QUICK TIP: How to Hide System Preference Panes in macOS

Sometimes you may need to hide the Systems Preferences in macOS to prevent unwanted changes (I’m looking at you, wife ‘o mine!). Here’s how:

1) Go to the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences.

Screenshot of System preferences View menu
You can customize which system preferences to show

2) Under the View Menu, click Customize.

3) Checkmarks will appear on all the System Preferences items/panes. 

Screenshot of system preferences pain with hide and show checkboxes
Checkboxes indicate which items are shown or hidden

4) Deselect a pane and click Done.

If you later decide, you want to “un-hide’” a pane, just reverse the process.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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