Tweak OS X from command Terminal

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# General UI/UX                                                               #

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Set standby delay to 24 hours (default is 1 hour)

sudo pmset -a standbydelay 86400

Disable the sound effects on boot

sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=” ”

Menu bar: disable transparency

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleEnableMenuBarTransparency -bool false

Menu bar: hide the Time Machine, Volume, User, and Bluetooth icons

for domain in ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.systemuiserver.*; do

defaults write “${domain}” dontAutoLoad -array \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/TimeMachine.menu” \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Volume.menu” \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/User.menu”

done

defaults write com.apple.systemuiserver menuExtras -array \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Bluetooth.menu” \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/AirPort.menu” \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Battery.menu” \

“/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Clock.menu”

Set highlight color to green

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string “0.764700 0.976500 0.568600”

Set sidebar icon size to medium

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTableViewDefaultSizeMode -int 2

Always show scrollbars

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string “Always”

Possible values: WhenScrolling, Automatic and Always

Disable smooth scrolling

(Uncomment if you’re on an older Mac that messes up the animation)

#defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSScrollAnimationEnabled -bool false

Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001

Expand save panel by default

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode2 -bool true

Expand print panel by default

defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true

defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -bool true

Save to disk (not to iCloud) by default

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

Automatically quit printer app once the print jobs complete

defaults write com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs “Quit When Finished” -bool true

Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog

defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool false

Remove duplicates in the “Open With” menu (also see lscleanup alias)

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

Display ASCII control characters using caret notation in standard text views

Try e.g. cd /tmp; unidecode "\x{0000}" > cc.txt; open -e cc.txt

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTextShowsControlCharacters -bool true

Disable Resume system-wide

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

Disable automatic termination of inactive apps

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDisableAutomaticTermination -bool true

Disable the crash reporter

#defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType -string “none”

Set Help Viewer windows to non-floating mode

defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode -bool true

Fix for the ancient UTF-8 bug in QuickLook (http://mths.be/bbo)

Commented out, as this is known to cause problems in various Adobe apps 🙁

See https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/issues/237

#echo “0x08000100:0” > ~/.CFUserTextEncoding

Reveal IP address, hostname, OS version, etc. when clicking the clock

in the login window

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow AdminHostInfo HostName

Restart automatically if the computer freezes

sudo systemsetup -setrestartfreeze on

Never go into computer sleep mode

sudo systemsetup -setcomputersleep Off > /dev/null

Check for software updates daily, not just once per week

defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency -int 1

Disable Notification Center and remove the menu bar icon

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist 2> /dev/null

Disable smart quotes as they’re annoying when typing code

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled -bool false

Disable smart dashes as they’re annoying when typing code

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticDashSubstitutionEnabled -bool false

Set a custom wallpaper image. DefaultDesktop.jpg is already a symlink, and

all wallpapers are in /Library/Desktop Pictures/. The default is Wave.jpg.

#rm -rf ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/desktoppicture.db

#sudo rm -rf /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg

#sudo ln -s /path/to/your/image /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg

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# SSD-specific tweaks                                                         #

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Disable local Time Machine snapshots

sudo tmutil disablelocal

Disable hibernation (speeds up entering sleep mode)

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

Remove the sleep image file to save disk space

sudo rm /Private/var/vm/sleepimage

Create a zero-byte file instead…

sudo touch /Private/var/vm/sleepimage

…and make sure it can’t be rewritten

sudo chflags uchg /Private/var/vm/sleepimage

Disable the sudden motion sensor as it’s not useful for SSDs

sudo pmset -a sms 0

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# Trackpad, mouse, keyboard, Bluetooth accessories, and input                 #

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Trackpad: enable tap to click for this user and for the login screen

defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad Clicking -bool true

defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1

Trackpad: map bottom right corner to right-click

defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadCornerSecondaryClick -int 2

defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadRightClick -bool true

defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.trackpadCornerClickBehavior -int 1

defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.enableSecondaryClick -bool true

Disable “natural” (Lion-style) scrolling

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool false

Increase sound quality for Bluetooth headphones/headsets

defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent “Apple Bitpool Min (editable)” -int 40

Enable full keyboard access for all controls

(e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3

Use scroll gesture with the Ctrl (^) modifier key to zoom

defaults write com.apple.universalaccess closeViewScrollWheelToggle -bool true

defaults write com.apple.universalaccess HIDScrollZoomModifierMask -int 262144

Follow the keyboard focus while zoomed in

defaults write com.apple.universalaccess closeViewZoomFollowsFocus -bool true

Disable press-and-hold for keys in favor of key repeat

defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate

defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0

Set language and text formats

Note: if you’re in the US, replace EUR with USD, Centimeters with

Inches, en_GB with en_US, and true with false.

