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Change the System Prefs toolbar style System
Like all other Toolbars found in OS X, the Toolbar in System Preferences allows you to choose how the Icons are displayed.

Choose from Text Only, Icon Only, or Text and Icon by holding the Command/Apple key while clicking the Toolbar widget (the oblong button at the top right of the window). This allows more than the usual 8 or 9 items.

This should also work for any Cocoa Application using Toolbars.

Now that I think about it this is probably old news. But it's news to me. Enjoy...

[Editor's note: It's news to me, too ... and I couldn't find a previous mention of it here, so perhaps it's news to more than just two people!]
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Finder Shift-click
Authored by: fireproof on Jan 19, '02 04:03:19PM

Shift-click on a finder window widget (the one in the upper-right-hand corner) and it'll pop open the Customize Toolbar... sheet.

Gee, I hope that's a new one - it's the first thing I've ever noticed that wasn't already on some website!

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Authored by: sjonke on Jan 19, '02 06:22:09PM

For me it seems to only work if you use command-option and click the upper right widget. Shift just does the usual hiding/showing of the toolbar.

Also, perhaps more obvious, control-click (or right click with such mice) anywhere in the toolbar to bring up a menu with choices for all this stuff.

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Finder Shift-click
Authored by: RichB on Jan 20, '02 12:56:36AM

Shift-click works for me to get to the Customize sheet but command-click, control-click, option-click, command-option-click all work the same as a click!

OS 10.1.2, PowerBook G3 Firewire

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Try in Multiple apps
Authored by: ElectroMech on Jan 20, '02 04:33:43AM

I tried this tip in the Finder, Sys Prefs, Okito Composer, OmniWeb, etc. I got different results in different apps. Looks like an area Apple needs to standardize or add to UI guidelines.

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Try in Multiple apps - Is Finder Cocoa?
Authored by: Mithrandir on Jan 20, '02 08:06:07AM

The Finder, unless I am mistaken, is not a Cocoa application and therefor does not behave as such. Apple was kind enough to 'fake' several Cocoa features but not all. Scroll Wheel action, which is a standard Cocoa feature, is one that they added to the Finder recently. 10.1 I think...

As for the others, check to see if they are Cocoa app. That may explain the different behaviors. Control click the app in question. If Show Package Contents is an option then it is almost certainly a Cocoa app, otherwise it's not.
OK, I just checked the Finder and it does allow Show Package Contents so my theory above may be flawed. Further inspection of its contents however still back up the part about it not being Cocoa. Anyone know for sure?


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Try in Multiple apps - Is Finder Cocoa?
Authored by: drool_rockworm on Jan 20, '02 01:24:45PM


You are correct- is Carbon.

Carbon apps can have same package structure as Cocoa apps.


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Try in Multiple apps - Is Finder Cocoa?
Authored by: toddsnc on Jan 20, '02 11:55:31PM

here's how to tell if an app is really Cocoa (adapted from Mac OS X, the Missing Manual):

Show Package Contents -> Contents -> Resources-> english.lproj

If there's a file in the .lproj folder with a .nib extension, it's Cocoa. (You may choose any language folder.)

Applications that don't have this structure were problably compiled with Codewarrior, like the Microsoft Office X suite. (this is my conjecture)

The Fnder is definitely *not* a Cocoa app.

As an aside, because these really are folders and files, not monolithic applications, if you're sure you're never going to need the danish localized resources you can Trash them. Use Sherlock to search for all <language>.lproj files and throw them out. Probably best to start with one or two to convince yourself that it does work.


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Try in Multiple apps - Is Finder Cocoa?
Authored by: smeger on Jan 22, '02 01:42:17AM

Actually, you can make a carbon app that uses .nib files. Check out the New Project menu item in Project Builder.

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Command+Option Click
Authored by: Mithrandir on Jan 20, '02 07:53:16AM

Hmm.. Interesting. Command+Option Clicking the widget does absolutely nothing on my system.

Nor does the Control Click in System Prefs. Works in OmniWeb though.


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another source for this info
Authored by: toddsnc on Jan 20, '02 10:26:46AM

David Pogue wrote about this, and many other shortcuts in his new book "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual." No, I don't have any affiliation with the author or publisher (O'Reilly) but I would like to say that it is a very good book - well written and well edited. He tends to be a little over-enthusiastic about some things but the content is solid. He also mentions why it's inconsistent between apps, the main reason being that many OS X apps are actually Carbon-based, even Microsoft Office X (which doesn't even run under OS 9) - the OS X Finder is not even a Cocoa app. Strange but true.

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