Mac Basics: Using System Preferences

System Preferences is where you go to change settings on your Mac. Settings are arranged by category in panes, but you can search for settings too. On the Mac, you access app preferences in the individual app.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Mac Basics: Using System Preferences”

    Dr. Jacqui
    5 months ago

    Thank you for a detailed overview of the system preferences. I learned at least 3 new things about this Big Sur update, and I have been a long, long time Apple user.

    Kelly
    5 months ago

    What a great website – thanks for creating it! I know I’m going to be watching all of your videos and I also know that my 83-year-old dad is going to really appreciate these short and to the point the point tutorial videos!

    Blair
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary,
    I’ve dabbled with Mac’s here and there as a Windows user since 3.11, figuring stuff out as I go whenever trying to help someone with a Mac with a problem.
    I’ve decided to get an M1 Mac and make it my daily computer to really force myself to properly learn and understand. I’m starting to really see the extra power the interface has, but some things still confuse me.

    I really can’t grasp why is there a back button and a grid button in system preferences? They achieve the same? Thx

    2 months ago

    Blair: Perhaps just to be consistent with other interfaces? You can also click and hold the “grid” button to get a list and jump to another section. You can use the View menu to do that too. Then the Back button will take you back to the previous screen, not the Home Screen. So they do different things in that situation.

    Blair
    2 months ago

    Thanks! I think that would be a rare occurrence but I suppose it does make sense and saves a click in that scenario!

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