How to Locate a Specific Setting on Your MacBook - dummies

How to Locate a Specific Setting on Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

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

Just click in the System Preferences Spotlight Search box (at the upper right, with the magnifying glass icon), and type 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 what you might have called the same setting in Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8!


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

You can also search for System Preferences controls by using the Spotlight menu and Spotlight window.

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.