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.
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'
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location -string '$HOME/Desktop'
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac openLinksInBackground -bool true
defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool true