How to configure OS X’s Preview app to always start in Single Page mode

On one of my ‘how to disable’ series blogs, a reader asked about this specific issue and so especially for you Peter Bevan, here it is! Have you ever wished that Preview would default to ‘Single Page mode’ instead of ‘Continuous scroll’ when opening new PDFs? You can toggle this as per opened PDF by […]

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How to quickly enable OS X Finder’s Simple Finder mode

For those of you enjoying my ‘how to disable’ series, here’s another handy tip. The built-in Parental Controls in OS X has a very useful option called ‘Use Simple Finder’ as shown below: Like most user interface features, there is a preference somewhere that toggles this feature on and off. Therefore instead of configuring Parental […]

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How to Disable the Finder’s Preferences menu option

To add another to my ever growing ‘how to disable’ defaults-write series, here’s another to restrict the Finder. If you want to prevent a user from modifying the Finder’s preferences, one option is to enter a simple command to simply hide the Preferences option in the Finder menu. To disable the Finder’s ‘Preferences’ option, all […]

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Single App Mode: How to automatically hide all but the active application in OS X.

To get back to my ‘how to disable’ defaults-write series, here’s a good one that I use myself whilst performing demos in my training courses. ‘Single App Mode’ is the ability to force the Finder to only display the active application and automatically hide all the others. This is perfect for demos and within my […]

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