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Chapter 4. Setting System Preferences > Changing Appearance Options

Changing Appearance Options

The Appearance pane in System Preferences allows you to change the look and feel of Mac OS X in a few areas. You can change the color scheme for buttons, menus, and windows, and the highlight color for text and lists. Or if you're not comfortable using the scroll bars, you can change the way scroll bars work and the placement of the scroll arrows (). If your text looks blurry or jagged, you can adjust the font smoothing, known as anti-aliasing (), style to fix it (after you log out and back in). As you open files and applications, Mac OS X keeps a list in the Recent Items submenu in the Apple menu. In the Appearance pane, you can set the number of recent items that appear in the menu.

Change the Appearance Color and Scroll Bars

Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Appearance icon.

Click the Appearance pop-up, and then select a color. If you select Other, the Color Picker palette appears so you can select a color.

Click the Highlight Color pop-up, and then select a color.

Click the At Top And Bottom or Together option to set the placement of scroll arrows.

Click the Jump To The Next Page or Scroll To Here option to select an operation when you click in the scroll bar.

Select the Use Smooth Scrolling check box to avoid slight jumping when you click inside the scroll bar.

Select the Minimize When Double Clicking A Window Title Bar check box to make it easier to minimize a window instead of using the small yellow Minimize button.

Click the Close button.


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