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How I make OSX work my way


Overview

This article describes the various configuration settings to make your life easier and less frustrating.

Most settings can be automated using “dotFiles” in repositories maintained by various people.

Dotfile Settings from others

The dofFile settings here are based on the dotfiles published by several people on their GitHub repositories:

SheBang

#!/usr/bin/env bash

# ~/.macos — https://mths.be/macos

# Ask for the administrator password upfront
sudo -v

# Keep-alive: update existing `sudo` time stamp until `.macos` has finished
while true; do sudo -n true; sleep 60; kill -0 "$$" || exit; done 2>/dev/null &

General UI/UX

# Set computer name (as done via System Preferences → Sharing)
#sudo scutil --set ComputerName "0x6D746873"
#sudo scutil --set HostName "0x6D746873"
#sudo scutil --set LocalHostName "0x6D746873"
#sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.smb.server NetBIOSName -string "0x6D746873"

# Set standby delay to 24 hours (default is 1 hour)
sudo pmset -a standbydelay 86400

# Disable the sound effects on boot
sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=" "

# Disable transparency in the menu bar and elsewhere on Yosemite
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess reduceTransparency -bool true

# Menu bar: hide the Time Machine, Volume, and User icons
for domain in ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.systemuiserver.*; do
   defaults write "${domain}" dontAutoLoad -array \
      "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/TimeMachine.menu" \
      "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Volume.menu" \
      "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/User.menu"
done
defaults write com.apple.systemuiserver menuExtras -array \
   "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Bluetooth.menu" \
   "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/AirPort.menu" \
   "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Battery.menu" \
   "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Clock.menu"

# Set highlight color to green
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600"

# Set sidebar icon size to medium
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTableViewDefaultSizeMode -int 2

# Always show scrollbars
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string "Always"
# Possible values: `WhenScrolling`, `Automatic` and `Always`

# Disable the over-the-top focus ring animation
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSUseAnimatedFocusRing -bool false

# Disable smooth scrolling
# (Uncomment if you’re on an older Mac that messes up the animation)
#defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSScrollAnimationEnabled -bool false

# Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001

# Expand save panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode2 -bool true

# Expand print panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -bool true

# Save to disk (not to iCloud) by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

# Automatically quit printer app once the print jobs complete
defaults write com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs "Quit When Finished" -bool true

# Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog
defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool false

# Remove duplicates in the “Open With” menu (also see `lscleanup` alias)
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

# Display ASCII control characters using caret notation in standard text views
# Try e.g. `cd /tmp; unidecode "\x{0000}" > cc.txt; open -e cc.txt`
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTextShowsControlCharacters -bool true

# Disable Resume system-wide
defaults write com.apple.systempreferences NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

# Disable automatic termination of inactive apps
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDisableAutomaticTermination -bool true

# Disable the crash reporter
defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType -string "none"

# Set Help Viewer windows to non-floating mode
defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode -bool true

# Fix for the ancient UTF-8 bug in QuickLook (https://mths.be/bbo)
# Commented out, as this is known to cause problems in various Adobe apps :(
# See https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/issues/237
#echo "0x08000100:0" > ~/.CFUserTextEncoding

# Reveal IP address, hostname, OS version, etc. when clicking the clock
# in the login window
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow AdminHostInfo HostName

# Restart automatically if the computer freezes
sudo systemsetup -setrestartfreeze on

# Never go into computer sleep mode
# sudo systemsetup -setcomputersleep Off > /dev/null

# Disable Notification Center and remove the menu bar icon
launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist 2> /dev/null

# Disable smart quotes as they’re annoying when typing code
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled -bool false

# Disable smart dashes as they’re annoying when typing code
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticDashSubstitutionEnabled -bool false

# Set a custom wallpaper image. `DefaultDesktop.jpg` is already a symlink, and
# all wallpapers are in `/Library/Desktop Pictures/`. The default is `Wave.jpg`.
#rm -rf ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/desktoppicture.db
#sudo rm -rf /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg
#sudo ln -s /path/to/your/image /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg

SSD-specific tweaks

# Disable hibernation (speeds up entering sleep mode)
# Hibernation saves memory to disk:
# sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

# Remove the sleep image file to save disk space
sudo rm /private/var/vm/sleepimage
# Create a zero-byte file instead…
sudo touch /private/var/vm/sleepimage
# …and make sure it can’t be rewritten
sudo chflags uchg /private/var/vm/sleepimage

