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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels Apps
Warning: This hack will cause some problems with Mail -- you may not be able to add new accounts, you will not be able to save signatures, etc. To undo what you've done, repeat the hint but change the "1" back to a "0."

Here is a way to restore the buttons "Apply," "Cancel," and "OK" to the Apple Mail 10.3 Preferences panels. With these buttons in place, one does not have to close the preference window or switch to another preference pane to apply changes, and changes can be undone with Cancel.
  1. Make sure Mail isn't running
  2. Navigate to Mail in the Finder (probably inside the Applications folder)
  3. Control-click it and select "Show Contents"
  4. Navigate inside the Contents -> Resources folder
  5. Open the file PreferencePanels.plist with a text editor. I suggest one should use the Property List Editor (Developer Tools must be installed)
  6. Change the String Value for "UsesButtons" from 0 to 1 and save the file
  7. Quit the editor
Start Mail, open Preferences from the "Mail" menu, and now you should find the three new buttons at the bottom of each preference pane.

[robg adds: This worked as described and is much more useful than the simple "OK" button.]
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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: gilburns on Nov 24, '03 11:32:13AM

Actually, I found as long as the Mail Preferences are not open, you can change the setting without quitting Mail.



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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: laurence.wilks on Nov 24, '03 11:44:33AM

This also works in 10.2.8.

8-)



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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: digitol on Nov 24, '03 01:01:56PM

I like the only button being "OK" much less like the windoze idiots, with the damn "APPLY" button. When I make changes I am sure what I am doing and don't need some ****** system trying to protect me from myself.. hence all the "are you sure" or the apply buttons settings ugh... !!!! $*(&@! :)



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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: alajuela on Nov 24, '03 02:51:25PM

I would be happy with just an "OK" button, but I prefer to have something rather than the complete absence of buttons, so I'll take the three buttons. Thanks for this hint.



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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: stolimaster on Nov 24, '03 03:07:16PM

primo hint, so quick and easy



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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: Tycoon on Nov 25, '03 01:46:39AM

I thought the idea behind OS X is to stop using those ok, cancel, apply buttons and apply all actions when clicking on them. Why would you want those buttons back? You don't need them and this way you'll make the Mail.app work different than the other applications.



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Re: Why do this?
Authored by: jiclark on Nov 25, '03 02:37:24PM

Well, for me it's as simple as being able to hit the Return key when I'm done mucking about in Preferences... I'd rather be able to do that than have to hit Cmd-w. Pretty picky, I know, but it's the kind of little detail that makes the entire experience all the more satisfying.

John-o

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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: stubaker on Nov 26, '03 11:13:25AM

This is a neat trick but after a while I found it unituitive to have to click OK and then click the close box for preferences, set back to 0



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10.3: Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels
Authored by: alajuela on Dec 23, '03 01:43:33PM

Much as I like the effect of this hint, I discovered that setting the default to 1 interfered with my ability to add another .mac account. Until I returned the default to zero, I just could not add the account in 10.3.2.



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