Well, there’s a way out. The coders at iThink Software also got annoyed with Apple Preferences and decided to write MenuPrefs in order to make it more manageable. Now, instead of click after click, you can now access all of your favourite Apple Preference Panes via the Menu Bar. Finally, there’s now a quick way to access your sound preferences, turn Growl on and off and change your energy saving settings. It’s all just there.
What Does MenuPrefs Do?
MenuPrefs is a simple application which runs in the Menu Bar system wide, allowing access to your Apple System Preferences. Users can choose which preference panes to list in MenuPrefs and re-arrange the order of the list. This means that sysadmins can limit the preferences list to just what’s available for users to change. Other users might limit it to just their most regularly-used preferences.
MenuPrefs is free and available from the iThink Software website. They’ve made public a serial number for use with the older version while they work on making an entirely freeware product ready for use.
Registration Name: MenuPrefs Freeware User Serial Number: MP200ST001-E4E4-81NH-JF5C-DW26-G5HC
Installation is about as easy as it gets: just open the DMG and drag the application to the Applications folder. Then when you start it, enter the Freeware license given.
The MenuPrefs icon is now in your MenuBar and is ready to use.
When you start using MenuPrefs you’ll soon see that the list of preferences is rather long. There’s also a “Show All” item to take you to the regular System Preferences pane.
To make changes to your MenuPrefs list, choose the “Preferences” option at the bottom of the list.
The preferences let you choose to open MenuPrefs on startup, which is handy if you want to keep using it. You can also choose whether to show icons in the menu and how big those icons should be.
The list order can be changed to Name order, Location order, Category Order or Custom Order. Location order separates the list similarly to within System Preferences.
Custom order should let you choose which preferences to show in the list, including separators and a custom order. It’s a little buggy for me though and won’t make the changes.
More About Mac Preferences
If you’re keen on tweaking your system, you’ll probably also want to read about these preference changes you can make to your Mac:
- 15 System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Adjust
- Expand Mac’s Dictionary App by Adding Additional Languages
- Tweak Mac Leopard’s Hidden Settings With xMod
- 15 More System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Know About
So, is MenuPrefs something you’ve really wanted for a while? Is there anything the developer can do to improve the app? Let us know in the comments!