Set of “defaults writes” for a new machine

As I seem to repeatedly search for those whenever I set another machine up – I thought of maintaining here a list of those I (personally) find close to indispensable:

# Recent applications tile in Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{"tile-data" = {"list-type" = 1;}; "tile-type" = "recents-tile";}

# Highlighting selection on the grid with mouse-over
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -bool true

# Distinguishing hidden applications
defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES

# Adding "Quit" menu item to finder (sometimes easier to "force quit")
defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool true && killall Finder

# Disabling "shadow" around window screenshots
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true && killall SystemUIServer

# Bring font rendering to what it was before 10.14
defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO

 

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