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How or where can I find different language translations for Mac OS system messages?

I work with a WebRTC video calling application and I need to handle scenarios such as where a user has blocked screen-recording permission and is attempting to screen-share in the video. As this is a ...
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How to disable keyboard shortcut sound effects in Monterey on an M1 Macbook Pro?

On my M1 Macbook Pro (Monterey), I sometimes get a sound effect when pressing certain key combinations. For example, if I open up Finder and then press Ctrl+B I will hear my generic system sound ...
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Enable force-touch features on non-force-touch Mac?

Is there a way via the command line to enable force-touch features on a Mac that doesn't have a force touch trackpad? I'm imagining that this must sit behind a flag somewhere, that could be forced &...
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can you set keyboard shortcut to toggle a System Preferences setting on mac

I very frequently have to go into System Preferences to toggle a trackpad setting or change the display color settings inside accessibility. I can't seem to find a way to be able to do these through ...
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How to cancel the reference by locate?

My os info: uname -a Linux mydebian 4.19.0-14-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.171-2 (2021-01-30) x86_64 GNU/Linux There is no /usr/share/vim in the os,it is my first time(never install before) to install ...
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How can I invert the zoom direction in macOS?

There is an accessibility option in System Preferences to zoom the screen. I use this by holding down ctrl then scrolling up or down on the trackpad. Scrolling up makes the image bigger; scrolling ...
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How can I make multiple, new, templated user accounts (with custom prefs) on an existing system?

I have been using my Win10 (upgraded from 8.1) machine for a while now, accumulating a bunch of data in an account with admin privileges. I have resolved to start doing things properly, using limited ...
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How do I find the location of the picture saved on my lock screen?

I want to save the picture that comes up when i enter my pw but can't find it's location. Any searches that come up are either how to change it or isn't what i am looking for. Also, the main image ...
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how to remove dummy permission in Files and Folders on Security and Privacy?

I've installed Adobe Creative Cloud and removed few days ago, but it still remains 'com.adobe.acc.installer.v2' on Files and Folders permission. How can I remove this? I even cannot find this file ...
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How can I install a new preference pane in OSX 10.15.4?

I've tried opening the .prefPane file and when I do so I can't open it because it is from an unidentified developer. It gives me to option to move it to the bin but I cannot authorise it from the ...
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How can I disable FileVault Encryption Process? (Mac OS)

I enabled FileVault on my Mac (MacOS High Sierra) in the Security and Privacy System Preferences. Now my computer is extremely slow, I can't even use it. FileVault is still in the process of ...
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What is the proper way of editing com.apple.speech.voice.prefs.plist

I want to edit that file programmatically, to toggle between the Dutch Siri voice and the American Siri voice. I tried doing the following in bash defaults write com.apple.speech.voice.prefs ...
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I accidentally corrupted a plist file belonging to the speech synthesis server, how do I fix it?

I was trying to write an AppleScript that would recognize the language of a selected text, and then set the speech synthesis voice accordingly and then let my Mac speak the text out loud. This is how ...
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Catalina System Preferences shows update badge, but no updates are available

I just upgraded to Catalina, and now my System Preferences icon in the Dock shows an update badge with an annoying little “1” in it: So far, so similar to this old question. Unlike that question, ...
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How to prevent prefers-reduced-motion setting from ever working in Chrome

Since Chrome version 74, prefers-reduced-motion media queries will be set with reduce value in case the user has disabled animations in controls inside Windows. I'm on Win 10 and use mostly Chrome for ...
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How do I zoom into text with JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA

I would like to zoom in on text for presentations or when I need to focus on one function within the code. How can I do this on a Mac OS?
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Override MacOS Terminal Menu With Embedded Dash

I see a menu item in MacOS Terminal which looks like "New Tab with Profile - Homebrew". I'd like to override the Cmd-T shortcut which Terminal helpfully assigned to it because the last tab I opened ...
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What does this notification badge in macOS Catalina System Preferences mean?

I just upgraded to macOS 10.15 Catalina, and now I have this (1) badge on my System Preferences dock icon. Here's my System Preferences: I don't see any badges on the preference pane icons, but I ...
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Where are the preferences in group policy in Windows 10?

I need to set preferences in group policy for date/time formats but I can't find preferences in the group policy editor. I have obviously seen preferences in group policy in youtube videos etc but ...
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Why can't I start mysql from the preferences pane on a Mac OSX when I change the datadir

When I click on the configuration tab of the MySQL preferences pane and change the Data Directory location to an external drive then I cannot start mysql from the preferences pane. The light goes ...
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Apps don't show up in camera and microphone privacy settings in MacBook

I cannot allow camera and microphone of my macbook pro to be used in different applications (Google Chrome, Slack etc.) as they do not appear in “System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> ...
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How to change NetBIOS name on macOS Mojave?

I need to change the NetBIOS Name under "System Preferences" -> "Network" -> "Advanced..." -> "WINS"; but I can click Ok, Apply or whatever; the OS will completely ignore my entry and keep the ...
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Cannot find Shrink One Page command in Word for Mac 2016

I'm using Word for Mac 2016 version 16.15. Apparently the 'Shrink One Page' command should be in found in Word Preferences > Ribbon & Toolbar, but there's no sign of it there. See below ...
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set "change input source" shortcut from terminal

I would like to have the defaults terminal command to set the keyboard shortcuts for selecting the next or previous input sources for the keyboard. They can be changed graphically via system ...
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cmd.exe doesn't keep preferences when pinning to start menu

Normally, I launch cmd.exe by typing cmd in the Start menu and hitting Enter. I have changed the preferences of cmd such as font and color. I searched for cmd.exe and pinned it to the Start menu (...
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Printer Drivers installed to Windows 10 in Chinese, How can I change it to English?

