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TinkerTool for Mac

03 July 2021

Expanded preference settings for OS X.

What is TinkerTool for Mac

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 will be no negative effect on system updates.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool's operation. You may send bug reports here.

What's new in TinkerTool

Version 8.2:
  • Added preliminary support for future versions of macOS
  • Added new option to enable slow-motion of Dock minimization when shift key is hold
  • Fixed an issue where no graphic overlay was shown on the Safari pane in specific versions of macOS if the user has not acknowledged the privacy settings for Full Disk Access yet
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hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Jun 20 2021
8.1
0.0
Jun 20 2021
0.0
Version: 8.1
You have macOS 10.15.7. The application requires macOS 11.0 or later. Wish I could use this app.
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Nov 3 2019
7.42
5.0
Nov 3 2019
5.0
Version: 7.42
Fine, fine. fine!!! I love it so much I can hardly say!.
Wts
Wts
Oct 27 2018
7.1
0.0
Oct 27 2018
0.0
Version: 7.1
somewhat disappointed with MacUpdate in that they did not make it clear or i may have missed it that macOS 10.14 Mojave is required . A complete waste of time downloading .
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Oct 26 2018
7.1
0.0
Oct 26 2018
0.0
Version: 7.1
v6.4 is downloading. I couldn't find a direct link to 7.1. But the current version download page is here: http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/download.php
AlVarnell
AlVarnell
Sep 26 2018
7.0
0.0
Sep 26 2018
0.0
Version: 7.0
According to this page https://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerToolOverview.html, TinkerTool 7 REQUIRES macOS Mojave.
BobK1
BobK1
Sep 26 2018
7.0
0.0
Sep 26 2018
0.0
Version: 7.0
Note to MacUpdate: Clicking on "Download" here yields something called "SystemMonitorTrial". I don't know what that is, and I'm not interested in installing it. Going to Marcel Bresink's web site produces the correct file (TinkerTool 7.0).
jhensley
jhensley
Jan 25 2018
6.21
5.0
Jan 25 2018
5.0
Version: 6.21
A solid defaults/prefs editor for everyone.
june8
june8
Jan 3 2018
6.21
0.0
Jan 3 2018
0.0
Version: 6.21
6.21 Released on September 25, 2017. ???
MicheleB
MicheleB
Aug 12 2017
6.2
4.0
Aug 12 2017
4.0
Version: 6.2
I always liked this app; currently though, I can't seem to run it with Capitan - does anybody know a fix? Downloaded the last working version for 10.11, which is 5.7; but all the same a popup tells me, the app needs 10.12 in order to run. Thrashed everything, incl. prefs, reinstalled, doesn't make a difference... Tips appreciated :-)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jul 9 2017
6.2
0.0
Jul 9 2017
0.0
Version: 6.2
You can still download TinkerTool directly from the developer. I don't know why this page at MU only offers the Mac App Store version.
freevito
freevito
Jun 23 2016
5.51
5.0
Jun 23 2016
5.0
Version: 5.51
Tinker Tool does just what it says; it enables the user to access and tweak various under-the-hood features of OS X, many of which you'd have to otherwise control using the command line interface (CLI) in Terminal.app. I'm not afraid of using CLI, but I'd much rather use the graphical user interface (GUI), which is really what the Mac was supposed to be all about. One of the features I use most is "Show hidden and system files" under Finder options in the Finder tab. It's handy to be able to toggle visibility on hidden files. I suspect most users don't need that feature, but when you do need it, it's mighty handy. I also like the fact that Tinker Tool is its own application that I can get straight from the developer, without submitting to The Tyranny Of The App Store™, which takes version control and configurability away from the user...an intrusive abomination that stomps the Mac's traditional freedom of user choice into the dirt. 'Tis most un-Mac-like, IMO. Tinker Tool is free, so my best recommendation is to just download it and try it for yourself.
Max-G
Max-G
Nov 7 2015
5.5
0.0
Nov 7 2015
0.0
Version: 5.5
Since october 6, 2015 already, version 5.5.1 is available. www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/download.php In v.5.5 the setting 'General' --> 'Delay for text dragging in Cocoa applications' doesn't work in Yosemite. Hope this is solved in this one...
mikes429
mikes429
Oct 2 2015
5.5
0.0
Oct 2 2015
0.0
Version: 5.5
Version 5.51, which "officially" supports El Capitan, is available on the developer's web page.
