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TinkerTool
TinkerTool
4.5

Expanded preference settings for OS X.

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 8.4

Updated on Oct 27 2021

  • Added new option to active direct mouse control without any influence on speed or acceleration.
  • The setting to disable the feature to keep help windows always in the foreground could be re-enabled for macOS 12.1.
  • The setting to disable font smoothing could be re-enabled for macOS 12.1.
  • For specific combinations of appearance settings for Dark Mode, reduced transparency, and Dark Mode limitation to menu bar and Dock, TinkerTool will now automatically optimize the appearance settings for overlaid “on-screen display” indicators of macOS.
  • Fixed a translation issue, where the option to enable slow motion for window minimization was shown in English instead of the preferred language.
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Information

License

Free

Size

4.2 MB

Downloads

562089

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 11.0.0 or later
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What needs improvements

Design

TinkerTool qualities

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