Mac OS X Tiger/System Preferences
Using System Preferences
When you open System Preferences, you see the System Preferences main screen. This screen is full of icons, each representing a "pane", or group of controls. System Preferences grouped into Personal, Hardware, Internet & Network, and System rows. As with all other aspects of Tiger, Spotlight is built into the top right corner of the System Preferences menu.
The Preference Panes
The following is a list of all of the default System Preferences panes. Each pane has a specific purpose. Usually, the name of the window gives it away, while others, such as Security, may have many different purposes.
- Change the appearance of your Mac's controls.
- Dashboard & Exposé
- Choose how you activate Dashboard and Exposé.
- Desktop & Screensaver
- Change your Desktop Picture and Screensaver.
- Set fine-grained options over the Dock.
- Set up your computer so you can read and write in another language.
- Lock down your computer with FileVault encryption and other security measures.
- Organize your Spotlight results and block certain folders for privacy.
- Configure your Mac's built-in Bluetooth module.
- CDs & DVDs
- Tell your Mac what to do when a disc is inserted.
- Configure the display(s) attached to your Mac.
- Energy Saver
- Set timers and options to lower your computer's power consumption.
- Keyboard & Mouse
- Customize your computer's keyboard and mouse.
- Print & Fax
- Set up printers and send faxes.
- Choose a set of speakers and a microphone, set options, and choose an alert sound.
- Internet & Network
- The master control panel for Mac OS X's account system. The link above will take you to Chapter 8.
- Classic lets you run Mac OS 9 inside a bubble, but it's being phased out this year and is not covered in this Wikibook.
- Date & Time
- Adjust you Mac's clock and calendar.
- Software Update
- Set your Mac to automatically check for updates online.
- Have your computer speak to you, or speak to your computer.
- Startup Disk
- Choose a disk for your computer to boot from.
- Universal Access
- Set options to accommodate you if you have trouble seeing, hearing, or using a keyboard and mouse.
- This section contains panes from add-on software products like Apple Remote Desktop and Flip4Mac.