8 Useful Tweaks You Can Easily Make To Your Mac's Operating System


Your Mac speaks Unix, so when you communicate with it in its native language, it pays attention.

Using Terminal, an app that comes with ever Apple computer, you can use Unix commands to trick out your Mac in a number of ways that aren’t normally possible.

We found a collection of cool Unix tweaks shared by Belgian web developer Mathias Bynens. Here are our favourites that you can copy and paste into Terminal.

Start up Terminal by clicking on it in your Applications > Utilities folder. For the following tips, copy and paste the text we give you in each slide to the Terminal, hit return, and you'll get the tweak.

Hide the useless Time Machine and Volume icons in the menu bar

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'

Always show the scrollbars

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string 'Always'

Save screenshots to the Desktop by default

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location -string '$HOME/Desktop'

Show all filename extensions in the Finder

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true

Allow text selection in Quick Look

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true

Disable the warning when changing a file extension

defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false

Open links in the background when clicking in the Twitter app

defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac openLinksInBackground -bool true

Stop Time Machine from prompting to use new hard drives as backup volumes

defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool true

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