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Brief description of items in the System -> Preferences menu.
List of Preferences applications
About Me - Enter personal information.
Appearance - Change the theme, fonts, desktop wallpaper, and visual effects. (eg, Compiz).
Assistive Technology Preferences - Enable and configure features like the Screen reader, magnifier and on-screen keyboard.
Bluetooth - Configure Ubuntu to sync with a Bluetooth Device.
Default Printer - Set as PDF, but can be changed to printer.
Encryption and Keyrings - Keeps track of passwords, and GPG keys.
Keyboard - Configure Keyboard features, including accessibility features.
Keyboard Shortcuts - Configure certain keys for certain behaviors (also enables putting those ideological keys to good use).
Main Menu - Configure the default menus.
Mouse - Configure the settings for your mouse.
Network Proxy - Set up information for your proxy server.
Power Management - Configure power features, including what your machine does when you hit the power button.
Preferred Applications - Set default Web Browser, Mail application and Terminal.
Remote Desktop - Allow other people to see your desktop
Removable Drives and Media - Configure what your device does when, for example, you insert a disk or pendrive. Also adjust settings for all sorts of devices.
Screen Resolution - Set screen resolution, refresh rate and rotation.
Screensaver - Choose a screensaver and set idle time to activate it. You can also set your machine to lock after a time, so you have to enter a password to exit the screensaver. To lock your screen manually, press Ctrl-Alt-L. You can also set power saving features here.
Sessions - Primarily for adding and removing startup applications (see also 'BUM').
Sound - Configure sound and set sounds for system events.
Windows - Action to perform when double-clicking titlebar, and other settings.
Contributors: DuncanLithgow Hellow perlluver