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OSX For Hackers
#!/usr/bin/env sh
# This is script with usefull tips taken from:
# install it:
# curl -sL | sh
echo "Enable full keyboard access for all controls (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3
echo "Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2
echo "Enable the 2D Dock"
defaults write no-glass -bool true
# Automatically hide and show the Dock
# defaults write autohide -bool true
echo "Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent"
defaults write showhidden -bool true
echo "Enable iTunes track notifications in the Dock"
defaults write itunes-notifications -bool true
# 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"
# echo "Always show scrollbars"
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string "Auto"
echo "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
echo "Show all filename extensions in Finder"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true
echo "Use current directory as default search scope in Finder"
defaults write FXDefaultSearchScope -string "SCcf"
echo "Show Path bar in Finder"
defaults write ShowPathbar -bool true
echo "Show Status bar in Finder"
defaults write ShowStatusBar -bool true
echo "Expand save panel by default"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
echo "Expand print panel by default"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true
echo "Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog"
defaults write LSQuarantine -bool false
echo "Disable shadow in screenshots"
defaults write disable-shadow -bool true
echo "Enable highlight hover effect for the grid view of a stack (Dock)"
defaults write mouse-over-hilte-stack -bool true
echo "Enable spring loading for all Dock items"
defaults write enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -bool true
echo "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
echo "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
echo "Disable press-and-hold for keys in favor of key repeat"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
echo "Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0.02
echo "Set a shorter Delay until key repeat"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat -int 12
echo "Disable auto-correct"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false
# Disable opening and closing window animations
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false
echo "Enable AirDrop over Ethernet and on unsupported Macs running Lion"
defaults write BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true
echo "Disable disk image verification"
defaults write skip-verify -bool true
defaults write skip-verify-locked -bool true
defaults write skip-verify-remote -bool true
echo "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
echo "Display full POSIX path as Finder window title"
defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true
# Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001
echo "Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network volumes"
defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true
echo "Disable the warning when changing a file extension"
defaults write FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
echo "Show item info below desktop icons"
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/
echo "Enable snap-to-grid for desktop icons"
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/
echo "Disable the warning before emptying the Trash"
defaults write WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false
# Empty Trash securely by default
# defaults write EmptyTrashSecurely -bool true
echo "Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins"
defaults write askForPassword -int 1
defaults write askForPasswordDelay -int 0
echo "Enable tap to click (Trackpad)"
defaults write Clicking -bool true
echo "Map bottom right Trackpad corner to right-click"
defaults write TrackpadCornerSecondaryClick -int 2
defaults write TrackpadRightClick -bool true
echo "Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites"
defaults write DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
echo "Enable Safari’s debug menu"
defaults write IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true
echo "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 "()"
echo "Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true
echo "Only use UTF-8 in"
defaults write StringEncodings -array 4
echo "Disable the Ping sidebar in iTunes"
defaults write disablePingSidebar -bool true
echo "Disable all the other Ping stuff in iTunes"
defaults write disablePing -bool true
echo "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
# Disable Resume system-wide
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false
echo "Disable the “reopen windows when logging back in” option"
# This works, although the checkbox will still appear to be checked.
defaults write TALLogoutSavesState -bool false
defaults write LoginwindowLaunchesRelaunchApps -bool false
echo "Enable Dashboard dev mode (allows keeping widgets on the desktop)"
defaults write devmode -bool true
echo "Reset Launchpad"
[ -e ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db ] && rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db
echo "Show the ~/Library folder"
chflags nohidden ~/Library
echo "Disable local Time Machine backups"
hash tmutil &> /dev/null && sudo tmutil disablelocal
echo "Remove Dropbox’s green checkmark icons in Finder"
[ -e "$file" ] && mv -f "$file" "$file.bak"
unset file
#Fix for the ancient UTF-8 bug in QuickLook (
# Commented out, as this is known to cause problems when saving files in Adobe Illustrator CS5 :(
#echo "0x08000100:0" > ~/.CFUserTextEncoding
echo "Kill affected applications"
for app in Safari Finder Dock Mail SystemUIServer; do killall "$app" >/dev/null 2>&1; done
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