Search for Settings in Your iMac’s System Preferences

By Mark L. Chambers

Wouldn’t it be great if you could search through all the different panes in your iMac’s System Preferences — with all those countless radio buttons, check boxes, and slider controls — from one place? Even when you’re not quite sure exactly what it is you’re looking for?

The following figure illustrates exactly that kind of activity taking place. Just click in the System Preferences Spotlight Search box (upper right, with the magnifying glass icon) and type in just about anything. For example, if you know part of the name of a particular setting you need to change, type that. Mavericks highlights the System Preferences panes that might contain matching settings. And if you’re a Switcher from the Windows world, you can even type in what you might have called the same setting in Windows!

The System Preferences window dims, and the group icons that might contain what you’re looking for stay highlighted. Slick.

If you need to reset the Search box to try again, click the X icon that appears at the right side of the box to clear it.

Searching for specific settings is a breeze with the Search box.
Searching for specific settings is a breeze with the Search box.