Access Debug Options in Desktop System Preferences

May 16, 2011 - 3 Comments

Mac OS X Desktop Debug Options

You can access two unusual debugging options in the Mac OS X System Preferences by holding down the Command+Option keys while clicking on the “Desktops & Screen Savers” preference pane. The first button “TEST” doesn’t seem to do anything, but the “DEBUG WINDOW” opens an inspector window that gives you information about the desktop background you choose and settings pertaining to it.

Mac OS X Desktop Background Debugger Window

We actually got this tip in reference to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, but I tried it out in 10.6.7 and it works the same. Is there any use of these options? Probably not for most of us, but it’s kind of fun to see leftovers from development still hanging around in the OS.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Mac OS X

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  1. Trench says:

    If anything, I can use it to make my non Mac-savvy friends think I’m performing some critical operation, when in reality, I just don’t want to let them use my laptop.

  2. stone age says:

    You can see where desktop pictures are stored, easy to find the hidden Apple ones this way

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