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Here’s how to add your favorite preference panels to the Mac Dock

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If you frequently use a particular System Preferences area on your Mac, you can simply put a link to it in your Dock for quick access. In fact, you can link as many settings sections as you like there. Here is how.

On a Mac, each section of System Preferences is traditionally referred to as a “preference pane”

;. The behavior of each preference pane is handled by a file in your macOS system library folder. The nice thing about these files is that when you open them they act as links that take you straight to the appropriate section in System Preferences. That means you can drag the files to your dock and use them to quickly access various system settings.

In the Mac Dock there are several Shorcuts in the settings area.

CONNECTED: Here’s how to quickly find certain system preferences on a Mac

To do this, we must first find the settings in the files area using the Finder. Activate the Finder and select Go> Go to Folder from the menu bar.


In the window or slider that appears, type (or paste) Go To Folder /System/Library/PreferencePanes.

In the Go to Folder dialog box, enter the path and click

Next, you’ll see a Finder window with files representing the various settings panels. These are the system settings that come standard with macOS. (If you’re looking for a third-party settings panes file, visit /Library/PreferencePanes instead.) Everyone has the “.prefPane” extension.

Files in the Mac Settings Panel as shown in the Finder.

Scroll through the window until you find the file that represents the settings pane you want to add to your dock. For example, “DateAndTime.prefPane” is the file for the “Date & Time” preferences window. Click on the file in the settings area and drag it to the files and folders shortcut area of ​​your dock, which is near the trash.

Drag a Settings Window file to the Dock on the Mac.

You’ll find you can’t if you try to drag the files to the left side (or the top part, depending on how you’ve oriented your dock) of the dock. This section is reserved for applications only.

If you then want to change a specific setting in one of the settings windows, simply click on the corresponding icon in the dock. The system settings will automatically open for this section.

On a Mac Dock, click a link in the Settings pane.

To remove a settings area from the Dock, simply drag its icon far away from the Dock, hold it down for a moment, and then release.

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