TinkerTool 5

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.

Preference Setting OS X Mavericks
10.9/10.9.1
OS X Mavericks
as of 10.9.2
OS X Yosemite
10.10
OS X El Capitan
10.11
Enable the Finder to show hidden and system files x x
x
x
Disable sound effects of the Finder x x
x
x
Prevent the Finder from using the Desktop background x x
x
x
Enable the “Quit” menu item of the Finder x x
x
x
Let the Finder display the UNIX path of the current selection as window title x x
x
x
Disable the animation effect when opening information panels or Desktop icons x x
x
x
Disable the animation effect when selecting information categories x x
x
x
Disable the creation of hidden Finder .DS_Store files on network volumes x x
x
x
Block the feature “connect to server” in the Finder x x
x
x
Block the eject feature in the Finder x x
x
x
Block the features for disk burning in the Finder x x
x
x
Block the feature “go to folder” in the Finder x x
x
x
Block the feature “Preferences” in the Finder x x x x
Block the feature “Empy Trash” in the Finder x x x x
Use transparent Dock icons to show hidden applications x x
x
x
Disable the animation when hiding or showing the Dock x x
x
x
Disable the delay until the Dock is shown when autohide is active x x x x
Restrict the Dock not to allow manual changes of its size x x
x
x
Restrict the Dock not to allow changes of its contents x x
x
x
When using grid view for stacks, let the Dock display a marker for the current selection x x
x
x
Add a stack for Recent Items x x
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
x
x
Let the Dock hide all others when switching to or launching an application x x
x
x
Disable fade-in animation of Launchpad x x
x
x
Disable fade-out animation of Launchpad x x
x
x
Disable page switch animation of Launchpad x x
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
x
x
Set the Dock minimization effect to a “linear” animation x x
x
x
Re-enable the key repeat feature x x
x
x
Disable inertia for scroll devices generally x x
x
x
Disable the rubber-band effect when scrolling beyond the end of a view (only in applications that allow this) x x
x
x
Disable the revised function of the power button to switch to sleep mode instead of displaying a power-down dialog
x x
x
Set the file format for the creation of Desktop screenshots x x
x
x
Disable the shadow when taking window screenshots x x
x
x
Prevent that recording times are inserted into the names of screenshots x x
x
x
Set the destination folder for Desktop screenshots x x
x
x
Accelerate the animation of opening and closing sheets x x
x
x
Disable the animation when opening windows x x
x
x
Allow less precise edge grabbing when resizing windows x x
x
x
Set expanded Save dialogs as default when using new applications x x
x
x
Limit the number of items shown in the “File > Open Recent” submenu of native OS X applications x x
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
x
x
Set the delay before applications will display help tags (“tooltips”) x x
x
x
Control the blink rate of the text insertion marker x x x x
Toggle setting for dark menu and Dock by pressing ctrl+alt+cmd+T

x x
Show the Unix path of the Desktop background image x x
x
x
Disable the feature to keep help windows always in the foreground x x
x
x
Control how OS X handles application crashes x x
x
x
Use the Notification Center for crash information x x x
x
Control the display of warnings when uncaught exceptions occur in applications x x
x
x
Disable Dashboard x x
x
x
Enable the diagnostic menu of the Contacts application x x
x
x
Automatically activate Terminal windows by pointing at them with the mouse cursor x x
x
x
Enable extended options for converting disk images x x
x

Enable the debug menu in Disk Utility x x
x

Enable the debug menu in the App Store application x x
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 animations or control the speed of animations in Mission Control x x
x
x
Control the delay when moving windows between Spaces in Mission Control x x
x
x
Allow copy operations when previewing text files with Quick Look (only with 10.9.1 and later) x x
x

Show all system user groups in the Accounts pane of System Preferences x x
x
x
Prevent OS X from quitting unused applications automatically x 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 x
x
Re-enable use of the backspace key to navigate backwards in Safari x x x
x
Set default font typeface and size for Safari when web pages don't specify a font x x
x
x
Set fixed-pitch default font typeface and size for Safari when web pages don't specify such a font x x
x
x
Allow ratings with half stars in iTunes x x
x
x
Disable title bar QuickTime X player x x


Don't auto-play movies when opening player of QuickTime X x 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.