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

Set Finder Preferences – Command Line

SettingĀ  the following Finder Preferences enables the specified drives to be shown on the Desktop, the same as going to Finder, Preferences, General and ticking the boxes

defaults write ShowExternalHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true
defaults write ShowHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true
defaults write ShowMountedServersOnDesktop -bool true
defaults write ShowRemovableMediaOnDesktop -bool true

To set it so that a New Finder Window shows your home folder, enter the following into Terminal

defaults write NewWindowTarget PfHm

Require Password after Screen Saver – Command Line

To ensure that your machine is secure, enable a password prompt by typing the following into Terminal

defaults write askForPassword -int 1

To set a delay on it before it becomes active, type the following into Terminal

defaults write askForPasswordDelay -int 300

The delay is in seconds, so the command above sets it to 300 seconds, or 5 minutes

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 -bool false