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I am looking at Mac OSX Lion and I am not liking the fact that Aqua is gone. No more blue scrollbars, no more 3D look, no more beautiful Aqua design. (drop-downs, radios, scrollbars, etc.) I do not currently have a Mac but if I ever get one, (I highly want one, but they're too expensive for me to afford right now) I want the Aqua look back. Is there any way to do this? I really hope that there is.

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closed as not a real question by Philip Regan Sep 17 '11 at 1:56

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I think you need to ask this when you finally get a Mac and have some experience with it. The lack of Aqua may quickly become a non-issue once you start using it. – Philip Regan Sep 17 '11 at 1:57
@Philip Thanks for the downvote and close. :( How is this "not a real question"? Someone already answered and they answered fine. I'm pretty sure they didn't find any trouble trying to answer this. – Nathan Sep 17 '11 at 2:04
Nathan, it might be due to the fact that you don't have a Mac (and have not even provided a time frame to get one). This makes the question a bit superfluous as even the answer is of little value to you now. Moreover, while there isn't a clear way to currently theme Lion, there might be by the time you get your machine. It actually helps you more if you hold off asking it. – user10355 Sep 17 '11 at 2:57
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There is no "official" way of changing it, though OSX is customizable with 3rd party apps. I researched around a bit and found out though that most of these apps won't work with Lion. Perhaps as time passes by Lion updates for these apps will be released, and perhaps you will be able to make Lion look however you want.

Here is a page with some themes for both Mac OS and iOS. They provide a theme for Lion, the only one I could find.

Nevertheless, I should clarify:

Aqua is still there. The term "Aqua" refers to the whole UI of Mac OS X, including that of Lion. Over the years it has changed, and it happened again in Lion. I too thought the Leopard-style aqua was better, but trust me, you will like the Lion Aqua.

Scrollbars hide automatically and they are meant to be discrete: having the blue scrollbars back would just defeat the purpose. Just the same, Lion tries to streamline elements such as tab views and progress bars that were perhaps to "obtrusive" to the eye, or called to much attention.

Im typing this from a machine with Lion, and can tell you you will love the new UI whenever you get your mac. Just give it a try! :) Designers at Apple did a great job to my opinion.

Hope it helps!

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Thanks, Kevin. But, I do miss the old drop-down menus. I think they took Aqua away a little too much. They really should have an option, as I prefer the glossy look rather than the flat buttons and stuff. Thanks for answering :) – Nathan Sep 17 '11 at 1:30
Also, I don't really like the new exit/minimize buttons, they have no shadows :/ Well this wouldn't stop me from buying a Mac, but still. – Nathan Sep 17 '11 at 1:44
I have to agree on the exit/minimize buttons. They were probably the first thing I noticed and the one I do think is looks much better on Snow Leopard. Drop down menus! Those are cool also in SL, but I admit taking the blue off and making them look more like buttons "unifies" the interface a bit. Anyways its all personal and I totally agree it shouldn't stop you from buying a Mac! Overall I think the Lion experience is so enjoyable this changes on Aqua stop being that big of a deal. – kevin9794 Sep 17 '11 at 2:25
And yes. It would be great to have an option to change back to the old Snow Leopard look! :) – kevin9794 Sep 17 '11 at 2:26
Yeah, one of the reasons why I like the scrollbar is because I'm so used to them and sometimes I like to click and drag it. Is it fine without the arrows at the bottom of the scrollbar? – Nathan Sep 17 '11 at 3:36

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