I’m opening a new topic to group together changes in the interface for Big Sur that Talk subscribers may find annoying. I believe that most of these items are something that can be lived with, but others may disagree. That is why I’ve indicated ambiguity in using the. word ‘Small’ in the topic:
The garish login screen issue has already been raised. Big Sur actually provides a nice set of dynamic photos of the Big Sur coast as an alternate desktop and it would be nice to substitute one of those for the login.
The hidden close indicator in notifications: when you see a persistent notification, there is no apparent way to dismiss it. There are actually 2 ways: flicking the box to the right or cursing to the upper left corner revealing a circled ‘x’ to click, but neither are apparent.
Finding a ‘handle’ to move screen windows: In Big Sur, the title bar has been eliminated from screen windows. With many applications (especially Apple apps), the selection area for toolbar items extends almost to the top of the window. In those windows, the only surefire way to be able to grab and move the window is to grab it above the ‘traffic signal’ icons on the upper left. The grab zone does extend across the window but it is extremely narrow above the toolbar icons.
- The dual-purpose TIme Menu Item: In order to see notifications and widgets, one must clock the TIme area of the menu bar, which is now pinned to the right end. This, of course, hides the notification function. Some, who find no use for seeing system time in the menu bar, may also object to the space taken. However, that can be rectified by changing the Clock tab in the Dock and Menu Bar preference item to show analog time, displaying a small clock, as the icon.