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Open System Settings panes via the workflow’s keywords: about, accessibility, airdrop and handoff, appearance, appleid, battery, bluetooth, control centre, date and time, desktop and dock, displays, extensions, family, focus, general, game centre, game controllers, internet accounts, keyboard, language and region, lock screen, login items, mouse, network, notifications, passwords, printers and scanners, privacy and security, profiles, screen saver, screen time, sharing, siri and spotlight, software update, sound, startup disk, storage, time machine, touch id and password, trackpad, transfer or reset, users and groups, vpn, wallet and apple pay, wallpaper, wi-fi.


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Just now, andy4222 said:

Do you generate these workflows via a script?

 

Nope.

 

Just now, andy4222 said:

I really like how organized the objects are in the UI

 

Thank you. Glad to know someone appreciates it. I like having them look neat.

 

3 minutes ago, andy4222 said:

curious if you created so many objects manually and changed their name and icon?

 

Yep. And set them up equidistantly in alphabetical order. Plus there is one icon for which I couldn’t find an original, so I redrew it. Not revealing which one though! I’m more curious if someone can tell.

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Hi,

just for my understanding, why I should use this workflow? I didn't test every keyword but all I test I just can access these preference pane without this workflow. As an example (the result direct result from Alfred is shown in german on a german OS, but it's the same):

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What is the point I didn't got.

Thanks, Leif

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Welcome @LeifJP,

 

The workflow has icons, more nested prefpanes, and corrects others Ventura broke. You don’t have to use the workflow if you’re not bothered by any of the Ventura changes and don’t need the extra niceties, it exists for those who care about any of that.

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First, I opened System Settings and Activity Monitor. On the latter I double-clicked on the process for one of the panes, which opens a new window, and switched to the Open Files and Ports tab. I snooped around those paths and found /System/Library/ExtensionKit/Extensions. They’re all .appex bundles and don’t contain the images, they’re auto-generated (which once can figure out by looking at the Info.plist inside). But you can still get them by doing a “Get Info” then clicking the icon in the window and ⌘C, followed by opening Preview and File → New from Clipboard. Or just drop the .appex wherever you can drop an image in Alfred, and it will be done without extra effort.


Not every icon is in there. To find the missing ones, I did a find / -iname '*SOME_KEYWORD*appex' 2> /dev/null in the terminal. It does a case-insensitive search of every file and folder on the system for a name containing SOME_KEYWORD (tweak for what you’re looking for) and ending in .appex. I tweaked SOME_KEYWORD as necessary. The 2> /dev/null is so we ignore messages of things which cannot be searched.

  • Battery: Did not find the icon. That’s the one I redrew.
  • Siri & Spotlight: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Settings.framework/PlugIns/SiriPreferenceExtension.appex
  • General: /System/Applications/System Settings.app/Contents/PlugIns/GeneralSettings.appex
  • Password: /System/Volumes/Preboot/Cryptexes/App/System/Library/CoreServices/PasswordsSettingsExtension.appex

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I haven’t used every icon in /System/Library/ExtensionKit/Extensions (e.g. CDs & DVDs, Classroom stuff), so do keep it in mind if you need those. If you find the Battery icon or any other locations with more, I’m interested in keeping the record.

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