# Disable the sudden motion sensor as it’s not useful for SSDs
sudo pmset -a sms 0

Timezone

# Set the timezone for your Continent/US-state/city:
# see `sudo systemsetup -listtimezones` for other values
# sudo systemsetup -settimezone "America/Denver" > /dev/null

Trackpad, mouse, keyboard, Bluetooth accessories, and input

# Trackpad: enable tap to click for this user and for the login screen
defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad Clicking -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1

# Trackpad: map bottom right corner to right-click
defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadCornerSecondaryClick -int 2
defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadRightClick -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.trackpadCornerClickBehavior -int 1
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.enableSecondaryClick -bool true

# Disable “natural” (Lion-style) scrolling
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool false

# Increase sound quality for Bluetooth headphones/headsets
defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" -int 40

# Enable full keyboard access for all controls
# (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3

# Use scroll gesture with the Ctrl (^) modifier key to zoom
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess closeViewScrollWheelToggle -bool true
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess HIDScrollZoomModifierMask -int 262144
# Follow the keyboard focus while zoomed in
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess closeViewZoomFollowsFocus -bool true

# Disable press-and-hold for keys in favor of key repeat
defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

# Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -float 0.000000000001

# Set language and text formats
# Note: if you’re in the US, replace `EUR` with `USD`, `Centimeters` with
# `Inches`, `en_GB` with `en_US`, and `true` with `false`.
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleLanguages -array "en" "nl"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleLocale -string "en_GB@currency=EUR"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleMeasurementUnits -string "Centimeters"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleMetricUnits -bool true

# Disable auto-correct
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

# Stop iTunes from responding to the keyboard media keys
#launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist 2> /dev/null

Screen

# Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins
defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword -int 1
defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 0

# Save screenshots to the desktop
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location -string "${HOME}/Desktop"

# Save screenshots in PNG format (other options: BMP, GIF, JPG, PDF, TIFF)
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type -string "png"

# Disable shadow in screenshots
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true

# Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

# Enable HiDPI display modes (requires restart)
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool true

Finder

# Finder: allow quitting via ⌘ + Q; doing so will also hide desktop icons
defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool true

# Finder: disable window animations and Get Info animations
defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool true

# Set Desktop as the default location for new Finder windows
# For other paths, use `PfLo` and `file:///full/path/here/`
defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTarget -string "PfDe"
defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTargetPath -string "file://${HOME}/Desktop/"

# Show icons for hard drives, servers, and removable media on the desktop
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowExternalHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowMountedServersOnDesktop -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowRemovableMediaOnDesktop -bool true

# Finder: show hidden files by default
#defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

# Finder: show all filename extensions
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true

# Finder: show status bar
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowStatusBar -bool true

# Finder: show path bar
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowPathbar -bool true

# Display full POSIX path as Finder window title
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true

# When performing a search, search the current folder by default
defaults write com.apple.finder FXDefaultSearchScope -string "SCcf"

# Disable the warning when changing a file extension
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false

# Enable spring loading for directories
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.springing.enabled -bool true

# Remove the spring loading delay for directories
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.springing.delay -float 0

# Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network volumes
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true

# Disable disk image verification
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify-locked -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify-remote -bool true

# Automatically open a new Finder window when a volume is mounted
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-ro-root -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-rw-root -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool true

# Show item info near icons on the desktop and in other icon views
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

# Show item info to the right of the icons on the desktop
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:labelOnBottom false" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

# Enable snap-to-grid for icons on the desktop and in other icon views
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

# Increase grid spacing for icons on the desktop and in other icon views
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:gridSpacing 100" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:gridSpacing 100" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:gridSpacing 100" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

# Increase the size of icons on the desktop and in other icon views
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:iconSize 80" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:iconSize 80" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:iconSize 80" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

# Use list view in all Finder windows by default
# Four-letter codes for the other view modes: `icnv`, `clmv`, `Flwv`
defaults write com.apple.finder FXPreferredViewStyle -string "Nlsv"

# Disable the warning before emptying the Trash
defaults write com.apple.finder WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false

# Enable AirDrop over Ethernet and on unsupported Macs running Lion
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true

