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Mac OS X

Keep Help Windows From Hogging the Foreground in OS X

By default, the OS X help window automatically overlays other screens. I’ve now added to my lab imaging sequence to disable this as I use help windows from time to time but want other windows in the foreground when I command-tab to them. To make the change, write a DevMode key as boolean true into com.apple.helpviewer using the defaults command as follows:

defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode -bool true

To disable:

defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode -bool false

Mac OS X Mac OS X Server Mac Security Mass Deployment

Disable the Go To Folder Menu Item

For many environments, securing OS X is basically trying to make the computer act more like an iOS device. Some of the easier tasks involve disabling access to certain apps, sandboxing and controlling access to certain features. One of the steps en route to building an iOS-esque environment in OS X is to disable that Go to Folder… option. To do so, set the ProhibitGoToFolder key as true in com.apple.finder:

defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitGoToFolder -bool true

Then reboot, or kill the Finder:

killall Finder

To undo, set the ProhibitGoToFolder as false:

defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitGoToFolder -bool false