Remove Leather Appearance from Address Book & iCal Easily with Lion Tweaks

Jul 16, 2012 - 9 Comments

Remove the leather from iCal and Address Book

There’s a strong love and hate relationship with the leather UI skeuomorphism that has adorned many OS X and iOS apps as of late, and if you’re in the “hate” crowd then you’ll probably be pleased to discover that a free tool called Lion Tweaks makes removing the leather appearance from the interfaces of Address Book and iCal easier than ever.

No more manually changing iCal UI files, Lion Tweaks includes two simple one-button installers to change the leather user interface back to the traditional aluminum appearance. Reversing the change back to the default leather look is just as easy.

Remove the Leather Appearance from iCal & Address Book in Mac OS X

We’ve discussed Lion Tweaks before as a helpful tool for those looking to customize Mac OS X without getting into the nitty gritty of defaults write commands. The newest version supports both OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, and includes a variety of helpful tweaks like showing the Library folder, always showing scrollbars, and enabling AirDrop for unsupported Macs and ethernet, and many other tricks we’ve covered here before.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. chris says:

    i would also test it on mountain lion gm.
    hopefully it enables airplay on 2010 imacs :-)

  2. Fredrik (developer) says:

    Hi guys: Retina support will never be added (:/) because to remove leather UI I relay on the old image files from Snow Leopard – and they do not exist in @2X-resolution. I’m sorry!

    “Mountain Tweaks” will be launched soon, and have tons of new tweaks and updated tweaks working with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!


    Fredrik Wiker

    • WattaBing says:

      Hey Fredrik Wiker, love your tweak App, cant wait for mountain lion, if you need a beta tester, please let me know, i have mountaun lion GM installed right now and willing to help if needed… thanks again and really do love your work…. Do you have a twitter account??

  3. gdestiny says:

    yep, same problem w/ my MBP-r 10.7.4

  4. calmasacow says:

    Doesnt seem to work on my MBP-R 10.7.4

  5. Mr J says:

    Pity they can’t enable the item-number in folders and other useful disappeared info.

  6. Fredrik (developer) says:

    Marco: An update for ML is coming when the OS is released.

  7. Marco says:

    unfortunately the faux leather removal does not work (yet) under ML.

  8. Kevin says:

    I’m finally getting used to the leather, just hope Mac doesn’t go too far to iOS stylings.

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