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The fastest way to open System Preferences on OS X

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Hello there. It’s a tiny post today to save you a couple of seconds when opening the “System Preferences” app on OS X.

  • One way: Cmd+Space/F10/your shortcut for Spotlight/Alfred/etc., type something like “sys” (“System Preferences” should be suggested), Enter.

  • The fastest way I’ve found accidentally: press Fn+Option+F11/F12 => the “Sound” tab in “System Preferences” opens, and the search bar is already focused, so you can easily type e.g. “display” to go to Display settings. So you use Fn+Fx keys to change brightness, volume, etc., and by adding Option you can open the corresponding settings tab. Very quick!