Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Remove Preference Panes From Your Mac One-click removal of user-installed preference panes by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on July 26, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email Apple allows third-party developers to add panes to the bottom row of System Preferences in Mac OS X and macOS. Early versions of OS X included the system preferences category names at the beginning of each row in the window. With the advent of OS X Mavericks, Apple removed the category names, though they retained the organization. With the Other category at the bottom of System Preferences available to app developers as a place for their preference creations to be housed, you may find that you collect a number of preference panes as you install and try out various apps and utilities. There are a couple of ways to remove ones you no longer need. Instructions in this article apply to all versions of Mac OS X and macOS. How to Delete Preference Panes From System Preferences Here's how to remove preference panes with just a click or two: Launch System Preferences by selecting System Preferences from the Apple menu or clicking its icon in the Dock. Look at the bottom row of the System Preferences window. It holds the preference panes you can modify. All the other preferences panes are installed with the operating system and cannot be removed. Right-click the pane you want to delete in the bottom row. Select Remove ["Name"] Preference Pane from the pop-up menu. Your Mac removes the preference pane, no matter where it is on the hard drive. How to Remove Preference Panes Manually Knowing how to manually delete a preference pane can be helpful if the usual uninstall method fails to work, which can happen with poorly written preference panes or ones that have accidentally had their file permissions set incorrectly. Here's where the preference panes are on your Mac and how to delete them. Click the Mac desktop to activate Finder and select File > New Finder Window from the Finder menu bar. You can also open a New Finder Window by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock. In the Finder window, click the name of your computer in the Locations section of the sidebar. Click the Library folder to open it. Scroll down and select the folder called PreferencePanes to see the third-party preference panes that you can remove. Drag any panes you don't want to the Trash or highlight them and press Delete on your keyboard. This procedure lets you access the panes that anyone on your computer can use. If you have multiple accounts, access the folder for each user by going to Library > PreferencePanes in their home folder.