With OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2) there is a UI problem.

Calendar + Reminder + Sticky Note apps have truncated title text

If i login as a guest they are correct. There is clearly a preference somewhere which is causing this but I've got no idea how to fix it.

Irritating title bars

  • Ouch! That’s burning my eyes. Unfortunately, not everything is based on preference files, so this most probably not caused by that. Do any other apps have this problem?
    – duci9y
    Oct 3, 2012 at 14:00
  • just these ones that i've seen, the actual apps must be ok i guess given that they're fine in guest mode. aaargh Oct 3, 2012 at 14:09
  • Have you tried logging out/restarting? Restarting in safe mode?
    – segiddins
    Oct 3, 2012 at 14:47
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    yes i've restarted (well i say restarted; 10.8.2 kernel panics every evening) Oct 3, 2012 at 14:53
  • Have you solved this by now? Have you updated to 10.8.3? Jul 2, 2013 at 15:15

1 Answer 1


The similarities between these three applications is that they all show "Updating..." in the title bar when sending/receiving data. Maybe something related to sync services or Calendar Agent? It might help to reset sync services.

Issues that are only occurring within your user account (and not others) are most likely related to preferences or other data inside of that account. A great place to start is the ~/Library/Preferences folder. Performing a split-half search on the contents of that directory is a good way to attack the issues. If the problem doesn't lie within the Preferences folder, there's a good chance that it's in ~/Library somewhere (Calendars?).

If you're lucky, the upgrade to Mavericks won't use the same functionality (i.e., won't read the corrupt preferences)...However, you may still experience the issues in that OS if you install over the top of your current user environment.


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