The Preferences Window
Max remembers many of your working preferences by storing settings each time you quit the application. The first time you use Max, a folder containing your preferences is created.
On Macintosh, this folder is called “Max 5 Preferences Folder”, and is in the Preferences folder inside the Library folder of your home directory. Your preferences are stored in a file called maxpreferences.maxpref.
On Windows, this folder is called “Max 5 Preferences Files”, and its location varies according to the name of the user logged in (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Cycling '74\Max 5 Preferences Files\).
The Preferences folder is also where Max stores settings you have chosen in the MIDI setupand file preferences windows, as well as the current settings of the Options menu.
Viewing the Preferences Window

The preferences are divided into categories, each of which is associated with a tab located at the top of the Presentation Window. You can click on any tab to show a Preferences Window pane that contains only that subset of related preferences.
Click on the tab names below to see a discussion of the preferences. You can also open the Clue Window and mouse over an item to see a description of it associated with each category.
You can also mouse over an item and look in the Clue Window to see a description of each preference item.
About the Preferences tabs:
All shows all of the preferences in a single pane.
The Assistance pane shows the settings associated with using the Assistance features of Max.
The Debugging pane lets you set the behavior of features related to debugging your patches - Watchpoints and other debugging tools.
The Font pane shows the settings for the default font and default size.
The Interface pane shows some settings how the ways that the Max interface works (e.g., truncating floating point numbers automatically).
The Patching pane contains a listing of parameters related to Max's behavior as you patch (e.g. segmented patch cords, enabling Assistance in a patcher, etc.), and settings that control how the Max interface responds to you (e.g., auto fix width, autocompletion, etc.)
The Scheduling pane shows the parameters you can use when tuning the performance of Max on your system.
About the Window’s columns:
The Preferences Window consists of three columns:
The Attribute column can be used to edit and restore attribute settings.
The Setting column has the name or a description of each object setting
The Value column displays the current value associated with each setting

Changing the Preferences Window view

Getting information about an Inspector setting

Changing the value of a Setting

Changing the attribute list order