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Apple OSX Mountain Lion (10.8) Fix List

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Ok, so Mountain Lion (10.8) is worlds better than Lion (10.7), but it still does some silly things… this is how to fix it:

In System Preferences:

General:

  • Sidebar Icon Size -> Small; You can actually see all the sidebar items in Finder now!
  • Show Scroll Bars -> Always; (This one is up to your preference)
  • Check “Close windows when quitting an application”; The window auto-open feature is annoying as hell…

Dock:

  • Check “Double-click a window’s title bar to minimize”; Why did they ever disable this feature?

Mission Control:

  • Uncheck “Show Dashboard as a space”; Why does it use up a whole desktop for gadgets? Let’s put dashboard back how it was…
  • Uncheck “Automatically rearrange spaces…”; Why do my desktops not stay in order, when they automatically change order it’s easy to lose track of what you’re doing!

Language & Text: “Text” Tab:

  • Uncheck “Correct spelling automatically”; If you thought autocorrect on a smartphone was bad, check it out on your computer…

Security and Privacy:

  • Allow applications downloaded from: Anywhere; Thank you Apple, I know where I got my program…
  • “Privacy” Tab: Diagnostics and Usage: Uncheck “Send…”; I’m sure you already know this one…
  • I trust you to know what rest of these settings should be thanks to common sense and your own preferences

Displays:

  • If this is an option, set this to either “Scaled” or “Manual”; the best option is the option you have actual¬†control over…

Trackpad: “Scroll & Zoom” Tab:

  • Uncheck “Scroll direction: natural”; Natural? You’re calling the opposite of what everyone has been doing for over a decade natural? WTF?

Network: “Wi-Fi” Section:

  • Uncheck “Ask to join new networks”; Seriously, I’ll connect to a network when I’m ready to connect, not before… your popup is just in my way Apple.

In Finder:(In Finder Preferences)

“General” Tab:

  • Check all the things you want on your desktop, why they got rid of Hard Disks and such from this, I have no idea.
  • “New Finder windows show”: your profile or the root of your hard drive… duh…

“Sidebar” Tab:

  • Uncheck “All My Files”; This feature is totally worthless…¬†thanks Apple.
  • Check your profile… you know, so you can get to it easily…
  • Check “Hard disks”; This one looks like it’s already checked, but it’s not, it doesn’t show your system drive… make sure it shows a check mark in the box.

“Advanced” Tab:

  • Check “Show all filename extensions”; Because we’re not dumb users, we want to see what the extension is so we can decide what to open it in.
  • “When performing a search”: “Search the Current Folder”; If I want to search the whole drive, I’ll either use Spotlight or start the search from the root of the drive…

Other:

Also, if you like your desktop icons to be orderly you can right-click on the desktop and click “Show View Options”. If you set “Sort by” to “Snap to Grid” all the icons will align themselves in a grid pattern wherever you drop them.

And last, but not least: When you shut down, press spacebar to uncheck the “Reopen windows when logging back in” option. This should then remain unchecked in future reboot cycles.

That’s it, I’m probably missing a few things, but this should make things a bit better for the user that doesn’t care about how Apple says it SHOULD be.

 

 

Written by David

January 14th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Posted in OSX

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