Detail level

There are 4 provided detail levels. Each level is a superset of the previous level. Hardware shows computer name, model, serial number, CPU, RAM, GPU, and operating system. Status adds current user, uptime, and disk free space. Network adds the configuration of the primary active network interface. All Interfaces adds the configuration of all active network interfaces.

This preference is also available in the Today Extension (Widget).

Preferred display

Set which display Particulars will show system information on. If the display is later unavailable, Particulars will default back to the primary display.

Text theme

Particulars comes with 3 built-in themes: Default, System, and Mono. The Default theme uses the Lato font. The System theme uses the current system font. (Current versions of macOS use the San Francisco font.) The Mono theme uses a monospaced font. It will use Menlo or SF-Mono, if installed.

Alternatively, a custom theme can be used. The Custom theme gives full control over the font, size, color, and opacity of the Particulars text on the desktop.

In all cases, if a font fails to loads, Particulars defaults to the Default theme.

Text shade

Text shade can be set to Auto, Light, or Dark. In Auto mode, the desktop background image is analyzed and the mode is chosen based on the color content of the background. Auto mode will reanalyze the background if you change it or switch to another space. (If Auto mode encounters problems loading or analyzing your background image, it defaults to Light.)

(The Text shade option is hidden and Auto mode is disabled when using a Custom theme.)

Text size

Sets the text size to any value between 12 and 24 pt.

(The Text size option is hidden when using a Custom theme.)

Label case

Set the case of letters in labels. It can be Unaltered, lower or UPPER case.

This preference is also available in the Today Extension (Widget).

Drop shadow

Turns drop shadow on or off.

Launch at login

Enables the app to launch automatically when the current user logs in. Usually combined with Hide dock icon, so that Particulars runs as a background app.

Hide dock icon

Turns dock icon hiding on or off. Usually combined with Launch at login, so that Particulars runs as a background app. When enabled, use the Shortcut to show preferences defined above to bring up the preferences window.

Show Particulars in menu bar

Adds a menu bar item which allows quick access to preferences, copying, and other functions

Advanced Preferences

Clicking on the Advanced... button displays additional preferences.

MAC address format

By default, MAC (Media Access Control) addresses are formatted with colon separators and in lowercase. There are other MAC address formats available.

Plainlowercase, no separators0123456789ab
Unix (default)lowercase, colon separated01:23:45:67:89:ab
Ciscolowercase, dot separated0123.4567.89ab
Windowsuppercase, dash separated01-23-45-67-89-AB

This preference is also available in the Today Extension (Widget).

Show DHCP lease time left

Particulars shows the DHCP server address and the length of the DHCP lease. Setting this preference will also show the remaining lease time.

This preference is also available in the Today Extension (Widget).

Use CIDR notation for subnet mask

Use this preference to have Particulars display subnet masks in the short CIDR (Classless Inter-domain Routing) notation. For example, will show as /23.

This preference is also available in the Today Extension (Widget).

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