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Open a new 'factory default' shell in Terminal Apps
I serendipitously discovered this after partially botching the command-N shortcut to open a new shell window in recently: Command-Option-N will open a new shell without loading the settings from your stored window settings (dimensions, background and text colors, cursor style, etc), using the default 80x24, black on white settings instead.

[robg adds: This is actually documented, sort of, but hidden. Hold down Option before selecting the File menu, and you'll see that New Shell has become New Factory Default Shell. However, as Terminal lacks the "live updating" of menu items seen in many other apps (ie Finder), I hadn't discovered this one yet. My usual routine is to activate the menu, then press and hold the various keyboard combinations to see if any of the options change. In Terminal, none of them change, but that's because the menus don't update in real time. You have to hold Option first to see this command -- which, as best I can tell, is the only such modified command available in Terminal's menus.]
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Does not work here
Authored by: Crazor on Aug 13, '07 08:17:19AM

Am I the only one for whom this tip does not work? May it be because of the Visor SIMBL-Plugin?
Command+Option+N makes a "ding" sound and either key does not change the File menu for me. Command+N for new shell works, btw.

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Does not work here
Authored by: delight1 on Aug 13, '07 09:55:12AM

i have visor to, but this works for me. i am on 10.4.10, with all the updates to date.

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Does not work here
Authored by: darelon on Aug 13, '07 01:13:44PM

Doesn't work for me either—unless I switch the system language from Dutch to English...

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Open a new 'factory default' shell in Terminal
Authored by: skigil on Aug 13, '07 08:23:51AM

Now I can go outside in the sun and actually read the text on my terminal without screwing around with my dark settings.


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Open a new 'factory default' shell in Terminal
Authored by: hazkid on Aug 13, '07 03:15:22PM

In Leopard 9A466, it actually gives you 8 options in a submenu of new "shell window". You also have those options under "new shell tab". One of the options is "default", another is "[[username]]'s Preferred", and about 6 more.


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Authored by: atshoom on Aug 13, '07 06:44:41PM

Yeah, i confirm, this hint only work when the system language is set to English.

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