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Chapter 3. Setting Preferences > Setting Up Your Monitor

Setting Up Your Monitor

If you are working with OS X on an iMac, you might be wondering what the big deal is about setting up your monitor. Whether you use an old-style iMac or one of the new models with the flat-panel displays, it surely has crossed your mind that Apple must have gotten all of this set up at the factory. For the most part, this is correct. But not every OS X user is using an iMac. And not all users, regardless of what device they’re using, will be 100 percent satisfied with the settings that came with their monitor, whether it’s built-in or not.

As detailed in Chapter 2, “Exploring the Desktop,” many of the monitor settings are controlled from the Displays panel of the System Preferences application. You can access this panel by clicking on the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then clicking the Displays icon. When the Displays panel is open, you can make your settings changes. All of these settings implement changes immediately, so you can instantly see if those changes produce the desired effect.


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