My Mac OS X Customized Settings

The time is upon us for Black Friday sales and/or new Macs for Christmas that we’ll be disappointed with when there’s a product announcement in January.

With these new computers, we’ll want to forgo the tedium of initializing settings to remove silly restrictions meant for bumbling peasants. We’ll want to customize Mac OS X to our nerdish liking. Here is how I go about mine.


  • Set View Options in Finder to Arrange by Name
  • Turn off Spring-loaded folders in the Finder
  • Disable drives from showing up on desktop


  • Configure Rules to designate color coded message lines from family


System Preferences

  • Keyboard & Mouse: Enable right-click on Mighty Mouse, Disable Expose, Dashboard buttons
  • Dock: Automatically hide Dock, Disable animate opening applications
  • Software Update: Disable automatic checking

Advanced Customization

  • Turn off Bluetooth and remove from Menu Bar
  • Turn off feedback for Sound controls and unnecessary notifications in iChat and Mail
  • Remove the Windows BSOD in Leopard
  • Run Terminal commands to disable unnecessary features and animations
    Change Dock to 2D Appearance
    defaults write no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock
    Disable animations in the Finder
    defaults write DisableAllAnimations -bool true
    Disable ‘snap to grid’ animation
    defaults Write AnimateSnapToGrid -bool FALSE
    Disable Info pane animations
    defaults write AnimateInfoPanes -bool false
    Increase the speed of the Save dialog box (Default is 0.2)
    defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime .001
    Force to display plaintext
    defaults write PreferPlainText -bool TRUE

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