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Chapter 3. Dock, Desktop, and Toolbar > Designing Your Desktop

3.5. Designing Your Desktop

In some ways, just buying a Macintosh was a renegade act of self-expression. But that's only the beginning. Now it's time to fashion the computer screen itself according to your personal sense of design and fashion.

Sidebar 2. Desktop Fonts

How do I change the fonts used by the Mac OS X Finder?

In Mac OS versions gone by, you could choose any font you liked for your icon labels. You even had a choice of several fonts for use in your menus.

At least in Mac OS X 10.2, that flexibility is gone. You get Lucida Grande in your menus and as icon labels, love it or leave it. As noted in Section 1.4, you can change the type size—just not the font.

For now, Apple intends to remain conservative with the look of Mac OS X—both for "branding" reasons (to make Mac OS X instantly recognizable) and for technical ones (to make sure that it doesn't open a Pandora's box of interface hacks who wind up destabilizing the machine).



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