

Hot Corners are a feature of Mac OS that allows a user to point the cursor into one of the far corners of the display to summon a set feature, like triggering Mission Control, Launchpad, Dashboard, Notification Center, revealing the desktop, start or disable a screen saver, or put the display to sleep. Many Mac … Read More

Get Mac OS X to Stop Asking to Use New Disks for Time Machine

Jun 22, 2016 - 7 Comments
Time Machine in Mac OS X

All Mac users should setup Time Machine backups with an external hard drive, Time Capsule, or network drive to insure they have regular automatic backups made of their stuff and MacOS X installation. But once you have a backup drive established with Time Machine, or if you use a different backup approach entirely, you may … Read More

How to Change Launchpad Icon Grid Layout in Mac OS X

Mar 9, 2016 - 17 Comments
Change the Launchpad grid icon count in Mac OS X

Launchpad is the quick application launcher available from the Mac OS X Dock and a keystroke that looks quite a bit like the Homescreen of iOS. By default, the Launchpad app grid usually displays icons in 7 rows and 5 columns of apps, but with a little adjustment from the command line of OS X … Read More

How to Prevent Gatekeeper Turning Back On Automatically in Mac OS X

Nov 5, 2015 - 14 Comments
Terminal in macOS

Gatekeeper is a security feature built into Mac OS X which helps to prevent unauthorized applications and code from executing on a Mac. Most users have encountered Gatekeeper before when they go to open an application downloaded from the internet, where you see an “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” … Read More

How to Make Crash Reporter Appear as a Notification in OS X

Oct 13, 2015 - 16 Comments
Crash Reporter as a notification in Mac OS X

Advanced Mac users who are either in development or another field which experiences frequent app crashing may find the persistent Crash Reporter windows with the ‘App quit unexpectedly’ message to be a nuisance, interfering with their workflow in OS X. While one longstanding option is to disable the Crash Reporter dialog completely in OS X, … Read More

Find Detailed Wi-Fi Connection History from Command Line of Mac OS X

Jun 3, 2015 - 10 Comments

There are some situations where knowing exactly what wireless networks a Mac has connected to and when that connection was last established can be helpful. We’ll demonstrate how to uncover a comprehensive listing of specifics about previously joined wi-fi networks on a Mac, which will include the last connection date and time (to the second!), … Read More

How to Reset the Mac OS X Dock to Default Icon Set

May 12, 2015 - 9 Comments
Finder of Mac OS X

The first time you login to a new user account, boot a fresh Mac, or a clean Mac OS X install, you’ll be presented with a default Dock selection without any customizations, which includes a variety of apps depending on the Mac hardware and what software is installed. A common default Mac OS X Dock … Read More

How to Disable Swipe Navigation Gestures in Google Chrome for Mac

May 9, 2015 - 37 Comments
Mac Multi-Touch Gestures

Many Mac apps support a two-finger swipe to go back / forward gesture, but not all users wish to use the scrolling gesture. For those who use Google Chrome, you may find that if you have disabled the system-wide “Swipe between pages” feature, you’ll still have the swipe navigation available in the Chrome app. This … Read More

How to Adjust Mail Drop Minimum File Size Threshold for Mac Mail

May 6, 2015 - 12 Comments
Using Maildrop for Mac Mail app in OS X

Using Mail Drop allows you to send larger files over email than typically allowed by uploading the sent file to iCloud from Mail app in OS X, and then passing the link to download that file onto the recipient. The default MailDrop threshold for mail attachments is 20MB before kicking in and offering the service, … Read More

How to Reset Launchpad Layout in Mac OS Sierra, OS X El Capitan & Yosemite

May 5, 2015 - 35 Comments
Launchpad without Blur

Launchpad serves as a quick way to open applications on the Mac from a familiar iOS-like icon grid interface. If you’ve customized the way these app icons and arranged in Launchpad, you may decide you’d like to start from scratch and reset their order to how things appear when you first get a Mac. This … Read More

Make the Window Resizing Animation Speed Instant in Mac OS X

Jan 6, 2015 - 26 Comments
Speed up Window Resize Animations in OS X

When you hit the green maximize button to resize windows on a Mac or send things into full screen mode, a fancy visual animation shows the redrawing of the window size as the active window expands outwards. While this looks great and many users will be happy with the default resizing animation time in OS … Read More

Make Chrome Use the Default Print Window in Mac OS X

Dec 19, 2014 - 8 Comments
Chrome custom print window in Mac OS X

If you’re a majority Chrome browser user in Mac OS X you’ve probably noticed that when printing from the web browser, a custom print preview window opens up that looks quite different from the default print window on a Mac. Some users may like the alternate Chrome print preview option with it’s larger viewport and … Read More

Check & Modify AutoCorrect Settings from the Command Line in OS X

Dec 18, 2014 - 5 Comments
defaults write commands in Mac OS X

Spelling autocorrect features tend to be divisive, with Mac users usually either loving it or hating it. Most Mac users know they can easily turn off autocorrect through an OS X system preference change, but the System Preferences are only accessible from the graphical interface of a Mac. If you’re wanting to automate the enabling … Read More

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