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Easier way without the Terminal
Authored by: TeeGate on Nov 17, '01 04:57:57PM

This is a great tip, but for those of us who think the Terminal reminds them of Windows, who likes more detail, and an easier way, try this.

Log into root. Follow the path to:

System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/

Hold down the Control Key, click on the file and choose "Show Package Contents".

Follow the path to:


Make a copy of the Localizable.strings file in he event you don't like your changes.

Drag the Localizable.strings file onto TextEdit.

Where it says "MBC_DATETIME_MENUITEM_FORMAT" = "%A %1m/%e/%Y %1I:%M%p";;

Change it to "MBC_DATETIME_MENUITEM_FORMAT" = "%b %d, %Y";;

The above change will have it display like this: Nov 17, 2001

Save your changes and Log into your name and view the results.

In the event you do not like your changes, log back to root and replace the file with the original you made a copy of.


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GUI way without logging out
Authored by: robg on Nov 17, '01 06:40:35PM

First, I'll admit my bias. I despise logging out. It means shutting down 20+ applications, which takes time. And then it means trying to remember what I was doing when I get back. I also dislike logging in as root. Way too easy to do something stupid to my machine. So I do everything I can to never log out and never login as root.

If you don't like the terminal, you could still do everything you need to do without logging in as root.

Navigate in the Finder as you said, option-drag localizable strings to the desktop (you can copy it, you just can't change it) to make a backup, then follow the original tip and use Pseudo to open the original file as root.

About the only thing you wouldn't be able to do this way is replace the original file if you mess up. That would require the Terminal or logging in as root.


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GUI way without logging out
Authored by: TeeGate on Nov 17, '01 07:27:42PM

Certainly a great suggestion. A shareware fee must be paid for Pseudo, but the freeware Skeleton Key could also be used.


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That's why I like OS X ...
Authored by: robg on Nov 17, '01 08:13:23PM

... so many ways to accomplish the same thing! :-)

Good thought on Skeleton Key; I'd forgotten about that one!


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