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Remove zoom rects in the Finder Desktop
When you open a program you usually see zoom rectangles zoom out to the edge of the screen. This Mac OS feature is old and outdated. If you want to get rid of these open your "preferences" folder from "library" (the path is /Users/your_username/Library/Preferences).

Open "" with TextEdit and scroll down until you see ZoomRects with true below it (or something like that). Change "true" to "false" and save your changes. No more zoom rects!

[Editor's note: Good tip, and I believe TinkerTool and a couple of the other GUI tools let you do this without an edit...]

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Authored by: troypolla on May 04, '01 08:04:59PM

This looks like a good idea, because i dont like those things either, but i dont have the file that is called for. would it be named somthing else.

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got it now
Authored by: troypolla on May 04, '01 08:19:57PM

it wasnt mentioned that the file is in users, library, filename. it is much better now.

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Stop File Open Animations
Authored by: UnoAmigo on Oct 27, '03 05:45:43PM

This hint still works though not quite as described. It now stops the animation when you double click a file or application to open it.

Disabling that animation is one of the first things I set out to do in Panther.

There is also a minor discrepancy:

should read:

Note <string> instead of <style>

true = animation on
false = animation off

You can also use:
defaults write '' ZoomRects false
again change false to true to re-enable the animation

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