How to restore proportional window resizing in Snow Lepoard's Expose
Update August 2011: Unsurprisingly, this hack doesn't work in Lion. Thankfully Mission Control is vastly better than Snow Leopard's Exposé, albeit still much less useful than the old Exposé. Oh well.
Update September 2012: It turns out that in Mountain Lion Apple added an option to ungroup windows in Mission Control! With the already-restored proportional resizing, we're now basically back where Exposé started in 2007, and it seems Apple have tacitly admitted their Snow Leopard balls-up. Finally.
For heavy Expose users, Snow Leopard's expose is utterly worthless due to the unintuitive grid layout, which Apple considers a feature. This hack restores OSX Leopard's proportional resizing and positioning of items when Expose is invoked, and means I can once again identify Expose windows without squinting at the screen!
- Download the fixed Dock.app here. Extract to Desktop.
- Create a new folder in desktop called OldDock.
Open terminal and (changing username) type:
sudo chown -R root /Users/USER/Desktop/Dock.app
type your password if necessary
sudo chgrp -R wheel /Users/USER/Desktop/Dock.app
Now copy/paste everything. Don't forget to change to your username:
sudo killall Dock && \ sudo mv /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app /Users/USER/Desktop/OldDock/ && \ sudo mv /Users/USER/Desktop/Dock.app /System/Library/CoreServices/
Restart and Enjoy!
To revert, just put the original dock.app (now in the OldDock folder) on the Desktop, and repeat everything.