Show All System Preferences from a Quick Menu in OS X Lion

Nov 16, 2011 - 8 Comments

Rather than rearranging all of the System Preferences to be sorted alphabetically, you can access a quick pull-down menu of all the panels that is sorted by name.

Pull Down System Preferences list

Try it yourself, access System Preferences from the  Apple menu, then click and hold on “Show All” to see the full list of preference panes available sorted by their name.

This trick is limited to Mac OS X Lion.

Thanks for the tip and screenshot James


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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Chris says:

    This functionality was already available in Snow Leopard (and maybe earlier; I don’t remember). Not with the button, but in the menu bar of System Preferences (“View” menu).

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  3. Tom says:

    Whaadaya know….cool tip

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  5. THAT requires you to be in the System Prefs application to get at it. and that’s extra work. and i hate extra work. intend, drag the folder located at: /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ to the right side of your dock. View as list or icons or whatever you like and then… just go DIRECTLY to the pref pane of your choice.


  6. Gumpest says:

    This doesn’t work on my Mac, 10.7.1., but the dock version does.

  7. Jean-Pierre Nelson says:

    You can access those prefs from the Dock.
    Just click and hold.

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