By default, Mac OS X system preferences are divided into categories. If you’re like me, you always forget which preference is in what category, so you spend more time looking for a preference than you want to. Sure, you can start typing the name in the search field and it will be hi-lighted, but did you know you can drop the categories and sort them alphabetically? Simply go the the View pull-down menu and select Organize Alphabetically. It makes for a much more compact list, and makes the right preference easier to find, at least for me.