# Enable the MacBook Air SuperDrive on any Mac
sudo nvram boot-args="mbasd=1"

# Show the ~/Library folder
chflags nohidden ~/Library

# Show the /Volumes folder
sudo chflags nohidden /Volumes

# Remove Dropbox’s green checkmark icons in Finder
file=/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/emblem-dropbox-uptodate.icns
[ -e "${file}" ] && mv -f "${file}" "${file}.bak"

# Expand the following File Info panes:
# “General”, “Open with”, and “Sharing & Permissions”
defaults write com.apple.finder FXInfoPanesExpanded -dict \
   General -bool true \
   OpenWith -bool true \
   Privileges -bool true

Dock, Dashboard, and hot corners

# Enable highlight hover effect for the grid view of a stack (Dock)
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -bool true

# Set the icon size of Dock items to 36 pixels
defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int 36

# Change minimize/maximize window effect
defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string "scale"

# Minimize windows into their application’s icon
defaults write com.apple.dock minimize-to-application -bool true

# Enable spring loading for all Dock items
defaults write com.apple.dock enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -bool true

# Show indicator lights for open applications in the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock show-process-indicators -bool true

# Wipe all (default) app icons from the Dock
# This is only really useful when setting up a new Mac, or if you don’t use
# the Dock to launch apps.
#defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array

# Show only open applications in the Dock
#defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool true

# Don’t animate opening applications from the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock launchanim -bool false

# Speed up Mission Control animations
defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0.1

# Don’t group windows by application in Mission Control
# (i.e. use the old Exposé behavior instead)
defaults write com.apple.dock expose-group-by-app -bool false

# Disable Dashboard
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -bool true

# Don’t show Dashboard as a Space
defaults write com.apple.dock dashboard-in-overlay -bool true

# Don’t automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use
defaults write com.apple.dock mru-spaces -bool false

# Remove the auto-hiding Dock delay
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0
# Remove the animation when hiding/showing the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0

# Automatically hide and show the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide -bool true

# Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent
defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true

# Disable the Launchpad gesture (pinch with thumb and three fingers)
#defaults write com.apple.dock showLaunchpadGestureEnabled -int 0

# Reset Launchpad, but keep the desktop wallpaper intact
find "${HOME}/Library/Application Support/Dock" -name "*-*.db" -maxdepth 1 -delete

# Add iOS & Watch Simulator to Launchpad
sudo ln -sf "/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Applications/Simulator.app" "/Applications/Simulator.app"
sudo ln -sf "/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Applications/Simulator (Watch).app" "/Applications/Simulator (Watch).app"

# Add a spacer to the left side of the Dock (where the applications are)
#defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'
# Add a spacer to the right side of the Dock (where the Trash is)
#defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'

# Hot corners
# Possible values:
#  0: no-op
#  2: Mission Control
#  3: Show application windows
#  4: Desktop
#  5: Start screen saver
#  6: Disable screen saver
#  7: Dashboard
# 10: Put display to sleep
# 11: Launchpad
# 12: Notification Center
# Top left screen corner → Mission Control
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tl-corner -int 2
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tl-modifier -int 0
# Top right screen corner → Desktop
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tr-corner -int 4
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tr-modifier -int 0
# Bottom left screen corner → Start screen saver
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-bl-corner -int 5
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-bl-modifier -int 0

Safari & WebKit

# Privacy: don’t send search queries to Apple
defaults write com.apple.Safari UniversalSearchEnabled -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari SuppressSearchSuggestions -bool true

# Press Tab to highlight each item on a web page
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitTabToLinksPreferenceKey -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2TabsToLinks -bool true

# Show the full URL in the address bar (note: this still hides the scheme)
defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFullURLInSmartSearchField -bool true

# Set Safari’s home page to `about:blank` for faster loading
defaults write com.apple.Safari HomePage -string "about:blank"

# Prevent Safari from opening ‘safe’ files automatically after downloading
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoOpenSafeDownloads -bool false

# Allow hitting the Backspace key to go to the previous page in history
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2BackspaceKeyNavigationEnabled -bool true

# Hide Safari’s bookmarks bar by default
defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool false

# Hide Safari’s sidebar in Top Sites
defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowSidebarInTopSites -bool false

# Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites
defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2

# Enable Safari’s debug menu
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true

# Make Safari’s search banners default to Contains instead of Starts With
defaults write com.apple.Safari FindOnPageMatchesWordStartsOnly -bool false

# Remove useless icons from Safari’s bookmarks bar
defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar "()"

# Enable the Develop menu and the Web Inspector in Safari
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDevelopMenu -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitDeveloperExtrasEnabledPreferenceKey -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2DeveloperExtrasEnabled -bool true

# Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

# Enable continuous spellchecking
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebContinuousSpellCheckingEnabled -bool true
# Disable auto-correct
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

# Disable AutoFill
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoFillFromAddressBook -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoFillPasswords -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoFillCreditCardData -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoFillMiscellaneousForms -bool false

# Warn about fraudulent websites
defaults write com.apple.Safari WarnAboutFraudulentWebsites -bool true

# Disable plug-ins
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitPluginsEnabled -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2PluginsEnabled -bool false

# Disable Java
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitJavaEnabled -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2JavaEnabled -bool false

# Block pop-up windows
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitJavaScriptCanOpenWindowsAutomatically -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2JavaScriptCanOpenWindowsAutomatically -bool false

# Enable “Do Not Track”
defaults write com.apple.Safari SendDoNotTrackHTTPHeader -bool true

# Update extensions automatically
defaults write com.apple.Safari InstallExtensionUpdatesAutomatically -bool true

Apple Mail

Skip this if you don’t use Apple Mail (and use Gmail instead, etc.)

# Disable send and reply animations in Mail.app
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableReplyAnimations -bool true
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableSendAnimations -bool true

# Copy email addresses as `foo@example.com` instead of `Foo Bar <foo@example.com>` in Mail.app
defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

# Add the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + Enter to send an email in Mail.app
defaults write com.apple.mail NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Send" "@\U21a9"

# Display emails in threaded mode, sorted by date (oldest at the top)
defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add "DisplayInThreadedMode" -string "yes"
defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add "SortedDescending" -string "yes"
defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add "SortOrder" -string "received-date"

# Disable inline attachments (just show the icons)
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool true

# Disable automatic spell checking
defaults write com.apple.mail SpellCheckingBehavior -string "NoSpellCheckingEnabled"

Spotlight

Spotlight is Apple’s omni-search.

# Hide Spotlight tray-icon (and subsequent helper)
#sudo chmod 600 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search
# Disable Spotlight indexing for any volume that gets mounted and has not yet
# been indexed before.
# Use `sudo mdutil -i off "/Volumes/foo"` to stop indexing any volume.
sudo defaults write /.Spotlight-V100/VolumeConfiguration Exclusions -array "/Volumes"
# Change indexing order and disable some search results
# Yosemite-specific search results (remove them if you are using macOS 10.9 or older):
#  MENU_DEFINITION
#  MENU_CONVERSION
#  MENU_EXPRESSION
#  MENU_SPOTLIGHT_SUGGESTIONS (send search queries to Apple)
#  MENU_WEBSEARCH             (send search queries to Apple)
#  MENU_OTHER
defaults write com.apple.spotlight orderedItems -array \
   '{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "APPLICATIONS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "SYSTEM_PREFS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "DIRECTORIES";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "PDF";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "FONTS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "DOCUMENTS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MESSAGES";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "CONTACT";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "EVENT_TODO";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "IMAGES";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "BOOKMARKS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MUSIC";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MOVIES";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "PRESENTATIONS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "SPREADSHEETS";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "SOURCE";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MENU_DEFINITION";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MENU_OTHER";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MENU_CONVERSION";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MENU_EXPRESSION";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MENU_WEBSEARCH";}' \
   '{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MENU_SPOTLIGHT_SUGGESTIONS";}'
# Load new settings before rebuilding the index
killall mds > /dev/null 2>&1
# Make sure indexing is enabled for the main volume
sudo mdutil -i on / > /dev/null
# Rebuild the index from scratch
sudo mdutil -E / > /dev/null

