I have a number of System Preference panes I'd like to get rid of. My preference is to make them inactive so nothing loads, but not to delete them in case I ever want them back.
What are my options? How do I do this?
The answer is Yes on both counts. That is, you can hide a preference pane or remove it altogether. See below for steps on doing each.
Hiding System Preference panes
To hide a System Preference pane:
Note: You can also use the above steps to reveal any previously hidden panes by ticking the checkbox at Step 4.
Removing System Preference panes
You can only remove 3rd party preference panes (i.e. ones which are not natively part of macOS). To do this:
In case you're just wanting to hide an item upon logging in, or want to stop it loading on startup, you can also hide or remove items from your login items. To do this: