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Change the default keyboard layout
Authored by: thelamecamel on Jun 05, '06 08:13:44AM

In 10.4 this hint is not so relevant, due to the "Show Input menu in login window" option in the Accounts preference pane (and i think it sticks with the last-used option).

I never used 10.3, but I know that in 10.2 and earlier you could run Preferences as root ("sudo open /Applications/System\ Preferences.app/Contents/MacOS/System\ Preferences"), set the keyboard layout there, and that would become the default keyboard layout.

I also used to change the "Appearance" of windows from aqua to graphite in this way, so that I would know if a window is owned by root. (I think that was an old hint here).

It also looks like these days you can give a password to the root account (thereby enabling it) if you visit the "Accounts" preference pane while System Preferences is open as 'root', although we all know that's a Bad Thing to do.



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