Sunday, January 6, 2008

Replace Leopard's 3D Dock for a simple 2D one.

Well since my life is not incredibly entertaining, I've decided to make this Blog mostly about technology. For my first batch of posts, I'm going to be posting little tid-bits of information that can be applied to Apple's very own Mac OS X Leopard (10.5). Immediately after I installed Leopard along with installing the 10.5.1 Update, (which I cannot stress enough that you do immediately after installing Leopard!) I wanted to swap out the 3D dock for a more Tiger-looking 2D dock. My main beef with the Leopard "3D" dock was that I felt it was a tad bit choppy and slow responding at times. This could be all in my head or it could be due to the fact that my first generation Macbook sports the weak Intel GMA950 GPU.

I could continue rambling on about reason why I don't like Apple's 3D dock, but I think I'll save my time and just show you how simple it is!

1.) Simply open Terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app) and enter the following code.

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES


2.) Now all you have to do is kill the dock and you should now see the 2D dock.

killall Dock


Leopard 2D Dock


Leopard's 3D Dock (default)


Other Notes: It is incredibly easy to reverse this if you want the 3D dock back. Use the same command shown in step 1, instead using NO at the end.

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO



Feel free to post your opinions on the 3D dock in the comments section.

1 comment:

Jagtesh said...

Thanks man! It was just the thing I was looking for :)