Snow Leopard Application Stack Icon Size

Discussion in 'macOS' started by FriDay85, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. FriDay85 macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2007
    After installing Snow Leopard i have noticed that the icons in my application stack are all the same size....HUGE. You can now scroll the stack.

    Is there any way to change it back to the way it was with Leopard? Remove the scroll and have the icons rezise depending on how may icons there is?

  2. double-j macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    I have the same problem and I'm freaking out. HELP PLS
  3. Petoz macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    I would also like to know how to change this, if it can be changed. I want the stack grid to look like it did in leopard. Not a fan of the scrolling and HUGE icons.
  4. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Just do a pinch on the trackpad. Or change the setting to list at the top.
  5. dbwie macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    stacks window

    This does not work in the opens stacks window. I'm also interested in how to fix this. Anyone with knowledge of how to adjust this in the terminal?
  6. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    I wish there was an option to have it work the way it did in Leopard. I dont like scrolling my stacks, especially my Applications stack in grid view. I want it to grow/shrink as necessary.
  7. Xenious macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    Same here. I really love the sub folder navigation, but would like the icons to shrink in size (to a defined or acceptable point) instead of scrolling massively huge icons.
  8. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    The first rule of Snow Leopard is: you shall not have more than 35 applications.
  9. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    Ya, it seems that they left this part out (a slider to adjust the icon sizes).

    It also should be pretty apparent that the size of the icons and the way they can be selected with a single mouse press and drag means that a touch based OS X is very soon to be out and about.
  10. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    That's an explanation, but I really hope Apple does not think that "one size fits all". I'm going to use the trackpad on my MBP for a while, and I don't care if the app icons are huge on a tablet - but please not on my notebook.
  11. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Oops - you're right. I'd imagine they'll bring it in, or it'll be a terminal command sometime soon. Even with default apps you'll have a fair few in a grid.
  12. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    I agree!
  13. skiernose macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    Icon Size And Mouse Over Gradient

    The application icon size is absolutely awful.....poor planning gentleman. Also it seems that with recoding the dock amongst other items, the terminal code for creating a mouse over gradient made useful in stacks grid view is no longer functioning (neither manually nor through a program such as docker). Any suggestions on how to re-obtain that mouse "highlight" I'm considering re-cloning back to leopard because of these issues idk tho. Thanks in advance for input.
  14. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    Well, at least they've got the Jitterbug market! ;)

    I'll add to the chorus wishing for smaller icons. They are H U G E!

    Also, apparently you can't drag an item to the trash from the list view. I don't know if that's always been the case, as I've never used list view before. The huge icons prompted me to change documents and downloads to list view. That's unfortunate, because the list view is really the most useful one if you want to go through a folder and pick stuff to toss-out. What were they thinking? (Yes, I know you can open in Finder. I'm really beginning to doubt the whole concept - why wasn't this just done as a customized "view" in Finder anyway? Why have two ways to do the same thing?)

    It also seemed really slow at first. However, it appears that the icons *eventually* get cached. You have to use a stack a few times before the rendering speed gets reasonable.

    Really poor execution on this feature. It's so bad that it's making me appreciate Lancelot on my Ubuntu system...
  15. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    Any fix in 10.6.2?

    I'm having the same response for .2 today... I was really hoping for a fix. Of course, if it's set as a list, I can Cmd-minus the thing smaller, but it doesn't retain that setting after logout.

    Apple peeps, this is a removed feature. Boo. Please fix this functionality!
  16. JonJonJon macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2009
    Workaround for App Stack Size Problem

    Hi Guys,

    I thought I'd post my 'work around' to this problem, just in case it helps any of you. It removes the need to 'scroll your stack'.

    1. Open Applications in Finder;
    2. Add a 'New Folder' called 'Docked Apps';
    3. Drag all of the apps that you have in your Dock to that folder (as you probably don't need to have them on the icons stack if they are already on the screen in the dock).
    4. Also if you have any apps that you never really use, but aren't ready to uninstall them, create a second folder and hide them away. They'll still be there, but you'll have more space in your stack.

    All the apps will still function, but now you have an Apps Stack with a dozen less LARGE icons in your way.

    Hope this helps,

    <edit>ps. one thing to note with this solution. As I installed a Feisar plug in to enable Sync to work with my (unsupported) cellphone, the installation package expected to find the Sync app located at 'Applications\Sync' - with this workaround it is located at 'Applications\Docked Apps\Sync'. So I temporarily dragged it back to complete the installation, and afterwards dragged it back the other way. All works fine. </edit>
  17. idbardin79 macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2009

    The thing I miss the most from Leopard's stacks is the direct link to your Downloads stack. I often copy downloads to other places, and you can't do that without going into the Finder view of the Downloads stack. Now I can't do that anymore.:(
  18. rvrzl macrumors newbie


    Jan 28, 2009
    Burlingont, Vermont
    Agreed. It's a little absurd you can't change the icon size.
  19. Polekat macrumors 6502


    Jul 13, 2010
    Bumping an old thread, I take it we still cant alter the icon size?
  20. Supernew macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2011
    find possible work around...

    was trying to get smaller icons as well and found this...

    might be helpful till the Lion arrives :p

    if it doesn't work at first, justo follow the treath bellow and find the answer...

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