Terminal & Iterm

# Only use UTF-8 in Terminal.app
defaults write com.apple.terminal StringEncodings -array 4

# Use a modified version of the Solarized Dark theme by default in Terminal.app
osascript <<EOD
tell application "Terminal"
   local allOpenedWindows
   local initialOpenedWindows
   local windowID
   set themeName to "Solarized Dark xterm-256color"
   (* Store the IDs of all the open terminal windows. *)
   set initialOpenedWindows to id of every window
   (* Open the custom theme so that it gets added to the list
      of available terminal themes (note: this will open two
      additional terminal windows). *)
   do shell script "open '$HOME/init/" & themeName & ".terminal'"
   (* Wait a little bit to ensure that the custom theme is added. *)
   delay 1
   (* Set the custom theme as the default terminal theme. *)
   set default settings to settings set themeName
   (* Get the IDs of all the currently opened terminal windows. *)
   set allOpenedWindows to id of every window
   repeat with windowID in allOpenedWindows
      (* Close the additional windows that were opened in order
         to add the custom theme to the list of terminal themes. *)
      if initialOpenedWindows does not contain windowID then
         close (every window whose id is windowID)
      (* Change the theme for the initial opened terminal windows
         to remove the need to close them in order for the custom
         theme to be applied. *)
      else
         set current settings of tabs of (every window whose id is windowID) to settings set themeName
      end if
   end repeat
end tell
EOD

# Enable “focus follows mouse” for Terminal.app and all X11 apps
# i.e. hover over a window and start typing in it without clicking first
#defaults write com.apple.terminal FocusFollowsMouse -bool true
#defaults write org.x.X11 wm_ffm -bool true

# Enable Secure Keyboard Entry in Terminal.app
# See: https://security.stackexchange.com/a/47786/8918
defaults write com.apple.terminal SecureKeyboardEntry -bool true

# Install the Solarized Dark theme for iTerm
open "${HOME}/init/Solarized Dark.itermcolors"

# Don’t display the annoying prompt when quitting iTerm
defaults write com.googlecode.iterm2 PromptOnQuit -bool false

Time Machine

# Prevent Time Machine from prompting to use new hard drives as backup volume
defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool true

# Disable local Time Machine backups
hash tmutil &> /dev/null && sudo tmutil disablelocal

Activity Monitor

# Show the main window when launching Activity Monitor
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor OpenMainWindow -bool true

# Visualize CPU usage in the Activity Monitor Dock icon
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor IconType -int 5

# Show all processes in Activity Monitor
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor ShowCategory -int 0

# Sort Activity Monitor results by CPU usage
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor SortColumn -string "CPUUsage"
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor SortDirection -int 0

Address Book, Dashboard, iCal, TextEdit, and Disk Utility

# Enable the debug menu in Address Book
defaults write com.apple.addressbook ABShowDebugMenu -bool true

# Enable Dashboard dev mode (allows keeping widgets on the desktop)
defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode -bool true

# Enable the debug menu in iCal (pre-10.8)
defaults write com.apple.iCal IncludeDebugMenu -bool true

# Use plain text mode for new TextEdit documents
defaults write com.apple.TextEdit RichText -int 0
# Open and save files as UTF-8 in TextEdit
defaults write com.apple.TextEdit PlainTextEncoding -int 4
defaults write com.apple.TextEdit PlainTextEncodingForWrite -int 4

# Enable the debug menu in Disk Utility
defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled -bool true
defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility advanced-image-options -bool true

# Auto-play videos when opened with QuickTime Player
defaults write com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX MGPlayMovieOnOpen -bool true

Apple Mac App Store

# Enable the WebKit Developer Tools in the Mac App Store
defaults write com.apple.appstore WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

# Enable Debug Menu in the Mac App Store
defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true

# Enable the automatic update check
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate AutomaticCheckEnabled -bool true

# Check for software updates daily, not just once per week
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency -int 1

# Download newly available updates in background
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate AutomaticDownload -int 1

# Install System data files & security updates
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CriticalUpdateInstall -int 1

# Automatically download apps purchased on other Macs
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ConfigDataInstall -int 1

# Turn on app auto-update
defaults write com.apple.commerce AutoUpdate -bool true

# Allow the App Store to reboot machine on macOS updates
defaults write com.apple.commerce AutoUpdateRestartRequired -bool true

Apple Photos

# Prevent Photos from opening automatically when devices are plugged in
defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool true

Messages

# Disable automatic emoji substitution (i.e. use plain text smileys)
defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add "automaticEmojiSubstitutionEnablediMessage" -bool false

# Disable smart quotes as it’s annoying for messages that contain code
defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add "automaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled" -bool false

# Disable continuous spell checking
defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add "continuousSpellCheckingEnabled" -bool false

Google Chrome & Google Chrome Canary

You can’t get away from installing Google Chrome.

