Thursday, March 13, 2008

OS X: Disable Front Row Keyboard Shortcut

If you're like most Mac users, you probably have had the surprise of discovering your copy of Front Row. In Leopard, they improved the design, and Front Row now identifies itself as Front Row. In Tiger, all you got was this mysterious, condescendingly cheerful UI with no identifying features, which appeared out of nowhere like a fucking ninja and took over your computer for no obvious reason, giving you a variety of unappealing, irritatingly "friendly" options.

When this happens in the middle of an intense coding session, it's kind of like getting kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to go to McDonald's.

If you're like most developers who use OS X, you probably want to remove this Front Row thing from your computer. There are two ways to do this. One way is to trash the application itself. I haven't tried this; I'm afraid to. Traditionally, software of this nature reinstalls itself if you uninstall it. (See, for example, the "Downloads" and "Music" folders in OS X, or nearly every folder in the Windows XP filesystem.) Worse yet, sometimes, when you throw it away, it comes back angry.

Here's the safe and easy way to get rid of Front Row: