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System Preferences

System Preferences (OS X El Capitan)

SystemPreferencesTiger

System Preferences (Mac OS X Tiger)

System Preferences is the application program used by Mac OS X to set user preferences, replacing the Control Panels folder found in previous versions of the Mac OS.

in the Applications folder in Mac OS X.

In Mac OS X 10.1.x, this application was shortened to System Prefs, but resumed its full name in Mac OS X 10.2, as it did in Mac OS X 10.0.

Evolution

Under Mac OS X Public Beta and Mac OS X 10.0.x, the user could only drag 6 favourite preferences to the toolbar above, and categories did not exist. System Preferences then had 21 preferences.

Categories started to exist under Mac OS X 10.1.x. At the same time, the number of preferences that can be dragged to the toolbar was rid of its limitations.

Until Mac OS X 10.2.x (and even in "Jaguar"), the System Preferences window would show, even for a short while, a "Loading" screen while a panel was loaded. This disappeared completely as of Mac OS X 10.3, although the title bar now did all the "talking".

Spotlight search capabilities were added in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. At the same time, the toolbar, part of the utility since Mac OS X Public Beta, was fully revamped.

Individual Panels

Mac OS X Public Beta

Mac OS X 10.0.x

Mac OS X 10.1.x

Personal category

Hardware category

Internet & Network category

System category

Mac OS X 10.2.x

Personal category

Hardware category

Internet & Network category

System category

Mac OS X 10.3.x

SystemPreferences10.3.7Custom

System Preferences (Mac OS X 10.3.7), with minor personal customisations

Personal category

Hardware category

Internet & Network category

System category

Mac OS X 10.4


System Preferences panels SystemPreferences

.Mac | Accounts | Appearance | Bluetooth | Classic | CDs & DVDs | ColorSync | Dashboard & Exposé | Date & Time | Desktop | Desktop & Screen Saver | Displays | Dock | Energy Saver | Exposé | General | Ink | International | Internet | iTools | Keyboard | Keyboard & Mouse | Login | Monitors | Mouse | My Account | Network | Password | Print & Fax | QuickTime | Screen Effects | Screen Saver | Security | Sharing | Software Update | Sound | Speech | Spotlight | Startup Disk | Universal Access | Users

Notes: Items in bold indicate panels of System Preferences which still exist today (Mac OS X 10.4). Items in italics are only available if the corresponding peripheral or software is installed. This list does not include third-party preference panels.

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