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Expanded preference settings for OS X.

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TinkerTool overview

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 version 9.7

Updated on Apr 09 2024

  • This is a maintenance update which fixes a minor problem where not all variants of date and time formats could be selected under all circumstances when customizing individual templates. The Formats pane now uses a different example date and time in order to make all variants visible and accessible.
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License

Free

Size

4 MB

Downloads

569443

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TinkerTool qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0

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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Nov 19 2022
9.0
5.0
Nov 19 2022
5.0
Version: 9.0
NOTE: v8.6 is the current version for those of us waiting for Apple to mature macOS 13.x Ventura, (as of 13.0.1 I still recommend waiting). To find it, click on the link "TinkerTool Version Overview" above. Earlier versions are available there as well.
Satcomer
Satcomer
Jul 3 2022
8.5
5.0
Jul 3 2022
5.0
Version: 8.5
MacUpdate the application is now Universal!
ERNEST UNGUREANU
ERNEST UNGUREANU
Jun 16 2022
8.5
0.0
Jun 16 2022
0.0
Version: 8.5
I have been using this wonderful app for years. To my knowledge, it's the only one that is able to change the size of fonts used by applications, including OSX.
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
5.0
Oct 26 2018
5.0
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
5.0
Jul 9 2017
5.0
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.
iLeopard
iLeopard
Jul 29 2023
9.4
4.0
Jul 29 2023
4.0
Version: 9.4
kom
kom
Jul 26 2023
9.4
4.0
Jul 26 2023
4.0
Version: 9.4
didifri
didifri
Jan 6 2023
9.12
5.0
Jan 6 2023
5.0
Version: 9.12
Satcomer
Satcomer
Jul 3 2022
8.5
5.0
Jul 3 2022
5.0
Version: 8.5
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 16 2022
8.5
5.0
Jun 16 2022
5.0
Version: 8.5
aguycalledkwest
aguycalledkwest
Nov 14 2021
8.3
4.0
Nov 14 2021
4.0
Version: 8.3
PauloFut
PauloFut
Oct 28 2021
8.3
5.0
Oct 28 2021
5.0
Version: 8.3
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Nov 3 2019
5.0
Nov 3 2019
5.0
Version: null
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Oct 27 2018
5.0
Oct 27 2018
5.0
Version: null
makareim
makareim
Oct 15 2018
5.0
Oct 15 2018
5.0
Version: null
vrgs
vrgs
Jun 2 2018
4.5
Jun 2 2018
4.5
Version: null
Bruce-y
Bruce-y
Feb 10 2018
5.0
Feb 10 2018
5.0
Version: null
jhensley
jhensley
Jan 25 2018
5.0
Jan 25 2018
5.0
Version: null
MicheleB
MicheleB
Aug 12 2017
4.0
Aug 12 2017
4.0
Version: null
Andrew8042
Andrew8042
Feb 18 2017
5.0
Feb 18 2017
5.0
Version: null
jonas-12
jonas-12
Aug 19 2016
3.5
Aug 19 2016
3.5
Version: null
freevito
freevito
Jun 23 2016
5.0
Jun 23 2016
5.0
Version: null
SteveGosselin
SteveGosselin
Sep 7 2015
5.0
Sep 7 2015
5.0
Version: null
Bento de Espinosa
Bento de Espinosa
Jul 4 2015
5.0
Jul 4 2015
5.0
Version: null
Mike-Grace
Mike-Grace
Oct 23 2014
2.5
Oct 23 2014
2.5
Version: null
Spandmassse
Spandmassse
Aug 13 2014
5.0
Aug 13 2014
5.0
Version: null
CZap
CZap
Aug 7 2014
5.0
Aug 7 2014
5.0
Version: null
Sixbillships
Sixbillships
Jul 26 2014
5.0
Jul 26 2014
5.0
Version: null
Psychiatry
Psychiatry
Jul 20 2014
5.0
Jul 20 2014
5.0
Version: null
anonymous-squirrel-2096
Mar 17 2014
4.0
Version: null
SmilieKing
SmilieKing
Mar 3 2014
5.0
Mar 3 2014
5.0
Version: null
Diefis
Diefis
Feb 28 2014
5.0
Feb 28 2014
5.0
Version: null
iTonyD
iTonyD
Jan 19 2014
5.0
Jan 19 2014
5.0
Version: null
OSX-FTW!
OSX-FTW!
Dec 25 2013
5.0
Dec 25 2013
5.0
Version: null
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 20 2013
5.0
Dec 20 2013
5.0
Version: null
Harrybo
Harrybo
Dec 20 2013
4.5
Dec 20 2013
4.5
Version: null
Roes
Roes
Dec 15 2013
4.5
Dec 15 2013
4.5
Version: null
idlebonez
idlebonez
Nov 9 2013
5.0
Nov 9 2013
5.0
Version: null
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Oct 23 2013
5.0
Oct 23 2013
5.0
Version: null
Sam0
Sam0
Apr 18 2013
5.0
Apr 18 2013
5.0
Version: null
Josart
Josart
Apr 5 2013
3.5
Apr 5 2013
3.5
Version: null
Oak
Oak
Dec 13 2012
4.5
Dec 13 2012
4.5
Version: null
Pb-Update
Pb-Update
Dec 13 2012
1.5
Dec 13 2012
1.5
Version: null
DBrown72
DBrown72
Sep 13 2012
5.0
Sep 13 2012
5.0
Version: null
CNYMAC315
CNYMAC315
Jun 1 2012
4.5
Jun 1 2012
4.5
Version: null
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