Setup and default configuration

These are the steps I take to setup a new macOS installation.

Increase keyboard speed

Keyboard > Key repeat rate and Delay until repeat all the way to the right

Enable keyboard navigation

Keyboard > Keyboard navigation > on

Enable standard function keys

Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Function Keys > Use ... as standard function keys

Disable CapsLock

Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Modifier Keys > Caps Lock key No action

Safari hard reload on shift-command-R

Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > App Shortcuts > > Set "Reload Page From Origin" to shift-command-R

Switch window by command-^

Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Keyboard > Set Move focus to next window to command-^

Change mouse cursor size

Accessibility > Display > Pointer > Set to first stroke

Zoom with "control" key

Accessibility > Zoom > Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom

Modifier key for scroll gesture > ^ control

Advanced > Disable Smooth images

Open documents and projects in tabs

Desktop and Dock > Prefer tabs when opening documents > Always

Finder, show all file extensions

Finder Settings > Advanced > Show all filename extensions

Finder, search in current folder

Finder Settings > Advanced > When performing a search > Search the Current Folder

Further tips and tricks

Flush and clear the DNS cache

dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Change the number of days shown in the calender week view

defaults write n\ days\ of\ week 10

Change the auto-show and auto-hide delay of the Dock

The default value is "0.2".

defaults write "autohide-delay" -float "0.5" && killall Dock