These hidden settings give Mac users options to customize their Macs in many ways. Fortunately, Mac users can choose from about a dozen or so utilities which unlock those hidden features. Here’s the one that unlocks the most.
Piloting Through Secrets
I can’t tell you why Apple puts in hidden or secret options and then doesn’t bother to tell Mac customers how to use them.
Thanks to clever Mac app developers, you can unlock most of those hidden features using a variety of free (many of which we’ve reviewed over the years) and commercial utilities.
One of the most popular of the latter is MacPilot, a Mac utility that’s been around for many years, and claims to be able to enable over 1,000 hidden features in OS X and various Apple Mac apps.
I’m not going to bother to count them all, but the sheer number of hidden features on the list is impressive, despite the price tag. While the list is daunting, it also comes with a feature-by-feature comparison to Cocktail, Onyx, TinkerTool, Secrets, and iTweax (other Mac utilities which unlock hidden OS X functions).
MacPilot enables and disables hidden features in OS X’s Finder, the Mac’s System, and a few of the built-in applications, including Safari, Contacts, Dashboard, Disk Utility, the Dock, Calendar, iPhoto, iTunes, Mail, Preview, QuickTime Player, as well as Pages, Keynote and Numbers, and others.
If you want to unleash your inner Mac geek, check out the comparison of features. That gives you a good overview of most of the hidden features, and how MacPilot compares to other Mac utilities which do the same thing.