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iMac For Dummies, 7th Edition by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 6

A Nerd’s Guide to System Preferences

In This Chapter

arrow Navigating System Preferences

arrow Searching for specific controls

arrow Customizing Lion 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 out an order. After all, you were On The Bridge. That’s why virtually all the dialogue 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.

I devote this entire chapter to the System Preferences window and all the settings within it. After all, if you want to change how Lion works or customize the features within our favorite operating system, this one window is the nerve center of Mac OS X and a truly happenin’ place to be. (Sorry, no built-in wall of randomly blinking lights — but there are exotic controls just about everywhere.)

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