Sometimes, the changes iTunes introduce are so disliked by the community at large that people work out how to change it back. In this case, the vertical window controls iTunes introduced are so different to everyday Mac use that most users want to change it back to horizontal in order to make it less annoying. Let’s show you how.
The Vertical Control Button Problem
If you’re running anything above iTunes 10 for Mac, you’ll have seen the vertical windows control buttons for minimize, maximize and close (the red, yellow and green buttons). The vertical format is unlike any other Mac application and is therefore quite annoying for a regular Mac user.
1. Close iTunes
To begin with, ensure iTunes is closed before you begin the following steps.
2. Run Terminal
To get these controls back to the normal, horizontal view we’re going to use a simple Terminal command. If you don’t normally use Terminal, you can find it a number of ways:
- Go to Spotlight and type “Terminal“.
- Navigate to “Applications“, then “Utilities” and choose the Terminal application.
- In finder, choose the “Go” menu and pick “Utilities“, then open the Terminal application.
3. Type A Simple Command
Once you’ve got Terminal open, you’ll need to type in this simple command:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -int -1
There’s no need for root access or moving to any specific folder. Just type it in and hit enter.
4. Restart iTunes
When that’s done, you’re essentially finished. Close Terminal and open iTunes to take a look. You’ll now have the control buttons horizontal again as per any regular Mac application. I hope you’re happy with the results of your little hack!
For The Terminally Shy
Even though the above process is simple, I know there are people out there who just aren’t comfortable using the Terminal to muck about with program settings. If this sounds like you, you might prefer to try a program such as Tinkertool to do this for you. Tinkertool also lets you change settings for a number of other programs.
Bakari has written a great article on the tweaks you can make with Tinkertool, so take a look if you’re interested.
More iTunes Reading
Whether you’re an iTunes lover or sufferer, there’s probably room to learn a little more about the program, its hacks and best practices. Maybe you’ll find out something new in one of these articles:
- Stream Your iTunes Library To iPhone Over The Web [Mac]
- How to Improve Your iTunes Experience (Part 1) [Mac Only]
- How to Improve Your iTunes Experience (Part 2) [Mac Only]
- Bowtie – Really Cool iTunes Controller for Mac
- Enrich Your iTunes Experience With GeekTool & TunesArt [Mac]
Have you made use of this little hack? Why do you think iTunes deliberately went vertical? Did you think it was annoying? Or do you prefer the vertical layout? Let us know in the comments!
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