Want to make a quick change to any System Preference setting? No need to open the System Preferences app, just click it from the Dock. Here's how!

Apple guru Dave Marra recently tweeted a great Mac tip that I'm going to share with you. Make sure to check out his Marrathon.com site for more great Mac tips.

I have to admit that I'm totally ashamed I didn't know this until just the other day, because Marra tells me it's been around since OS X 10.7 Lion.

How to access OS X System Preferences using the Dock

  1. Open your Dock.
  2. Click on the System Preferences icon and hold it.
  3. A pop-up menu appears showing you all available system preferences. Select whatever preference you need and the Mac will open it.

How to access OS X System Preferences using Spotlight

Don't want to use your mouse or trackpad? Do it with the keyboard instead.

  1. Hold down command
  2. Press the space bar to bring up Spotlight.
  3. Type in the name of the system preference you want to open

Spotlight should take care of the rest.

Any questions? Let me know.