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 AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES

killall Finder

Disable Window Animations (OS X Lion)

defaults write NSGlobalDomain \
NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

killall Dock

Show Full Paths

defaults write \
_FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

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

defaults write \
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/ \
DesktopPicture "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Vacation Photo.jpg"

Screen captures in TIFF [or PNG] format

defaults write type tif

defaults write type png

Screen Sharing additional toolbar buttons

defaults write \
'NSToolbar Configuration ControlToolbar' \
-dict-add 'TB Item Identifiers' \
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