Quickly Jump Between System Preference Panes On Mac

Lifehacker reader Rosemary Jayne shares a useful shortcut for OS X that lets you jump from one System Preference pane to another without having to find it in the icon view.

If you're in Mac system preferences and want to go to another pane, you can press and hold the "Show All" button at the top and drag your mouse to whichever pane you want to go to in the drop down menu. This is especially useful if, like me, you tend to randomly hit the Alt+F1-12 keys to open preferences.

This could be even more useful when you're using a preference pane that you aren't familiar with and just can't seem to find it on that main System Preferences page. It seems silly, but I've spent countless seconds looking for the correct icon for offbeat panes — like Universal Access (did it move?) — and since the "Show All" menu is in alphabetical order, it becomes much easier to find what you're looking for.

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    This must be a lion feature. In Snow leopard it is under the "View" menu at the top. Show all does nothing but.....Show all!

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