Leopard Dock with black triangle
I’m sure there are quite a few Mac users who like the 3D Dock in Leopard but can’t stand the glowing dot indicating application that is running. I’m also sure that quite a few users would love to see the return of the black triangle indicator to the Dock.
It’s possible, and in fact fairly easy. Ready to do some drilling into the OS X ?
First, you need the triangle, of course. Download indicators.zip and unpack it on your Desktop. The files are:
- indicator_large.png (42 x 14 pixel)
- indicator_medium.png (32 x 11 pixel)
- indicator_small.png (14 x 8 pixel)
Why three of them? You will notice later that, unlike in previous versions of OS X, the size of the indicator in Leopard changes as you resize the Dock. You can try to use the medium size for all three to keep it from resizing, it’s up to you. Or you can create your own indicators, just make sure you keep the image sizes and names as listed above and make the background transparent.
Disclaimer: From here on you are taking your own risk. Logging in as root gives you the full control of every file on your Mac, and if you don’t know what you are doing you can cause a serious damage to your files and render your system fubar. SilverMac takes no responsibility for any damage that you, or someone else operating on your computer may cause by following these instructions.
Agree to continue at your own risk? If so, then read on.
Close all applications and log out, then log in as Administrator (root).
Navigate to /Users/<your_user_name>/Desktop. From there take the indicator files and move them to the Desktop in root. In Finder select your hard disk (Usually Macintosh HD), then /System/Library/CoreServices
Right-click on Dock and select Show Package Contents. (If you don’t have this menu option, you will need to install Developer Tools.) Select Contents/Resources/
This is where you will find the original indicator files, rename them to something else – just in case (e.g. original_indicator_small.png).
Now copy your three triangle indicator files into this folder. Reload the Dock (Ctrl + Option + right-click | Relaunch). If you still have any applications running, you may want to close and reopen them to update the indicator. Enjoy!
I am not a programmer, I have never written a script in my life, but I’m sure this can be easily done. So if someone out there with enough talent has an idea how to do it – why not give it a go. DIGG this.