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Default settings

To change most defaults:

Most system-wide preferences are in System Preferences, which is under the Apple menu. That includes a panel called "Keyboard & Mouse", which lets you change keyboard shortcuts for menut items in Cocoa applications (e.g., Safari, Mail, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Create). Most other preferences for an individual application are set in a Preferences item in the application menu, the menu with the application's name.

To change the application that opens a document:

  1. Select the document in the Finder and choose File > Get Info.
  2. Click "Open with" in the Info window.
  3. Choose an application from the pop-up menu or choose Other to locate a different application.
  4. To use the application you chose to open all similar documents (the same type as the current document and created by the same application), click Change All.

To make tooltips appear faster or slower:

Open Terminal (inside /Applications/Utilities) then type this phrase, followed by a return:

defaults write -g NSInitialToolTipDelay 400

The number 400 is the length of the delay in milliseconds. You can choose any delay. Apple's default is 1000. This will work with any Cocoa application, although you may need to restart an application that is running.


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