Mac system report: How to find the overview (all macOS versions)

In the Mac system report you will find a lot of information about the hardware, software and network environment of the Apple computer. I have given you one way of using the information collection, e.g. B. in the post "Time Since Launch: How long has the Mac been on?“ pointed out. In it I also gave the instructions for accessing the Mac System Report - under macOS 12 Monterey. From macOS 13 Ventura, however, you have to go a different way. Therefore, in this guide you will find the summary for opening the system report in older as well as in current operating systems for Mac, iMac and MacBook.

The Mac system report gives you information about the hardware, network and software of the Apple computer. Depending on the macOS version, a different way leads to the overview.
The Mac system report gives you information about the hardware, network and software of the Apple computer. Depending on the macOS version, a different way leads to the overview.

Open Mac System Report up to macOS 12 Monterey

Until finally macOS Monterey from 2021 you will find the overview of the hardware, network and software information of the Apple computer with just three clicks. The first click is on the Apple logo in the menu bar. Then "About This Mac" is clicked; and in the window that opens, all you have to do is click on the "System report..." button. Finished. Here is the explanation again in a clear list:

  1. Click on the in the top left Apple symbol () on the menu bar
  2. Choose the first point About this Mac from
  3. Click the button System report... in the window that opens
Up to macOS 12 Monterey, the system report of the Apple Mac can be accessed directly via "About This Mac".
Up to macOS 12 Monterey, the system report of the Apple Mac can be called up directly via "About This Mac".

Open Mac system report from macOS 13 Ventura

From the Mac operating system macOS Ventura from 2022 there is no longer a single button in the "About This Mac" overview that leads directly to the desired destination. Nevertheless, you can go this route. This basically takes just as many clicks as the new way via the system settings. So the first possibility is the following:

  1. Click on the in the top left Apple symbol () on the menu bar
  2. Choose the first point About this Mac from
  3. Click on the "More Info..." button in the window
  4. Scroll all the way down in the information window that opens
  5. Now click on the "System report..." button

As you can see from the mentioned info window, you can also find it there via the system settings. These are also completely redesigned from macOS 13 and therefore require a slightly new navigation. For the goal discussed here, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the in the top left Apple symbol () on the menu bar
  2. Choose the first point System settings ... from
  3. Navigate to the point on the left General
  4. Scrolls down in the right part of the window
  5. Now click on the "System report..." button
Whether you select Ventura from the Mac menu About This Mac or System Preferences starting with macOS 13, you'll need to go to the General tab of Preferences to find the necessary button at the bottom.
Whether you select Ventura from the Mac menu About This Mac or System Preferences starting with macOS 13, you'll need to go to the General tab of Preferences to find the necessary button at the bottom.

Shortcut: The quickest way is to use the Option key and the Mac menu

The fastest way is to use the Option key (Alt, Option or ⌥ ) in the Mac menu. To do this, click on the Apple logo in the top left of the menu bar, hold down the Option key and then click on "System Information..." - This menu item appears thanks to the pressed Option key in the place where "About This Mac" was previously .

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