Zx81
Zx81
Sep 28 2015
5.5
0.0
Sep 28 2015
0.0
Version: 5.5
"Full software, not an App!"
Thanks for such a great, free & useful software.
Andrewm8
Andrewm8
Sep 28 2015
5.5
0.0
Sep 28 2015
0.0
Version: 5.5
Will version 5.5 work on El Capitan?
phillipbj
phillipbj
Jul 28 2015
5.4
0.0
Jul 28 2015
0.0
Version: 5.4
Download of 5.4 yeilds 5.3.1
Mac-Freak
Mac-Freak
Jul 14 2015
5.31
0.0
Jul 14 2015
0.0
Version: 5.31
July 12, 2015. Release 5.4 (Build 150618) •This version adds preliminary support for future operating systems.
Bento de Espinosa
Bento de Espinosa
Jul 4 2015
5.31
5.0
Jul 4 2015
5.0
Version: 5.31
I just can't believe I didn't know this tool does exactly what I had been looking for and had already given up: it gets rid of the most annoying features in Mac OS ever — rubber band and windows animation!!!!! My MacBook is not a damn cell phone! Thank you sooooo much!
AlVarnell
AlVarnell
May 24 2015
5.31
0.0
May 24 2015
0.0
Version: 5.31
May 18, 2015.
Release 5.32 (Build 150518)

- Added Korean language support.
- Reinstated the setting to deactivate Dashboard for OS X Yosemite. Although this option has been superseded by Mission Control settings, Apple keeps it active. Users who blocked Dashboard in Mavericks and updated to Yosemite can now reactivate Dashboard if required.
- Reinstated the setting to prevent applications from quitting automatically for the official versions of OS X Yosemite.
DRNash
DRNash
Oct 18 2014
5.3
0.0
Oct 18 2014
0.0
Version: 5.3
v5.3.1 has just been released
Psychiatry
Psychiatry
Jul 20 2014
5.2
5.0
Jul 20 2014
5.0
Version: 5.2
The best settings utility. Thank you for your time and work and for making it free, Marcel.
Djefis
Djefis
Feb 28 2014
5.2
5.0
Feb 28 2014
5.0
Version: 5.2
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.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Feb 24 2014
5.1
5.0
Feb 24 2014
5.0
Version: 5.1
The BEST got BETTER!
iTonyD
iTonyD
Jan 19 2014
5.1
5.0
Jan 19 2014
5.0
Version: 5.1
Always stable useful and efficient. Does what it says and says what it does in a simple to understand user interface.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 20 2013
5.1
5.0
Dec 20 2013
5.0
Version: 5.1
An outstanding version. Still no fix to put Tinker Tool in Tinkertool System But still an invaluable tool.
Harrybo
Harrybo
Dec 20 2013
5.1
4.5
Dec 20 2013
4.5
Version: 5.1
Very good app. Need to be able to change the login screen. Happy Xmas!
OSX-FTW!
OSX-FTW!
Oct 28 2013
5.0
5.0
Oct 28 2013
5.0
Version: 5.0
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!
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Oct 26 2013
5.0
0.0
Oct 26 2013
0.0
Version: 5.0
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.
Tubo
Tubo
Oct 24 2013
5.0
0.0
Oct 24 2013
0.0
Version: 5.0
Version 5.0 is only for OS 10.9 Version 4.96 ... for 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
Fyreflye
Fyreflye
Oct 24 2013
5.0
0.0
Oct 24 2013
0.0
Version: 5.0
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.
Oak
Oak
Dec 13 2012
4.95
4.5
Dec 13 2012
4.5
Version: 4.95
I went to Dr. Bresink's site to download this app. The first try netted me a dmg of 2.6MB. I trashed that and tried again. The second try netted me a dmg of 3.0MB. I trashed that one also. The third attempt finally netted me a dmg of 4.1MB as shown on this page. ????????? Hmmmmmm...
