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10.5: Make Leopard feel more like Tiger System 10.5
Some users find Tiger's appearance more pleasing than Leopard's. If you are one of those users, simply type these commands into Terminal:
$ defaults write -g AppleUseCoreUI -bool NO
$ defaults write NSGlobalDomain  NSUseLeopardWindowValues NO
Logout and Log back in again, and Leopard will now look a lot more like Tiger.

[robg adds: I tested these commands, as written, on our iMac. On re-login, about the only real difference I noticed was the highlight color of selected buttons in the toolbar (dark grey in Leopard-look, blue in Tiger-look). Then I noticed that the second command was (I believe) missing a -bool, so I reversed the original commands, and tried again with the added -bool. Bad idea. When I logged in, I had no right-hand menu bar items, and any launched program wouldn't show its windows at all. Fixing this required connecting via SSH to reverse the offending commands. After logging out and back in, all was fine again. So please be careful if you're going to experiment with this hint!]
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10.5: Make Leopard feel more like Tiger
Authored by: chimerical on Mar 05, '09 08:58:32AM

defaults write -g AppleUseCoreUI -bool NO
(Restores Tiger resources, such as the aqua buttons instead of metal plastic, and the original traffic light close/minimize/zoom buttons)

defaults write -g NSUseLeopardWindowValues NO
(Restores the original windows - title bars, etc, though this looks a bit odd in some applications in Leopard)

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10.5: Make Leopard feel more like Tiger
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Mar 05, '09 02:03:52PM

Wow, this is actually pretty useful. The preferences system allows you to set these as arguments on a specific application if you launch it from the command line.

For example, to launch TextEdit with the above UI options:

$ /Applications/ -AppleUseCoreUI NO -NSUseLeopardWindowValues NO

This is of particular use to developers wanting to test their application's UI with the old Tiger look.

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10.5: Make Leopard feel more like Tiger
Authored by: robogobo on Mar 05, '09 03:45:27PM

Strange, in Leopard I already have the blue highlights and the red, yellow, green buttons. Are these part of Tinkertool or *censored*tail? Maybe I did it in one of those.

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10.5: Make Leopard feel more like Tiger
Authored by: rycardo on Mar 05, '09 04:31:17PM


If you go to System Preferences -> Appearance, and set Appearance to Graphite you'll see the Leopard theme, if you set it to Blue you'll see the Tiger theme. The Highlight Colour setting is for changing the colour of selected text.

Hope this helps,


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10.5: Make Leopard feel more like Tiger
Authored by: ryequant on Mar 20, '09 08:22:07PM

The only change that I miss from tiger is the brushed metal appearance of windows. is there any terminal command to bring that out? Thanks.

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