# Joe's macOS Configuration
This is an update to a medium post I made in 2018 documenting the settings I usually change when I set up a fresh macOS installation.
This is mostly for myself, and to share with people who get their first Mac.
This guide was most recently updated 2024-01-15 with macOS 14.2.1.
Turn on Dark Mode
In Settings, under Appearance, Select
Turn on Night Shift
In Settings, under Displays, choose
Night Shift. Set
Sunset to Sunrise and turn
Color Temperature up all the way.
Display Seconds in Menu Bar
In Settings, search the word
Display the time with seconds in the menu bar. Turn
Display the time with seconds to
Set up Dock
In Settings, under Desktop and Dock...
Position on Screento
Minimize windows into application iconto
Automatically hide and show the dockto
Show indicators for open applicationsto
Show suggested and recent apps in Dockto
Under Desktop and Stage Manager
Under Mission control
This is the stuff that makes using the Mac's multiple desktop features feel really good.
Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent useto
When switching to an application, switch to a space with open windows for the applicationto
Group windows by applicationto
Displays have separate spacesto
In File > Settings, under General, uncheck showing any items on desktop.
In File > Settings, under Sidebar, check all items under
Locations. I personally also disable the
Recent tags function, as I don't use them.
In File > Settings, under Advanced, checkmark
Show all filename extensions and both options for
Keep folders on top.
In View, select to Show Toolbar, Show Path Bar, and Show Status Bar.
While in any folder besides Recents, in View > Show View Options, set
Sort By to
name, then at the bottom click
Use as Defaults.
Keyboard Layout - Colemak
In Settings, under Keyboard, under Text Input, click
Then click the
+ button at the bottom left.
In Settings, under Keyboard, click
Touch Bar Settings....
Touch Bar shows to
Expanded Control Strip.
Customize Control Strip. See my configuration below. Note the leftmost button is the
Input Sources touch key.
While in Mail, go to
Edit, then under
Spelling and Grammar uncheck
Correct Spelling Automatically
Change the default folder screenshots are saved to by running the following in your terminal:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location [folder location here]
shift-cmd-v to paste without formatting
- Open System Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts
- Then click on the Keyboard Shortcuts button.
- From the next screen, choose App Shortcuts from the list at left.
- From the Application drop-down menu, choose All Applications.
- Click on the + symbol to assign a new shortcut.
- In the Menu Title field, enter Paste and Match Style. Enter it exactly as is.
- In the Keyboard Shortcut field, press shift-cmd-v
- Click the Done button.