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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock System
Open the System Preferences application then just click and hold the mouse on the System Preference icon in the dock. A contextual menu appears and you can select any of the panes.

[robg adds: I noticed this the other day, and it's got potential ... but Apple's decision to not allow System Prefs to be running without a window makes the contextual menu less useful. To get the menu, System Prefs must already be running, which means it's got a window that's either on-screen, minimized, or hidden. If it's on-screen, you save all of one mouse click with the pop-up. If it's minimized, the pop-up seems to do nothing -- no window appears. But when you un-minimize the window, your selected pane is active. That leaves hidden mode, which is where this is most useful, and how I've come to run System Prefs in 10.3. Select a pop-up, and system prefs comes to life with your chosen pane. Do what you need to do, then Command-H to hide the window again. Come on Apple, we can run QuickTime and iTunes and iMovie and ... without any windows open, why not System Prefs??]
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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: gerti on Oct 28, '03 11:31:39AM

I use launchbar to start up any preference pane I want...

Gerd



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: ajoyce on Oct 30, '03 09:28:07PM

LaunchBar is a GREAT HAXIE and I use it ALL the time. I'm lost if I'm on a machine that doesn't have it. The only problem that I see with using it for the preference panes is that you have to remember the name of the pane...which could be a pain!



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 28, '03 02:32:35PM
Prefling still works.

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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: Frederico on Oct 28, '03 02:49:35PM

I personally am addicted to Fruit Menu's Contextual Menus feature, to which I have added (among many other things) a System Preferences submenu. Of course, I've also added a System Preferences submenu to the Apple Menu, ala Legacy Mac OS, as well. Combined with shortcut key combos to frequently used PPs, and I'm all set. God help me when I'm on a foreign machine with not only a one-button mouse (where I can still at least use Control-Click, anyway), but is missing power features installed in all the menus.



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: ajoyce on Oct 30, '03 09:25:10PM

Yes, FruitMenu is a wonderful Haxie. But unfortunately, it does NOT work in 10.3. The company is in process of rewriting the program so that it will work. But right now . . . fraid not!



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: barretpj on Oct 28, '03 03:38:06PM

This is exactly how the Next/Openstep prefs are used. The prefs app's icon is the clock in the dock, which has to be running for the clock to be shown, so you hide it. (Hiding is somewhat more obvious with Next menus, as it's a top-level command, just above Quit.)



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: solinvictus on Oct 28, '03 07:41:02PM

I would recommend against keeping System Preferences running but hidden. If you accidentally leave System Preferences running with the Network pane selected, you are running a separate daemon called "NetCfgTool" that is waiting to make changes to your network configuration based on your selections in the preference pane.

"NetCfgTool" only seems to run whenever System Preferences is open and the Network pane is selected; however, in those circumstances it is running regardless of whether or not System Preferences is hidden. I imagine that having this daemon running when other applications may change network configuration settings (or when kernel events could occur, such as the removal of an Ethernet cable, or the disappearance of an Airport network) this could lead to unexpected behavior in System Preferences; finally, this could end up corrupting the "/private/var/db/SystemConfiguration/preferences.xml" file that stores network settings.

Just a thought.

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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on Oct 28, '03 11:54:33PM

It appears that that daemon launches once the Network panel is opened, and remains active until SysPrefs are closed, no matter what panel you go to after the Network panel. Watch it in Activity Monitor.



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: solinvictus on Oct 29, '03 02:36:53PM

True. If I recall correctly, this is not the same behavior as Jaguar. Looks like a bug.

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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: Anidel on Oct 29, '03 12:48:29AM

I remember that Jaguar does not close the App when closing the System Pref window. Panther does.
If they changed there must be a reason, and the netcfgtool running can be it...
Actually, as said, this option in the dock is quite useless.

Anidel.

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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: mactectomy on Oct 29, '03 06:28:16AM

I think the reason is that even really smart people like my wife (PhD physics ;^) close the System Prefs window and forget to quit the program--thus using up resources unnecessarily.

Since this behavior is diametrically opposed to standard Mac guidelines (only things like control panels would "quit" when closed in OS <X), there should be an option to override this bizarre feature. No third party tricks, either.

There are other programs that quit when the windows are closed, such as Windows Media Player. But that's no surprise given the source.



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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: SeanAhern on Nov 03, '03 01:01:55PM

I have to differ with you, Rob. I used to hate the fact that System Preferences would stay running when you closed its window. As someone who likes to keep things "clean," I like applications to quit when they're not doing anything. Since running a new one takes very little time (with most applications), I'd rather not clutter my list of running applications with ones that I'm not actually using. So I was very happy when I found that Panther's System Preferences quits when you close its window.

To each his own, I guess...

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10.3: Jump directly to any System Prefs panel from the dock
Authored by: callefjant on Nov 03, '03 05:58:46PM
I have always considered it truly annoying that System Preferences did not quit when I closed the only window there is. The fact that it now does is one of many great minor improvements in Panther that I really appreciate.

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