Setting Up Your System Preferences on Your Mac

Setting Up Your System Preferences on Your Mac

Macs are very user friendly. I have had Macs my whole life and I love them because they are easy to use. In this article I will be helping you set up your System Preferences. I will not be covering everything, but I will cover General Preferences. Your System Preferences has many options and you will need to know General Preferences first in order to better help your workflow on your Mac.

How to Access System Preferences on a Mac

In order to access System Preferences you have three options to access it. The easiest way to get to it is by clicking on the Apple icon on the upper left hand side. Once you click on the Apple icon you will see System Preferences on the second option down. Click on it and System Preferences will open up. Another way to access System Preferences is by looking on your dock. It is a grey icon with a circular gear logo. Just click on that icon if it is on your dock. Sometimes it is not so you will need to click on the Finder icon. It is the blue face icon on the very left of your dock. Afterwards navigate to your Applications folder and scroll down to System Preferences and click on that.

What Options are on Your System Preferences

The options you have for settings on your System Preferences are as follows on the very top: General, Desktop and Screen Saver, Dock, Mission Control, Language and Region, Security and Privacy, Spotlight, Notifications. On the second row you have: CDs and DVDs, Displays, Energy Saver, Keyboard, Mouse, Trackpad, Printers and Scanners, and Sound. On the third row you have iCloud, Internet Accounts, Extensions, Network, Bluetooth, and Sharing. On the very last row you have Users and Groups, Parental Controls, App Store, Dictation and Speech, Date and Time, Startup Disk, Time Machine, and Accessibility.

General Preferences

Let’s go over setting up your General Preferences. As you can see on the very top you can set your appearance color for buttons, menus, and Windows. I have mine set to blue. It is a great color. I have been using blue for many years now and I can easily spot the buttons, menus, and windows.

Next you can check on and off whether you would like to use dark menu bar and dock. I have mine checked off, but you can choose to check it on if you would like. You can also check on and off automatically hide and show the menu bar. I have mine checked off.

Afterwards, you can choose your highlight color. You have a few options. I recommend blue. After that you can set your sidebar icon size. I have mine set to medium. It’s a great size. It’s not too big and I can easily see it.

Next show scroll bars. I have mine set to automatically based on mouse or trackpad. That is a convenient setting. You can choose the when scrolling option or always if you would like.

Below that you can set click in the scroll bar to. I have mine set to jump to next page. I like that setting. You can choose jump to the spot that’s clicked if you would like.

Next you can set your default browser. I have mine set to Google Chrome; however, I had to download and install Google Chrome first. If you have not done that, it will be set automatically to Safari, which is the proprietary Apple web browser.

Below that you can click on ask to keep changes when closing documents. I have mine clicked off, but you may choose to click it on. Below that I have clicked on close windows when quitting an app. When that is selected, open documents and windows will not be restored when you re-open an app.

Below that you can set your recent items documents, apps, and servers from to 5 to 50. I have mine set to 10. Then after that you can click on use LCD font smoothing when available. I have that clicked on and I highly suggest it.

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you. Your System Preference will be helping you set how you would like your computer to function. You have many options. Just make sure to set your options to how you would like your computer to function.