Change sidebar background colour?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Cattywampus_, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Cattywampus_ macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006

    I have been using Shapeshifter for sometime now using Smoothstripes theme.

    I have just checked out the Uno 1.5 and I like it more then Shapeshifter. One thing Shapeshifter did do however that I really loved was change the sidebar colour. You could edit this in any of the themes you applied.

    Uno doesn't do this - so I am now looking for a way to change the sidebar background colour without Shapeshifter?

  2. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    AFAIK, what you're looking to do is impossible without using Shapeshifter.
  3. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Well. It ain't never pretty, is it?

    In theory it should still be possible. Basic ShapeShifter things, such as modifying the Apple logo and menubar, etc, etc can be done without ShapeShifter using a few .rsrc files. However, the sidebar color is not stored in the resource file, and this more advanced stuff is where ShapeShifter comes in handy as it injects itself into memory space to modify pre-existing areas.

    In 10.3, I remember a macosxhint stating how to color the sidebar by modifying the Finder binary. In 10.4, of course, Finder has changed and the location of that address has as well. Back when I upgraded to 10.4, I tried looking through the Finder binary to recolor the sidebar and never have found the particular address.

    I've been too lazy and unwilling to actually do a thorough investigation, however, and I'm sure it's still indeed possible using said techniques. However, Apple may have truly embedded some of these things, as 10.4 has been out for so long, and I'd have thought someone would have found/published it in a clean utility by now.

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