MacOS Setup

System Settings

Hot Corners

  • Goto System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners.
  • In the top-left, set to Mission Control.
  • In the top-right, set to Application Windows.
  • Click OK.

Format the Time

  • Click on the time in the upper-right hand corner of the desktop.
  • Click Open Date and Time Preferences….
  • Go to the Clock tab.
  • Tick Display the time with seconds.
  • Tick Show date.

Mouse and Keyboard

Turn of “Natural” scrolling

  • Go to the  Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  • Select the Mouse preference panel.
  • Untick the Scroll direction: Natural checkbox.

Disable space-bar double-tap

  • Go to the  Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  • Select the Keyboard preference panel, then choose the Text tab.
  • Un-check the setting Add period with double-space.

The settings Correct Spelling automatically and Capitalize words automatically are also defined here, as well as a list of words to replace other words with while typing.

Enable Trackpad Click

  • Go to the  Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  • Select the Trackpad preference panel.
  • Under the Point & Click tab, tick the Tap to click box.

The Dock

Add the Applications Folder

  • Open a Finder window.
  • Drag the Applications folder icon from the Finder side-bar to the right-side of the Dock.
  • Right-click on the Applications icon in the Dock.
  • Under Display As select Folder.

Remove Unwanted Icons

  • On the Dock, right-click any icon and select Options > Remove from Dock.

Add Wanted Icons

  • Drag icons directly from the Applications folder to the Dock.
  • If an application is currently running, right-click on its icon in the Dock and choose Options > Keep in Dock.


Display the full file path as the window title

  • Open a Terminal window and enter:
defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true; killall Finder

Show the file path at the bottom of the window

Goto View > Show Path Bar.

Open folders in windows instead of tabs

  • Goto Finder > Preferences > General.
  • Uncheck Open folders in tabs instead of windows.

Show file extensions

  • Goto Finder > Preferences > Advanced.
  • Check the Show all filename extensions checkbox. and In windows when sorting by name.

Sort with folders on top

  • Goto Finder > Preferences > Advanced.
  • Under Keep folders on top: Check the In windows when sorting by name checkbox.

Display hidden files

  • To toggle hidden files in the Finder use the keyboard shorcut:

Software Setup


CyberDuck is a file manager for Amazon S3 and more.


  • The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a useful tool for graphics editing.
  • Download from


  • Download and install MAMP Pro. But only if you have an administrator account.
    NOTE: MAMP will not run under accounts which are not in the admin group.


Download the .pkg installer from

Sequel Ace

  • Install Sequel Ace through the App Store.

Sublime Text


  • Search for Terminal to find and launch the
  • On the dock, right-click the Terminal icon, select Options > Keep in Doc.
  • Go to Terminal > Preferences > General.
  • Set On startup, open: to New window with profile: Pro.
  • Set New windows open with: Same Profile.


  • Open TextEdit.
  • Go to TextEdit > Preferences.
  • Under the New Document tab, then under Format, tick the Plain text checkbox.
  • Under Window Size, set Width to 120 and Height to 60.
  • Under the Open and Save tab, under When Opening a File:, tick the box for Display HTML files as HTML code instead of formatted text.

Web Browsers

  • Download and install the popular web browsers:

Google Chrome