Useful Terminal Hacks for OS X

Current as of Yosemite. (Based on user comments on GitHub, probably works fine for El Capitan too.) Use at your own risk.


Expanding the save panel by default

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true

Save to disk, rather than iCloud, by default?

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

Disabling press-and-hold for special keys in favor of key repeat

defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Disable the warning when changing a file extension

defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false

Allowing text selection in Quick Look/Preview in Finder by default

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true

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