TinkerTool for Mac

TinkerTool for Mac

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Date Added:
October 11, 2010
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Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
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TinkerTool is a small, free app that lets you tinker with your user preferences, allowing access to options that you can't find through System Preferences. These "hidden" preferences--extras like adding scroll arrows to both ends of scroll bars--exist for a variety of reasons, but are usually invisible to users without the help of an app like TinkerTool.

TinkerTool's preferences are organized under 10 main headings: Finder (for options like showing hidden files or restricting the Finder), Dock, General (a lot of useful options, including control over scroll arrows and screenshot file formats), Applications, Snow Leopard (with options for Spotlight, Mail, and Spaces), Fonts, Font Smoothing, Login Items, Safari, and QuickTime X. Compared with some other "tinkering" apps, TinkerTool is a bit more limited in its options--but that limitation can also be reassuring, since TinkerTool doesn't add files, run background processes, or require any special permissions. If you get tired of TinkerTool, you can choose to reset your computer to its "pre-TinkerTool state" (or not) and simply trash the app. Recent builds have kept TinkerTool up to date with the most recent changes in the Mac OS and related apps, including the capability to disable the Ping and iTunes Store pull-down menus in iTunes 10, and disable all RSS features in Safari.

You can find similar apps with more potent features, but TinkerTool is a solid (and free) option that's worthwhile for anyone with limited preference-tweaking needs.

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    "The average user should stay away from this utility"

    June 04, 2013   |   By ddealer27

    Version: TinkerTool 4.95


    None it is dangerous to the health of your Mac. I was looking at the programs features to determine if I wanted to purchase the utility. I found that it had created a problem that I had been unable to resolve for a couple of months.


    I installed this utility and never really used it. Recently I found I could not access the App store. I called Apple and they had me do a complete reinstall of OSX which did not repair the problem so I gave up. Several weeks later I actually started looking at the features of Tinker Tools and came across a feature that prevents you from accessing the app store for anything other than iOS updates. I tried to change the setting but kept getting the message that I had to buy Tinker Tools in order to make changes to the system.


    People can say what they want about how great Tinker Tools is but I don't want any product that eliminates iOS features that are normally used, and prevents you from changing them unless you buy the program. I uninstalled Tinker Tools and everything works great.

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