I tested this in Leopard (10.5.8) but it should work with Snow Leopard (10.6.x). Please comment telling me if it does work in 10.6.x.
In Terminal, type the following
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YES;killall Dock;killall Terminal
Terminal will close, and your Dock will flash. Open a stack, and you now have a gradient when you mouse over an icon.
I know it’s old. Just thought I would post it here. Also, to reverse it, copy and paste the same code, but replace YES with NO.
Apple has released their largest software update to date: the highly anticipated version 10.5.2 of Leopard. The update addresses a sprawling variety of issues, including general operating system fixes, stability issues, compatibility adjustments and security enhancements. In other words, it is–as MacDailyNews puts it–the “mother of all Mac OS X updates.”
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While fooling around i figured this out. perhaps im not the first and perhaps this is very well known, but its still pretty cool.
Hold command and click on your stack to directly open the folder that the stack uses to store files.
This way if when you click your stack and you cant see all of the items in it, you can do this trick and hopefully have it easier.
Just a quick reminder that MacWorld 2008 takes place later this morning. For those of you looking for minute-by-minute coverage of the keynote, there are several choices. MacDailyNews has been a favorite in the past, and this year they are apparently using “Coverit Live,” which will apparently provide up-to-the-minute entries without the need of refreshing.
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When navigating in the finder and when I come into a folder with a lot of items press the 1st letter of the name of the file/folder I need, now I found out when using stacks when you click the stack icon and then pressing the 1st letter of the item I need, it goes to that item (or another one if that one is before it in alphabetic order)
This isn’t really a “tip” or “trick,” but since it applies to numerous entries posted here, it is of valuable note: Macenstein and Macdailynews.com are reporting a rumor that will hopefully put to rest all of the complaints about Stacks since Leopard’s release.
According to those sources, the soon to be released major update of Leopard (10.5.2) will bring back hierarchical browsing to the Dock. The hierarchical view (referred to as “list” view) will be added to the view options of “fan,” “grid” and “automatic.”
In addition, there will apparently be a preference added to Stacks that will allow users to display them as simple folders instead of the rather unappealing “stack of icons” default view currently available.
Please note that these may only be rumors at the moment, so you would do well to hold off on celebrations. For more information–and screenshots–visit MacDailyNews.com.
Over at kuragari.com they figured out that you could make application stacks in the leopard beta, but that feature seems to have been killed in the final version. Imagine having an Office stack in the apps in your dock. Or a CS3 stack. Or a games stack. Right now, the only way to do this is with a bunch of aliases in a folder. Not quite the same as dragging a group of apps to the dock. Check out the video if you don’t get my meaning.
“…This is not a hack, this Dock was taken from one of the Leopard beta installations that was seeded to developers and beta testers before the official release. Up until the final release of Leopard, this part of the feature was not only present in the beta versions, but was also included in the description of the new Dock features on Apple’s website…”
Someone needs to figure out how to implement this hack on a massively distributed scale. Maybe someone here at LeopardTricks.com?
Revisiting Stacks Customisation:
I have been messing around with customization when I came to my dock… I love the new shelf, so there was no work to be done there then I looked at my stacks. There ugly with all those different icons that come to the front. So I sought out to fix this. Heres what I ended up with…
And heres how I did it… 1. I made a new folder within the stack 2. I renamed it 0 (zero) so it will sit at the front. (make sure the stacks are sorted by name) 3. That made some uniformity but I needed more so I used the icons from my computer. 4. this is done by copying the icon from its location in this case downloads, applications, and documents. Simply find the icon you want, open Info (right click get info or command + I) then click the icon in the upper left of get info and watch in highlight then copy it with command + C. Then go to the folder you want to change the icon (the stack folder named zero) then do the same (get info, highlight) and just paste with command + V.This may be a little confusing at first, if you need help changing the icon search changing icons on a mac in google it might help a little more. Leave comments and questions I can help there too.