Chapter 6

A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences

In This Chapter

arrow Navigating System Preferences

arrow Locating specific controls

arrow Customizing Mavericks from System Preferences

Remember the old TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea? You always knew you were on the bridge of the submarine Seaview because it had an entire wall made up of randomly blinking lights, crewmen darting about with clipboards, and all sorts of strange and exotic-looking controls on every available surface. You could fix just about anything by looking into the camera with grim determination and barking an order. After all, you were On the Bridge. That’s why virtually all the dialog and action inside the sub took place on that one (expensive) set: It was the nerve center of the ship, and a truly happenin’ place to be.

In the same vein, I devote this chapter to the System Preferences window and the most commonly used settings within it. After all, if you want to change how Mavericks works or customize the features in our favorite operating system, you should head toward System Preferences. This one window is the nerve center of OS X, and a truly happenin’ place to be. (Sorry, no built-in wall of randomly blinking lights ...

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