# Allow installing user scripts via GitHub Gist or Userscripts.org
defaults write com.google.Chrome ExtensionInstallSources -array "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/" "http://userscripts.org/*"
defaults write com.google.Chrome.canary ExtensionInstallSources -array "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/" "http://userscripts.org/*"

# Disable the all too sensitive backswipe on trackpads
defaults write com.google.Chrome AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false
defaults write com.google.Chrome.canary AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false

# Disable the all too sensitive backswipe on Magic Mouse
defaults write com.google.Chrome AppleEnableMouseSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false
defaults write com.google.Chrome.canary AppleEnableMouseSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false

# Use the system-native print preview dialog
defaults write com.google.Chrome DisablePrintPreview -bool true
defaults write com.google.Chrome.canary DisablePrintPreview -bool true

# Expand the print dialog by default
defaults write com.google.Chrome PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -bool true
defaults write com.google.Chrome.canary PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -bool true

GPGMail 2

You can’t get away from installing Google Chrome.

# Disable signing emails by default
defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/org.gpgtools.gpgmail SignNewEmailsByDefault -bool false

Opera & Opera Developer

You can’t get away from installing Google Chrome.

# Expand the print dialog by default
defaults write com.operasoftware.Opera PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -boolean true
defaults write com.operasoftware.OperaDeveloper PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -boolean true

SizeUp.app

QUESTION: What is this?

# Start SizeUp at login
defaults write com.irradiatedsoftware.SizeUp StartAtLogin -bool true

# Don’t show the preferences window on next start
defaults write com.irradiatedsoftware.SizeUp ShowPrefsOnNextStart -bool false

Sublime Text editor

This is popular.

# Install Sublime Text settings
cp -r init/Preferences.sublime-settings ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text*/Packages/User/Preferences.sublime-settings 2> /dev/null

Transmission.app

?

# Use `~/Documents/Torrents` to store incomplete downloads
defaults write org.m0k.transmission UseIncompleteDownloadFolder -bool true
defaults write org.m0k.transmission IncompleteDownloadFolder -string "${HOME}/Documents/Torrents"

# Don’t prompt for confirmation before downloading
defaults write org.m0k.transmission DownloadAsk -bool false
defaults write org.m0k.transmission MagnetOpenAsk -bool false

# Trash original torrent files
defaults write org.m0k.transmission DeleteOriginalTorrent -bool true

# Hide the donate message
defaults write org.m0k.transmission WarningDonate -bool false
# Hide the legal disclaimer
defaults write org.m0k.transmission WarningLegal -bool false

# IP block list.
# Source: https://giuliomac.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/best-blocklist-for-transmission/
defaults write org.m0k.transmission BlocklistURL -string "http://john.bitsurge.net/public/biglist.p2p.gz"
defaults write org.m0k.transmission BlocklistAutoUpdate -bool true

Twitter.app

# Disable smart quotes as it’s annoying for code tweets
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac AutomaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled -bool false

# Show the app window when clicking the menu bar icon
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac MenuItemBehavior -int 1

# Enable the hidden ‘Develop’ menu
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ShowDevelopMenu -bool true

# Open links in the background
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac openLinksInBackground -bool true

# Allow closing the ‘new tweet’ window by pressing `Esc`
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ESCClosesComposeWindow -bool true

# Show full names rather than Twitter handles
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ShowFullNames -bool true

# Hide the app in the background if it’s not the front-most window
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac HideInBackground -bool true

###############################################################################
# Tweetbot.app                                                                #
###############################################################################

