System Preferences in Leopard, A - D
For most ordinary users, System Preferences is the core of the system: where much fine-tuning takes place. With OS X, Leopard (now at 10.5.1), there have been several changes, including a spiffy new icon.
When a user opens the panel icons are organised in five categories: Personal, Hardware, Internet & Networking, System and Other. The last showing preferences installed for third-party system tools.
In that section I have DivX and Flip4Mac WMV, which are for video displays; Growl, a network notification tool (for example when Mail arrives); and Macaroni, for regular maintenance procedures.
System Preferences Panel: Section View
System Preferences Panel: Alphabetical
From the main Accounts panel it is easy enough for an Admin user to add or remove an account; or for the user to change a password, or in too many cases, to put one in. The user panel also integrates with the .Mac settings for that user name.
Accounts Preferences Panel
Any desktop image may be displayed in a number of ways. There are three ways to fill the screen (Fill, Fit and Stretch) and images may also be centred. A "Tile" setting may be used, although image size comes into play. It is also possible to change the picture with several time-settings, from 5 seconds up to a day. "At login" and "Waking from sleep" are also options here. Such a rotation of images every few seconds may slow the computer.
Screen Saver Preferences: Apple Images
Screen Saver Preferences: Photographs
Screen Saver Preferences: Collage
Brightness can be adjusted here with a slider (as well as using the F1 and F2 keys). Just below the slider is a check-box to allow brightness to change depending on ambient light. A button accesses the color profile for the display which can be adjusted if necessary.
When a second monitor is attached, the preference changes to allow either mirrored images or side by side displays as well as a second panel to change the resolution of the extra monitor.
To end the D's we have the Dock icon which provides adjustments to this feature. The same changes may be made using the Dock's divider and the Control key: magnification, position, size, hiding and how files are minimized (scale or Genie effect).
See the following: System Preferences E - K.
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