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleLanguages -array “en” “nl”

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleLocale -string “en_GB@currency=EUR”

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleMeasurementUnits -string “Centimeters”

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleMetricUnits -bool true

Set the timezone; see sudo systemsetup -listtimezones for other values

sudo systemsetup -settimezone “Europe/Brussels” > /dev/null

Disable auto-correct

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

Stop iTunes from responding to the keyboard media keys

#launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist 2> /dev/null

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# Screen                                                                      #

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Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins

defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword -int 1

defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 0

Save screenshots to the desktop

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location -string “${HOME}/Desktop”

Save screenshots in PNG format (other options: BMP, GIF, JPG, PDF, TIFF)

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type -string “png”

Disable shadow in screenshots

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true

Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Enable HiDPI display modes (requires restart)

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool true

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# Finder                                                                      #

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Finder: allow quitting via ⌘ + Q; doing so will also hide desktop icons

defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool true

Finder: disable window animations and Get Info animations

defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool true

Set Desktop as the default location for new Finder windows

For other paths, use PfLo and file:///full/path/here/

defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTarget -string “PfDe”

defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTargetPath -string “file://${HOME}/Desktop/”

Show icons for hard drives, servers, and removable media on the desktop

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowExternalHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowMountedServersOnDesktop -bool true

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowRemovableMediaOnDesktop -bool true

Finder: show hidden files by default

#defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

Finder: show all filename extensions

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true

Finder: show status bar

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowStatusBar -bool true

Finder: show path bar

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowPathbar -bool true

Finder: allow text selection in Quick Look

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true

Display full POSIX path as Finder window title

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true

When performing a search, search the current folder by default

defaults write com.apple.finder FXDefaultSearchScope -string “SCcf”

Disable the warning when changing a file extension

defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false

Enable spring loading for directories

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.springing.enabled -bool true

Remove the spring loading delay for directories

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.springing.delay -float 0

Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network volumes

defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true

Disable disk image verification

defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify -bool true

defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify-locked -bool true

defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify-remote -bool true

Automatically open a new Finder window when a volume is mounted

defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-ro-root -bool true

defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-rw-root -bool true

defaults write com.apple.finder OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool true

Show item info near icons on the desktop and in other icon views

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Show item info to the right of the icons on the desktop

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:labelOnBottom false” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Enable snap-to-grid for icons on the desktop and in other icon views

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Increase grid spacing for icons on the desktop and in other icon views

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:gridSpacing 100” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:gridSpacing 100” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:gridSpacing 100” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Increase the size of icons on the desktop and in other icon views

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:iconSize 80” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:iconSize 80” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:iconSize 80” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Use list view in all Finder windows by default

Four-letter codes for the other view modes: icnv, clmv, Flwv

defaults write com.apple.finder FXPreferredViewStyle -string “Nlsv”

Disable the warning before emptying the Trash

defaults write com.apple.finder WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false

Empty Trash securely by default

defaults write com.apple.finder EmptyTrashSecurely -bool true

Enable AirDrop over Ethernet and on unsupported Macs running Lion

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true

Enable the MacBook Air SuperDrive on any Mac

sudo nvram boot-args=”mbasd=1″

Show the ~/Library folder

chflags nohidden ~/Library

Remove Dropbox’s green checkmark icons in Finder

file=/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/emblem-dropbox-uptodate.icns

[ -e “${file}” ] && mv -f “${file}” “${file}.bak”

Expand the following File Info panes:

“General”, “Open with”, and “Sharing & Permissions”

defaults write com.apple.finder FXInfoPanesExpanded -dict \

General -bool true \

OpenWith -bool true \

Privileges -bool true

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# Dock, Dashboard, and hot corners                                            #

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Enable highlight hover effect for the grid view of a stack (Dock)

defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -bool true

Set the icon size of Dock items to 36 pixels

defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int 36

Change minimize/maximize window effect

defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string “scale”

Minimize windows into their application’s icon

defaults write com.apple.dock minimize-to-application -bool true

Enable spring loading for all Dock items

defaults write com.apple.dock enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -bool true

Show indicator lights for open applications in the Dock

defaults write com.apple.dock show-process-indicators -bool true

Wipe all (default) app icons from the Dock

This is only really useful when setting up a new Mac, or if you don’t use

the Dock to launch apps.

#defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array “”

Don’t animate opening applications from the Dock

defaults write com.apple.dock launchanim -bool false

Speed up Mission Control animations

defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0.1

Don’t group windows by application in Mission Control

(i.e. use the old Exposé behavior instead)

defaults write com.apple.dock expose-group-by-app -bool false

Disable Dashboard

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -bool true

Don’t show Dashboard as a Space

defaults write com.apple.dock dashboard-in-overlay -bool true

Don’t automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use

defaults write com.apple.dock mru-spaces -bool false

Remove the auto-hiding Dock delay

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0

Remove the animation when hiding/showing the Dock

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0

Enable the 2D Dock

#defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -bool true

Automatically hide and show the Dock

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide -bool true

Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent

defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true

Make Dock more transparent

defaults write com.apple.dock hide-mirror -bool true

Disable the Launchpad gesture (pinch with thumb and three fingers)

#defaults write com.apple.dock showLaunchpadGestureEnabled -int 0

Reset Launchpad, but keep the desktop wallpaper intact

find “${HOME}/Library/Application Support/Dock” -name “.db” -maxdepth 1 -delete

Add iOS Simulator to Launchpad

sudo ln -sf “/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone Simulator.app” “/Applications/iOS Simulator.app”

Add a spacer to the left side of the Dock (where the applications are)

#defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘{tile-data={}; tile-type=”spacer-tile”;}’

Add a spacer to the right side of the Dock (where the Trash is)

#defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{tile-data={}; tile-type=”spacer-tile”;}’

Hot corners

Possible values:

#  0: no-op

#  2: Mission Control

#  3: Show application windows

#  4: Desktop

#  5: Start screen saver

#  6: Disable screen saver

#  7: Dashboard

10: Put display to sleep

11: Launchpad

12: Notification Center

Top left screen corner → Mission Control

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tl-corner -int 2

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tl-modifier -int 0

Top right screen corner → Desktop

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tr-corner -int 4

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tr-modifier -int 0

Bottom left screen corner → Start screen saver

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-bl-corner -int 5

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-bl-modifier -int 0

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# Safari & WebKit                                                             #

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Set Safari’s home page to about:blank for faster loading

defaults write com.apple.Safari HomePage -string “about:blank”

Prevent Safari from opening ‘safe’ files automatically after downloading

defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoOpenSafeDownloads -bool false

Allow hitting the Backspace key to go to the previous page in history

defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2BackspaceKeyNavigationEnabled -bool true

Hide Safari’s bookmarks bar by default

defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool false

Hide Safari’s sidebar in Top Sites

defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowSidebarInTopSites -bool false

Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites

defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2

Enable Safari’s debug menu

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true

Make Safari’s search banners default to Contains instead of Starts With

defaults write com.apple.Safari FindOnPageMatchesWordStartsOnly -bool false

Remove useless icons from Safari’s bookmarks bar

defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar “()”

Enable the Develop menu and the Web Inspector in Safari

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDevelopMenu -bool true

defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitDeveloperExtrasEnabledPreferenceKey -bool true

defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2DeveloperExtrasEnabled -bool true

Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views

defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

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# Mail                                                                        #

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Disable send and reply animations in Mail.app

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableReplyAnimations -bool true

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableSendAnimations -bool true

Copy email addresses as foo@example.com instead of Foo Bar <foo@example.com> in Mail.app

defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

Add the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + Enter to send an email in Mail.app

defaults write com.apple.mail NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add “Send” -string “@\U21a9”

Display emails in threaded mode, sorted by date (oldest at the top)

defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add “DisplayInThreadedMode” -string “yes”

defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add “SortedDescending” -string “yes”

defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add “SortOrder” -string “received-date”

Disable inline attachments (just show the icons)

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool true

Disable automatic spell checking

defaults write com.apple.mail SpellCheckingBehavior -string “NoSpellCheckingEnabled”

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# Spotlight                                                                   #

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Hide Spotlight tray-icon (and subsequent helper)

#sudo chmod 600 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search

Disable Spotlight indexing for any volume that gets mounted and has not yet

been indexed before.

