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Copy/paste to FirstClass (Classic) Classic
I found it impossible to copy an image in MacOS X and paste it into FirstClass (Classic). One way to solve the problem is to drag the picture from the web browser and down to Quicktime Player in the dock and then copy the frame/image in that application - after that I could paste it into FirstClass.

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Prevent Classic from starting up Classic
If you don't want Classic to ever start up, Brian M. sent in an easy solution - simply move (in case you want it later) the file /System/Library/CoreServices/Classic to a new location. From the terminal, you'd just do
mv '/System/Library/CoreServices/Classic'[space]
[Replace [space] with an actual space character, and enter as one command].

Paul C. had another idea which may also work, and would put a dialog onscreen each time Classic tried to launch:
You should be able to do this by removing "Classic Support" and "Classic Support UI" from the 9.1 System Folder. You'll get asked when Classic is about to start whether you want to install certain items that Classic needs; I think if you answer "no", then Classic won't start up.
Either of these methods should prevent Classic from launching.
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AppleScript to switch from OS 9 to OS X Classic
I've written an AppleScript to change my startup disk to OS X when I'm booted in 9:
tell application "Startup Disk"
set startup system folder alias to alias
end tell
tell application "Finder"
end tell
Of course, change "OSXDisk" to the name of your disk containing OS X, and watch as I've broken the "set startup" line into two rows for easier display on the page -- enter it as one long row.

Why not just press the Option key when starting up to choose OS's to boot into? Because I have my ADB Wacom tablet, Kensington 4-button mouse and keyboard attached to my G4 with an iMate. I sure wish I had a similar AppleScript to change startup disks and restart when in OS X...
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Another way to run Classic Finder Classic
You can run the Classic Finder as default under the Classic environment instead of as an application. I've found this to work better than running it as an application. Instructions with screenshots are at my site:
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Run OS 9 Finder in OS X Classic Classic
In the beta version of OS X, you could run the OS 9 finder in the OS X Classic environment, just like any Classic app. Unfortunately, Apple decided to get rid of this feature for the final. Here is a simple trick for if you want to continue to run the old Finder in OS X.

Copy the Finder from your System Folder to anywhere else. Using File Buddy (, change the copy's file type and creator to 'APPL' and 'aplt' (case sensitive). Now, this copy of the finder should launch like a normal Classic app when the Classic environment is started within OS X.

[Editor's note: Be careful with this one; there are some things it doesn't like doing, like working with OS X files in the OS 9 finder. It's an interesting trick, but some have found that it has a tendency to cause some problems -- make sure you've backed up everything, just in case!]
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Optimizing the Classic environment Classic
[Editor's note: Read the following if you're interested in making your Classic environment work as quickly as possible under OS X ... Sparky has some solid thoughts on how to make Classic work better, and I'm sure there are others that could be added to the list.]

ok, since I did several things at once, any one of them could have helped or the combination. What happened is that Classic software that used to take 8 or 9 bounces to start now bounces once and opens immediately! woohoo!

[Read the rest of the article for a step-by-step description of what Sparky changed in Classic...]
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Improve Classic Performance Even More Classic
This may be an obvious one for the power users, but still:

If you only plan to use OSX you can just do this, otherwise you may want to have a separate OS9 install for classic and one for booting into natively.

Don't install 9.1 taking the defaults. Choose a custom installation and rmove all the extras (text to speech, IE/Outlook, etc) basically only installing "Base" and the default networking. You may also want Quicktime and the standard fonts. Beyond that you don' t need the rest of OS9 to run apps under OSX, as OS X does much of the work for OS 9.

By removing all the extra I've reduced my Classic launch time from a minute and twenty seconds to twenty-two seconds.
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Reduce the X to Classic visual shock Classic
If you want the transition between classic and Mac OS X to be less visible you can install a theme (appearance) in Classic. The ultimate theme must be Liquid or another one called Aqua Theme. This makes classic look like OS X Aqua style.

Themes can be found on my iDisk in the public folder, the user name is jaws.

[Editor's note: Themes can really help make Classic feel more 'correct', but Apple has come down hard on those distributing Aqua themes, so they may be hard to find. I know of one other, called Aqua III, which has also been seen around the net. According to this poster, you can find some themes on his/her iDisk. I'm not sure how long I would expect them to remain there...]
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Easy Classic Speedup Classic
I stumbled across this one, and it's painfully simple.

To speed Finder menu scrolling in the Classic Environment, make certain that you turn OFF "Platinum Sounds" in the Classic's Appearance control panel.

You'll find Classic Finder menu scrolling nice and fast.
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PPP connection in Classic fix Classic
Many have been having trouble using Outlook Express and the like while in classic mode due to a PPP issue. The fix for this is head slappingly simple.

Go to the System Preferences and select Network. Click the PPP tab, then click the Options button at the bottom of that screen. Now uncheck the option that's named "Use TCP header compression". Save your changes, reboot, and you will be able to use your Classic internet aps again!

I saw this on the Mac OS X help boards, and thought that many might be happy to see it spread about a bit.
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