Last weekend I switched out an old pc running Windows Vista with a new one running Windows 10. Our office shares a printer through this computer, so, I needed to reinstall and share that printer (...
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Sort App Shortcuts in OS X System Preferences Keyboard Shortcuts

I have a long list of custom shortcuts I've created in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts for menu items in Pro Tools. Despite having edited the application's plist file (com....
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Changing defaults doesn't change setting in system preferences window

I'm trying to enable tap to click from a bash script using: defaults write com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad Clicking -int 1 When I open the Trackpad section on the System Preferences panel, the ...
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How can I solve this auto highlight with my mac, it happens with every window

My Mac keeps auto selecting boxes
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Office apps not saving Background/Theme across restarts

[e.g. Outlook 2016 16.0.4456.1003, 64 bit on Windows 10 Pro x64 v 1607] Subject says it all - when I change the Office Background or Office Theme, and then restart Outlook/Excel/... it reverts to No ...
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Windows what is NetCrawl service?

In my services in Windows I have NetCrawl I read that it is some sort of ad managing software that is absolutely not needed and even better disabled. Is it so? Can I just disable it everywhere?
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How to disable natural scrolling on Mac OS X (El Captain) with command line?

I would like to use natural scroll with touchpad and normal scroll when I am using a normal USB mouse. I don't want to go to the preferences dialog to change the settings every time I need the switch. ...
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Where are custom system shortcuts stored in Mac OS X?

I have my personal custom shortcuts for different apps and I would like to have them synced across devices, but I can't find the file where Mac OS X stores them.
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Getting the error "There was an error in iCloud Preferences"

I keep getting this error: Not sure how to fix it. I tried moving the MobileMe.plist file from the preferences but still get this. Ive saved the log file specifically for the iCloud error: 4/26/16 ...
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Remove automatically added keyboard inputs and prevent them from coming back (Windows 10)

I have 2 languages installed on my computer, both with a single input method. I have 2 keyboards: CES-CSQ and ENG-US. However lately (maybe after the last Win10 update) I started to see 2 additional ...
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How to remove a single item from the Recent Items menu in new OS X El Capitan?

I have been trying to find a solution on how to remove a single item from the Recent Items menu. Before upgrading to El Capitan everything worked just fine. I had downloaded Pref Setter software by ...
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Is there an OSX terminal command (el capitan) to disable / hide panes in System Preferences?

been Googling for the better part of an hour now and not too familiar with OSX ways of doing things via command line. If anyone has a great resource site for OSX system commands / switches that would ...
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OS X - always use 4 spaces instead of \t

I realize that many apps have a preference to set the behavior of the Tab key, but for those that don't, is there anything akin to a System Preference that would try to always use 4 spaces instead of \...
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Mac OS X - disable program on startup that is not listed in Accounts' "Login items"

I have YSoft Safe Q client installed on my Mac OS X 10.10.5. Client starts everytime on startup but I do not want to. Unfortunately it's not available in list of programs inside System Preferences -&...
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How to search only current directory in Nautilus (restore old behaviour)

Does anyone know, how can I bring back the old nautilus behaviour? In old version (Debian <7), when I typed, the nautilus moved to first file that started with that typed phrase. In new version (...
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Pagefile.sys files on Windows

I was going through my computer to understand what's taking up space. I stumbled upon this file as one of them. A little checks led me to understand that it's a system file where Windows stores docile ...
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Editing /sys/class/leds/phy0-led/ configs

I am trying to configure LEDs on my laptop running Xubuntu 14.04. I found out that there are some configs that affect LED behaviour, located in /sys/class/leds/phy0-led/. There are 3 relevant files: "...
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Why can't I open `.plist` files in Sublime Text 3

I'm trying to open and edit a preferences file: com.apple.launchservices.plist. When I try to open the file in Sublime Text 3 it appears compiled or garbled. How do I get it to open in the plain ...
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How much can a system administrator see?

I have Cygwin installed on a Windows system. From Cygwin I SSH into some other system that is not part of the network. Does the system administrator know that I am connected to this remote system?
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Change bookmarks from left sidebar to top bar in Safari 7.0.6

A new safari update places the bookmarks on in a quarter screen left navigation. Does anyone know a way to move it back to the top. (I did not see anything in preference and it appeared that under ...
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What is the use of adding Apple ID to the System Preferences in Mac OS X 10.10 on a MacBook Pro?

In iCloud, you will have the ability to sync stuff from your Mac to the cloud. In iTunes, you can use it to buy music etc… In AppStore, it can be used for purchasing Apps How about in System ...
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Switch between Multiple Customised Lang & Region settings on Mac OS X Mavericks

I need to be able to switch quickly between two or three customised Language & Region prefs on Mac OS X. While there is an advanced tab which allows customisation, there is no way to save this as ...
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Use wifi for internet but access a printer over ethernet

In my office I have a Wifi connection and a LAN connection the printers are connected via LAN. LAN and Wifi both have internet but the LAN internet is slower. I want to use internet through Wifi but ...
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Using Opera 21.9 how do I shut down auto-refresh

I recently switched to Opera. But it does one thing I can't stand. It automatically refreshes a page. Something like Twitter, where I have to scroll through many tweets, getting refreshed and bumped ...
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How to export current network configuration that I have on my System Preferences on mac os x?

I want to export all my configuration on my services on System Preferences and change all of them by export and importing all at ones. How to export and import all services and configuration for each ...
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