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I'm amazed this question hasn't been asked here. There are many discussions about it out there and even a way to remove the blue glow. Of course I've already filed my complaint with apple...

Is there a way to have the old expose on Snow Leopard? Or maybe a mix of both.

The only thing I like on the new one is viewing minimized windows, but not always.

I'd prefer just being able to tweak it a little bit, but having the old expose would be fine as well.

Bad Expose

bad expose

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Not sure why you were downvoted, but I'm going to guess that the answer is no on this this one. –  fideli Mar 12 '10 at 6:38
@fideli yeah me too. But I'm hoping for a no with a good explanation. ;) As for the downvote, I just said elsewhere - mutant powers! :D –  Cawas Mar 12 '10 at 13:18
As for your "I still hope for a better answer" at the accepted answer: I think many here might skip reading your question, seeing it has an accepted answer and hence assuming your problem is solved? (Especially given your own "I never read through every forum topic I find with much more than 2 pages", which for others might read "I never read through questions that have an accepted answer"...) –  Arjan Mar 14 '10 at 18:45
@Arjan I never read through answers questions with too many answers as well. It's got nothing to do with being accepted or not. I accepted it, because I used it and I enjoy it, and it did answer my question. It's just not optimal. And reading is boring. Though most people here might disagree, I don't think anyone really enjoy reading as a human nature. If there is anyone who actually prefer reading a book rather than talking to the author that is the exception which confirms the rule. But thanks for the heads up and all the help around! ;) –  Cawas Mar 15 '10 at 15:40
awesome hack! thanks really a lot !!! I hope we will be able to so something similar in Lion –  flow Mar 26 '11 at 16:37

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up vote 5 down vote accepted


Download OriginalExpose and run Install Script.app. That's it.


Ok, summing up, I did my own version of the very good result (the DockHack) out of a macrumors topic, by psid, and I want to share with you guys directly here, as this is a very proper and simple solution.

The only problem is we still need to download the files, which are extracted from a Dock.app remainescent from Snow Leopard beta, that still used the Original Expose from Leopard (and before).

Since there's a file to download anyway, I've added a Install Script to it, which will apply something similar to the following commands below (except it won't move itself anywhere). You can optionally replace "SL-bak" to anything you want to backup your "Snow Leopard" dock to:

mv ~/Download/OriginalExpose ~/
sudo cp -R /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app.SL-bak
sudo cp ~/OriginalExpose/Contents/MacOS/* /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS/
sudo cp ~/OriginalExpose/Contents/Resources/* /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/
killall Dock

update: Looks like Lion will have a better expose and I hope this whole post becomes useless after it. But, meanwhile, this still works perfectly fine even with 10.6.8! :)

Good Expose

I can't imagine how this would look on the bad one:

good expose

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hi, I did this and I really like it. the thing is (and please tell me if you experienced this or not) is that sometimes screen is kind of out of resolution or blurry or not focused, even after selecting a window in exposé, is it normal? another thing; sometimes CPU hogs up to 150% cpu, did you experience this side effect ? –  flow May 21 '11 at 7:46
@user10826 nope, nada. I've been running this for about 1 year now, and re-applying it after every snow leopard's update since then, and never had any such weird issues. Also CPU stays unaffected and if you mean each window can become unreadable with fuzzy fonts while on the expose view, that is normal. But graphics and video are quite viewable without losing that much quality. –  Cawas May 21 '11 at 12:22
hi, does this trick work in OSX Lion? –  flow Aug 30 '11 at 8:06
@flow I just installed Lion yesterday and I the trick both doesn't work and I'm glad to say I don't care about it anymore. Mission Control is good enough and has a lot of advantages! I believe at very least most 10.5 expose users will be as pleased with Lion's MC as I am. –  Cawas Oct 26 '11 at 0:32
yes, i agree, mission control is much better (for me) than leopard's exposé and of course snow leopard's one –  flow Oct 26 '11 at 7:44

There is a solution indeed to it posted in your second link. You really should have read it completely.


Ok, to be fair, I did not read it fully either. But the first place to look for an answer is the last page and the answer is written there. (Or at least there are some more links describing a way to get it back.) It’s a little bit of a hack which needs the installation of a previous beta version of Dock.app, therefore I did not want to give a direct link to it and rather enforce that you read about the consequences and the current status before trying it yourself.

One of the problems with this solution is, that it also removes the advantages of the Snow Leopard Exposé. That is, it’s not possible anymore to activate it by pressing the icons in Dock. Also, the nice black transparent menus are removed.

And it’s currently English only.

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There are 9 pages with a LOT of text... I never read through every forum topic I find with much more than 2 pages, and I'd bet neither do you. I'm (right now) reading this one, since you said so. But why didn't you just tell me if you actually read it too, or used some way to search that I'm not familiar with? And why not pointing to the specific post you've found to be useful and quote it here? –  Cawas Mar 14 '10 at 17:04
Here: forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9333516&postcount=211 That also changes the Dock behavior, but well, it's not a bad solution at all! I still hope for a better answer, tho. –  Cawas Mar 14 '10 at 17:36
Please see Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8231/… Thanks! –  Arjan Mar 14 '10 at 18:16
You didn't really need to tell anyone that you never read anything before posting. –  Hasaan Chop Mar 14 '10 at 18:41
Debilski, that's what I meant - it does remove the good points of SL Dock and Expose, which are minor comparing to how it looks. But I still can activate it from the Dock, just put Expose.app there. And it's so nice to have the old expose back anyway! –  Cawas Mar 15 '10 at 15:43

We cannot use this hack with Montain Lion 10.8, but Apple provides standard OldExpose feature.


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Kindly elucidate. –  Roney Michael May 2 '13 at 8:50
+1 anyway. It's a good point but I think this would go better as a comment unless you want to replicate your post as an answer (not that big blog post anyway). But then it would better fit another question or a new one. The question here was always intended to be with Snow Leopard and the current answer even already has a comment about how I don't care about Old Expose since Mission Control. The only thing I would add is that Lion 10.7 does not provide the feature on the System Settings nor can we use the hack (also have been already commented). –  Cawas May 2 '13 at 11:11
As a final note, you've got a couple of easy-to-fix typos @takahar: "montain" and "OldExplse". –  Cawas May 2 '13 at 11:14

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