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10.6: Replace ExposÚ's blue 'glow' outline effect System 10.6
If you dislike the blue glow around ExposÚ windows in Snow Leopard, here's a simple fix.

Go to System » Library » Core services » Dock » (Control-click and choose Show Package Contents) » Contents » Resources. There you will find two files: expose-window-selection-big.png (for normal windows) and expose-window-selection-small.png (for minimized windows below the horizontal line).

If you change the color of these pictures in some image-editing program that preserves transparency, it will change the color of the 'glow' effect. Tip: To me, it looks the best if you use white, but pick whatever you like.

[robg adds: While this works, note that it breaks code signing on the Dock. This may or may not cause problems -- technically, I believe it means that the Dock no longer has access to anything in the keychain. Whether or not the Dock needs such access, I don't really know. But I tested this, and with the modified resources, code signing on the Dock is definitely broken. More info on code signing.]
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10.6: Replace ExposÚ's blue 'glow' outline effect
Authored by: mario_grgic on Sep 10, '09 07:14:14AM

It really beats me why Apple has chosen neon blue for border around dock's grid view and expose windows. It does not fit into the rest of the scheme (esp. if you use graphite appearance)?

I much much prefer the Leopard behaviour with grayed out windows.

This is one of those examples of change for the sake of change alone.

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10.6: Replace ExposÚ's blue 'glow' outline effect
Authored by: leenuss on Sep 11, '09 04:37:14AM

That glow is so ugly. It should match the context menus in Snow Leopard!

...and so Alphashark @ macthemes has done it for you! This is what ExposÚ should look like!

Original forum thread:

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10.6: Replace ExposÚ's blue 'glow' outline effect
Authored by: robg on Apr 21, '10 07:14:41AM
A reader sent in the following AppleScript to automate the process:
global thePath, chosen

-- replace droplet
on open allFiles
  replaceGlow(POSIX path of allFiles)
end open

-- replace handler
on replaceGlow(chosen)
    -- copy files to Dock folder
    set thePath to "/System/Library/CoreServices/"
    do shell script ("cp " & chosen & " " & thePath & "expose-window-selection-big.png")
    do shell script ("cp " & chosen & " " & thePath & "expose-window-selection-small.png")
    -- restart dock
    tell application "Dock" to quit
    -- play completion sound
    do shell script "afplay '/System/Library/Sounds/Hero.aiff'"
  on error
  end try
end replaceGlow

-- run handler
replaceGlow(POSIX path of (choose file default location alias (path to downloads folder as text)))
I haven't tried the script.


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