There are a number of preferences you can set. Simply select the
Figure 11.7, “The preferences dialog box”, with the “User Interface” page as default. On the left
side is a tree where you can select the page to be shown.
→ ( → on macOS) and
Wireshark will pop up the Preferences dialog box as shown in
The button will apply the preferences settings and close the dialog.
The button will apply the preferences settings and keep the dialog open.
The button will restore all preferences settings to the last saved state.
Figure 11.7. The preferences dialog box
11.5.1. Interface Options
In the “Capture” preferences it is possible to configure several options for the
interfaces available on your computer. Select the “Capture” pane and press the
button. In this window it is possible to change the default
link-layer header type for the interface, add a comment or choose to hide a
interface from other parts of the program.
Figure 11.8. The interface options dialog box
Each row contains options for each interface available on your computer.
Device: the device name provided by the operating system.
Description: provided by the operating system.
Default link-layer: each interface may provide several link-layer header
types. The default link-layer chosen here is the one used when you first start
Wireshark. It is also possible to change this value in Section 4.5, “The “Capture Options” dialog box”
when you start a capture. For a detailed description, see
Section 4.12, “Link-layer header type”.
Comment: a user provided description of the interface. This comment will be
used as a description instead of the operating system description.
Hide?: enable this option to hide the interface from other parts of the program.