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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Arrows at the bottom and top!

It is possible to change the arrows of the scroll bars so they look more like they do on Windows. In the Appearance pane of System Preferences, you can change the arrows so they are "Together" or "At top and bottom".

15 Comments:

Blogger richard said...

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May 28, 2008 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger richard said...

Thanks, but I'll pass on any tip that recalls Windows looks.

May 28, 2008 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Dominic P. Tremblay said...

This is great for switcher who are not used to the way arrows work on the Mac. They can use it while they get used to the Mac interface.

May 28, 2008 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Aulia said...

windows look?? hemm interesting.. :p

May 28, 2008 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger C├íssio said...

windows, eww

May 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger killerbap said...

windows???! hahaha...looks like everyone beat me to leaving a crass comment on wanting the mac interface to be 'more like windows', great tips mostly but please no more about windows! ....and no, i'm not an apple fanboy.....I just like things that work!

May 28, 2008 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger "Mr. Dad" said...

You know, the unfortunate thing about either of these options comes as a huge oversight by the Apple programmers. Didn't ANYBODY think about grouping BOTH DIRECTIONAL ARROWS together at BOTH the TOP & BOTTOM and BOTH THE LEFT & RIGHT sides of any open window? That way the user can have immediate directional access without having to relocate the mouse to some other part of the screen.

Simply put, the DOUBLE ARROWS idea is a great one, but not BRILLIANT until they occur TOGETHER in all locations of the open window scroll area.

May 28, 2008 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Tim Snyder said...

If I recall correctly the original Mac operating systems (long before Bill Gates launched Windows) had arrows at the top and bottom. Who is trying to emulate whom?

May 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

i think Mr. Dad's comment is a great idea, although i would love to just have both arrows on top and bottom of the one scroll bar, instead of just at the bottom. Great idea Mr. Dad!

May 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger StuDve said...

There was an add-on/modifier that added the double arrows at both ends but I can't find it anymore. Very un-Windows like.

May 28, 2008 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger cmajor said...

Download the free Tinkertool. It has arrows together at top and bottom as an option.

May 28, 2008 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger "Mr. Dad" said...

Many thanks to "cmajor" for you tip about the free Tinkertool application. I now have "double arrows" at both ends of my scroll bars (vertical and horizontal).
My life just got a lot more efficient!

May 28, 2008 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Sam Weston said...

I have a code that combines the best of both worlds! Check this out:

In Terminal, write:

defaults write "Apple Global Domain" AppleScrollBarVariant DoubleBoth

May 29, 2008 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Sam Weston said...

To Mr. Dad:

Does it work on iTunes? If not, it's the same code that worked for me. I'm using a G3 iMac (bought for $5 from my school, so I can't complain) and iTunes is the only program where it doesn't work.

May 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger KingoftheHull said...

Great tip cmajor just like having OS 7 back again

June 3, 2008 at 7:33 AM  

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