ARCHIVED: For Mac OS, what is the Control Strip, and how do I use it?

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The Control Strip is a utility originally designed for the PowerBooks and introduced to all Mac OS computers in Mac OS 7.5.3. It allows easy control of such tasks as file sharing, monitor settings, sound levels, and AppleTalk activity. By default, it takes the form of a strip of icons at the bottom left corner of the screen. You can collapse the strip by clicking the close box on the left or the head of the strip on the right. By clicking and dragging on the head, you can shrink or expand the size of the Control Strip. If the Control Strip is not its full length, click the arrows to the right and left to reveal hidden modules. You can also move the Control Strip out of the default position in the bottom left of the screen by holding down the Option key while clicking and dragging the Control Strip's head. Likewise, you can move modules to different positions in the Control Strip by pressing the Option key while clicking and dragging the module to where you would like it to be located.

The components of the Control Strip are stored in the Control Strip Modules folder (which is in the System Folder). The various modules allow you to control, among other things, printer settings, AppleTalk connectivity, monitor resolution and bit depth, sound, and file sharing. In addition to the modules Apple provides, there are many third-party modules available. To install a module in the strip, put it in the Control Strip Modules folder, then restart your computer.

From the Control Strip control panel, you can set whether the Control Strip is hidden or visible, and set a hot key that will turn the Control Strip on and off.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 10:48:01.