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18. Hacking Mac OS X > Rewriting the Words

Rewriting the Words

Mac OS X stores the text and settings of its menus, dialog boxes, and other elements in special text files called plist (for Property List) files. They sit in one of the three Library folders (in your Home folder, the System folder, or the hard drive window).

The easiest way to edit them is to use Apple’s Property List Editor, a program that came on your Mac OS X Developer CD. Once you’ve installed your developer tools as described in Power Users’ Clinic: The Xcode Tools, you can find Property List Editor in Developer→Applications→Utilities.

Top: This simple file contains the name of the Trash icon on the Dock—and the name of the Eject icon that replaces it when you’re dragging a disk. By double-clicking the text in the Value column, you can edit these descriptions to change the corresponding names.Bottom: The resulting Trash has a very different name.

Figure 18-5. Top: This simple file contains the name of the Trash icon on the Dock—and the name of the Eject icon that replaces it when you’re dragging a disk. By double-clicking the text in the Value column, you can edit these descriptions to change the corresponding names. Bottom: The resulting Trash has a very different name.


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