Setting up your options in the General tab of System Preferences can be helpful, making your computing more convenient. Controlling scroll bars and choosing what web browser opens when you click on a link are just two of several helpful tips.
Open “System Preferences” by selecting the Apple menu at the top-left and then you will select “General.”
The first three options allow you to make changes and see them immediately after you make them. Next to “Appearance” in the drop-down menu, you can select from “Blue” or “Graphite.” You can see what it will look like as you make the change.
Checkmark the next two boxes to see how it changes the appearance. When you hide the menu bar at the top, if you move your mouse to the top of the screen, it will reveal the menu bar and when you move it away, the menu bar will be hidden. If you have this option checkmarked for the dock and the menu bar, you could have full screen view without the menu bar or dock visible.
Go to “Show scroll bars.” I recommend you select “Always.” Most of us want them visible all of the time. Your next choice is a preference. I personally like the ability to click in the scroll bar and it jumps right to where I have my cursor, instead of going page-by-page. Go ahead and make your choice.
If you have more than one web browser installed with the default Safari, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or another, you can determine which one you want to open when you select a link from an email, website or even a document. Click the box to open the menu and make your choice.
I recommend you checkmark “Ask to keep changes” when closing documents and “Close windows” when quitting an app. If you like to use the “Recent items” from the Apple menu in the menu bar, you can select how many Documents, Apps, and Servers it will remember. Click the box to open the menu and make your choice.
And finally, using the LCD font smoothing option may or may not make your text easier to read. I recommend you open a document of text and try both to see if there is a difference. If you can’t really see a difference, then leave the checkmark in the box.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.