# Bypass the annoyingly slow t.co URL shortener
defaults write com.tapbots.TweetbotMac OpenURLsDirectly -bool true

Spectacle.app

# Set up my preferred keyboard shortcuts
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MakeLarger -data 62706c6973743030d40102030405061819582476657273696f6e58246f626a65637473592461726368697665725424746f7012000186a0a40708101155246e756c6cd4090a0b0c0d0e0d0f596d6f64696669657273546e616d65576b6579436f64655624636c6173731000800280035a4d616b654c6172676572d2121314155a24636c6173736e616d655824636c6173736573585a4b486f744b6579a21617585a4b486f744b6579584e534f626a6563745f100f4e534b657965644172636869766572d11a1b54726f6f74800108111a232d32373c424b555a62696b6d6f7a7f8a939c9fa8b1c3c6cb0000000000000101000000000000001c000000000000000000000000000000cd
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MakeSmaller -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToBottomDisplay -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToBottomHalf -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToCenter -data 62706c6973743030d4010203040506191a582476657273696f6e58246f626a65637473592461726368697665725424746f7012000186a0a40708111255246e756c6cd4090a0b0c0d0e0f10596d6f64696669657273546e616d65576b6579436f64655624636c6173731119008002100880035c4d6f7665546f43656e746572d2131415165a24636c6173736e616d655824636c6173736573585a4b486f744b6579a21718585a4b486f744b6579584e534f626a6563745f100f4e534b657965644172636869766572d11b1c54726f6f74800108111a232d32373c424b555a62696c6e70727f848f98a1a4adb6c8cbd00000000000000101000000000000001d000000000000000000000000000000d2
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToFullscreen -data 62706c6973743030d4010203040506191a582476657273696f6e58246f626a65637473592461726368697665725424746f7012000186a0a40708111255246e756c6cd4090a0b0c0d0e0f10596d6f64696669657273546e616d65576b6579436f64655624636c6173731119008002102e80035f10104d6f7665546f46756c6c73637265656ed2131415165a24636c6173736e616d655824636c6173736573585a4b486f744b6579a21718585a4b486f744b6579584e534f626a6563745f100f4e534b657965644172636869766572d11b1c54726f6f74800108111a232d32373c424b555a62696c6e7072858a959ea7aab3bcced1d60000000000000101000000000000001d000000000000000000000000000000d8
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToLeftDisplay -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToLeftHalf -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToLowerLeft -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToLowerRight -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToNextDisplay -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToNextThird -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToPreviousDisplay -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToPreviousThird -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToRightDisplay -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToRightHalf -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToTopDisplay -data 62706c6973743030d4010203040506191a582476657273696f6e58246f626a65637473592461726368697665725424746f7012000186a0a40708111255246e756c6cd4090a0b0c0d0e0f10596d6f64696669657273546e616d65576b6579436f64655624636c6173731119008002107e80035f10104d6f7665546f546f70446973706c6179d2131415165a24636c6173736e616d655824636c61737365735d5a65726f4b6974486f744b6579a217185d5a65726f4b6974486f744b6579584e534f626a6563745f100f4e534b657965644172636869766572d11b1c54726f6f74800108111a232d32373c424b555a62696c6e7072858a959eacafbdc6d8dbe00000000000000101000000000000001d000000000000000000000000000000e2
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToTopHalf -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToUpperLeft -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle MoveToUpperRight -data 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
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle RedoLastMove -data 62706c6973743030d40102030405061a1b582476657273696f6e58246f626a65637473592461726368697665725424746f7012000186a0a40708111255246e756c6cd4090a0b0c0d0e0f10596d6f64696669657273546e616d65576b6579436f64655624636c617373110b008002100680035c5265646f4c6173744d6f7665d2131415165a24636c6173736e616d655824636c61737365735d5a65726f4b6974486f744b6579a31718195d5a65726f4b6974486f744b6579585a4b486f744b6579584e534f626a6563745f100f4e534b657965644172636869766572d11c1d54726f6f74800108111a232d32373c424b555a62696c6e70727f848f98a6aab8c1cadcdfe40000000000000101000000000000001e000000000000000000000000000000e6
defaults write com.divisiblebyzero.Spectacle UndoLastMove -data 62706c6973743030d40102030405061a1b582476657273696f6e58246f626a65637473592461726368697665725424746f7012000186a0a40708111255246e756c6cd4090a0b0c0d0e0f10596d6f64696669657273546e616d65576b6579436f64655624636c6173731109008002100680035c556e646f4c6173744d6f7665d2131415165a24636c6173736e616d655824636c61737365735d5a65726f4b6974486f744b6579a31718195d5a65726f4b6974486f744b6579585a4b486f744b6579584e534f626a6563745f100f4e534b657965644172636869766572d11c1d54726f6f74800108111a232d32373c424b555a62696c6e70727f848f98a6aab8c1cadcdfe40000000000000101000000000000001e000000000000000000000000000000e6

Kill affected applications

for app in "Activity Monitor" "Address Book" "Calendar" "Contacts" "cfprefsd" \
   "Dock" "Finder" "Google Chrome" "Google Chrome Canary" "Mail" "Messages" \
   "Opera" "Photos" "Safari" "SizeUp" "Spectacle" "SystemUIServer" "Terminal" \
   "Transmission" "Tweetbot" "Twitter" "iCal"; do
   killall "${app}" &> /dev/null
done
echo "Done. Note that some of these changes require a logout/restart to take effect."

More on OSX

This is one of a series on Mac OSX: