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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode. Apps
Snow Leopard only hintThis is an update to an old 2008 hint for Leopard. Basically the hint explained how to have an icon in the Dock for Help Viewer and how to set its windows to non-floating mode. Of course it didn't work anymore in Snow Leopard, since some of the terminology changed.

To activate Help Viewer DevMode type this in a terminal window:

defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode -bool true

and to deactivate it type this:

defaults delete com.apple.helpviewer DevMode

In DevMode Help Viewer has an icon in the Dock and its windows are non-floating windows. Note that the original hint modified a key in the app's Info.plist for the icon in the Dock part of the hint which would break Help Viewer's code signing on Snow Leopard.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: AnonMac50 on Mar 09, '11 07:44:37AM

Awesome, works well, thanks!

PS. what's up with the site auto rating a page??? I had to log in to fix it. It's been doing that for ages.



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: MacUser06 on Mar 09, '11 08:06:03AM

Thanks a whole *lot*.

Well, at least I managed to turn the floating window off before I installed Lion!

Thanks



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: David Allen on Mar 09, '11 10:36:27AM

Perhaps it will also work in Lion.

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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: mkhaw on Mar 09, '11 08:10:58AM

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: JPry on Mar 09, '11 09:48:38AM

I can't say thank you enough for this! On the occasions where I use the help windows, it always annoyed me that they stayed on top of everything.



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: joedec on Mar 09, '11 09:59:25AM

Ditto all the above, thanks!



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: Ronald Lanham on Mar 09, '11 12:25:31PM
Thanks vczilla! Excellent! I'd been waiting for someone to come up with a solution to allow that _#%*@_ Help window to move to the background. It's difficult for me to understand how Apple can be so insightful most of the time and yet still, on occasion, create GUI nuisances like this one. Again... thanks. Ron

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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: Maxikubik on Mar 10, '11 01:06:44AM
To deactivate it type this: defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode -bool false

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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: Tony d on Mar 11, '11 11:42:22PM

Were the original deactivation instructions from vczilla incorrect?



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: vczilla on Mar 13, '11 04:43:29AM
No,the only difference is that with
defaults delete com.apple.helpviewer DevMode
you erase the setting from com.apple.helpviewer.plist (the file where it's stored) and with
defaults write com.apple.helpviewer DevMode  -bool False
you only deactivate it but you don't delete the line from the plist file. I like the first way because it's cleaner but you can use whichever you like.

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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: Tony d on Mar 13, '11 03:37:54PM

Thanks for the explanation. Your tip and follow-up response are much appreciated.



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10.6: Set Help Viewer window to non-floating mode.
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 08, '11 06:16:22PM

There is another difference. If Apple changes the default to be non-floating, you will get the new behavior if you delete the item, but if you set it to false, it will always remain non-floating (assuming they also keep the option).

Just something to keep in mind when considering deleting vs. changing the value of a plist item.



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I hate floating windows!
Authored by: everkleer80 on Mar 10, '11 08:27:57AM

Awesome! I hate windows that I can't close by hitting CMD-W! I always intinctively try to close them that way and, of course, I end up closing my application window behind it! I guess I can see a few rare cases where people might want this to be a floating window, but I cannot understand why Apple would make this a floating window by default!



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