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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 using the defaults command as follows:

defaults write DevMode -bool true

To disable:

defaults write DevMode -bool false

August 15th, 2013

Posted In: Mac OS X

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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

defaults write ProhibitGoToFolder -bool true

Then reboot, or kill the Finder:

killall Finder

To undo, set the ProhibitGoToFolder as false:

defaults write ProhibitGoToFolder -bool false

November 11th, 2012

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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