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OS 10.5 - 1How to change the look of the folders


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Personally I am not one to tweak the looks of an operating system. I do believe what is there as standard is the best, system resources wise. But there is 2 little things with the looks of 10.5 I really don't like.

1. I don't like the dock. So when I get 10.5 I will use this terminal script

% defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
% killall Dock

to make the dock at the bottom look like the dock on the sides. A question about it. Do I have to re do this everytime I restart my machine or does it last for ever. And say I needed to change my dock back to it's default. What code would I use to do that?

2. I really don't like the look of the folders in 10.5. Especially the docked folders when you have stuff in them. Yuck! Ouch! Is there a way to edit these so I can have a different folder. I know I could probably change the icon of a folder by folder basis. But is there a way to make this change system wide so every time I make a new folder, I can just have the new icon appear?

And secondly is there a way not to have all the items of a docked folder appear in the dock. All I want to see is the folder. I know the folder has things in it, otherwise it wouldn't be in the dock in the first place. I know I rarely if ever put folders in the dock. But it's be a nice thing to be able to do. If it's even possible.

3. How do you tell (with the default dock at the bottom) which apps in the dock are running and which are not. I know in 10.4 there is that little black arrow under the icons to say which ones are running. But I found it really hard to tell in 10.5 Is there something I'm missing here?

Thanks in advance.
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I also am not a big fan of the new system folder icons, here is a small article that will help you to change the default folder icons.

Once you have found and decided on a set of folder icons, just rename them to match the system folder names, make sure they are in the .icns format, then replace the old with the new.

Also at Michaels Mac you'll find this article which details a mod to increase the "Active Application" arrows in the dock.


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The folder icons look really neat when enlarged in coverflow. Otherwise it is really difficult to tell which one is which...
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The folder icons look really neat when enlarged in coverflow. Otherwise it is really difficult to tell which one is which...
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I must agree....icons in Leopard are a fall back.

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They were beautiful in Tiger. I have no idea why they would want to downgrade them like this. It's a shame.

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Personally I am not one to tweak the looks of an operating system. I do believe what is there as standard is the best, system resources wise. But there is 2 little things with the looks of 10.5 I really don't like.

1. I don't like the dock. So when I get 10.5 I will use this terminal script

% defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
% killall Dock

to make the dock at the bottom look like the dock on the sides. A question about it. Do I have to re do this everytime I restart my machine or does it last for ever. And say I needed to change my dock back to it's default. What code would I use to do that?

2. I really don't like the look of the folders in 10.5. Especially the docked folders when you have stuff in them. Yuck! Ouch! Is there a way to edit these so I can have a different folder. I know I could probably change the icon of a folder by folder basis. But is there a way to make this change system wide so every time I make a new folder, I can just have the new icon appear?

And secondly is there a way not to have all the items of a docked folder appear in the dock. All I want to see is the folder. I know the folder has things in it, otherwise it wouldn't be in the dock in the first place. I know I rarely if ever put folders in the dock. But it's be a nice thing to be able to do. If it's even possible.

3. How do you tell (with the default dock at the bottom) which apps in the dock are running and which are not. I know in 10.4 there is that little black arrow under the icons to say which ones are running. But I found it really hard to tell in 10.5 Is there something I'm missing here?

Thanks in advance.
1) No. It should stay until you go back and change YES to NO.

2) Already answered except for the dock. The answer is no, at least no yet. Any folder put in the dock that has contents will become a stack. Many of us are waiting for someone to figure out a way around this.

3) The little glowing blob beneath an App is one that is open. I'm not really sure how you could miss the glowing blob, it sort of sticks out to me.


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The glowing blobs on the 3D dock don't stick out as much as the old arrows did, depending on your wallpaper and what windows are in the vicinity, etc.

If you change the dock to 2D, however, they stick out quite nicely. I'm using the 2D dock myself because I prefer the look.
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2) How about creating an alias of a folder, and then putting that alias into the dock? Wouldn't that work? It works on my end at least...

3) there's a hack for that glowing bob so you can change it to whatever you want, flippy triangles included. My net is slow so google it.
Edit: here it is: http://www.tuaw.com/2007/10/30/trian...-leopard-dock/
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