New Mac Setup
How I setup a brand new mac, either for work or personal use. My “uses” page has “the stuff that I use” like apps.
In System Preferences
- Turn on Dark mode:
General-> Set the appearance to “Dark”
Scroll & Zoom-> Disable “Natural”
Siri-> Disable “Ask Siri”
Spotlight-> Uncheck everything apart from “Applications” and “System Preferences”
- Turn off Airdrop
- -> Click “modifier keys”
- -> Swap
Ctrl(^) keys. See my snippet if modifier key symbols confuse you.
Show hidden files:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles true; killall Finder
Show file paths:
defaults write com.apple.Finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true; killall Finder
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
Unless you’re using M1/M2, install the Fish shell with the package file.
⚠️ Installing the Fish shell on M1/M2 macs is more complicated. Don’t install fish with the package file. Here’s how you do it.
- Add Homebrew to ZSH manually:
touch .zshrc && export PATH="/opt/homebrew/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.zshrc
- Install fish:
brew install fish
- Add fish to the list of shells:
echo "/opt/homebrew/bin/fish" | sudo tee -a /etc/shells
- Make Fish the default shell:
chsh -s $(which fish)
Restart your terminal
Then add brew to fish
Install with homebrew:
brew install ffmpeg wget tldr rename
I go over some of these in my “Nifty Command Lines” series
- Advanced ->
- ✅ Enable “Show develop in menu bar”
- ✅ Enable “Show full website address”
- General -> Set
Safari opens withto “All non-private windows from last session”
- Advanced ->
View-> “Show Status Bar”
- ✅ Enable “Show all filename extensions”
- ❌ Disable “Show warning before changing an extension”
- “Show Path Bar”
- “Show Preview”
Create a shortcut to copy selected area to clipboard.
System Preferences ->
Screenshots -> Set your shortcut
Take screenshots as JPG and not PNG
Save bandwidth and the planet, one screenshot at a time.
A fullscreen capture on a 13-inch screen is 680kb as a JPG and 2.4mb as PNG. That’s a ~70% reduction.
Enable saving as JPEG:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG
What was just the computer settings! Go to my “uses” page for more.