Dozens of features are hidden in OS X which could make using specific apps or improving functionality. Why are they hidden? How can the be unlocked? Is there any danger to opening additional preference settings in OS X?
Tinkering With TinkerTool
Among my favorite tinkering tools is Marcel Besink’s much acclaimed TinkerTool app, a free utility that opens up many of the features Apple hides from the masses.
In my years of using TinkerTool I’ve never encountered a setting that couldn’t be turned back to the default, so using the utility to unlock features you might like seems safe.
What do you get with TinkerTool? Options to change settings for the Finder, the Dock, Safari and iTunes and many other Mac apps, and much more.
The TinkerTool interface is simple to navigate and use. Across the top is a toolbar with each section of features to unlock or reset.
These include the Dock, General settings, the Desktop, various Mac Applications, Fonts, iTunes, QuickTime and the all important Reset option.
For example, TinkerTool’s Finder settings let you remove specific Finder menu options including Eject, Burn Disc, Go To Folder, and Connect To Server, all of which limit user actions.
Even the Mac’s Dock can be customized by adding transparent icons for hidden apps, restricting the Dock from changes, and modifying the effects, among others.
The General settings unlock features for the keyboard, screenshot format and save location, and adjust the number of entries in the Recent Items menu.
Even the Mac’s Desktop can have extra features, including the Unix path of Desktop image files, and an option to deactivate Dashboard.
Other Mac apps can be modified, too, including Contacts, Disk Utility, the App Store app, Terminal, Mission Control, and Spotlight. iTunes has a setting to allow ratings with half stars. Even the Mac’s system fonts can be changed in TinkerTool.
Make the changes with a simple point and click. If you don’t like it, it can be reset with another click.
Similar hidden functions can be unlocked with a trio of free Mac utilities– Deeper, Maintenance, and Onyx.