Need to edit Finder top bar. Menus.nib gone in Yosemite?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Strebord, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. Strebord macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2014
    I can't find the .nib to control Finder top bar items.

    I want to edit the Go dropdown menu.

    In previous versions this was done by editing Menus.nib inside (I think).

    Any advice? Thanks!
  2. Red Menace macrumors 6502

    Red Menace

    May 29, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado, USA
    What previous version are you coming from, and exactly what are you trying to edit?

    Pretty much all nib files these days are compiled, so without the matching header there won't be much to go on - the user interface can also be done programmatically, in which case there might not be an editable file. There may also be code signing issues, so editing system files is even more of a bad idea than it was a couple of versions ago.
  3. Senor Cuete macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    .nibs were in older versions of XCode. You should upload the latest version and convert them to the newer .xib format. XCode can do this for you. Since you are talking about editing a menu bar, I assume that you are talking about the menu bar provided by the Cocoa framework for an application. This is in MainMenu.xib.
  4. Senor Cuete macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    The "geniuses" at Apple have decided that your Mac application has to have two menus added to your application's edit menu: special characters and start dictation. The framework adds these programmatically when your app loads MainMenu.xib at start up and you have to use a work around to get rid of them. Naturally this "feature" is undocumented. There's a thread about this on the Apple Mac developer forums:

    This gives you three of ways to get rid of them. Yes, this is *EXTREMELY STUPID*.
  5. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    The OP is talking about modifying the Finder's menu bar, not about building an app.
  6. Strebord thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2014
    Thanks for all the information.

    Yeah, it was either 10.7 or 10.8 that I pulled this off last time.

    There is "StandardMenus.nib" in:

    HD ▸ System ▸ Library ▸ Frameworks ▸ Carbon.framework ▸ Versions ▸ A ▸ Frameworks ▸ HIToolbox.framework ▸ Versions ▸ A ▸ Resources ▸ English.lproj

    It seemed hopeful, but it seems like some things have changed in 10.10.

    Previously I changed a system .nib to .xib, used Xcode to remove "All My Files" from the Finder top bar.

    Alternatively, if anyone knows any other way to remove "All My Files" from the Finder bar, I'd be very happy.

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