Here are a lot of default commands for several cases:

To use them, open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities), then paste one of the commands into Terminal and press Return.

# Disable menu bar transparency
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleEnableMenuBarTransparency -bool false

# Show remaining battery time; hide percentage
defaults write ShowPercent -string "NO"
defaults write ShowTime -string "YES"

# Always show scrollbars
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string "Always"

# Expand save panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true

# Expand print panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true

# Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog
defaults write LSQuarantine -bool false

# Display ASCII control characters using caret notation in standard text views
# Try e.g. `cd /tmp; unidecode „x{0000}“ > cc.txt; open -e cc.txt`
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTextShowsControlCharacters -bool true

# Disable opening and closing window animations
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false

# Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001

# Disable Resume system-wide
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

# Disable the “reopen windows when logging back in” option
# This works, although the checkbox will still appear to be checked,
# and the command needs to be entered again for every restart.
defaults write TALLogoutSavesState -bool false
defaults write LoginwindowLaunchesRelaunchApps -bool false

# Fix for the ancient UTF-8 bug in QuickLook (
# Commented out, as this is known to cause problems when saving files in Adobe Illustrator CS5 🙁
#echo „0x08000100:0“ > ~/.CFUserTextEncoding

# Enable full keyboard access for all controls (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3

# Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

# Disable press-and-hold for keys in favor of key repeat
defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

# Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0

# Disable auto-correct
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

# Enable tap to click (Trackpad) for this user and for the login screen
defaults write Clicking -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain -int 1
defaults write NSGlobalDomain -int 1

# Map bottom right Trackpad corner to right-click
defaults write TrackpadCornerSecondaryClick -int 2
defaults write TrackpadRightClick -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain -int 1
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain -bool true

# Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins
defaults write askForPassword -int 1
defaults write askForPasswordDelay -int 0

# Allow quitting Finder via ⌘ + Q; doing so will also hide desktop icons
defaults write QuitMenuItem -bool true

# Disable window animations and Get Info animations in Finder
defaults write DisableAllAnimations -bool true

# Show all filename extensions in Finder
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true

# Show status bar in Finder
defaults write ShowStatusBar -bool true

# Allow text selection in Quick Look
defaults write QLEnableTextSelection -bool true

# Disable disk image verification
defaults write skip-verify -bool true
defaults write skip-verify-locked -bool true
defaults write skip-verify-remote -bool true

# Automatically open a new Finder window when a volume is mounted
defaults write auto-open-ro-root -bool true
defaults write auto-open-rw-root -bool true
defaults write OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool true

# Display full POSIX path as Finder window title
defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true

# Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network volumes
defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true

# Disable the warning when changing a file extension
defaults write FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false

# Show item info below desktop icons
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/

# Enable snap-to-grid for desktop icons
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/

# Disable the warning before emptying the Trash
defaults write WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false

# Empty Trash securely by default
defaults write EmptyTrashSecurely -bool true

# Enable AirDrop over Ethernet and on unsupported Macs running Lion
defaults write BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true

# Show the ~/Library folder
chflags nohidden ~/Library

# Hot corners
# Top left screen corner → Mission Control
defaults write wvous-tl-corner -int 2
defaults write wvous-tl-modifier -int 0

# Top right screen corner → Desktop
defaults write wvous-tr-corner -int 4
defaults write wvous-tr-modifier -int 0

# Bottom left screen corner → Start screen saver
defaults write wvous-bl-corner -int 5
defaults write wvous-bl-modifier -int 0

# Enable highlight hover effect for the grid view of a stack (Dock)
defaults write mouse-over-hilte-stack -bool true

# Enable spring loading for all Dock items
defaults write enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -bool true

# Show indicator lights for open applications in the Dock
defaults write show-process-indicators -bool true

# Don’t animate opening applications from the Dock
defaults write launchanim -bool false

# Remove the auto-hiding Dock delay
defaults write autohide-delay -float 0

# Enable the 2D Dock
defaults write no-glass -bool true

# Automatically hide and show the Dock
defaults write autohide -bool true

# Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent
defaults write showhidden -bool true

# Enable iTunes track notifications in the Dock
defaults write itunes-notifications -bool true

# Add a spacer to the left side of the Dock (where the applications are)
defaults write persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'
# Add a spacer to the right side of the Dock (where the Trash is)
defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'

# Disable shadow in screenshots
defaults write disable-shadow -bool true

# Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites
defaults write DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2

# Enable Safari’s debug menu
defaults write IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true

# Make Safari’s search banners default to Contains instead of Starts With
defaults write FindOnPageMatchesWordStartsOnly -bool false

# Remove useless icons from Safari’s bookmarks bar
defaults write ProxiesInBookmarksBar "()"

# Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

# Enable the debug menu in Address Book
defaults write ABShowDebugMenu -bool true

# Enable the debug menu in iCal
defaults write IncludeDebugMenu -bool true

# Only use UTF-8 in
defaults write StringEncodings -array 4

# Disable the Ping sidebar in iTunes
defaults write disablePingSidebar -bool true

# Disable all the other Ping stuff in iTunes
defaults write disablePing -bool true

# Make ⌘ + F focus the search input in iTunes
defaults write NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Target Search Field" "@F"

# Disable send and reply animations in
defaults write DisableReplyAnimations -bool true
defaults write DisableSendAnimations -bool true

# Copy email addresses as `` instead of `Foo Bar ` in
defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

# Enable Dashboard dev mode (allows keeping widgets on the desktop)
defaults write devmode -bool true

# Reset Launchpad
[ -e ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/*.db ] && rm ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/*.db

# Disable local Time Machine backups
hash tmutil &> /dev/null && sudo tmutil disablelocal

# Remove Dropbox’s green checkmark icons in Finder
[ -e "$file" ] && mv -f "$file" "$file.bak"
unset file

# Kill affected applications
for app in Safari Finder Dock Mail SystemUIServer; do killall "$app" > /dev/null 2>&1; done
echo "Done
. Note that some of these changes require a logout/restart to take effect.“

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