George Beckman asked: >This is really to Heather Donahue > >I have a question that is off FB but got a bounce when writing directly to >heatherd@.... Is there a direct address where I can contact Heather >Donahue? > >Here is what we are working on.... > >At our school sites we are using AppleScript to prepare new iMacs. We >are learning to do great things. > >Would you, by any chance, know how to control a dialog within an app via >AppleScript? > >We are working on the the Appearance dialog. We want to turn on (put a >check in) collapsing windows. I have looked at it with resEdit, and find >the thread growing faint. We do pretty well with copying files from a >server...installing FoolProof, cleaning up the desk top, etc. but this seems >to go further than I can determine from the AppleScript Lanugage Guide. >-- >Best Wishes, > >George >mailto: gbeckman@... >http://www.pggp.com George, Like you I checked the Appearance Control panel resources and could not find a checkbox control in the 5000 DLOG. It appears the checkbox and the groupbox that contains it are created on the fly in code which is very easy, especially with Appearance Manager. I've especially noticed the trend as Apple moves away from Resources-- at least as we currently know them-- in OSX. I assume your goal is to make the school Macs tamperproof (an oxymoron when talking about computer lab students). One work-around might be to create an Appearance preference file with collapsing windows checked, and then lock the file in the System Folder:Preferences. Since you already are using FoolProof, I assume you are limiting System Folder access. This would give you a double line of defense. Script Editor's "Open Dictionary" function indicates that only the File Sharing, Internet Config, and Users and Groups control panels directly support AppleScript commands. I hope I've missed something. It would be nice to write one consolidated application in FB^3 that could be dropped into the Startup folder and launched on each start that would reconfigure each iMac to default status. Ken p.s. I wish the default was collapsing windows. I also wish eDoc Reader's Copy/Drag format had "Text Lines" as the default so we could more easily copy code from FB^3's Referenece Manual without having to change the dang thing every time!