Customization

How to add custom text to a Mac login screen

Today I’ll show you a simple little modification, one which will allow you to display a custom message on your Mac’s login screen. The text can be any custom string of text of your choosing, and could provide essential information to users on shared machines, or simply greet you when you start up the computer.

How to change the default search scope in Finder

You may have noticed when opening a Finder window to search for a file that the default setting is to search through the entire Mac. Although this may be precisely what many people want to do, I personally tend to find myself clicking again to refine my search to the current folder.

This guide will outline the simple process to customise the default scope for Finder window searches, so that you no longer have to trawl through your full hard drive for a file which you know is in the folder you’ve already navigated to.

How to show basic system information on your Mac login screen

If you’re one of those who love to tweak every little facet of their Mac experience, then this guide is for you. It brings several system information items such as computer name, your current IP address, and your macOS version right to your login screen where they can be easily referenced.

For this modification, all we will need is the Terminal application and a few minutes, so let’s get started!

How to show the expanded Save dialog by default on Mac

By default, the behaviour of macOS upon saving a file is to open a simple dialog window, with only a single drop-down menu showing possible save locations. These locations can vary based on the program settings, your most-used save location, or your last-used save location.

Although this is fine for quickly saving documents to common folders such as Documents or Downloads, it is cumbersome to use the drop-down menu when saving regularly to multiple hard drives and previously unused nested folders. Luckily, there is a way to always show a full file browser in the save dialog for more granular control.

How to move your Mac user folder to a separate drive from the boot drive

If you only have a small SSD in your Mac or Hackintosh, then storage space can be at a premium. For most users, by far the largest thing saved on their boot drive is the User folder, which contains their user account. If your user folder is filling up your SSD and you want to keep that high-speed storage for the operating system and applications, then this guide is for you.

It is possible to move your entire user account onto another drive, completely separate from your macOS boot drive. This will free up space on the boot drive and allow large media folders like Music, Movies, and Downloads to reside on a larger capacity drive.

How to customize the “About This Mac” section of a Mac

The “About This Mac” window contains information relating to your computer specifications and OS version, and is useful for quickly checking any of those details. However, it’s a little impersonal, and often (on a Hackintosh), incorrect. If, like me, you enjoy customising your machine to your own personal taste then this guide should help somewhat, by jazzing up the “About This Mac” section.

Ascend brings a gorgeous look to your iOS 7 Lock screen

A few weeks ago, we showed you ClassicLockScreen, a tweak by CoolStar and Phillip Tennen that provides over four different styles which you can apply to your Lock screen. Ascend is a somewhat similar jailbreak tweak by Ben Rosen that brings a gorgeous look to your Lock screen.

The tweak brings back the popular iOS 6 Slide to Unlock slider with an iOS 7-esque style along with a blurred background and top bar. Additionally, it gets rid of the round passcode buttons and replaces it with a flatter interface and a transparent background. The same applies to the notifications that appear on the Lock screen.

Monochrome applies shades of grey to your app icons

If you ever wanted to bring a classic look to your Home screen icons, you should probably check out a new jailbreak tweak called Monochrome that squeezes out all the colors from the app icons on the Home screen and brings a simplistic look to them.

Developed by Ron Thakrar, the tweak applies shades of grey to all the app icons on the Home screen, just like the classical black and white movies, bringing a more simplistic look to your Home screen. The wallpaper color will remain as is, but if you want to take it a little further, you can use a black and white wallpaper to better suit the grey icons, although it would have been a nice addition if the tweak already came equipped with this feature.

Customize the look of the Messages app with Messages Customizer Pro

One of the many reasons that users jailbreak their iOS device is to customize it. If you’re looking for a tweak that allows you to customize the stock Messages app, you should definitely consider checking out Messages Customizer Pro.

The tweak has been produced by Charlie Hewitt, the same developer who created the Messages Customiser tweak earlier this year. The successor comes packed with additional new features and allows you to customize and theme the stock Messages app the way you want.

Faces: add images to each of the Lock screen passcode keys

If you love customizing your iOS 7 device, you’d probably be interested in ‘Faces’, a brand new jailbreak tweak that was released on Cydia recently and offers a fairly unique feature that allows you to customize the passcode keys on the Lock screen.

Developed by Ben Rosen & CPDigitalDarkroom, Faces allows you to customize the Lock screen passcode by adding images to each of the buttons. These images will appear right behind the keys as you can see from the screenshot above.