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Part 1. Getting Started > Setting Basic System Preferences

Setting Basic System Preferences

Choose Apple menu, System Preferences.

Click Appearance to display the Appearance preferences.

Choose colors from the Appearance pop-up menu (for scrollbars, buttons, and menus) and the Highlight Color pop-up menu (for selected text and objects in list view).

Click a radio button to put scrollbar arrows together or at the top and bottom of each window.


You can't customize everything about your Mac, but you can get darn close (for more customization techniques, turn to Part 5). Here's a look at the most basic preferences you'll want to set on a new Mac.


Blue Versus Graphite

Your Appearance color preference starts out set to Blue. If you switch it to Graphite, all your dialog box buttons, menu highlights, and window components turn graphite gray. The only problem you might encounter with that setting is that the Close, Minimize, and Maximize buttons—normally red, yellow, and green, respectively—also turn gray. You can still tell them apart by placing the cursor over them; an X appears in the Close button, a minus sign in the Minimize button, and a plus sign in the Maximize button.

Click a radio button to choose how far clicking in the scrollbar scrolls the window.

Choose the number of recently used applications and documents that will appear in the Apple menu.

Choose a font smoothing style and size from the pop-up menus.

Choose System Preferences, Quit System Preferences to apply your changes.



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