Objective-c – How to custom draw window title bar in Objective-C

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I'd like to customize the way I draw the window title bar on OS X. Specifically, I'd like to do something like the Twitterrific app where there is a custom close button, no min/max buttons, and the window title text is right-justified. Unlike Twitterrific, I'm not looking to custom draw the entire window (though I'm not completely opposed to that either).

I've already seen the RoundWindow sample on Cocoa With Love as well as the RoundTransparentWindow example Apple provides, but neither seems appropriate.

Best Solution

If you don't want to use a borderless window class then you can do a couple of things.

First, you can customize the close/min/max buttons buy using -[NSWindow standardWindowButton:]. Once you get the button you can position it/remove it/etc...

You can customize the title by setting the title to @"". Then you can add a NSTextField to draw your own title by doing the following [[[NSWindow contentView] superview] addSubview:textField].

This is probably the easiest way to do things.

Another way to do this is to customize the view that draws all the window title bar, etc...

NSWindow's content view's is inside a "theme view". You can subclass the theme view and do your own drawing. The only problem is that the theme view is a private class so you'll have to be careful.