Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 06:30 PM – Tips and Hints

You can save yourself a lot of time and bother by setting your System Preferences to meet your needs. It is not uncommon for brand new users to forget this step, especially if they are coming from the PC world where it is not that easy to set up preferences, at least as far as I remember. I haven’t touched a PC since the day I retired 6 years ago. It was one of the blessings of retirement.

Anyhow, to set your preferences you go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences. When the Preferences window opens you will see an array of options that vary, depending on your machine and operating system. You don’t want to go crazy and start changing things that you don’t understand because you can cause problem for yourself (been there…done that), but most of them are self explanatory.

I’m going to review some of the System Preferences in my next few Blog entries, but meanwhile here is a tip I like.

Say you want to change a Preference that pertains to the background on your desktop but you are not sure which Preference you need. In the upper right hand corner of the System Preferences window is an entry field. Type in a word to define what you are searching for, such as background, and any Preference that pertains to that word will be highlighted. Then you can choose which one you want to open.

While we are on the subject of Preferences, don’t forget that almost any application you use will also have preference options and you can adjust them as well.



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