TinkerTool for Mac

TinkerTool for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 187 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.31
  • Total Downloads:
    95,091
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.39MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    136
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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Results 1-10 of 31

  • 1 stars

    "The average user should stay away from this utility"

    June 04, 2013   |   By ddealer27

    Version: TinkerTool 4.95

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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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  • 4 stars

    "a good reliable tool"

    December 23, 2010   |   By carlsfrog_dotmac

    Version: TinkerTool 4.4

    Pros

    Tinkertool makes it easy to deal with the OS in a user friendly fashion. I've been using it for years!

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Summary

    Very useful tool. It has served me well and faithfully through various iterations

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  • 5 stars

    "Love it and always have!!"

    December 23, 2010   |   By kbritany

    Version: TinkerTool 4.4

    Pros

    Easy to use and powerful

    Cons

    None really

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  • 4 stars

    "easy to use for changing system parameters"

    December 18, 2010   |   By Sandy Fontiwt

    Version: TinkerTool 4.4

    Pros

    esay to use

    Cons

    no problems

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  • 2 stars

    "I haven't had a chance to try it out yet"

    December 16, 2010   |   By candyman13

    Version: TinkerTool 4.4

    Pros

    I haven't had chance to try it out yet.

    Cons

    None, haven't had a chance to try it out.

    Summary

    None at this time.

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  • 5 stars

    "Way to kool for messing around."

    November 11, 2010   |   By Dac1943

    Version: TinkerTool 4.3

    Pros

    Fast easy to follow instruction and easy to click for any problem with explainations.

    Cons

    I did't find any that I can say.

    Summary

    Defult is not the best and this software gives a lot of options.

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  • 4 stars

    "Does what it says on the label."

    October 12, 2010   |   By chissg

    Version: TinkerTool 4.3

    Pros

    Simple interface to OS tweaks. Well laid-out and succinct. No observed undesirable side effects.

    Cons

    Might be nice to have a more detailed explanation of some tweaks or categories where appropriate, either with mouse-over or right-click, maybe.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simply honest!"

    October 06, 2010   |   By GianMarco_Tavazzani

    Version: TinkerTool 4.2

    Pros

    clear, stable, free, complete, simple.

    Cons

    For sure someone more clever than me will find it! A good review finds ever some flaw, lac, at least adds some wishes but not, I can't!

    Summary

    Typical 'must have' in the Utility Folder

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  • 4 stars

    "when I to used it it was very efficient and useful"

    October 05, 2010   |   By A Greaves

    Version: TinkerTool 4.2

    Pros

    haven't used it enough to comment

    Cons

    haven't used it enough to comment

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  • 5 stars

    "Great features, very solid"

    September 29, 2010   |   By wjodon

    Version: TinkerTool 4.2

    Pros

    Powerful and useful features, well maintained. Very convenient

    Cons

    Just average appearance, boreing interface

    Summary

    Well worth having..

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 5.31
    • The documentation was updated for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
    • The application now detects iTunes 12.
    • Corrected a problem where the General pane showed no or an incorrect icon with specific versions of OS X Yosemite.
    General
    Publisher Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme
    Publisher web site http://www.bresink.com
    Release Date October 16, 2014
    Date Added October 16, 2014
    Version 5.31
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Tweaks Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.39MB
    File Name download.php5
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 95,091
    Downloads Last Week 136
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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