The 1-2-3 to setting up a new Mac
Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 9:05 am. #
Last updated: 21 Feb 2012, for OSX Lion
Everyone has settings that make their computer ‘just right’; and since I spend a lot of time flitting between different computers (and occasionally reinstalling the operating system), I thought I would spend ten minutes writing up what I do to make an Apple Mac good for me – mostly for documentation purposes. (This, of course, has nothing to do with this tweet, no).
System Preferences > Trackpad > Point and Click: set to ‘tap to click’
Right-click time machine logo in menu bar > Preferences > uncheck status icon
Click Bluetooth icon in menu bar > turn Bluetooth off
Right-click Bluetooth icon in menu bar > uncheck status icon
Dock preferences (right-click the separator) > Position:left; Auto hide
Remove all applications from the dock by pulling them onto the desktop
Remove ‘Applications’, ‘Documents’ and ‘Downloads’ from the dock
System Preferences > Desktop – set to use my Dropbox backgrounds folder (which uses background images from my Flickr account)
System Preferences > Sound > uncheck ‘play feedback when volume is changed’ to remove that annoying blip noise
System Preferences > Network > Uncheck “Ask to join new networks”
System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General – change “require password” to be 15 minutes after sleep or screensaver begins
System Preferences > Language & Text > Text > uncheck “correct spelling automatically”
In Mac App Store…
TextWrangler (text editor for coding)
Twitter (official client)
Keynote (presentation software)
Alfred (program launcher and more). In preferences, change to CTRL+SPACE, and “United Kingdom” as locale. Hide menubar icon. Enter licence.
Cyberduck (fully-featured FTP and Amazon S3 program). Enter licence.
Dropbox (cloud-based disc drive) – in preferences, check ‘black and white icon’
Skype (phone calls and rather useful roaming wifi)… in preferences > notifications, uncheck the sound for ‘contact becomes available’
Last FM scrobbler / radio app
NVAlt – neat notetaking app
…and I believe that’s all the software I download and regularly use.
(What do you do? What have I missed? Let me know in the comments.)