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Q1: I’m converting to Mac OS X from Mac OS 9, and I can’t find some of the features that used to be in the old Apple menu, including the Chooser. Where did they go?
A1: The Apple menu underwent a transformation between Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Previously, the menu contained control panel applications that configured systemwide functionality. It also acted as a simple folder in which a user could place applications or folders for easy access. Over time, as more items were added, the Apple menu became increasingly complex and cluttered. Under Mac OS X, items in the Apple menu have been limited to systemwide tasks. Here are some common items that used to be in the Apple menu, and where they’ve gone:
  • Chooser— Mac OS X moves the functionality of mounting network volumes directly into the Finder, under the Go menu. Printer selection is handled by the Print Center application (located in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder). Network connections are covered at length in Hour 13, “Using Network Sharing,” and Print Center is documented in Hour 16, “Setting Up Printers and Fonts.”

  • Key Caps— This function has long assisted users in locating alternative characters. A Mac OS X Key Caps program is located in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.

  • Sherlock— Sherlock, which now manages only Internet searches, can be found in the Dock by default and can always be launched from the Applications folder. The system search functions of Sherlock are available in the Finder’s Find command, which is launched from the File menu or by pressing Command+F.

  • Stickies and Calculator— The Stickies application and Calculator are found in the Applications folder.

Q2: I’ve been using a program that runs in Mac OS X, but there’s no Preferences item under the application menu as you described. Why is that?
A2: The formats for several features, including options in the application menu, are recommended practices. Individual programmers have the choice not to follow those guidelines.


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