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Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

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ExtraBITS for 28 October 2013

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This week in ExtraBITS, John Siracusa released yet another gigantic OS X review, Disney pulled some of its movies from iTunes users’ libraries, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers appeared on the Pulling the String podcast.

Josh Centers Pulls the String -- TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Benjamin Alexander on the Pulling the String podcast to discuss managing TidBITS, why Apple can’t get online services or podcasting right, rock concerts, being new parents, and the keys to success. Fair warning: there is some R-rated language.

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Disney Temporarily Yanks Purchased iTunes Movies -- Disney removed some of its movies, such as “The Lion King,” from sale from the iTunes Store. This wasn’t concerning in and of itself, since Disney regularly swaps movies in and out of its “vault,” but this time, a problem with iTunes prevented those who had purchased the movies from streaming or downloading them from iTunes in the Cloud. Thankfully, Apple and Disney soon fixed the issue, but it’s a reminder that cloud services can be unpredictable and that whenever possible, you should maintain local copies of important data.

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John Siracusa’s Review of OS X 10.9 Mavericks -- It wouldn’t be an OS X release without a lengthy, detailed review at Ars Technica from the hypercritical John Siracusa. Siracusa’s tenth OS X review weighs in at 24,008 words, 110 images, and 24 pages in the Web version. You can load page after page of the “canonical” Web version for free, or for $4.99, you can purchase an ebook version from the iBooks Store or Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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