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Retrofitting OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion

Article ID = 78
Article Title = Retrofitting OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 27th February 2013
Article Last Updated = 31st March 2015
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?78

Article Brief Description:
How to retrofit modern OS X versions to work more like their older versions (10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion)

Retrofitting OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion

NOTE: The Terminal is a very powerful tool that if used incorrectly can screw up your settings or even operating system. Proceed with caution and make sure you have a full backup!
NOTE: If you install an Apple system/security update some settings may get reverted so you may need to use these instructions again. Bookmark this page now!

Many people see Apple's fast and furious desire to change/simplify OS X as detrimental to their ability to actually carry out work on their computer. We've therefore put this article together to help you to get things back to the way there were so you can get some work done!

Finder Windows

Make the current user's "Library" folder visible
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: chflags nohidden ~/Library
Stop new Finder windows showing "All My Files"
In the Finder click on the Desktop and then go to Finder menu > Preferences > General and set 'New Finder windows show' to something other than "All My Files" e.g. "Documents".
Stop Finder windows displaying "Airdrop"
In the Finder click on the Desktop and then go to Finder menu > Preferences > Sidebar and untick "AirDrop".
Change Finder toolbar icon size and display
Finder windows no longer have the lozenge in the top right to Command click so open a Finder window and go to View menu > Customize Toolbar > select what you want from the 'Show' pop-up menu.
Restore Finder window "Search For" smart folders
If you created your own smart searches go to Macintosh HD > users > your home directory > Library > Saved Searches select each search you want and press Command-t (File menu > Add to Sidebar).
If you want the Today, Yesterday, All Movies, etc. back you'll need to recreate them:
  1. In the Finder go to File menu > New Smart Folder
  2. Type in a seach critera (in the Search field)
  3. Click on the reqiuired "Search:" area underneath
  4. Add additional/specialised criteria by clicking on the "+" button to the right
  5. When you have the search setup as required click "Save"
  6. Name the Smart Folder as required and remmeber to tick the "Add To Sidebar" option

Visual Changes

Remove the leather look in Address Book and/or iCal (OS X 10.7)
Download and use the free (donationware) Lion Tweaks application.
Remove the leather look in Contacts and/or Calendar (OS X 10.8)
Download and use the free (donationware) Mountain Tweaks application.
Reveal scroll bars permanently
Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > General and set 'Show scroll bars' to "Always".
Restore classic Expose grouping (OS X 10.8)
Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Mission Control and untick "Group windows by application".
Restore open Application indicator lights in the Dock
Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Dock and tick "Show indicator lights for open applications".
Restore the old Mail layout view
In Mail go to Mail menu > Preferences > Viewing and tick "Use classic layout".
Turn off smooth scrolling
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: defaults write -g NSScrollAnimationEnabled -bool false Re-enable: defaults write -g NSScrollAnimationEnabled -bool true
Turn off window animations
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false Re-enable: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool true
Turn off the new Safari "Reader" facility
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar '("Top Sites")' Re-enable: defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar '("Top Sites","Reading List")'

Usability Changes

Make the "RepairHD" partition visible in Disk Utility
This makes cloning it much easier. You need to enable the 'debug' menu in Disk Utility:
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1 Now go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility > Debug menu > select "Show Every Partition"
Re-enable: defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 0
Disable "Gatekeeper"
Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Gatekeeper and set 'Allow applications downloaded from' to "Anywhere".
NOTE: Disabling Gatekeeper is a potential security threat - see our Gatekeeper article!
Turn off Autosave
Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > General and tick "Ask to keep changes when closing documents".
Reveal old Notes (OS X 10.8)
Notes may no longer be synched via an email (Mail) account (such as the now defunct DotMac/MobileMe). Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Notes and click on the three pane view button (two columns of lines to the left of a square). This will reveal various account's notes on the left of the Notes main window.
Disable applications automatically terminating
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: defaults write -g NSDisableAutomaticTermination -bool yes Re-enable: defaults write -g NSDisableAutomaticTermination -bool no
Turn alphanumeric key repeat back on
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and issue this command: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false Re-enable: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true
Restore the Displays menu bar item
Use Option+Brightness Up key (alt+F2) to go straight to the Displays Preferences. When there hold down Option (alt) to change "Gather Windows" to "Detect Displays". For quick access to screen resolutions download and install Display Menu Buy it now on the Mac App Store

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