Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
September 25, 2023
7 minutes to read

Some Mac applications add their icons to the System Settings window. When you click on such icons, you can preview their setting panels, which are called Preference panes or Settings panes. Sometimes it may be problematic to uninstall these panes, especially when the related software has been uninstalled incorrectly. In this article, we will show you how to delete System Preference panes from Mac.


  1. What are preference panes on Mac
  2. How to find preference panes on Mac
  3. How to uninstall preference panes with App Cleaner & Uninstaller
  4. How to remove preference panes manually

What are preference panes on Mac

Preference panes or Settings panes are special extensions that provide a graphic user interface to the system’s or an application user’s preferences. When you install third-party apps, they may have preference panes. Also, you can download a single preference pane for macOS. Such preference panes are usually displayed in the System Settings window at the bottom.
System Settings showing Panes

How to find preference panes on Mac

Settings panes are created from special system files, which Apple stores in the system Library folder. Here is how to manually find all settings panes on your Mac:

  1. Launch Finder.
  2. Press Cmd+Shift+G shortcut.
  3. In the search field type ~/Library/PrferencePanes and press Enter.
  4. Navigating PreferencePanes

  5. You will see the folder where all preference panes are usually stored.
  6. Preference Panes folder on Mac

Some apps may store their preference panes in other folders on Mac. That’s why we recommend using a special program App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which automatically finds all extensions on Mac.
Read on to learn how to find and uninstall preference panes on Mac.

Uninstall preference panes with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

You can uninstall any preference pane easily and quickly with the help of App Cleaner & Uninstaller. App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a special program to completely uninstall applications on Mac and manage Mac extensions, including all preference panes.

Follow these steps to uninstall preference panes:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Switch to the Extensions section
  3. Click Preference Panes.
  4. Select unwanted preference panes and click to Remove them.
  5. App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing preference panes

  6. Confirm the removal.
  7. removing preference pane

Important: Please make sure that you are deleting the correct pane. If you remove the Apple system preference panes, it may damage your Mac operating system.

How to delete preference panes manually

If you want to remove preference panes manually, follow these steps below:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Scroll down the sidebar to find the Preference Panes section. Also, you can find the required preference pane using the search panel.
  3. Right-click on the chosen preference pane icon and choose “Remove Settings Pane.”

how to remove items from system preferences mac
If there is a preference pane error, this option may not work for you. In this case, we recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
If you prefer to delete preference panes manually, then you can go to the ~/Library/PreferencePanes folder and remove an appropriate preference pane from there.
Removing panes from the PreferencePanes folder

And, once again, make sure that you are deleting the correct pane. If you remove the Apple system preference panes, it may damage your Mac operating system.


Preference panes are useful tools that allow you to customize various settings on your Mac. However, sometimes you may want to delete them if they are outdated, incompatible, or causing problems. We hope after reading this article, our Mac.

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