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    Apple desktop:
    System preferences

    This course is for anyone with an Apple desktop computer who wishes to learn more about its key settings and preferences.

    Settings such as screen brightness, volume, preferred language and the date and time are just a few that can be customised to suit your preferences. We show you where to find them and how to make them work just the way you like.

    We also show you how you can check your computer is correctly connected to your home Wi-Fi and how to reconnect it if you need to.

    What do I need to start this course?

    To get the most from this course, you will need the following:

    • Your computer, installed with the macOS Catalina operating system. For more information on how to check for or install Catalina, refer to page 6 of our Security and privacy printable guide.
    • Approximately 25 minutes to watch the video. You can pause and restart the video as often as you like so you can follow along on your computer as you go.
    • Alternatively, you might like to print and follow the steps in our handy course guide. You can find the guide at the bottom of this page.

    When you're ready to start, scroll down and click or tap the play button on the video.