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 12 2012
4.95
5.0
Dec 12 2012
5.0
Version: 4.95
This version and TinkertoolSystem make a GREAT combination of tools that are unsurpassed. This utility is great!
idlebonez
idlebonez
Sep 17 2012
4.9
5.0
Sep 17 2012
5.0
Version: 4.9
Downloaded it to change dekstop fonts but haven't managed to do so yet and would appreciate the help. Other than that great piece of software, would easily pay for all the other options, will probably buy tinkertoolsystem to compliment this.
DBrown72
DBrown72
Sep 13 2012
4.9
5.0
Sep 13 2012
5.0
Version: 4.9
Best freakin app ever.
Shock-J
Shock-J
Apr 17 2012
4.8
0.0
Apr 17 2012
0.0
Version: 4.8
I think there might be a small bug in lastest version regarding quarantine warning for downloaded files. I have this feature on so I do not get warnings. But what I have recently discovered is that a handful of downloaded apps are not having the quarantine attribute properly removed (presumably because I'm bypassing the quarantine warning) and thus the application will not open. I'm having to manually remove the quarantine file attribute via the terminal is order to "free" the application for use. Obviously, if TinkerTool is going to bypass the warning, the IT needs to remove the quarantine attribute from the application so that it will launch. I've seen this on at least four different apps I've downloaded.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Apr 4 2012
4.8
0.0
Apr 4 2012
0.0
Version: 4.8
Love the new settings for disabling the animation for hiding/showing the Dock and Launchpad.
Macstyler
Macstyler
Apr 2 2012
4.8
5.0
Apr 2 2012
5.0
Version: 4.8
I had needed something that would put both scroll arrows on both ends of the scroll bars. This utility does it nicely. No muss and no fuss. Easy to setup and never had any problems with it through any of the upgrades. When I upgraded to 10.6 I even forgot it was there and when I recommended it to a friend, it had been so long since I had set it up I had forgotten the name.
MacUser187
MacUser187
Jan 17 2012
4.7.1
5.0
Jan 17 2012
5.0
Version: 4.7.1
Very useful and a nice icon! Thanks for this fine piece of software.
Iscreen
Iscreen
Jan 14 2012
4.7.1
5.0
Jan 14 2012
5.0
Version: 4.7.1
"Full software, not an App! Software products branded with our badge shown above identify applications which are too powerful to be sold on Apple's Mac® App Store℠. Such a program is fully featured and does not fall under the restrictions imposed on “Apps”. The design of the application is oriented at user-friendlyness and carefully weighs the demands of professional customers against the skills of home users who are not interested in technical details. Advantages Software branded with this badge offers the following advantages: The application has not been censored by the Mac App Store. It offers a complete, non-restricted feature set. The application can be installed on computers in high-security environments which are not connected to the Internet. You can purchase licenses for the application in any country. You can be sure that the application will remain operational for an unlimited time, independent of the lifetime of the Mac App Store. Updates for the application can be published without delay if this should be necessary. A quick reaction on external events, e.g. maintaining compatibility with third-party software, legal changes, Internet threats, etc. is possible. Apple and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc." ;) source : h**p://www.bresink.com/osx/FullSoftware.html
Tom-bovo
Tom-bovo
Jan 11 2012
4.7.1
5.0
Jan 11 2012
5.0
Version: 4.7.1
This is one of several tools that any power user will want to have installed and ready to use. You can'y beat the price and feature set, but keep in mind that no single app does it all. This i just one of a set of good utilities to have on hand, and it is a very good one.
jmhbpc
jmhbpc
Jan 9 2012
4.7
3.0
Jan 9 2012
3.0
Version: 4.7
This is a useful utility. For the moment, however, I need to knock a couple of stars off for it's unreliable relaunching of Finder. I have observed folders appearing empty after TinkerTool relaunch, needing correction, by relaunching Finder from the "Finder" force quit function (Lion)
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Oct 21 2011
4.7
0.0
Oct 21 2011
0.0
Version: 4.7
Not sure what is going on, but I notice in Lion that certain settings that were in previous versions of TinkerTool are no longer there. Maybe I'm missing something, but for example, the ability to turn on the debug menu in Disk Utility is gone. Am I not looking in the right place? Anyway, you can turn on the Disk Utility debug menu by typing this in terminal: defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1 Note, you must be an admin and DU should be closed when you enter that command.
Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
Sep 8 2011
4.7
5.0
Sep 8 2011
5.0
Version: 4.7
The new feature of setting Resume behavior on application by application basis is great. Excellent utility now even better.
Timmyb
Timmyb
Aug 14 2011
4.61
0.0
Aug 14 2011
0.0
Version: 4.61
Version 4.8.1 removed the ability to disable several option for Safari 5.1. The dev claims that those options cannot be honored by the new Safari 5.1, however, by using a Safari prefs file which had the options set under Safari 5.0.x, Safari 5.1 will honor the settings...
Gary-box
Gary-box
Aug 4 2011
4.61
5.0
Aug 4 2011
5.0
Version: 4.61
This and Itweax are the leading tweak tools. Fast in updates and works as advertised.
yahoohoo
yahoohoo
Mar 23 2011
4.5
5.0
Mar 23 2011
5.0
Version: 4.5
Nice work Simple way to tweak the system apperance and themes
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Mar 18 2011
4.5
0.0
Mar 18 2011
0.0
Version: 4.5
FYI: TinkerTool Classic G2 (Tiger and Leopard) http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerToolClassicG2.html
Poikkeus
Poikkeus
Jan 1 2011
4.4
4.5
Jan 1 2011
4.5
Version: 4.4
Diagnostics can be done by several applications, but TinkerTool is a strong choice if you're interested in serious tweaking; it offers a large menu of options (many, most likely, you'll want to leave unchanged). Deactivate Dashboard was quite useful, as was DIsable Sound Effects - but even knowing about these options is liberating. It's really quite easy to master this application - which is free.
Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
Nov 18 2010
4.3
0.0
Nov 18 2010
0.0
Version: 4.3
Don't use the Finder settings in TinkerTool when you also use TotalFinder. This totally breaks TotalFinder and causes odd behavior. Otherwise TinkerTool just works fine.
Hotodi
Hotodi
Sep 25 2010
4.2
0.0
Sep 25 2010
0.0
Version: 4.2
I made a German Videotutorial about how to use the app: Ich habe ein Videotutorial in Deutsch gemacht um zu zeigen, wie man das Programm anwendet: http://youtu.be/BytO3WB6v-o?hd=1
BobbyThompsonRocks
BobbyThompsonRocks
Feb 23 2010
4.0
0.0
Feb 23 2010
0.0
Version: 4.0
I see the listing for: Added preference for Snow Leopard to let QuickLook inspect folders by showing them with transparent covers. However, when I check this off & use QuickLook on a folder, nothing looks different. Either I'm not understanding what this is describing or its seemingly not working on my system...
BobbyThompsonRocks
BobbyThompsonRocks
Feb 23 2010
4.0
0.0
Feb 23 2010
0.0
Version: 4.0
I see the listing for: Added preference for Snow Leopard to let QuickLook inspect folders by showing them with transparent covers. However, when I check this off & use QuickLook on a folder, nothing looks different. Either I'm not understanding what this is describing or its seemingly not working on my system...
Kalunlau
Kalunlau
Feb 22 2010
4.0
0.0
Feb 22 2010
0.0
Version: 4.0
All text in TinkerTool's main window looks kinda funky. Font smoothing is either turned off or not working properly within TinkerTool. Apart from that everything seems to work fine.
VRH
VRH
Jun 10 2009
3.94
5.0
Jun 10 2009
5.0
Version: 3.94
Solid, handy, and free. Good stuff. This app has been well maintained and it offers easy access to lots of otherwise hidden features.
Guest
Guest
Dec 11 2008
3.93
5.0
Dec 11 2008
5.0
Version: 3.93
Once there was a little tool (don't know the name anymore) to active the docks "single-application" mode in Tiger (clicking on an app icon in the dock activates that app and its windows while automatically hiding the windows of all the other apps) is it possible to integrate that in TinkerTool? That's an easy way to prevent window clutter, I've been looking for that feature for a long time but can't remember the apps name. I think it would be a very useful enhancement for TinkerTool. Oh, ...and thank you for TinkerTool.
