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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. VBLUE42's Avatar
      VBLUE42 -
      Worked like a charm. Thanks.
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Well that's nice cause it was annoying and really apple? iTunes looks like it got it's life sucked I mean there's no more colors. Well looks like apple wants to save battery life with black and white or Steve jobs can't see many colors now lol
      O yes I'm first hahahahaha
    1. Li-ion's Avatar
      Li-ion -
      I kinda hope the vertical buttons are implemented in the next OS X. I like them
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      No!!!!!!!!! By 1 minute by 1 minute I didn't get to be first!!!!!!!!
      O wells there's next time.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Thanks, that was getting annoying. The new color (or lack of color) is so bland! Any way of fixing that would be awesome.
    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      Did this the second I installed 10 the other day. My brain could not process this vertical layout thing they were trying to be revolutionary about.
    1. sekrit's Avatar
      sekrit -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Thanks, that was getting annoying. The new color (or lack of color) is so bland! Any way of fixing that would be awesome.
      Color mod

      to add color back
    1. magic8ball88's Avatar
      magic8ball88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Li-ion View Post
      I kinda hope the vertical buttons are implemented in the next OS X. I like them
      Ew no. It makes no sense for them to be that way. What if you have a small window open? The top bar would have to be much bigger, and not all windows need it to be that big. It would look ugly. It makes more sense for them to go horizontally too, just because the screen is wider than it is tall... For most people.
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Thanks, that was getting annoying. The new color (or lack of color) is so bland! Any way of fixing that would be awesome.
      Hey I'm from Utah 2 lol just saying pretty cool
    1. Ikemann888's Avatar
      Ikemann888 -
      Thanks a lot.
    1. Gr8dude's Avatar
      Gr8dude -
      Very nice fix !! Worked like a charm. I was wondering is any one finding Ping useful or has even checked it out past the first 5 minutes of "seeing what it looks like"?
    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      It didn't really bother me that much - I always have iTunes running in the background and just use command-w to hide it. I did think it was weird that they went to the vertical setup, though - just as the poster here put it.
    1. hellomoto4's Avatar
      hellomoto4 -
      Check out iTunes 109 to add a bit of colour (if you're on a Mac) !
      iClarified - Apple News - iTunes 109 Brings the Color Back to iTunes 10
      and Damien Erambert | "iTunes 109" for download.
    1. HeLLaxGoOd's Avatar
      HeLLaxGoOd -
      Those grey icons are mad ugly!! wtf were they thinking..this aint the 50s....CMON SON!

      how do we get itunes 109 for windows?
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Li-ion View Post
      I kinda hope the vertical buttons are implemented in the next OS X. I like them
      That's what I'm thinking...
    1. i4life's Avatar
      i4life -
      Thanks, worked perfectly!
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post
      Luckily, there is an easy fix that will put the iTunes buttons back in their more-familiar vertical orientation.
      you mean to put them back horizontal
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      O yes I'm first hahahahaha
      Good grief.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Go to mac themes and search for iTunes UI themes - and iTunes icons to replace that ugly iTunes 10 icon

      My iTunes 10:

    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I never understood their GUI. It is visually unpleasing. Are there any programs like Austin Shell or Windows Blinds that let you change the entire look of the interface on a Mac?