Initial MacOS Setting Changes

These are the settings in the UI I change when I get a new Mac or I re-install MacOS:

  • Settings -> Keyboard: Enable Use F1, F2, etc keys as standard function keys.
  • Settings -> Keyboard: Turn keyboard backlight off after 5 seconds
  • Settings -> Keyboard -> Text
    • Disable Correct spelling automatically
    • Disable Capitalize words automatically
    • Disable Add period with double-space
  • Settings -> Dock and Menu Bar
    • Disable magnification and adjust size appropriately.
    • Position on screen: Right (as long as it’s not at the bottom we are cool)
    • Disable all but Show indicators for open applications” and Automatically hide and show the menu bar in full screen.
  • Settings -> Siri
    • Voice Feedback -> Off
    • Disable Allow Siri when locked
  • Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri -> Enable Type to Siri
  • Settings -> Desktop & Screen Saver -> Hot Corners..
    • Top Left: Mission Control
    • Top Right: Lock Screen
    • Bottom Left: None
    • Bottom Right: Mission Control
  • Finder -> Preferences -> General
    • Disable all but External Disks
    • New Finder windows show: Downloads
  • Finder -> Preferences -> Sidebar
    • Disable Recents
    • Disable Recent Tags
  • Finder -> Preferences -> Advanced
    • Enable Show all filename extensions
    • When performing a search: Search This Mac

These settings are done via the command line:

  • Save screenshots as JPG: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
  • Install Homebrew: /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

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