Tweak your set­tings with TinkerTool

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TinkerTool ( is a long-stand­ing app for tin­ker­ing with var­i­ous sys­tem set­tings. It’s a smart tool to have in your Ap­pli­ca­tions folder, be­cause it en­ables you to ad­just far more op­tions for Finder, the Dock and the desk­top than are avail­able in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences. TinkerTool of­fers a graph­i­cal in­ter­face for many of the de­faults com­mands you would oth­er­wise have to type into Ter­mi­nal, mak­ing it a much less in­tim­i­dat­ing way to fine-tune OS X. 1 You can show hid­den files us­ing the Finder op­tions in TinkerTool. But we like many other op­tions found here, such as the abil­ity to add a Quit item to the Finder menu, and re­strict ac­cess to fea­tures such as Connect to Server, Eject, and Go to Folder. Handy if you want to cre­ate a fool­proof sys­tem. 2 One item to look out for is ‘Use trans­par­ent icons for hid­den ap­pli­ca­tions’. When en­abled, the Dock icon for any app that’s hid­den will be­come trans­par­ent. Also, the Launch­pad op­tions make that fea­ture much faster to use. Click Re­launch Dock to put th­ese into ef­fect. 3 Un­der Gen­eral are op­tions to ad­just the for­mat of screen­shots, and where they are saved. ‘Pre­fer ex­panded Save di­alogs when us­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions’ makes apps dis­play the ex­panded dialog when you choose Save As. Th­ese be­come ac­tive next time you log in. 4 De­vel­op­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the de­bug and di­ag­nos­tic menus that can be en­abled for var­i­ous apps. Quit each app, check the box for the menu you want to en­able, log out and in again, and then re­open the app. 5 You can ad­just the fonts and their sizes for var­i­ous parts of OS X’s in­ter­face. Click Change and choose a new font for apps. This only af­fects the na­tive apps, but it’s a neat way to ad­just a lot of the in­ter­face. 6 The Re­set op­tion pro­vides two op­tions: ‘Re­set to pre-TinkerTool state’ and ‘Re­set to de­faults’. The lat­ter is use­ful if you have ad­justed things us­ing Ter­mi­nal com­mands and want to re­set OS X to its de­fault state.

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