Tag Archive: Preferences


How to Disable Red Badge Circle on System Preferences in MacOS

System Preferences in MacOS shows a red badge circle icon when there is an available software update for the Mac. This can be helpful for users who want to be notified of software updates, but it can be annoying to other Mac users who are specifically avoiding a particular software update. For example, many Mac … Read More

Launch Mac App Preferences & Settings with an (Almost Universal) Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Adjusting the Preferences and Settings of Mac apps is common and often a necessity to get things just right for you, particularly if you’re using an app for the first time, or setting up a new Mac. Rather than fish around in the menu items to find the Preferences or Settings menu option, you can … Read More

Stop the “New Interface Detected: Thunderbolt Bridge” Alert in OS X Network Preferences

Many Mac users have recently stumbled upon a “Thunderbolt Bridge” alert dialog that shows up when they visit the OS X Network preference panel, the full text of the message box says: “New Interface Detected   A new network has been detected:   Thunderbolt Bridge   Please verify that it is configured correctly, then press … Read More [Read More…]

Stop the “New Interface Detected: Thunderbolt Bridge” Alert in OS X Network Preferences

Many Mac users have recently stumbled upon a “Thunderbolt Bridge” alert dialog that shows up when they visit the OS X Network preference panel, the full text of the message box says: “New Interface Detected   A new network has been detected:   Thunderbolt Bridge   Please verify that it is configured correctly, then press … Read More

Bypass Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks with Security Preferences

Gatekeeper security in Mac OS X Gatekeeper is an application level security feature on the Mac that aims to prevent unauthorized and unidentified apps from being launched in OS X, thereby preventing potential security problems like exploits or trojans from running on a Mac. The feature is most often encountered when an app has been downloaded from the web, and upon attempting to launch the app a warning dialog will prompt the  [Read More…]

Use AirDrop In iOS 7 Beta, Set Privacy Preferences In Control Center [iOS Tips]

Before we get into today’s iOS 7 Beta tip, remember that any of the iOS 7 beta features and tips we share with you could change before the latest mobile operating system from Apple hits the streets this coming fall.

Also, be sure that you’re not using a beta iOS 7 on an iPhone you need to get work done on–-Apple has provided it without guarantee for developers to start working with, not for you to use on any  [Read More…]

Increase the Size of Desktop Wallpaper Thumbnails in System Preferences

Increase the size of desktop wallpaper thumbnails in Mac OS X Lion Using the familiar pinch and spread gesture in OS X Lion, you can adjust the thumbnail size of desktop wallpaper previews within System Preferences. A spread gesture will increase the thumbnail size, and a pinch gesture will shrink the wallpaper thumbnails. Try it yourself, just open System Preferences, and from the Desktop control panel use a two-fingered spread, the  [Read More…]

Show All System Preferences from a Quick Menu in OS X Lion

Rather than rearranging all of the System Preferences to be sorted alphabetically, you can access a quick pull-down menu of all the panels that is sorted by name. Pull Down System Preferences list Try it yourself, access System Preferences from the?Apple menu, then click and hold on Show All to see the full list of preference panes available sorted by their name. This trick is limited to Mac OS X Lion.  [Read More…]

Find System Preferences Easier in Mac OS X by Sorting Alphabetically

Sort System Preferences by Name Alphabetically Mac System Preferences are grouped by categories: Personal, Hardware, Internet & Wireless, System, and Other. For most of us this is intuitive and easy enough to navigate, but if youve ever had to provide tech support over the phone to a Mac newbie youve probably encountered some confusion or delay as a user stares blankly at a screen full of icons. An easy remedy to  [Read More…]

Quickly Access System Preferences Tied To Function Keys in Lion [OS X Tips]

Mac OS X Lion has a lot of hidden features tied to the keyboard that are easy to miss. There are all kinds of key sequences that act as shortcuts to various system features. The tip for today will show you how to quickly access the System Preferences panes related to the function keys at the top of the keyboard on your Mac.There are a variety of keyboards that you  [Read More…]