Guest
Guest
Nov 11 2008
3.92
0.0
Nov 11 2008
0.0
Version: 3.92
iTunes Some time ago I used the "Terminal" to link the iTunes-Arrows to the Library. After starting this app and displaying the iTunes-Section: it reversed my handmade-change (without asking). Now, the arrows are linking to the store again... enough reason for me to trash-it as untrustworthy. Sorry.
Anonymous-
Anonymous-
Nov 10 2007
3.8
0.0
Nov 10 2007
0.0
Version: 3.8
why is "skipping checksum verification of DMGs" grayed out? running leopard on ppc powerbook 12 1.33. no mention in faq.
Doc-Renaud
Doc-Renaud
Nov 8 2007
3.8
5.0
Nov 8 2007
5.0
Version: 3.8
Beautiful icon :-) And thanks for updating TinkerTool for 10.5 users.
Mac-Adam
Mac-Adam
Nov 8 2007
3.8
0.0
Nov 8 2007
0.0
Version: 3.8
is it allow have translucid bar ?
Gurubez
Gurubez
Nov 8 2007
3.8
0.0
Nov 8 2007
0.0
Version: 3.8
Great App, works perfectly also with LEO!! THX
Cruzdrew
Cruzdrew
Aug 14 2007
3.7a
5.0
Aug 14 2007
5.0
Version: 3.7a
Excellent program for changing hidden settings very stable on intel imac running 10.4.10 never had any problems. And excellent price!! Thanks!
Robogobo
Robogobo
Jul 8 2007
3.7a
1.0
Jul 8 2007
1.0
Version: 3.7a
I'm duplicating my review of Tinkertool System here, because this review is developer/support related. After using Tinkertool System for a few months, I did weekly maintenance and ran all the recommended processes religiously. Two weeks ago, after doing the same thing I did before, I experienced constant kernel crashes and freezes immediately following a Tinkertool session. I spent a few days trying to troubleshoot. I'm a moderately experienced user, so I did all the standard stuff- Diskwarrior, fsck, memtest, etc. All found nothing. I do regular backups using CCC, and so I cut my losses, saved my client data and cloned my hard drive from the last backup before Timkertool tinkered too much. That was three days ago, and no more problems. Now, I'm sure Tinkertool is a good program, but the worst part came when I contacted the developer, Marcel Bresnik. He insisted kernel crashes are only caused by hardware problems, and called me a liar when I said my crashlogs were naturally reverted when I cloned from a backup, and would be of no use in troubleshooting. I asked for a refund, but then told him he could keep his $10 if it was too big a deal, to show him I wasn't lying to rip him off, and I would simply give honest feedback on Versiontracker. So there it is. And it's a shame, because it's probably a good program that needs improvement in a few areas, and the developer just happens to be a defensive ass. Oh well, back to Butler.
Dalahast
Dalahast
Jun 5 2007
3.7a
0.0
Jun 5 2007
0.0
Version: 3.7a
You can use Terminal to set the files' attributes. Use FileWrangler to rename them all to something like "picture-x" (where X is a number) and then use a regular expression in grep, then pipe the output.
Zahar
Zahar
Jul 24 2006
3.61
5.0
Jul 24 2006
5.0
Version: 3.61
This is the one thing I couldnt do without I do not think. Not being a terminal techie, TinkerTool really helps a lot find those things to customize osx that I otherwise wouldn't be able to do. Cheers!!
68kmla
68kmla
Feb 22 2006
3.61
0.0
Feb 22 2006
0.0
Version: 3.61
If you set the finder option to 'show invisible and system files', work with some files, then turn it off again, it seems to make whole folders full of files disappear. 3 folders, each with between 8-30 jpg files in them. They all showed up as folders with 'No Items' in the Finder with hidden files turned off, but when I re-enabled hidden files with TinkerTool, they showed the files I knew were there. These files were not modified in any way, other than being moved between partitions. This has me very worried now, as I have to leave hidden files enabled or else possibly trash files that I didn't know were there. How would they get the 'hidden' property on their own? The filenames didn't have a dot in front or anything, and I have not run setfile on any of them. Help!
