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9. System Preferences > The System Preferences Window

The System Preferences Window

You can open System Preferences in dozens of ways. Most people choose its name from the menu or click its icon in the Dock, but if you have a laptop, Option-volume key (one of the speaker-adjustment keys on the top row of the keyboard) or Option-brightness keys opens System Prefs, too. (These tricks open the Sound and Displays panes, respectively, but you can then click Show All or press -L to see the full spread.)

Tip

If you know the name of the System Preferences panel you want, it’s even quicker to use Spotlight. To open Energy Saver, for example, hit -Space, type ener, and then press -Enter. See Chapter 3 for more on operating Spotlight from the keyboard.

At first, the rows of icons are grouped according to function: Personal, Hardware, and so on (Figure 9-2, top). But you can also view them in tidy alphabetical order, as shown at bottom in Figure 9-2. That can spare you the ritual of hunting through various rows just to find a certain panel icon whose name you already know. (Quick, without looking: Which row is Date & Time in?) This chapter describes the various panels following this alphabetical arrangement.


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