Archive for December, 2009

Changing app icons in Snow Leopard

December 22nd, 2009

Changing/customizing application icons was pretty straightforward in OSX Leopard. It’s not any harder to do in Snow Leopard – all you need to do extra is to temporarily change permissions on an app in order to replace the icon.

Here’s how: ‘Get Info’ of an app (Cmd-I), unlock permissions (click lock icon at the bottom of Info window; requires admin password) and change permissions of user ‘everyone’ to Read & Write.

Now you can paste in the new icon from the clipboard, return the permissions back to “Read Only” and lock the permissions.


If you’re not yet familiar with replacing icons, here’s a short how-to:

1. Open the file containing icon graphics (PNG, JPEG,…) in Preview. Naturally, it’s best if this file is a PNG file with transparent background. For instance, you can find some PNG icon files for Fluid apps on Flickr.

2. In Preview, select the graphic (Cmd-A) and crop if needed, then copy to clipboard (Cmd-C):


3. In Info window of the app whose icon you wish to replace, click on the top left icon to select it:


4. Paste the graphic from the clipboard over the selected icon (Cmd-V):



Unload Tabexpose in Snow Leopard (Safari 4)

December 19th, 2009

A quick no-tip: if you use and want to uninstall Tabexpose (a plugin that enables Expose on Safari tabs) from Snow Leopard (Safari 4), then you’ve probably figured out that instructions posted on Cocoamug’s website don’t quite work. Obviously, the Tabexpose plugin is not located in /Library/InputManagers/ folder, so the best thing to do is to do a Spotlight search for Tabexpose.bundle (use my previous tip on finding system files with Spotlight).

A system-file enabled Spotlight search will reveal that Tabexpose.bundle is located in ~/Library/Application Support/Pumba/ folder. Trash the file, empty Trash, restart Safari.

Show system files in Spotlight search (10.5.x+)

December 18th, 2009

To make a long story short: if you’re using Snow Leopard, you have probably noticed that Spotlight search doesn’t show all files on your disk. For example, when you search for a preference file, library or other system files, nothing shows up in results. The good news is that all these files are in fact indexed, they are just excluded from showing up in the results.

To include these (system) files in the results:

1. Invoke a Spotlight search window (not the Spotlight menubar search), default key combo is Cmd-Alt-Space.

2. Click (+) and select “Other…”,

3. Add “System files” from the selection to the menu (checkbox) and then

4. select to include System files in the search:


Then do a search for your preference files, bundles, etc.

How to include system files in Spotlight search by default? I haven’t yet found a setting that overrides the default search scope in Finder, but here’s what you can do: easily create a Smart Folder for an “empty” search that includes also your preferred system files (for instance .plist files) and place it in the sidebar. So now whenever you do a search for system files, just click on the Smart Folder with the extra search criteria before you enter your search term and there are your results (works in Snow Leopard).


(thanks to this article from Tidbits)

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