Magicbrett
Magicbrett
Jan 15 2006
3.6.1
5.0
Jan 15 2006
5.0
Version: 3.6.1
I love this program, It is great because by showing ivisble files, you can put songs on the compuuter from the iPod. So far thats the only feature I've used and am very satisfied with the layoiut, and functionality of the application
Guest
Guest
Sep 13 2005
3.6.1
4.5
Sep 13 2005
4.5
Version: 3.6.1
Some weeks ago all of my icons disappeared from the desktop but they were still accessible though a finder window in the sidebar. After running through a number of diagnostic activities trying to get my desktop back, including starting up with a new identity, to confirm that it was a user problem , I downloaded and used this software which fixed the problem on the very first try. Based on earlier dialog with this developer I can also say that he is very responsive to questions, etc. about his software.
Amake
Amake
Sep 12 2005
3.6.1
0.0
Sep 12 2005
0.0
Version: 3.6.1
I love the app. I've been using it for years. My one nitpicky complaint has actually very little to do with the app. I hate it when downloads are offered as gzipped disk images. Why not just use the dmg's internal compression? Then I only have to deal with one file instead of two. You can do this easily in the Terminal by using the command hdiutil create -imagekey zlib-level=9 -srcfolder $SOURCE $TARGET
Guest
Guest
Aug 24 2005
3.5
4.5
Aug 24 2005
4.5
Version: 3.5
it's NOT properly tiger compatible as it still "greys out" all icons if you set the finder option to "show invisible and system files"
Guest
Guest
Jul 13 2005
3.5
4.5
Jul 13 2005
4.5
Version: 3.5
Getting better and better! The dev keeps TinkerTool updated with the latest hidden prefs available in Mac OS X. Thanks! :-D
Guest
Guest
Jul 12 2005
3.5
4.5
Jul 12 2005
4.5
Version: 3.5
I'm not myself too worried about the Terms of Service bit. But at least in the copy I just downloaded all the contractual stuff that comes as part of the package was written in German. I do think it would be a little fairer to make these agreements available in English.
Guest
Guest
Jul 11 2005
3.5
4.5
Jul 11 2005
4.5
Version: 3.5
FINALLY an effective way to "kill" the Dock (yes, I'm a Dock-hater...). Just select the "top" position and unless you stick your mouse for like a second right at the lower end of the menubar (which is not so easy to do by accident, yes!) you won't see this annoying piece of junk that Steve seems to be in love with... My second fav is the "disable sound effects" for the Finder. :) Gotta love the screenshot file format option, the scroll arrows together at both ends. One feature that sounded really cool doesn't work for me though: "disable native PDF support" for Safari doesn't do anything on my particular set-up. I'll try to find out why later. Still amazingly useful piece of freeware though!!! THANK YOU!
Guest
Guest
May 17 2005
3.4
4.5
May 17 2005
4.5
Version: 3.4
This person is more than just a genius. I just discovered a way to "kill" the Dock with this program. First, shrink the Dock down to its lowest size. Then use Tinker Tool to locate the dock to the top and center. It will show up if you enlarge the Dock again, but in its tiny state, it doesn't seem to pop down from behind the menu bar. Works great on other things, too. Thanks.
Guest
Guest
May 4 2005
3.4
4.5
May 4 2005
4.5
Version: 3.4
This is a superb software!! You are a genius!! Thanks!!
Guest
Guest
Apr 30 2005
3.4
4.5
Apr 30 2005
4.5
Version: 3.4
oh no! Not my IP address! Holy crap. You people are whack. This is such a normal EULA.
Guest
Guest
Apr 29 2005
3.4
4.5
Apr 29 2005
4.5
Version: 3.4
Dude, if you think the EULA below is scary, you need to re-read the EULAs for most of the web sites you visit. The EULA here is pretty typical and not scary. EVERYBODY tracks you by your IP address. I"ll bet MacUpdate does too. Many of these EULAs also say that they are not tracking personally identifiable information like your name. For instance, if you ran a web site and you wanted some stats about what platforms and browsers visited your site, and what parts of the world, you too would be gathering "aggregate non-personal information." YOUR OWN EULA would have to look like this one and most of the ones on the Web. The point is, either you realize how typical and non-remarkable the quoted paragraph below is, OR YOU MUST STOP using the Web now, because you can clearly not accept what most Web site are doing for statistical purposes.
