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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. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I like the vertical buttons.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      The stoplight buttons work a lot better when you have iTunes as the mini player, of which I use all the time.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Naturally we Hate Change,
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      the stoplight buttons didn't bother me, it's the lack of color, and the fact that if you don't have a full album, u get no album artwork!!!WTF!!! i did all that work to get the album art for some individual songs i liked off of certain albums, and they go and take it away....i even tried pasteing the artwork again for those songs and it still won't show up...f'in apple, gets a good thing goin and then finds a way to screw it up by tryin something new *ahem*iphone4*ahem* lol
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Luckily I'm a PC, and more interested in changing back the new grey icons; which I have done
    1. Enkidu's Avatar
      Enkidu -
      Hmm, I actually love the new looks. Those colors always bothered me. And the vertical buttons make sense, because this way the top bar doesn't need to be extra high.
      The only thing I don't understand is why they shrinked the album covers in column view and took them away completely in list view. What's that all about? Or did I miss something here?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      oh, and, "defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -0" can undo this action.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Works great! Thanks!
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      why all the fuss about this? does anyone even use those buttons on iTunes? i can understand the grayscale icons being annoying, because i don't like them either, but the smaller traffic light that i basically never click on is a welcome change.
    1. Wiley John Wright's Avatar
      Wiley John Wright -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      you mean to put them back horizontal
      Thanks, Fixed it.
    1. GOUKENTOU's Avatar
      Sweet worked perfect! But yeah wheres the flippin color?
    1. bcbuckles's Avatar
      bcbuckles -
      You can get the color icons back.
      Get color icons back in the iTunes 10 sidebar - OS X Daily
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      No!!!!!!!!! By 1 minute by 1 minute I didn't get to be first!!!!!!!!
      O wells there's next time.
      First comments always get removed
    1. kramer2k's Avatar
      kramer2k -
      The only thing that I can't get fixed is that when I add the colors using any of the mentioned ways, I get a firewall error when starting itunes...

      "Do you want the application "itunes.app" to accept incoming network connections?"

      The reason is that something is missing in the itunes app. The 'fix' is to uninstall and re-install if you get anything when entering this

      codesign -v /Applications/iTunes.app

      in terminal. After color modification, and running the above line in terminal, you'll get this response...

      /Applications/iTunes.app: a sealed resource is missing or invalid

      So I'm sticking with 9.2.1
    1. jaypcoolreal1988's Avatar
      jaypcoolreal1988 -
      Apple is always giving hints like these to show their next break through. I was thinking about it and well apple is always trying to be best, and not the same as windows. Notice windows closing, minimizing buttons are similar just re-arranged. Easy to put one window over the other one just slightly lower. Well apple, being apple of course, had to be different. Let's say they do start arranging the buttons like this. U would do the exact same u would do in windows the only difference is that u can keep your window full size. All u have to do is place the window slightly to the right. Think about it! It makes sense!!
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      but I thought green means go

      apple really took the stoplight thing a little to literally this time
    1. HeLLaxGoOd's Avatar
      HeLLaxGoOd -
      i hate apple..so dull and grey!!!never can customize nothing..

      Im a pc! Living the world of color!
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Can we change all of the other Apple apps to the stoplight view? I like that better!
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i never understood why they changed this. im glad to see there is a way to fix it because its just plain weird...