How to work with Sys­tem 7’s equiv­a­lent of menu bar icons

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1 What is the Con­trol Strip?

In­tro­duced with Sys­tem 7, the Con­trol Strip pro­vides quick ac­cess to some of the more com­mon sys­tem set­tings, such as turn­ing Ap­pleTalk net­work­ing on or off, check­ing bat­tery sta­tus, or ad­just­ing the sys­tem vol­ume. It sits at the bot­tom of the screen, like the Dock, but func­tions more like the menu bar icons in OS X.

2 Ad­just its po­si­tion

You can re­po­si­tion the Con­trol Strip by drag­ging it up or down the left- or right-hand side of the screen. If you want to hide it, you can click the lit­tle square icon at the left of the strip, but this leaves be­hind the bev­elled han­dle as a re­minder. To get rid of it com­pletely, choose > Con­trol Pan­els > Con­trol Strip.

3 Cus­tomise its con­trols

On a Pow­erBook, the two most use­ful Con­trol Strip func­tions are the one that puts the lap­top to sleep and the one that spins down the very noisy hard disk. You can cus­tomise the Con­trol Strip to show just these by drag­ging the icons to the far left of the list, then drag­ging the siz­ing han­dle back to hide the oth­ers.

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