Guest
Guest
Apr 29 2005
3.4
4.5
Apr 29 2005
4.5
Version: 3.4
The comment below has caused me to NOT want to download what might have been an otherwise useful bit of freeware. This is the first time that I have seen a EULA that completely scared me away from the product.
Guest
Guest
Feb 24 2005
3.3c
4.5
Feb 24 2005
4.5
Version: 3.3c
In responce to the Terms And Services complaint below. This is an excert from the EULA. Im thinking all it means is they are keeping track of who click the link on the website? correct me if im wrong. 6. Terms of Service. If you downloaded the Software, computer systems under direct and indirect control of MBS will automatically log certain non-personal information from your computer, information such as your Internet Protocol address. If you decide you wish to purchase a Registration Key, we require that you provide us or our contractors with certain billing information that is personal to you (“Personal Information”). That Personal information includes your name and address and may also include other information such as your e-mail address. To the extent MBS may access Personal Information, MBS will not transmit Personal Information voluntarily to any third party without your express consent, unless disclosure is required by law. MBS may, on occasion, use the Internet Protocol address of your computer to help diagnose problems with our Internet services. MBS may provide aggregate statistics about our customers, traffic patterns, and related site information to reputable third-party vendors. In this process, the information that MBS collects remains anonymous to third parties. MBS may derive general information from your Personal Information and web usage. MBS will not voluntarily disclose, sell or trade your Personal Information to any third party without your consent.
Guest
Guest
Feb 1 2005
3.3c
4.5
Feb 1 2005
4.5
Version: 3.3c
Free? Did you actually read the Eula? I dont think so. The program Control Freak will work just fine for me and no EULA to sign. Thanks but no thanks, and as far as gathering info from my computer...... Go get @#$@#%!!!!
Guest
Guest
Jan 31 2005
3.3c
4.5
Jan 31 2005
4.5
Version: 3.3c
Definitely useful for finding useless hidden files that can clutter your HD. The rest of the stuff I rarely bother with- a Quit Menu for the Finder? Yikes, I don't want that. And the DVD Player debug menu doesn't work with DVD Player 4.0+. It just displays an empty menu when you click on it.
Guest
Guest
Jan 31 2005
3.3c
4.5
Jan 31 2005
4.5
Version: 3.3c
Superb App, does everything it needs to without having to reenter the admin password. Well thought out interface, dosn't do it all but it does do whats needed. Top Stuff
Guest
Guest
Dec 9 2004
3.3a
4.5
Dec 9 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3a
Probably the best OS X tweaking app, much better that many other non-free apps ... and if you need to go beyond its user-level features to tweak some system settings TinkerTool System only costs $7.
Guest
Guest
Oct 14 2004
3.3a
4.5
Oct 14 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3a
actually, i agree with the poster who mentioned the 'double arrows' on scrollbars. i'm a fan of those as well and have them on my current setup - but i haven't got tinkertool installed. how did that happen, i wonder?
Guest
Guest
Oct 14 2004
3.3a
4.5
Oct 14 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3a
tinkertool was a 'must have' in the early days of OSX, but as apple have rolled more and more of its capabilities into the OS with subsequent releases, it's become less and less vital. nowadays it's probably a one or two trick pony at best, and each new version seems to exist as primarily as a 'new coat of paint' for the purpose of getting a mention in versiontracker and macupdate, rather than adding any new functions. i guess this little app has reached the end of its useful life cycle.
Guest
Guest
Sep 19 2004
3.3
4.5
Sep 19 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3
Any way of disabling the Quartz Extreme mouse pointer graphic ? When I upgraded my graphics card I noticed that I had an anti-aliased mouse with a drop shadow. I think I prefered the old mouse pointer graphic.
Guest
Guest
Aug 29 2004
3.3
4.5
Aug 29 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3
Cheers, nice app. I like how you can move the dock to the top of the screen. Good work.
