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Mac OS® X Advanced Development Techniques by Joe Zobkiw

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8. System Preference Panes

“Use other door. It's broken.”

—sign on donut shop door

System Preference Panes, hereinafter referred to as preference panes, are essentially plug-ins that are dynamically loaded by the System Preferences application. Preference panes and the System Preferences application allow users to alter systemwide settings using a standard host application. They live in the /Library/PreferencePanes folder in any of the standard search paths, but when you install new ones yourself, you will most likely place them in your ~/Library/PreferencePanes folder. Figure 8.1 shows the System Preferences application's main window with a lot of available preference panes.

Figure 8.1. The System Preferences application.

Preference panes are ...

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