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10.7: Customize System Preferences System 10.7
In Lion you can customize which preference panels are shown in System Preferences.

Open System Preferences. Click and hold on the 'Show All' button and a list of preferences appears. At the bottom of the list, there is a 'Customize...' item that allows you to hide System Preferences using check boxes. This didn't exist in Snow Leopard.

[crarko adds: Yup, it's there. It's easy to turn visibility off and on, but curiously, it doesn't look like you need to authenticate to make those changes.]
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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: Mac Berry on Sep 09, '11 08:49:59AM

Very handy!!

I'm not sure why it'd need to authenticate; it's only a "view" setting?



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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: everkleer80 on Sep 09, '11 09:25:14AM

That's cool - I guess I never scrolled all the way to the bottom of that Show All list. I can't wait to try this when I get home! I can never find the Pref Pane I'm looking for so this is great! Does it affect both the icons available on the 'main' window and the ones available in the Show All list? (If I do happen to need one that I have hidden, will I need to go to customize again and unhide it?)



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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: ccase on Sep 09, '11 10:00:17AM

Hidden pref panes continue to show in the Show All menu and also under View.



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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: BiL Castine on Sep 11, '11 09:52:35AM
To access preference panes you've hidden, use the View menu. Every Preference pane is listed there regardless of the hidden state.

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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: rhowell on Sep 09, '11 03:40:10PM

Click and hold on the 'Show All' button...and all the icons start to wiggle?



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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: BiL Castine on Sep 11, '11 10:20:08AM

You will also find the "Customize" menu item at the top of the "View" menu.



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10.7: Customize System Preferences
Authored by: RMo on Sep 13, '11 07:39:11PM

"curiously, it doesn't look like you need to authenticate to make those changes."

So ... doesn't that just mean it's probably just a per-user setting?



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