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Hide System Preferences in OS X

We all probably know that to delete a custom System Preferences Pane from your OS X installation you can CTRL-Clicking on the icon and select the Remove Preference Pane from the pop-up menu.

But what if you don't want to remove it but only hide it. You can do that easily: open System Preferences app, then go to the View menu and select Customize. This will bring up checkboxes next to each Preference Pane. Uncheck those you don't use and don't want to see. You can always bring them back or just select them from the same drop down menu.

Update: A kind Facebook commenter pointed out it's only working starting from 10.7 (Lion)

In that View you can also select an alternative Alphabetical view if you want a more compact System Preferences window.

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Macs are sooooo hard to customize, to use, to connect to, have soooo few apps, have so many incompatibilities, ......

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Art D. Rector's picture
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That's what makes them great for folks like yourself, Steve - simple to use.

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... you are kigging?

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ace85le's picture
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lol Steve do you ever have anything positive to say about anything at all? Don't get me wrong, still love you lol.

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