YOUR new iMac setup procedures

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Dwhite78, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Dwhite78 macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    So now that people are starting to get their macs. I'd love to hear from other folks what you personally do to your OS when you start personalizing it.

    My preferences for setting up a new Mac under OSX Snow Leopard.

    Finder Preferences

    Modify finder preferences pane to disable warning when you change file extensions. Change the spotlight folder search to search within current folder.

    Apps to Install

    MPEG Streamclip

    Configure Exposé/Spaces

    6 Spaces windows
    Activate Screen Corners
    Upper Left: Activate Spaces
    Lower Left: Reveal Desktop
    Upper Right: All Windows
    Lower Right: Dashboard

    Look and Feel

    Modify Time and Date preferences to show, Day, date and time in the menu bar
    Disable Bluetooth, and uncheck show in menubar
    Modify dock size to be small and centered in middle of bottom screen. Apx 75px tall

    Browser Preferences

    Install the following Safari Extensions:
    Facebook Cleaner
    Gmail Counter
    Google Search Cleanup (Puts google search back to what it used to look like)
    Old Google Image Search (Same as above, but for GIS)
    Install Click2Flash
    Set Safari as Default browser, and homepage to blank with Google as default search engine

    That is, in a nutshell everything I do to a new mac. This does not take into account other software or games that I use. Simply items that I feel make the Mac experience “better”.-
  2. BreadMaster macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
  3. newmacnooby macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    tomorrow to do list

    hi im also getting a new imac heres my to do list as soon as i get it.

    1.-first thing im going to do is change the dock to a 2d dock i just cant stand the 3d duck it looks horrible.

    2.- install a bunch of apps
    -Soulver (for spenses calculation, kind of an spread **** but waaay better).
    -tinkertool (mod some stuff)
    -GeekTool- (getting widgets on desktop)
    -Better TOuch Tools (improve magic Mouse gestures)
    -cinch (aero snap)
    -Adium (mensager)
    -LiteIcon (managing icons)
    -Monolingual (erease lenguages i dont use)
    -Xslimmer (slims programs freeng memory and making them faster)
    -AppZapper (completely ereasing apps)
    -IceClean (System Maintenance and Optimization Tool)
    -Caffeine (wont let mac go to sleep-great for when watching movies)
    -AppFresh (updates all your apps)
    -iClip (lets you save lots of copy-paste info)
    -Quicksilver (easy search engine)
    -NeoOffice (free office look alike)
    -Canybar/ducker/superdocker (dock & icon pimping)
    -TaskList A+ (to do list)
    -Spotify (free music server)
    I´ve done my research :D

    Then Install Windows 7 and start playng The Witcher Enhaced edittion directors cut. ;)
  4. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    I'll be getting my first ever Mac next week, so I imagine my start up routine will be something like this:

    - turn iMac on
    - clean up drool
    - complete standard set up
    - curse the machine, becuase it's the iMac's fault I don't know how to use it!
    - check this thread for the software/apps I need to install (already planning on Gimp, pixelmator, Kompose amongst others)
    - clean up drool again
    - rip music and photos on to the HDD (once I figure it out)
    - plug iPad and iPhones in, wait hours for it to sync/back up
    - sit there and think "right what do I do now" - then maybe go make a sandwhich
    - come back and ponder whether I should install Windows or not (incase I miss the random system crashes)


    great thread by the way, shame not many people have used it - I would have liked to have seen more peoples set ups
  5. newmacnooby macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    well i finnally got my imac wich i had loooots of plans for... heres how it went:

    -yeeeey, i finnaly got a nice computer, im installing lots of stuff its going to be amizing.

    i load all my images from a cd, put them on iphotos.
    -well glad thats over, this pictures looks amaizing im going to put it as a wallpaper,
    left click ... looking at opcion.....(theres not set as wall paper opcion)... 30 min later.... SAME WALLPAPER as the begining jajajajaja

    stupid, stupid iMac i paid a lot for you, you should know exactly what i want and do it... bad a bad imac ....

    well thsts pretty much how it went last night, but im back trying to control this beast of a computer i have, but loving it never the less the screen on its own is just mind blowing and the imac well i could sit infornt of it all day without even turning it on its just so beautifull.
  6. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    Try some of the beginners guides found here
  7. wartnig macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Shropshire, UK
    Do you use a spellcheck?....
  8. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Migration Assistant.
    Calibrate Screen.
    Re-install Cisco VPN Client.

    Done :)
  9. Happybunny macrumors 68000

    Sep 9, 2010
    My set up was so easy

    Migration assistant

    Open Office

    I was up and running
  10. Mellofello808 macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2010
    Restore from Time Machine backup. Wait two excruciating hours....

    And I'm off
  11. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    Got my iMac last week, and the set up went scarily like I said - absolutely loving it though!

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