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I've recently started using iTerm for OS X, and I can see how to edit and create display profiles, but not how to choose one for the current session or to be the new default (and I can't imagine why that's so obscure). As a result, for now, I've customized my Light Background profile to be a dark-background profile, but I'd like to know how to handle this properly.

On a side note, how would I reset a profile to its originally-installed configuration?

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Try iTerm2 <>; which is based on iTerm and has changed profiles etc – Mark Mar 26 '11 at 11:48

This is done in the bookmarks manager.

  • Go to "Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks..."
  • Choose the "Default" entry, then click the edit icon. This is the little pencil at the bottom of the Bookmarks manager window.
  • Choose your new default display profile and click "OK" to save your settings.

New iTerm windows will now use your new default display profile.

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I'm a little surprised there isn't a context menu for it, but you should be able to select a profile via the Profiles menu in the menubar.

I don't see a way to reset a profile; I expect you're supposed to clone the profile (Preferences > Profiles, select Duplicate Profile from the gear / Other Actions menu), edit the new profile, then set it as default if you expect to want the original settings later.

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I don't see a Profiles menu. I see Bookmarks -> Manage Profiles, but I can't pick one from there -- only configure them. – Steve Jorgensen Mar 26 '11 at 5:52
Oh, is this 0.95? Ditch it; it's dead (no longer being maintained). is the current version. – geekosaur Mar 26 '11 at 5:56
Wow -- it's worse than that. I have somehow managed to install version 0.10. Thanks for the heads-up. – Steve Jorgensen Mar 26 '11 at 8:12

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