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Disabling Front Row and its Shortcut in OS X

Disabling Front Row and its Shortcut in OS X

Mac OS X media center software, Front Row, provides a menu based simple interface to browse videos, photos and music. There are many Mac users who don’t need it or want it, so let’s find some ways to disable it.

It was introduced with iMac G5 and it quickly bundled up with newer Macs. Rumors go that Apple will stop including Front Row in OS X Lion. This is because Apple has felt that many people are annoyed by Front Row.

It is generally controlled by Apple remote and allows users to use iPhoto and iTunes libraries. If you accidently press Cmd + Esc, you will be disrupted by Front Row. And if you don’t want it, here is how to disable its.

Keyboard shortcuts

A simple combination of Cmd + Esc invokes Front Row and it is really annoying. To disable this shortcut, just visit System Preferences and select Keyboard short cuts from Keyboard pane. Select Front Row and uncheck the option of hiding and showing Front Row.

The Remote Receiver

If your remote is the cause of launching Front Row, then what you can do is not use the remote receiver with Mac. Go to System Preferences and take the General tab under Security. Check the option of disabling remote infrared receiver.

Uninstall it

If you know for sure you will never use Front Row, just get rid of it. Navigate to the CoreServices folder using Finder. Open the folder and you can see Front Row icon there. Drag that icon to Trash and enter your password (in case you are prompted for it), and it will no longer be seen.

What do you think about Front Row in OS X? Do you find it annoying and want it gone? Follow the tips given in this post. Send us your comments and let us know what you think.

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