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Making Lion Act More Like Snow Leopard

Since Lion's release, we've been collecting tips on reverting changes found in Lion back to behavior found in Snow Leopard. Now some might argue its better to get used to the stock installation, but if that's not you, here are the tips we've seen.


Natural Scroll: This change seems to have generated the most outcry. In Lion, Apple has reversed the normal scrolling direction for trackpads and scroll wheels. In the past, the metaphor has been that swiping down has caused the page to scroll up. Now, swiping down means scrolling down. It takes a few days to get used to, but if you can't there's an option to revert back.

Key Repeat: @mikeindustries (requires Terminal):
To turn off Lion's stupid ban on key repeating, quit apps and type "defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false" in Terminal.
New Window Animations: @tomasf (requires Terminal):
Want to turn off window opening animations in Lion? defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO
Don't Save: @tomasf (requires Terminal):
Restore ⌘D to mean "Don't Save" in Lion! defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSSavePanelStandardDesktopShortcutOnly -bool YES
Resume: Disable resume in Lion.

Spaces: Assigning apps to one space or all spaces.


Classic Mail: Lion's Mail takes on a distinct iOS look, but the classic Mac OS X Mail look is available through a checkbox preference in Mail.

Front Row: Mad Hatter has instructions on how to re-enable FrontRow on Lion, though we've heard some mixed results about it working. - Use at your own risk, we've heard it has caused problems.

LimeiBook86 posts some instructions which duplicate ones we have shown here, but also includes restoring Finder Window's Path and Status Bar as well as turning off Dashboard as a space.

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40 months ago





Answers like this don't require any critical thinking or intellectual honesty. It's the kind of stuff people skip over in google's search results.


Why upgrade an OS only to search tirelessly to get it back to how it was before? Seems pretty pointless. Also seems your contribution to this thread is pretty limited too, the irony being that people would skip over your comment.
Rating: 38 Votes
40 months ago
Here's an idea, rather than make Lion act like Snow Leopard. Stick to Snow Leopard.
Rating: 36 Votes
40 months ago

Anyone figure out how to make the mouse wake the computer from sleep? This is a major annoyance for me.


Just requires a click instead of mouse movement for me, IMO this is much better as it greatly reduces the chance of accidentally waking your Mac up.
Rating: 23 Votes
40 months ago

The most stupidest things that i ever hear is articles "how make new thing work like old". Apple always was company with advanced technology. If Apple change something they always know why and because.


The most stupidest things that i ever hear is people who blindly accept everything Apple does as the best way.

Just because Apple "know why and because" they've made a change, doesn't make it right. And certainly not right for everyone.

Check your EULA. There is no condition of owning Apple products that you must agree with and like everything Apple does.
Rating: 20 Votes
40 months ago

"Turn off Lion's stupid ban on key repeating"?? I you kidding me?? :eek: This is the one of the small and useful function, than F.. Windows will never had.


It's a reasonable thing that people would want to turn again.

"Disable resume in Lion"! :eek: Sure! Thank Steve, that you add disable function for your new great OS, now all people around the world can turn it off!! Btw who can tell me how to disable stupidest touchscreen on my iPad?


Resume might be useful to some, but I don't want my last used things to reappear when I re-open that app. Might have personal stuff there, or open a document that you don't want to work on, so you end up having to close it anyway.

So, dear Mac users, if you are true :apple: user remember - all new functions is always look strange (because they new), but after some time, you will accustomed and THIS new functions became a great canyon between your Mac and others pfsht.


I'm not a 'true' Apple user by your definition, but I'm a power user. And small changes like ones described here can really interrupt my workflow. Whether I have to "re-learn" isn't always the case, I've got my workflow adapted to how previous OS X versions worked. Lion has changed a lot of that, some for the better, some of the worse.
Rating: 17 Votes
40 months ago

Some people really don't like change, now do they?


Only if its for the better ;)
Rating: 15 Votes
40 months ago

If you have slow Mac don't install Lion! Or upgrade the Mac

Maybe you didn't get the memo, but there are seriously cool security enhancements in Lion as well as that whole iCloud thing coming in iOS 5 in September, not to mention document revisions and a very cool new implementation of FileVault. Just to name a few.

I'll never understand people who insist on dictating how others should use their computers... :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago

Why upgrade an OS only to search tirelessly to get it back to how it was before? Seems pretty pointless. Seems your contribution to this thread is pretty limited too.


Some people like the new features in Lion with a few exceptions. There are a few quirky things, but overall I like the new features in Lion. I do, however, want to fix those quirky things.
Rating: 12 Votes
40 months ago

Anyone know how to stop the slide animation when switching desktops?

It used to be possible in previous Mac OS X with a defaults write.


FOR WHAT?? FOR WHAT you want disable all than HUGE Apple team is inviting for you?? I don't understand this people at all! :confused:


Because for some people time = money and the less time spent with fancy animations means more productivity. Some people work on these machines.
Rating: 12 Votes
40 months ago

I really wish Apple didn't let you go back to the original scrolling direction. Now when I go over to someone else's machine, and they reverted back to the original direction, it will be quite frustrating. Come on people, don't be lazy, just take the few days hit, please, for the rest of us.


Too bad not everyone wants to use his machine the way you like it to be. :rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes

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