Use sudo mdutil -i off "/Volumes/foo" to stop indexing any volume.

sudo defaults write /.Spotlight-V100/VolumeConfiguration Exclusions -array “/Volumes”

Change indexing order and disable some file types

defaults write com.apple.spotlight orderedItems -array \

‘{“enabled” = 1;”name” = “APPLICATIONS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 1;”name” = “SYSTEM_PREFS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 1;”name” = “DIRECTORIES”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 1;”name” = “PDF”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 1;”name” = “FONTS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “DOCUMENTS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “MESSAGES”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “CONTACT”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “EVENT_TODO”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “IMAGES”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “BOOKMARKS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “MUSIC”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “MOVIES”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “PRESENTATIONS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “SPREADSHEETS”;}’ \

‘{“enabled” = 0;”name” = “SOURCE”;}’

Load new settings before rebuilding the index

killall mds > /dev/null 2>&1

Make sure indexing is enabled for the main volume

sudo mdutil -i on / > /dev/null

Rebuild the index from scratch

sudo mdutil -E / > /dev/null

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# Terminal & iTerm 2                                                          #

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Only use UTF-8 in Terminal.app

defaults write com.apple.terminal StringEncodings -array 4

Use a modified version of the Solarized Dark theme by default in Terminal.app

TERM_PROFILE=’Solarized Dark xterm-256color’;

CURRENT_PROFILE=”$(defaults read com.apple.terminal ‘Default Window Settings’)”;

if [ “${CURRENT_PROFILE}” != “${TERM_PROFILE}” ]; then

open “${HOME}/init/${TERM_PROFILE}.terminal”;

sleep 1; # Wait a bit to make sure the theme is loaded

defaults write com.apple.terminal ‘Default Window Settings’ -string “${TERM_PROFILE}”;

defaults write com.apple.terminal ‘Startup Window Settings’ -string “${TERM_PROFILE}”;

fi;

Enable “focus follows mouse” for Terminal.app and all X11 apps

i.e. hover over a window and start typing in it without clicking first

#defaults write com.apple.terminal FocusFollowsMouse -bool true

#defaults write org.x.X11 wm_ffm -bool true

Install the Solarized Dark theme for iTerm

open “${HOME}/init/Solarized Dark.itermcolors”

Don’t display the annoying prompt when quitting iTerm

defaults write com.googlecode.iterm2 PromptOnQuit -bool false

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# Time Machine                                                                #

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Prevent Time Machine from prompting to use new hard drives as backup volume

defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool true

Disable local Time Machine backups

hash tmutil &> /dev/null && sudo tmutil disablelocal

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# Activity Monitor                                                            #

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Show the main window when launching Activity Monitor

defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor OpenMainWindow -bool true

Visualize CPU usage in the Activity Monitor Dock icon

defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor IconType -int 5

Show all processes in Activity Monitor

defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor ShowCategory -int 0

Sort Activity Monitor results by CPU usage

defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor SortColumn -string “CPUUsage”

defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor SortDirection -int 0

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Address Book, Dashboard, iCal, TextEdit, and Disk Utility                  

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Enable the debug menu in Address Book

defaults write com.apple.addressbook ABShowDebugMenu -bool true

Enable Dashboard dev mode (allows keeping widgets on the desktop)

defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode -bool true

Enable the debug menu in iCal (pre-10.8)

defaults write com.apple.iCal IncludeDebugMenu -bool true

Use plain text mode for new TextEdit documents

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit RichText -int 0

Open and save files as UTF-8 in TextEdit

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit PlainTextEncoding -int 4

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit PlainTextEncodingForWrite -int 4

Enable the debug menu in Disk Utility

defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled -bool true

defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility advanced-image-options -bool true

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# Mac App Store                                                               #

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Enable the WebKit Developer Tools in the Mac App Store

defaults write com.apple.appstore WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

Enable Debug Menu in the Mac App Store

defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true

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Messages                                                                   

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Disable automatic emoji substitution (i.e. use plain text smileys)

defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add “automaticEmojiSubstitutionEnablediMessage” -bool false

Disable smart quotes as it’s annoying for messages that contain code

defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add “automaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled” -bool false

Disable continuous spell checking

defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add “continuousSpellCheckingEnabled” -bool false

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