Snow Leopard Terminal Hacks

Posted on 07/06/2011

My favorite/must-have Terminal Hacks for Snow Leopard… which is still working on my Lion OS, thankfully!

1) Show the stacks highlight during mouseovers
When navigating a Grid stack using the keyboard, the selected item is highlighted. Using the Terminal commands below, the highlight also appears when you mouseover an item in the stack.

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

2) Suck effect (hidden from users) – when minimizing windows

defaults write mineffect -string suck

Scale effect: 
defaults write mineffect -string scale

Genie effect (Mac OS X Default): 
defaults write mineffect -string genie

Do one of the above and then of course do “killall Dock” afterwards.

3) New list Stack with larger icons

defaults write use-new-list-stack -bool YES
killall Dock

4) Safari’s Debug mode: this will add a new menu item called “Develop” for Safari.  Which has lot of development features such as changing user agent, and debug javascript… to mention couple.

defaults write IncludeDebugMenu YES

5) Enable Quit In Finder: This is a very useful command for anyone who does a lot of fiddling and needs to quit Finder.

defaults write QuitMenuItem -bool YES
killall Finder

6) Disables the unexpectedly quit dialog that normally appears when an application crashes. Replace “none” with “prompt” to enable again.

defaults write DialogType none

If you want the list of new Terminal Hacks for Lion OS you can visit my post here: Lion OS Terminal Hacks

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