Posted by: Garrick | November 24, 2007

Were looking for a few good hacks…for Leopard


Here are a few hacks for Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard) that I wanted to share.

Dock Hacks:

Dockulicious-Tired of the standard 3d Leopard dock, try this app and web site. If you come up with your own dock, share it here too.

Dock Doctor Widget-Dashboard widget to quickly switch between 2D and 3D leopard docks. Saves using the Teminal command

Terminal command to switch to a 2D dock:

defaults write no-glass -boolean YESkillall Dock

Terminal command to switch back to a 3D dock:

defaults write no-glass -boolean NOkillall Dock

Add a “recent” folder in the dock by typing this in the terminal:

defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'

Menu Hacks:

To get rid of the translucent menu bar and make it solid white:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ 'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE' 1

To give the menu a nice gray gradient:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE' 0

To return the menu to normal:

sudo defaults delete /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ 'EnvironmentVariables'

iChat Hacks:

Included here are all the elusive iChat effects that were not included in Leopard from the developers build, plus many others. Yes, the Star Wars holo-effect is here.

Stacks Hacks:

To add Stacks overlays, download the files from here and droop them in their respective folders. Arrange by date to make the overlays appear on top. Here is a link to the original icon if you wsh to make your own custom versions.

To activate a mouse over effect in your stacks, type the following in your terminal:

defaults write mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YES
killall Dock

Must have apps:

Quicksilver from Blacktree and the mighty “Alcor“. Even with the improvements to the Finder and Spotlight in Leopard, this app is indispensable.



  1. Your ‘gray gradient’ example is missing a space:

    … WindowServer’EnvironmentVariables’…

    should be

    … WindowServer ‘EnvironmentVariables’ …

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