How to completely change you user interface. It just takes 4 buttons.

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  1. music.addict411 macrumors member

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    In school I found out how to change the entire user interface of your mac.

    Hold down the control, option and apple buttons at the same time and press 8. The screen should look completely different now. I think it looks almost better.

    To get back to normal do the same shortcut.
     
  2. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    It's amazing how many people keep discovering that key combo. :p I use it at night since it's easier on my eyes.

    All it does is invert the colours. You can also change to B&W in the Universal Access preferences pane.
     
  3. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    You should try Nocturne.
     
  4. asdfTT123 macrumors regular

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    That actually hurts my eyes more than it helps. If there's any bit of black on the screen, the inverted color makes me dizzy.
     
  5. SthrnCmfrtr macrumors 6502

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    Funny. I was just facetiously mentioning this in another thread, along with the Shift+function keys to make Exposé move slowly and the Cmd+W combination to free up system resources.
     
  6. asdfTT123 macrumors regular

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    Please explain what these do =]
     
  7. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    Last time I tried that, only one display would change it's background. :( Doesn't look like they've fixed that.
     
  8. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    Hold down the shift key when activating expose, or minimizing a window, etc. You will see the effect in slow motion...

    :)
     
  9. blahbrah macrumors 6502

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    someone told me doing this conserves battery power too, anyone know if there is truth to that.
     
  10. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    If you think it looks better inverted for every-day usage you need help. :p
     
  11. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I must agree, totally grim for everyday use, but the colours of the icons on the dock do look rather cool .. :cool:
     
  12. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Depends what you've got on the dock though doesn't it. ;)

    Mine's pretty much empty, so it doesn't look that nice.
     
  13. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    It appears to lengthen my battery life.
     
  14. Phil A. Moderator

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3B48b Safari/419.3)

    Amazing! I wonder how many other hidden features like this are in OS X. </sarcasm>
     
  15. mpw Guest

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    Known about this for a while from a previous thread, but it's a good guide to the quality of sales staff. I did this middle of last week at a local CE store that sells Macs... they are yet to change it back to normal and I suspect they don't know how. From memory another good wheeze on MS Win.XP machines is to hit Alt+Ctrl+[an arrow key], it flips the desktop through 90º or 180º depending on which arrow key. I did this to a colleague's machine while away from his desk, when he returned he was baffled. I sat in his chair looking all techie 'n' stuff and with a carefully placed hand on the correct keys hit the LCD to 'right' the desktop:)
     
  16. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    Doesn't appear to work here.
     
  17. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I've 32 icons on mine .... :eek::eek:
    But then it's a 30" monitor .... :)
     
  18. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    And I have 8 icons on my 24" monitor. ;)

    Quicksilver all the way!!:)
     
  19. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    That only works on the Intel graphics chips with the full driver loaded.
     
  20. mpw Guest

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    Play around with the key combo, I can't remember exactly and I'm not at XP right now.
     
  21. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    37 icons in the dock of my 15" powerbook right now (including the trashcan). Dock size on minimum. :eek:

    And yes, I use all of them on a regular basis.
     
  22. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    Indeed, Quicksilver is awesome.

    I'm not on XP either, I just told some friends to check it out. :p
     
  23. kolax macrumors G3

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    I remember I done this to a mate's MacBook when he was in the toilet. He came back, totally confused and he ended up taking it to the nearest Apple retailer to get it checked over.

    The guy at the retailer was pretty baffled too and thought the LCD display connection was playing up.

    Just aswell I told him before that plonker opened up his MacBook..
     
  24. Raid macrumors 68020

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    I did this trick to several people at work as a April Fool's joke. It isn't always enabled on some machines, to turn it on you go to the control panel, however I can't find the control panel item on this XP machine... it's not display it had something to do with the graphics card I think.
     
  25. vohdoun macrumors 65816

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    Thats what I was thinking. What drugs are people into thee days...
     

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