FROM PC TO MAC P2: Terminal Commands

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mac-windows-logosIn the last, and inaugural, post about my addition of the Mac environment to my workflow I mentioned that I really like both PC and MAC.  However, there are some things I couldn’t really get used to the Mac OS.  This time I wanted to point out the Terminal.  In Applications>Utilities.  Some Mac users may never use it nor even know it exists.  PC users might love it because they are very used to being able to tweak things in the registry or just get a little deeper into the OS’ code.  I put a link to a TON of Mac tweaks at the bottom.  But first I have hi-lighted a few that helped me.

Note: Messing with Terminal Commands might screw something up so do this at your own risk.  These worked for me with no issues but ya never know!

Cursor Repeat Speed

Basically when you want to hold down the a button like left or right arrow to move quickly through a line the Mac, even at its fastest stock setting is too slow.  This little guy makes it…”blazingly fast”…..as advertised.

# Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0
Snap to Grid Desktop
This one may be set somewhere else but I didn’t see it.  I am OCD about a few things.  Having ZERO unread mail in ANY inbox.  I even clear my spam way too much.  BUT also I like my desktop to be a clean as possible.  Keep things in nice tight lines helps that.  These will set that for you.
# Enable snap-to-grid for icons on the desktop and in other icon views
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :FK_StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Set :StandardViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid” ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
Copy Email Address
I don’t like when you right click copy email and it copy’s it with the Name first then <address> – this stops that.
# Copy email addresses as `[email protected]` instead of `Foo Bar <[email protected]>` in Mail.app
defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false
There are MANY more and some may help you in audio editing or just being more efficient while working.  Here is the original list I found a while back on PULSE, my favorite way to consume news.

https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.osx

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