TinkerTool

TinkerTool for older systems

TinkerTool is also available for old versions of Mac OS X and OS X. Please see the version overview page for more information.

What is the difference between TinkerTool and TinkerTool System?

Both applications share the same user interface and internal technology. However, the features and target group of the two applications are very different: TinkerTool is a utility that allows you to set personal preference settings Apple has built into OS X. TinkerTool is not capable of changing any system settings or other settings that may affect more than your private user account. For this reason, you don't need administrative permission to use TinkerTool. The tool can be used in professional networks where you have limited access, for example students working with the campus network.

TinkerTool System on the other hand is directed to system administrators, consultants or experienced users that need to change and optimize operating system settings. This will affect all users that share a computer. Only user accounts with administrative permission can use TinkerTool System, OS X does not allow access by standard users.

The tools do not share any duplicate settings or features, they complement one another. To have the full feature set you'll need both applications. It is not planned to offer the system tool in other languages than English and German.

TinkerTool

Features

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

To further guarantee that the tool cannot change any part of your installation, but only gets access to your personal preference settings, the program puts itself under the restrictions of Apple's Application Sandbox. TinkerTool is the first application of its kind to use this innovative technology.

When you have defined your preferred set of “pro” preference settings, you can additionally export and import the settings, copying them to another user account or to a different computer. All settings which don't depend on the availability of third-party applications can be transferred.

Because TinkerTool only gives you access to features already built into OS X, its feature set varies greatly between different operating system versions. Please refer to the following table:

For older operating systems, please see the version overview page.

Preference Setting 10.9/10.9.1 10.9.2 or later
Enable the Finder to show hidden and system files x x
Disable sound effects of the Finder x x
Prevent the Finder from using the Desktop background x x
Enable the “Quit” menu item of the Finder x x
Let the Finder display the UNIX path of the current selection as window title x x
Disable the animation effect when opening information panels or Desktop icons x x
Disable the animation effect when selecting information categories x x
Disable the creation of hidden Finder .DS_Store files on network volumes x x
Block the feature “connect to server” in the Finder x x
Block the eject feature in the Finder x x
Block the features for disk burning in the Finder x x
Block the feature “go to folder” in the Finder x x
Use transparent Dock icons to show hidden applications x x
Disable the animation when hiding or showing the Dock x x
Restrict the Dock not to allow manual changes of its size x x
Restrict the Dock not to allow changes of its contents x x
When using grid view for stacks, let the Dock display a marker for the current selection x x
Add a stack for Recent Items x x
Enable a larger, grid-like display for stacks in list view mode x x
Allow to open stacks by scroll-wheel or scroll gesture x x
Let the Dock hide all others when switching to or launching an application x x
Disable fade-in animation of Launchpad x x
Disable fade-out animation of Launchpad x x
Disable page switch animation of Launchpad x x
Place the Dock at the beginning or end of any screen border x x
Set the Dock minimization effect to a “suck in” animation x x
Set the Dock minimization effect to a “linear” animation x x
Re-enable the key repeat feature x x
Disable inertia for scroll devices generally x x
Disable the rubber-band effect when scrolling beyond the end of a view x x
Set the file format for the creation of Desktop screenshots x x
Disable the shadow when taking window screenshots x x
Prevent that recording times are inserted into the names of screenshots x x
Set the destination folder for Desktop screenshots x x
Accelerate the animation of opening and closing sheets x x
Disable the animation when opening windows x x
Allow less precise edge grabbing when resizing windows x x
Set expanded Save dialogs as default when using new applications x x
Limit the number of items shown in the “File > Open Recent” submenu of native OS X applications x x
Disable drag-and-drop of text in Cocoa applications or set the delay time when switching from selection mode to drag mode x x
Set the delay before applications will display help tags (“tooltips”) x x
Show the Unix path of the Desktop background image x x
Disable the feature to keep help windows always in the foreground x x
Control how OS X handles application crashes x x
Control the display of warnings when uncaught exceptions occur in applications x x
Disable Dashboard x x
Enable the diagnostic menu of the Contacts application x x
Automatically activate Terminal windows by pointing at them with the mouse cursor x x
Enable extended options for converting disk images x x
Enable the debug menu in Disk Utility x x
Enable the debug menu in the App Store application x x
Only permit administrators to install or update Apps from the App Store x x
Avoid Dictionary entries in search results of Spotlight x x
Disable the calculator feature of Spotlight x x
Disable animation in Mission Control x x
Control the delay when moving windows between Spaces in Mission Control x x
Allow copy operations when previewing text files with Quick Look (only with 10.9.1 and later) x x
Show all system user groups in the Accounts pane of System Preferences x x
Prevent OS X from quitting unused applications automatically x x
Set preferred typefaces and font sizes for the selection of default fonts for nine specific use categories x
Set preferred font sizes for the selection of default fonts for nine specific use categories, typefaces for two categories
x
Set default font typeface and size for Safari when web pages don't specify a font x x
Set fixed-pitch default font typeface and size for Safari when web pages don't specify such a font x x
Allow ratings with half stars in iTunes x x
Disable title bar QuickTime X player x x
Don't auto-play movies when opening player of QuickTime X x x

(x) denotes feature support.

(*) These settings may refer to third-party applications. For this reason, you cannot use the export/import feature here to transfer them to a different user account or computer.

The software is offered without implied warranty of merchantibility or fitness for a particular purpose. We cannot guarantee that TinkerTool will be compatible with future versions of OS X or iTunes.