Access to additional preference settings Apple has built into OS X

TinkerTool for Mac

TinkerTool for Mac

  -  4.02 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    TinkerTool 8.4 LATEST

  • Review by

    Michael Reynolds

  • Operating System

    macOS 11.0 Big Sur or later

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  • Author / Product

    Marcel Bresink / External Link

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TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into macOS. 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 for macOS 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. Compliance with these security rules is additionally guaranteed by the application sandbox of OS X.

All preference settings changed by Download TinkerTool for Mac can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for Tinker Tool's operation.

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What's new in this version:

- 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.