How to Remove Preference Pane Items in Mac OS X


Outdated and old System Preference Panes that you no longer use can tax your Mac’s system resources; make your Mac run slower and use RAM. Learn how to get rid of old system Preference Pane Panels on Mac OS X.

  • Locate System Preference Panes. They are always kept in one of two spots on your Mac. They are either installed in your home folder (~/Library/PreferencePanes/) or in your System Folder (computer name/device/Library/PreferencePanes/).

  • Open a new Finder window and navigate to your PreferencePane Folder(s). Select the Preference Pane you wish to remove from your “System Preferences.” Drag it to the trash.

  • Restart your Mac. The Preference Pane you removed will no longer load in your system or be available in your "System Preferences."

Tips & Warnings

  • Create a new folder in your Documents folder to keep your old and unused Preference Pane files. They won’t load into system resources if they’re not in your “PreferencePane” folders and keeping them as a backup in your Documents folder is a good idea, just in case you ever need to use them again. Simply drag them back to the “PreferencePane” folder and reboot your Mac.

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