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System 6 Tips

Emulating the Apple Menu

Manuel Mejia Jr - 2001.05.31

Q: How can I mimic the Apple Menu Items using System 6?

A: As far as I can determine, you cannot duplicate the Apple Menu feature using System 6, but you can make a facsimile.

menuFirst, create a folder called "Applications" or "Apps." that holds your most often used word processor, spreadsheet program, etc. Then turn all of the icons into "Small Icons" under the Views menu. Line up all of the small icons in a narrow column and set the shape of the window to a narrow column, as in the image to the right. You can then move the file to the left side of the desktop.

Not only is this technique useful on System 6 Macs, it is useful on any Mac with a screen smaller than 13". This technique is very well suited for the compact Macs, older PowerBooks, and 12" screen LCs.

The idea of a compact Apps. window is neither new, nor is it original. However, someone overseeing a classroom with a Plus, a Classic, and an SE contacted me through the LEM Help Desk to ask how to work with files under System 6 - this lab's software of choice.

There are still many System 6 Macs out in the world performing important tasks. A good segment of my own Master's Thesis was written using a System 6 Mac II. Yes my friends, this is lowest-end Mac computing at its best.

Images created using MacPaint 2.0 and Photoshop 1.0, edited in Photoshop 4.0

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Manuel Mejia Jr is familiar with Mac IIs, LCs, and older PowerBooks. He uses his Mac LC, PowerBook 145B, and PB 100 with System 7.1 on a regular basis and recently added a Mac Plus running System 6 to his collection. He's quite familiar with both System 6 and System 7. He also owns the Pina books on repairing compact Macs from 128k through the SE. You can read more about Manuel's computers in Manuel Mejia Jr's Four Old Macs.

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