If you’re not a Mac power user but you’re not afraid to try something new to enhance your Mac experience, then TinkerTool is for you. Mac OS X ships with hundreds of hidden features.
They’re all a part of Mac OS X. Turning them on is one-click operation. Ditto for turning them off. What do you get with this kind of tinkering? New preferences in the Mac’s system and in many of the Mac’s standard apps.
Unlocking The Mac’s Secret Settings
A dozen or so utility apps are available for Mac users that unlock a few dozen to a few hundred of these hidden preferences and settings. TinkerTool is the free version of the popular TinkerTool System app for system administrators.
Tinkering with systems and apps may sound dangerous.
It’s not. It’s actually fun. TinkerTool only opens settings that Apple already created.
Changing back to default settings is nothing more than another click to TinkerTool. When you start up TinkerTool for the first time, this is what you get:
TinkerTool is an application to access selected preference settings of your personal user account which are not visible in System Preferences. The tool never changes any part of the operating system, nor does it add or run anything. The feature set reflected by these preference settings is defined by Mac OS X only. It cannot be changed by TinkerTool.
After that, it’s time to click and explore. TinkerTool’s Toolbar shows you the variety of preference settings available.
For example, among Finder and Dock options you’ll be able to Show Hidden and System Files, Restrict the Finder’s menu selections, and more.
TinkerTool also opens a few Snow Leopard only options which include Spotlight, Mail, Spaces, and Time Machine settings.
The Applications setting is for Address Book Terminal, Disk Images, Mail, and Dashboard. Other Toolbar options include specific preferences for Safari, iTunes 10, QuickTime X.
Mac OS X uses three default fonts—Lucida Grande, Helvetica, and Monaco. These can be changed, too.
Login items which are normally controlled in System Preferences can be edited within TinkerTool. And, the Reset button moves all your changes back to match Apple’s default settings for OS X.
TinkerTool is a fun and relatively safe way to tweak and tinker with OS X and a few Mac apps. If you’re new to the Mac, check out the Top 20 Free Mac Tools Every PC Switcher Needs. For even more options, there’s Free: MacPIlot Lite Opens Secret Mac Features. It’s no longer free (but inexpensive) but adds even more options.