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# Gratuitously stolen from @mathiasbynens
# Disable menu bar transparency
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleEnableMenuBarTransparency -bool false
# Show remaining battery time; hide percentage
defaults write ShowPercent -string "NO"
defaults write ShowTime -string "YES"
# Always show scrollbars
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string "Always"
# Expand save panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
# Expand print panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true
# Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog
defaults write LSQuarantine -bool false
# 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 opening and closing window animations
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false
# Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001
# Disable Resume system-wide
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false
# # Disable the “reopen windows when logging back in” option
# # This works, although the checkbox will still appear to be checked,
# # and the command needs to be entered again for every restart.
# defaults write TALLogoutSavesState -bool false
# defaults write LoginwindowLaunchesRelaunchApps -bool false
# Fix for the ancient UTF-8 bug in QuickLook (
# Commented out, as this is known to cause problems when saving files in Adobe Illustrator CS5 :(
# echo "0x08000100:0" > ~/.CFUserTextEncoding
# Enable full keyboard access for all controls (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3
# Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2
# 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
# Disable auto-correct
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false
# Enable tap to click (Trackpad) for this user and for the login screen
defaults write Clicking -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain -int 1
defaults write NSGlobalDomain -int 1
# # Map bottom right Trackpad corner to right-click
# defaults write TrackpadCornerSecondaryClick -int 2
# defaults write TrackpadRightClick -bool true
# defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain -int 1
# defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain -bool true
# Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins
defaults write askForPassword -int 1
defaults write askForPasswordDelay -int 0
# Allow quitting Finder via ⌘ + Q; doing so will also hide desktop icons
defaults write QuitMenuItem -bool true
# Disable window animations and Get Info animations in Finder
defaults write DisableAllAnimations -bool true
# Show all filename extensions in Finder
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true
# Show status bar in Finder
defaults write ShowStatusBar -bool true
# Allow text selection in Quick Look
defaults write QLEnableTextSelection -bool true
# Disable disk image verification
defaults write skip-verify -bool true
defaults write skip-verify-locked -bool true
defaults write skip-verify-remote -bool true
# Automatically open a new Finder window when a volume is mounted
defaults write auto-open-ro-root -bool true
defaults write auto-open-rw-root -bool true
defaults write OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool true
# Display full POSIX path as Finder window title
defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true
# Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network volumes
defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true
# Disable the warning when changing a file extension
defaults write FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
# Show item info below desktop icons
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/
# Enable snap-to-grid for desktop icons
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/
# Disable the warning before emptying the Trash
defaults write WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false
# Empty Trash securely by default
# defaults write EmptyTrashSecurely -bool true
# Enable AirDrop over Ethernet and on unsupported Macs running Lion
defaults write BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true
# Show the ~/Library folder
chflags nohidden ~/Library
# # Hot corners
# # Top left screen corner → Mission Control
# defaults write wvous-tl-corner -int 2
# defaults write wvous-tl-modifier -int 0
# # Top right screen corner → Desktop
# defaults write wvous-tr-corner -int 4
# defaults write wvous-tr-modifier -int 0
# # Bottom left screen corner → Start screen saver
# defaults write wvous-bl-corner -int 5
# defaults write wvous-bl-modifier -int 0
# Enable highlight hover effect for the grid view of a stack (Dock)
defaults write mouse-over-hilte-stack -bool true
# Enable spring loading for all Dock items
defaults write enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -bool true
# Show indicator lights for open applications in the Dock
defaults write show-process-indicators -bool true
# Don’t animate opening applications from the Dock
defaults write launchanim -bool false
# Remove the auto-hiding Dock delay
defaults write autohide-delay -float 0
# Remove the animation when hiding/showing the Dock (actually, make it fast. If you want to remove, use 0)
defaults write autohide-time-modifier -float 0.25
# Enable the 2D Dock
defaults write no-glass -bool true
# Automatically hide and show the Dock
defaults write autohide -bool true
# # Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent
# defaults write showhidden -bool true
# Enable iTunes track notifications in the Dock
defaults write itunes-notifications -bool true
# Add a spacer to the left side of the Dock (where the applications are)
#defaults write 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 persistent-others -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'
# Disable shadow in screenshots
defaults write disable-shadow -bool true
# Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites
defaults write DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
# Enable Safari’s debug menu
defaults write IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true
# Make Safari’s search banners default to Contains instead of Starts With
defaults write FindOnPageMatchesWordStartsOnly -bool false
# Remove useless icons from Safari’s bookmarks bar
defaults write ProxiesInBookmarksBar "()"
# Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true
# Enable the debug menu in Address Book
defaults write ABShowDebugMenu -bool true
# Enable the debug menu in iCal
defaults write IncludeDebugMenu -bool true
# Only use UTF-8 in
defaults write StringEncodings -array 4
# Enable “focus follows mouse” for and all X11 apps
# This means you can hover over a window and start typing in it without clicking first
#defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -bool true
#defaults write org.x.X11 wm_ffm -bool true
# Disable the Ping sidebar in iTunes
defaults write disablePingSidebar -bool true
# Disable all the other Ping stuff in iTunes
defaults write disablePing -bool true
# Make ⌘ + F focus the search input in iTunes
defaults write NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Target Search Field" "@F"
# Disable send and reply animations in
defaults write DisableReplyAnimations -bool true
defaults write DisableSendAnimations -bool true
# Copy email addresses as `` instead of `Foo Bar <>` in
defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false
# Enable Dashboard dev mode (allows keeping widgets on the desktop)
defaults write devmode -bool true
# Reset Launchpad
[ -e ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db ] && rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db
# Prevent Time Machine from prompting to use new hard drives as backup volume
defaults write DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool true
# Disable local Time Machine backups
# hash tmutil &> /dev/null && sudo tmutil disablelocal
# # Remove Dropbox’s green checkmark icons in Finder
# file=/Applications/
# [ -e "$file" ] && mv -f "$file" "$file.bak"
# unset file
# Kill affected applications
for app in Finder Dock Mail Safari iTunes iCal Address\ Book SystemUIServer; do killall "$app" > /dev/null 2>&1; done
echo "OSX Hacks Done. Note that some of these changes require a logout/restart to take effect."
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