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TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there more...

What's New

Version 5.3:
  • Added a more aggressive workaround for a design issue of OS X which can cause preference settings to become effective only after a major delay.
  • Added new setting to re-enable the backspace key to navigate backwards in Safari.
  • Added new setting to disable the revised function of the power button to switch to sleep mode instead of displaying a power-down dialog (10.9.2 more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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This just fixed an annoying issue I had after upgrading to Mavericks. Under the General tab in my System Preferences I had truncated text in the dialogs.

Launched TinkerTool, hit the "Fonts" button and TinkerTool had the more...

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Version 5.0
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Psychiatry Member IconReview+108
Psychiatry
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The best settings utility. Thank you for your time and work and for making it free, Marcel.

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Version 5.2
Djefis Member IconReview+156
Djefis
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This developer is really responsible. I believe that he develops the most efficient utility. TinkerTool System also gives me the same impression of solidity and security.

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Version 5.2
Jazzyguy Member IconComment+3699
Jazzyguy
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The BEST got BETTER!

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Version 5.1
iTonyD Member IconReview+13
iTonyD
+2

Always stable useful and efficient. Does what it says and says what it does in a simple to understand user interface.

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Version 5.1
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
+1

An outstanding version. Still no fix to put Tinker Tool in Tinkertool System But still an invaluable tool.

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Version 5.1
Harrybo Member IconReview+66
Harrybo
+0

Very good app.

Need to be able to change the login screen.

Happy Xmas!

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Version 5.1
OSX-FTW! Member IconReview+222
OSX-FTW!
+3

This just fixed an annoying issue I had after upgrading to Mavericks. Under the General tab in my System Preferences I had truncated text in the dialogs.

Launched TinkerTool, hit the "Fonts" button and TinkerTool had the offending "fixed-point" font highlighted! Hit the "Set to default" button and problem, solved!

Thanks for such a neat utility!

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Version 5.0
Endymion0000
+1

Thanks. That fixed the same issue I'd noticed. I don't recall ever changing that font in the first place.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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The compatibility information above for TinkerTool 5 is incorrect. TT 5 is for OS X 10.9 Mavericks only. The changes listed for TT 5 include font settings for Safari 7, which is also OS X 10.9 only. The latest Safari update for earlier versions of OS X is 6.0.5.

As for Safari specific settings in earlier versions of TT, they don't exist. There are font settings for various system elements. And there are some settings options for other OS X applications, including Mail, Disk Utility and QuickLook, among others. In Safari itself, there has always been an option in Universal Access in the Advanced tab in Safari preferences to set a minimum font size.

MacUpdate is usually a good source for application compatibility information, but occasionally it will not be updated for the latest version of an app. The available information may then be contradictory, as in this instance. In such a case the developer's web site is usually a better source of information, but even this is not always true - caveat emptor.

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Version 5.0
MacUpdate-Nick
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Sorry for the confusion. The minimum OS X version for 5.0 is indeed 10.9; the listing has been updated to reflect this correct information.

Additionally, there's now a secondary download link for version 4.96, which runs on OS X 10.6 or later.

Tubo Member IconComment+34
Tubo
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Version 5.0 is only for OS 10.9
Version 4.96 ... for 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

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Version 5.0
Fyreflye Member IconComment+362
Fyreflye
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If like me you've been fretting about your inability to change fonts and font size in recent versions of Safari you can do it now by clicking on the Safari icon in the TinkerTool menu.

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Version 5.0
Zincker
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I have no Safari icon with TT 4.96 for ML. Looks like a Mavericks/Safari 7 feature only?

Fyreflye
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There's been a section for Safari options in every version of TT that I've owned. It's possible that the option to change fonts is a feature only in the current version.

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Sixbillships
Version 5.3
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creo318
Version 5.2
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Jan-ツ
Version 5.2
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OSX-FTW!
Version 5.1
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Tobias Marks
Version 5.1
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Roes
Version 5.0
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idlebonez
Version 5.0
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RONIN427
Version 5.0
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piquadratpi2
Version 5.0
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RONIN427
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Downloads 499,205
Version Downloads 3,922
License Free
Date 25 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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