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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Authored by: cycomachead on Nov 15, '07 10:53:39PM

Ah yes. Now why didn't I see that file. I was searching through everything to do with windowserver (being the menu bar's parent service). The menu bar just looked a bit weird, but there was still to much transparency. Actually Steve Job's idea that it makes the desktop look good is true; it does! But how often am I using my computer with no open windows. Never (unless staring at a screen counts as using it). Maybe if there were a way to say: if desktop is showing or if no open windows, be transparent.

But the contextual menus (from the menu bar, and right click, etc) are even worse. It's not that they look ugly (actually they look better than the menu bar) but it's a universal access issue- It makes things hard to read (well I have bad vision…and am using UA's zoom feature right now) - so that's what I'm waiting for. And it's appearing to be trickier, but what do I know, I missed this plist when it was right under my nose!

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I used to have opaque menus...
Authored by: a1291762 on Nov 16, '07 02:29:22AM

Back in 10.1 or 10.2 I had opaque menus. There were a bunch of replacement "themes", one of which was "opaque aqua".

I'm not really sure what happened to themes. I haven't actually used them for years but if the ability to define themes remains, a theme is what will be required to make the menus opaque.

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