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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Making OS X Leopard look like Tiger

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I've recently been nostalgic. I remember the morning of 9 of February, 2007 when decided to open my MacBook I had bought the previous night. Upon first powerup, there was something amazing about the OS that had never struck me in the Windows world. I had Tiger. The default look didn't bore me; in fact, I kept it for about two weeks before permanently switching. And now, as I switch back to the default look in Leopard, I think to myself, "How things have changed." The Mac has a completely different feel to it, compared to just on release ago. It's no longer that cute Aqua interface that makes you want to lick it - it's that new, darker, modern, look, attempted to be dubbed "illuminous" (remember that?).

So, back to my original spiel. I decided to go back to the Tiger look, although be warned that these are some caveats:
  • the Apple and Spotlight logos aren't blue
  • the dock is a bit too transparent
  • the dock has a thick line around it
But that's OK! My friend still asked me "Why'd you reinstall Tiger?" when he saw it from a few meters away ;)

So, let's begin. Make your dock transparent: to do this, in the Finder use the Go menu and select Utilities. Open the Terminal application and type "defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock" (without the quotes, put NO instead of YES to reverse the effect). Now download this image and make it your wallpaper and presto! Now your Leopard looks like Tiger!


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Joanna said...

Please could you explain how to do it step by step for a complete programming novice - I just want to restore the Tiger look but have no programming knowledge.

Thank you very much :)

Joanna said...

Thanks for the info.


Anonymous said...

To make the old window themes come back ( aqua and brushed metal) type this in the Finder:defaults write -g AppleUseCoreUI -bool NO and defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSUseLeopardWindowValues NO

to enable type in yes instead of no

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