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The .Mac panel in System Preferences

The .Mac pane of System Preferences in Mac OS X was developed by Apple Computer to allow users to manage the .Mac and iDisk settings of their Macintosh.


The functionality was originally introduced in Mac OS X as the Internet pane to log into iTools, email amd web accounts; Internet connectivity settings were actually handled by the Network pane.

With the launch of Apple's own .Mac service under Mac OS X 10.3 (Jaguar), 3rd-party email account management was moved to the Accounts pane and the .Mac pane added an "iDisk" tab. With the expansion of .Mac services under Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), the .Mac preferences pane was also expanded.

Mac OS X 10.3.x[]

.Mac tab[]

The user can input his or her .Mac membership info, including member name and password, in this section. If the user is not a .Mac member, there is an option to sign up by clicking a button.

iDisk tab[]

The user can check the current iDisk storage situation (and buy more space if needed). There are also options to create (with or without automatic synchronization) a local copy of the iDisk contents. Options for an online Public folder can also be set, including password protection.

Mac OS X 10.4.x[]

Account tab[]

This pane allows you to change your user name and password. If you are connected to the Internet, Apple will also show you how much time you have until your account renews automatically. There is a button which allows you to change your Account Info.

Sync tab[]

As of Mac OS X 10.4, iSync is relieved of its duties to synchronize with .Mac. Instead, the .Mac System Preferences take over the job. In this pane, there are options to synchronize, with .Mac, the following:

  • Bookmarks
  • Calendars
  • Contacts
  • Keychains
  • Mail accounts
  • Mail rules, signatures and Smart Mailboxes.


The .Mac preferences pane was superseded by the short-lived MobileMe pane, which was plagued with problems. It was discontinued in 2011 and replaced by the iCloud pane (now known as Apple ID).

SystemPreferences   System Preferences

.Mac · Accounts · Accessibility · Appearance · Apple ID · Battery · Bluetooth · Classic · CDs & DVDs · ColorSync · Dashboard & Exposé · Date & Time · Desktop · Desktop & Screen Saver · Dictation & Speech · Displays · Dock · Dock & Menu Bar · Energy Saver · Exposé · Exposé & Spaces · Extensions · Family Sharing · General · iCloud · Ink · International · Internet Accounts · Internet · Keyboard · Keyboard & Mouse · Language & Region · Login · Mail, Contacts & Calendars · Mission Control · MobileMe · Monitors · Mouse · My Account · Network · Notifications · Parental Controls · Password · Print & Fax · Printers & Scanners · QuickTime · Screen Saver · Screen Time · Security · Security & Privacy · Sidecar · Siri · Sharing · Software Update · Sound · Speech · Spotlight · Startup Disk · Time Machine · Touch ID · Trackpad · Universal Access · Users · Users & Groups · Wallet & Apple Pay

Notes: Items in gray indicate panes of System Preferences that were merged or renamed. Items in strikethrough have been replaced or discontinued. Items in italics are only available if the corresponding hardware or software is installed. This list does not include 3rd-party preference panes.