Mac OS X

April 25th, 2008

Customize hidden settings

 
These are my top preferred settings for Mac OS X, which can be changed using the defaults command line tool in Terminal.
 

Show Hidden Files

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES

killall Finder

Disable Window Animations (OS X Lion)

defaults write NSGlobalDomain \
NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

killall Dock

Show Full Paths

defaults write com.apple.finder \
_FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

Don’t create .DS_Store clutter on Network and Windows (non-native) volumes

defaults write com.apple.desktopservices \
DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool YES

Save and Print dialog boxes expanded by default

defaults write -g \
NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool YES

defaults write -g \
MPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool YES

Set default picture for Desktop and Login Screen

sudo defaults write \
/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow \
DesktopPicture "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Vacation Photo.jpg"

Screen captures in TIFF [or PNG] format

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tif

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png

Screen Sharing additional toolbar buttons

defaults write com.apple.ScreenSharing \
'NSToolbar Configuration ControlToolbar' \
-dict-add 'TB Item Identifiers' \
'(Scale,Control,Share,Curtain,Capture,
FullScreen,GetClipboard,SendClipboard,Quality)'
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