Fixing iTunes 10 Minimize, Maximize, Close Buttons [How To]

Fixing iTunes 10 Minimize, Maximize, Close Buttons [How To]

Ever feel like Steve Jobs is messing with you just for fun? That’s what I thought when I opened up iTunes 10 and saw the minimize, maximize, & close buttons on the left hand side of the window, instead of aligned at the top.

Moving the buttons over there goes against everything OS X design is about. It’s an uncharacteristic move by Apple, unless they plan to move the buttons to the side for all of their applications, which doesn’t seem likely. Don’t worry though, there’s a super simple fix for this weird quirk if you want to bring uniformity back to OS X.

First: Quit iTunes.

Second: Open Terminal (if you’re not familiar with it, it’s located under Applications > Utilities  > Terminal)

Third: Type or Paste the following into Terminal and then hit enter. “defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -1’

Fixing iTunes 10 Minimize, Maximize, Close Buttons [How To]

Fourth: Open iTunes, and notice that balance has been restored.

Fixing iTunes 10 Minimize, Maximize, Close Buttons [How To]

Update: Here’s a mod, courtesy of Obama Pacman on how to restore color to the icons in the left sidebar. I haven’t tried it because I like the unity of the new grey, but if you’re clamoring for some color give it a shot.

  • anonymous

    didn’t work for me :-(

  • anonymous

    oops – it did actually work except when it’s just the player it’s still vertical – which has always bothered me!! grrrr… thanks though for fixing it maximized :-)

  • Mark Andersen

    totally works, just leave out the quotes

  • Testerkami

    i actually like it vertical saves screen space by getting rid of the title bar which is useless. i want a way to make all the applications do this.

  • Mateu

    How do you go back to the previous setting?

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