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10. Nagging Dialog Boxes

I am willing to put up with an "Are You Sure?" dialog box when I ask the Mac to perform a potentially destructive act such as repartitioning a hard drive. What I don’t appreciate is when the Mac questions my explicit instructions to perform harmless tasks, such as changing a file’s extension (see Figure 10).

Figure 10

Figure 10 Protecting users against their will is annoying, so offer them a way to opt out of future warnings.

Tiger warns me that if I change a file’s extension, "the document may open in a different application." I’m fully aware of that; it’s the reason I want to change the extension in the first place. I can’t imagine anyone accidentally attempting to change an extension, but I’m willing to give Apple the benefit of the doubt here if, in exchange, they would respect my wishes not to be nagged. First, the default button should be Add because that’s what I want to do. And second, why can’t Apple add a simple "Don’t Warn Me About This Again" checkbox to this dialog?

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