Various Defaults Write Commands

September 12, 2013

Here are a few interesting defaults write commands that I have applied to my Apple Macintosh computers.

Finder settings

$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE - show hidden files

This command turns on the display of hidden files in the Finder. This is particularly useful when dealing with so called "dotfiles" or configuration files that are normally hidden.

$ defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

This setting causes the full path of the currently displayed directory to be shown in the title bar of the Finder window.

iTunes settings

$ defaults write com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars -bool TRUE

With this setting enabled you can click on the rating for a track in iTunes and slide until you have a 1/2 rating.

Safari settings

$ defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

Turns the Debug menu on.

$ defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool TRUE

Enabling this option forces all links that have a target to open in a new tab rather than in a new window.

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