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Quick access to System Preferences isn't gone Desktop Macs
You can open several frequently used System Preferences directly in 10.5 and 10.6 with a simple keyboard shortcut.

If you have an Apple keyboard (or a third party one with similarly branded function keys) you can bring up various system preference panels without using your mouse at all.

Simply hold down the Option key combined with one of the Apple-branded function keys to bring up the related preference panel. So Option+F1 or Option+F2 will bring up Displays.

On the newer keyboards Apple changed the layout of a few of these function keys so they could include iTunes control keys; Option+ those f-keys used to bring up iTunes (under 10.5 and maybe the early versions of 10.6?) but that does nothing now.

Option+ any of the volume keys will bring up the Sound System Pref, and Option+ any of the Exposť function keys will bring up the Exposť/Spaces System Pref.

On a related note -- those newer Apple keyboards no long designate F7 as a toggle for display mirroring/extended desktop modes -- but you can still do that toggle without going into the Displays Pref panel; just hit Command+F1.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. I mostly prefer the older style keyboards, and in fact I'd use the old ADB Extended Keyboard if I could.]
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Quick access to System Preferences isn't gone
Authored by: llee on Mar 16, '11 07:43:02AM

For me some of this works and some doesn't. Since using OS X I've missed the Pre-OS X days of being able to view more than one preference panel (control panel) at a time.



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Quick access to System Preferences isn't gone
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 16, '11 01:40:40PM

Quick google turned this up:
http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/PreferencePanes/Tasks/OtherApps.html

Anyone know of anything that opens multiple prefpanes using this (or any other) method?



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Quick access to System Preferences isn't gone
Authored by: everkleer80 on Mar 16, '11 09:22:35AM
On a related note -- those newer Apple keyboards no long designate F7 as a toggle for display mirroring/extended desktop modes -- but you can still do that toggle without going into the Displays Pref panel; just hit Command+F1.

Nice! I tried plugging in an external monitor on a Hackintosh Netbook and it worked it extended desktop mode but displayed garbage when I switched to mirror mode, so knowing this key combo would have saved me a bit of literally blindly clicking around in an attempt to switch back to extended desktop mode.

I also thought I'd mention that just hitting the Play/Pause media key (F8 I think) with no modifier will launch iTunes (unless another open application is using the Play/Pause key).

Also worth noting, you will need to hold down the fn key for all these shortcuts if you have flipped the setting in Keyboard preferences.



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Quick access to System Preferences isn't gone
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Mar 16, '11 11:06:13AM

On another related note, pressing Play/Prev/Next when iTunes is closed, opens iTunes. And in some cases (iPhoto), the buttons affect slideshows.



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iTunes and F8
Authored by: googoo on Mar 16, '11 01:53:22PM

My Apple keyboard (1 1/2 years old) has a play/pause button on function key F8. If I press option-F8 with iTunes not running, iTunes starts and prompts me for an iTunes Library. This is the same thing iTunes does when you hold the option key while starting it with a click.

-Mark



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