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Back in March I did a tip listing        15 Terminal Commands for Hidden Mac OS X       Settings. Since Leopard has been released, there       are a whole load of new ones so I thought I'd do       another list.       
     
      In general, these will only work with Leopard. I have       slipped in a few that will work with Tiger, but you       should check out the        old list for commands that will definitely work.       
     
     
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      For the most part, applications will need restarting       before changes take place. For the Dock and the       Finder, it isn't obvious how to do this. The easiest       way is to type a second command into the Terminal       afterwards. Type "killall Dock" followed by return       for all the Spaces, Stacks and Dock commands.       "killall Finder" followed by return for all the       Finder related ones.
     
      Spaces
       
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock       workspaces-edge-delay -float 0.5       

      Changes the delay when dragging windows off the edge       of the screen to other spaces. Default value is 0.75.       
     
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock       workspaces-wrap-arrows -boolean NO

      Disables the wrap-around when using Control-Arrow       keys to changes Spaces. To enable again, repeat with       YES at the end.       
                     

      Stacks       
Code:
defaults write       com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{       "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" =       "recents-tile"; }'       

      Creates a Recent Applications stack in your Dock,       that you can change to display other recent items. To       remove it, use the command defaults delete       com.apple.dock persistent-others but be warned, this       will remove all your stacks.       
     
                            
     
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock       mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YES       

      Adds a Mouse Over gradient to items in your stacks.       To disable, repeat with NO at the end.       
     
      Dock       
Code:
defaults write       com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES       

      Change to 2D Dock. To change back to 3D, prepeat with       NO at the end.       
     
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int       256

      Allows you to increase the size of the Dock past the       maximum allowed by the slider in System Preferences.       Don't go larger than 256. Use the slider in System       Preferences to shrink the Dock down again.       
     
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -int       512       

      Allows you to increase the Dock magnification past       the maximum allowed by the slider in System       Preferences. Don't go larger than 512. Use the slider       in System Preferences to shrink the Dock down again.       
     

       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock       enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -boolean       YES       

      Makes all items in the Dock spring loaded. For       example, hold a file over an application and it will       open or come to the front so you can drop the file       onto a specific window. Repeat with NO to       reverse.

      Finder       
Code:
defaults write       com.apple.finder FXListViewStripes -bool FALSE       

      Removes the stripes in list view. Repeat the command       with TRUE to reverse.       
     
       
Code:
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister       -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain       user       

      Resets the "Open With" menu, clearing duplicates. The       command is different from the one in Tiger.       
     
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.finder       _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES       

      Changes the title of a window to its full path.       Repeat with NO to reverse.       

                            
     
      Spotlight       
Code:
sudo chmod 0       /System/Library/CoreServices/Spotlight.app       

      Disables the Spotlight icon. Type "killall Spotlight"       for changes to take effect. To re-enable it, type 755       instead of 0.
     
      Time Machine       
Code:
sudo defaults write       /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto       StartInterval -int 7200       

      Changes Time Machine's backup interval. Requires an       administrator password. Default value is 3600       (seconds).       
     
      iCal       
       
Code:
defaults write com.apple.iCal IncludeDebugMenu       YES       

      Enables the Debug menu in iCal, just like the Safari       one. Repeat with NO at the end to disable.       
     
      Safari       
Code:
defaults write       com.apple.Safari       DebugConfirmTossingUnsubmittedFormText NO       

      Disables the warning given when closing a window with       text entered into a form that you haven't submitted.       To bring back the warning, repeat the command with       YES.       
     
      Check out this          article for more Safari 3 tips.       
     
      Menubar       
Changing the menubar will require       an administrator password and you will need to       restart the Mac for changes to take       effect.
     
Code:
sudo defaults write       /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer       'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE'       1

      Remove translucency in menubar, turns it white.       
     
       
Code:
sudo defaults write       /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer       'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE'       0       

      Removes translucency in menubar, turns it grey.       
     
       
Code:
sudo defaults delete       /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer       'EnvironmentVariables'       

      Reverts back to default translucent menubar.       
     
      All       Applications
Code:
defaults       write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool       TRUE       

      Applications use the expanded Print dialog by       default. Similar to the expanded Save dialog in       earlier OS versions. Repeat with FALSE to reverse.

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