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New Mac Setup

My “uses” page page has “The stuff that I use” like apps and other helpers. This is “The stuff that I had to configure” or how I setup my macOS device.

Enjoy!

System Settings

  • Turn on Dark mode: General -> Set the appearance to “Dark”
  • Trackpad -> Scroll & Zoom -> Disable “Natural”
  • Siri -> Disable “Ask Siri”
  • Turn off Airdrop
  • Keyboard
    • -> Click “modifier keys”
    • -> Swap Cmd(⌘) and Ctrl(^) keys. See modifier keys for more.

Safari

Open Safari

  • Safari -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Enable “Show develop in menu bar”

Finder

Finder -> Preferences

  • ✅ Show all filename extensions
  • ❌ Disable “Show warning before changing an extension”

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

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 it: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG.

I hope that was useful. You may want to visit my “uses” page page or read my articles.