With macOS Ventura, Apple has revamped the System Preferences app and given it a new name: System Settings. (However, you should note that settings for apps are still dubbed Preferences and are found in each app’s Preferences menu).
Pictured above is the previous System Preferences.
In System Settings in macOS Ventura, the icon view is gone. It’s been replaced by a list in the left column. In the old System Preferences app, clicking an icon would open a setting’s window. In System Settings, the setting that you click on appears in the main part of the window. Plus, some settings have been moved around in System Settings.
Also, in System Settings, Apple has bid adieu to checkboxes for the various settings replacing them with toggles. This make macOS Ventura look more like iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 (which certainly) isn’t an accident on Apple’s part.
Search for a setting in macOS Monterey or older versions, and the System Preferences app would highlight the matching section with a spotlight. Not so with macOS Ventura.
The new System Settings shows search results directly in the Sidebar. Click on one of the results, and the search results stay onscreen. This takes a little adjusting, but it’s pretty convenient. Now if you accidentally click on the wrong section, you don’t have to do another search. Just click the “x” button in the search bar and click on another option.
For example, this is what you see if you search for Time Machine in System Settings:
What’s more, some former System Preferences settings have moved in System Settings. And some settings formerly found in the Dock and/or Menu Bar are now found in the Control Center.
However, to make matters somewhat confusing, Apple has moved items such as the Menu Bar, Dock, and home screen options to the Desktop and Dock tab. And Software Update, Date and Time, Language and Region are listed under the General section. Siri and Spotlight now share a settings page. Also, Login Items used to be under Users & Groups, but it’s now in General.
Moving on, the “About This Mac” panel has ditched the shortcut for Software Update and tabs for Display, Storage, Support have all been removed from the window. Clicking the “More Info” button takes you to the General > About section, which displays info about your Mac.
Finally, System Settings in macOS Ventura has added other new sections:
° Game Controllers
° Game Center
° Lock Screen (this was previously tin Security & Privacy)
° Screen Saver (this was previously in Desktop & Screen Saver)
° Wallpaper (this was previously in Desktop & Screen Saver)