Things to do after a fresh Mac OS X install

This is a short document that I keep for my own use. It consists of things to do + a list of apps to install.

Things to do:

  • Change the default screenshot location to the Downloads folder
  • Enable ‘Tap to click’ in System Settings
  • Make the Dock auto-hide itself, and size it to max
  • Fix the key repeat (see below)
  • Install nload
  • Set JPG’s to open in Chrome, instead of Preview

Remove all the default icons from the Dock, since you never use them

Fix Key Repeat
Change the Key Repeat and Delay Until Repeat like this:

Enable three finger drag

Add Trash, Quick Look and Info icons to Finder toolbar
Clicking an icon spares me having to move my arm to reach for the keyboard

To install YouTube-DL

Try entering

sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/

Then install YouTube-DL normally. If that does not work, try this:

Open the terminal and install pip by entering:

sudo easy_install pip

Then enter:

sudo pip install --upgrade youtube_dl

Finally, download this configuration file, and move it to the /etc folder. Run youtube-dl and it should now download to your Downloads folder

Speed up Launchpad animations

defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-show-duration -float 0.2
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0

More animations here

Enlarge the Terminal font
Set it to 24 points.

Set up LG Ultrawide monitor
Install SwitchResX, and create a new macOS user. Log into the new user, open SwitchResX and add a custom resolution (2560 x 1080 / 50hz). It is important to manually enter the 50hz, it will not work on 60hz or whatever it will suggest by itself. More info in this video, and someone commented this handy guide which might work as well.

Apps to install:

  • Google Chrome
  • BetterTouch Tool
  • The Unarchiver
  • Skype
  • Panic Coda
  • GitHub
  • uTorrent
  • Spotify
  • Telegram Messenger
  • Movist
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Camouflage
  • Coconut Battery
  • Giphy
  • Twitter for Mac
  • CamTwist
  • SwitchResX
  • MiniPlay for Spotify
  • Google Photos
  • LastPass
  • Youtube-dl
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