running under a graphical user interface
have several global options
which affect the application's behavior. These may include its behavior with respect to particular types of document
, the formatting of its display
, the user's email address
or other individualization
settings, or even the colors
it uses to display information. These options are usually termed "preferences
", or sometimes "settings
", and the dialog box
to configure them can be opened by selecting a menu item
of that name.
Web browsers such as Netscape Communicator or iCab usually have a great plethora of preferences, because their behavior is so flexible. Navigating the Netscape or Mozilla preferences panel is a task daunting to many newbies -- which is unfortunate, because they are often the ones most in need of safer, cleaner, or customized settings.