Here’s a Hidden Trick for Opening System Preferences Panes Directly

The System Preferences app on the Mac is where you setup your default preferences for your Mac and it contains about 30 icons, each leading to a specific preference pane. Rather than opening System Preferences and then looking for the preference pane you want to open, you can jump directly to the desired pane. Just click and hold on the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and choose a preference pane from the pop-up menu.

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macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window – TidBITS

Some great tips here!

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window – TidBITS:

When the Search field is inactive (the magnifying glass and Search label are grayed-out and centered in the field), type one or more letters to specify a target pane; a quick animation outlines it in blue, and pressing the Space bar opens it.

If the System Preferences icon is in your Dock, press (click-and-hold, rather than just click) it, and choose the pane you want from the menu.


Re-organize your Preference Panes on a Mac

Sort options

Did you know you could re-organize your preference panes in the System Preferences on a Mac? If you don’t like them grouped or organized by category, you can also organize them or sort them alphabetically. It’s easy – just open your System Preferences and go to the Menu Bar. From there select View. You’ll see two options:

  • Organize by Category
  • Organize Alphabetically

Just select how you want your preference panes to be sorted and the Mac will re-organize your preference panes for you. Bonus tip, if you select Customize under the View menu, you can hide preference panes too. :)

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