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Part 4. Setting System Preferences > Setting System Preferences

Setting System Preferences

Choose Apple menu, System Preferences to display the System Preferences window.

Click Show All to see all the icons; then click the icon for the preferences you want to change.

Click buttons across the top of the preference pane to access various settings.

INTRODUCTION

In a flashback to the days of the Mac's System 6, Mac OS X stores all its preferences in a central window called System Preferences. It's accessible via the Apple menu, so you can reach it from any program. Third-party preference panes can also be found in System Preferences.


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Haven't I Been Here Before?

To go back to a preference pane you've just visited, click the left arrow at the top of the System Preferences window. The left and right arrows work like the ones in a web browser to take you forward and back.


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Asking for Directions

Not sure which preferences pane to head for? Type a word or two into the search field in the upper-right corner of the System Preferences window, and you'll get a task menu that takes you to the right place for each possible setting.


Lock the preferences by clicking the padlock icon.

If the preferences are locked (indicated by a closed padlock icon in the lower-left corner of the window), enter an admin name and password when prompted and click OK.


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