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  • How to Fix iTunes 10 Vertical Stoplight Buttons

    With the release of iTunes 10, Apple has once again added an array of impressive new features to its venerable music player. Unfortunately, some users are not happy with a few of Apple’s design choices.

    First and foremost, Apple has chosen to go against its own human interface guidelines. These guidelines are rules intended to maintain a consistent look and feel across the entire operating system. Apple usually sticks to these rules religiously but not this time.

    The “close,” “minimize” and “maximize” buttons are now in a vertical orientation. This is a first for any Apple application. From a practical point of view, this change does not affect the way the buttons work, but what is remarkable about this change is the fact that Apple went against its own human interface guidelines.

    Luckily, there is an easy fix that will put the iTunes buttons back in their more-familiar horizontal orientation. You will, however, have to use the Terminal application located in the utilities folder to do this. First close iTunes 10, then open the Terminal window and type:

    defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -1

    Then hit return and reopen iTunes. The stoplight buttons will be in their usual place once again. I tried this myself just a moment ago, and I can tell you that it does work. Now you have your stoplight buttons back to where they should be. Now if we could just get the color back into iTunes’ once rosy cheeks. As it stands right now, iTunes 10 looks like it had a run-in with a vampire.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Fix iTunes 10 Vertical Stoplight Buttons started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. AaronsElite's Avatar
      AaronsElite -
      I keep getting this in terminal...

      "could not write domain com.apple.iTunes; exiting"

      Anybody else having this issue?
    1. midorosan's Avatar
      midorosan -
      I have done that thanks but what if I want to reverse it??
    1. amybest222's Avatar
      amybest222 -
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      Hey I'm from Utah 2 lol just saying pretty cool
      Lol, nice! Good place to be!
    1. Snorty's Avatar
      Snorty -
      i used to date a girl. not from Utah though.
    1. AaronsElite's Avatar
      AaronsElite -
      Quote Originally Posted by AaronsElite View Post
      I keep getting this in terminal...

      "could not write domain com.apple.iTunes; exiting"

      Anybody else having this issue?
      Nevermind...I just had to delete the com.apple.iTunes.plist then run the script.
    1. iheartpie's Avatar
      iheartpie -
      Quote Originally Posted by pistolxwhipped View Post
      i hate apple..so dull and grey!!!never can customize nothing..

      Im a pc! Living the world of color!
      It's called good UI design, but then you wouldn't be used to that on windows which was apparently designed by Fisher Price.

      An OS UI should be subtle and unobtrusive, it's the shell, not the focus.

      Apps themselves are the focus of your attention and the content within the OS. application icons for example.

      If you're happy with your half-job OS then I guess that's good for you! I guess you're the kind of guy that has a sparkly cursor and some amateur windows-blind skin that's bright blue.

      Also to the guy that claimed 'You can't customise OSX' ... really? I can only assume you've never used it. Trust me bud, when it comes to UX Apple knows their sh*t; MS wouldn't know it if it poked them in the eye with their own garish designs. But then I'm not 14 and attracted to bright colours and over-sized UI.