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Some Defaults

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Some settings I just like to apply on my Macs. There are lots of resources for finding these “hidden” preferences. A good place to start is Secrets. You can download a Preference Pane for easy access to tweaking your settings. An application like MacPilot can also be used.

The Pragmatic Programmers has also published Mac Kung Fu which contain a lot of defaults write tips.

Expanding the Save Dialog​

I just hate the collapsed Save dialog box. Enter this in the Terminal to make the expanded view default

defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

Expanding the Print Dialog

The same goes for the collapsed Print Dialog Box

defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE

The iCloud default

Apple’s iCloud is great for a number of things, and not so great for others. I don’t like saving my documents to iCloud (I use Dropbox instead), so making the default save location to not beeing iCloud, type

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

UTF-8 in Mail.app

I use Apple’s Mail.app. Back in the days I was a Eudora user, but I took the plunge to Mail.app in 2002. I’ve tried a number of other applications (Thunderbird, Entourage, Outlook, Postbox, MailMate), but I always return to Mail.app. As I often write in Norwegian (with æ, ø and å) to recipients on Windows, I tend to set the default text encoding in Mail.app to UTF-8.

defaults write com.apple.mail NSPreferredMailCharset "UTF-8"