Peter-Maurer
Peter-Maurer
Aug 25 2004
3.3
4.8
Aug 25 2004
4.8
Version: 3.3
Installing TinkerTool is one of the first steps when I'm setting up a Mac. I could hardly live without it. However, I have one minor request: Please consider making the tool bar customizable. Applying that change shouldn't take much more than a minute...
Guest
Guest
Aug 25 2004
3.3
4.5
Aug 25 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3
Excellent freeware. Stable. Better than sharewares.
Guest
Guest
Aug 24 2004
3.3
4.5
Aug 24 2004
4.5
Version: 3.3
FYI: The preference to reduce the amount of time a page takes to start displaying works on Jaguar as well as Panther.
Guest
Guest
Jun 15 2004
3.2.1
4.5
Jun 15 2004
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
This program is extremely helpful when you need to find a hidden file. Would have been lost without it. thx
Guest
Guest
Jun 3 2004
3.2.1
4.5
Jun 3 2004
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
great preferences app. free, stable, you could probably expect some of the features to be in the next OS 10.4 Tiger, so this is a good luck at whats to come.
Guest
Guest
Mar 14 2004
3.2.1
4.5
Mar 14 2004
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
Great freeware, works as advertised and it is stable, better than sharewares. Good job guys.
Guest
Guest
Mar 14 2004
3.2.1
4.5
Mar 14 2004
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
I'm not sure what motivated this change, but I'm really disappointed that it's an app now instead of a preference pane. My applications folder is crowded enough - put it back in system preferences, where it belongs. I'm sticking with the old version that's still a preference pane, even if it doesn't have as many features.
Guest
Guest
Feb 9 2004
3.2
4.5
Feb 9 2004
4.5
Version: 3.2
not a review of the app, per se, so i will refrain from a rating, but if you do the following: enable "expose" to "desktop" mode, have itunes playing on a secondary monitor under panther with an nvidia card, trigger the "all windows" expose, and then try to switch to the desktop, all of aqua will crash mightily. requires a hard reset. like i said, not a ding against tinkertool... but it does serve to point out that you should be careful about enabling features that apple didn't enable on their own.
Jwilson13
Jwilson13
Jan 29 2004
3.1
5.0
Jan 29 2004
5.0
Version: 3.1
Great app. I prefer that it's an application again instead of a prepane too. Very useful to turn on hidden OS X features. I use the add Quit Menu item to Finder on most macs I set up and personally, since I deal with a lot of Unix files, I use it to show all the hidden files in finder windows. Lots of other useful stuff too. Check it out, it's free (Thanks!) and also includes a way to restore everything to the OS defaults so you don't have to worry about not being able to change things back.
Guest
Guest
Jan 16 2004
3.1
4.5
Jan 16 2004
4.5
Version: 3.1
For Dana Sutton and other Americans: the license panel is not only in German; for once the English is just a bit lower down... ;-)
Guest
Guest
Dec 12 2003
3.1
4.5
Dec 12 2003
4.5
Version: 3.1
Installed it last night and shut down. This morning my iMac just wouldn't startup. Only got a grey screen. Rebooted 3 times but still grey screen. Had to boot up in safe mode to reset to pre-Tinkertool state and only managed to startup my iMac again. Not sure what happened but couldn't really review this if it does not allow me to startup my machine. Maybe next time :) Used version 2 before and loved it! Keep up the good work in future versions.
Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
Dec 11 2003
3.1
5.0
Dec 11 2003
5.0
Version: 3.1
As great as ever. For some wierd reason the license document you have to look and agree to as part of the installation is in German. Fear not, the app. it itself is in English.
Cletus-Waldman
Cletus-Waldman
Dec 10 2003
3.1
5.0
Dec 10 2003
5.0
Version: 3.1
Download is still at 3.0.1 and app states 3.0.1 for version 3.1? Anyone else?
Guest
Guest
Oct 13 2003
3.01
0.0
Oct 13 2003
0.0
Version: 3.01
Interesting. Now the description has changed…
Free
4.5
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 11.0.0 or later
License: 
FreeAbsolutely Free

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