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Chapter 4. Setting System Preferences > Viewing System Preferences

Viewing System Preferences

System Preferences are organized into categories by default. Each category contains a set of icons, which you can open to set customization options in preference panes for different aspects of the Macintosh operating system. You can also view the icons in the System Preferences window alphabetically, depending on your preference. Simply click a preference icon to open it, and then make the changes you want. The preferences take effect when you quit or close System Preferences.

View System Preferences

Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences or click the System Preferences icon in the Dock.

To change preference organ-ization, click the View menu, and then click Organize By Categories or Organize Alphabetically.

To open a preference, click the icon.

TIMESAVER Press the first letter of the preference's name to select the icon, and then press the Spacebar to open it.

To switch to another preference, click the View menu, and then click the one you want to open.

TIMESAVER Click the Show All button on the toolbar to show all the preference icons.

When you're done, click the System Preferences menu, and then click Quit System Preferences, or click the Close button.


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