Parallels – Disable Adverts

So, you’ve forked out for Parallels – wise choice, its a great bit of software, but annoyingly, you get bombarded with adverts, bit annoying when they’ve already got your business, but there is a solution – and by entering the following into a Terminal window, the nuisance will end

 

defaults write com.parallels.Parallels\ Desktop ProductPromo.ForcePromoOff -bool YES

 

Enjoy your advert free Parallels experience

Disable ‘Natural’ Scrolling – Command Line

This one is personal preference, but I can’t stand the unnatural ‘natural’ scrolling option, so I disable it on all of my machines, to do this from the command line, enter the following into Terminal

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool false

Disable Gatekeeper – Command Line

To ‘allow applications downloaded from anywhere’ from the command line, enter the following into Terminal

sudo spctl --master-disable

This changes the option located in System Preferences, Security & Privacy, General

This will allow you to install software from sources other than the Mac App Store

Disable Time Machines Disk Prompt

Whether you use Time Machine or not, you will probably have been irritated by the constant questioning of whether you wish to use an external drive to backup with Time Machine to it.

If this is the case then there is a simple way of disabling this via the command line

Open Terminal & type

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool YES

And hit Enter, you will no longer be prompted by Time Machine, if for some reason you miss the prompts then just swap the YES for a NO and you will be presented with them again

Once disabled, you can still choose which disk to use for Time Machine by using the options in System Preferences.

Open System Preferences

click on Time Machine

Click on Select Disk and then choose the disk you wish to use

job done!

Spotlight – Enable/Disable

I’m a big fan of spotlight on a Mac, but there are those out there who aren’t, if you happen to be one of them then this next bit is for you, you can disable spotlight by doing the following

Open Terminal and type the following

sudo nano /etc/hostconfig

locate the following item

SPOTLIGHT=-YES-

Change it so it now reads

SPOTLIGHT=-NO-

Press CTRL-X, then press Y, then press ENTER to save the file

Now to disable indexing type the following into Terminal

sudo mdutil -i off /

to erase the current index type the following into Terminal

sudo mdutil -E /

And thats that, Spotlight is now disabled, but if you realise that you have made a terrible mistake then don’t despair, you can enable spotlight again by basically reversing the work you’ve just done

so, in Terminal type

sudo nano /etc/hostconfig

locate the following item

SPOTLIGHT=-NO-

Change it so it now reads

SPOTLIGHT=-YES-

Now to enable indexing type the following into Terminal

sudo mdutil -i on /

and there you have it, a fully working spotlight