Hackintosh pre post – reclaiming screen real estate

Two days ago I got an HP mini 1030 netbook (1000 family) and have been working on putting the mac OS 10.5.8 on it. It seems like it ought to be the simplest thing, but there are a lot of different versions of firmware hardware and software out there that make finding the right install path a bit challenging.

HP Mini 1000

I will definitely add my 2 cents for the install path and my problems, but that will come in a few days. The good news is that this post is written on it, and it is running along splendidly! This is just a quick tip to help others who have done the same thing (or those who just have tiny screens) gain a bit more screen real estate.

In many apps (especially firefox) the widescreen format makes for a small sliver of viewable area. One way to ease this pain is with a little .plist hacking.

As anonymous submitted to macosxhints.com here You can modify the plist file of most any app to remove the finder menu bar at the top of the screen. This might only give you
15 pixels more, but it’s moving in the right direction!

To find the .plist file right click on the app and select “show package contents” Next open up the “Contents” folder and you ought to find the plist. Open that up in textedit and do as the web site suggests. Add the lines


in there, making certain that it is in in the correct alphabetical order (by “LSUIPresent…..”) Save the file, make sure firefox is not running, and then open firefox up again.

Now the bar at the top behaves just like your dock. It slides down when you get your mouse all the way to the top of the screen, and slides out of the way when it leaves.

One other not-so-technical thing I did was to hide the bookmarks toolbar, and to select “use small icons” in the toolbar preferences. None of this is going to give me a 24″ cinema display, but it sure does help out with what I have! Let me know your thought in the comments, especially if you have any other ideas on how to save screen space!