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Applications, Files, and Folders

Applications, Files, and Folders

An application is a computer program that gives you the tools to accomplish specific tasks. For example, you’re probably using the application Safari right now to read this webpage. Other applications include Mail, iTunes, Pages, TextEdit, and many more. Accessing an applicationTo open an application, click the Launchpad icon in Dock or click the application’s(…)

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Dual Boot OS X 10.7 & OS X 10.8

Dual Boot OS X 10.7 & OS X 10.8

OS X Mountain Lion is Apple’s latest Mac operating system that is complete with a bunch of new features that iOS users will find familiar. It’s looking like a great addition to the Mac OS family, but for the time being it’s still in Developer Preview, has a fair amount of bugs, and isn’t quite(…)

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Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Mac OS X 10.7 and later include the Versions feature and Auto-Save ability, this lets users restore back to previous editions of a file by creating a constant sequence of saved file states while they are being worked on. All around, Versions and auto-save are useful, but they can also leave traces of sensitive documents(…)

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Launchpad for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Launchpad for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users can now add OS X Lion’s iOS-style Launchpad feature to their desktops with a free third party utility called MacLaunchPad. MacLaunchPad is pretty similar to the real thing, and some features are closer to the version of Launchpad that appears in OS X Mountain Lion, like the real-time(…)

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Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

6 Text Navigation ShortcutsThe first group of keyboard shortcuts allow for quickly moving around text: Jump to beginning of a line – Command+Left Arrow Jump to end of a line – Command+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to end of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of(…)

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Find iMessage Users & Contacts

Find iMessage Users & Contacts

iMessage is a great addition to iOS and OS X that lets you send unlimited text messages, pictures, videos, documents, and even files, between other iMessage users. Though you probably know at least a few people who are using iMessages, chances are good that more of your contacts have set it up and you just(…)

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10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Text Navigation

10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Text Navigation

7 Navigation ShortcutsNavigate around blocks of texts faster with the following shortcuts: Jump to Beginning of Line – Control+A Jump to End of Line – Control+E Go to Next Line – Control+N Go to Previous Line – Control+P Delete Previous Word – Control+W Delete Line from Cursor to Beginning – Control+U Delete Line from Cursor(…)

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Disable restored windows when re-opening specific apps

There’s a great tip over on the Macs in Chemistry blog on how to stop Lion from restoring your previous windows when re-opening specific apps. In System Preferences there’s a checkbox for turning this on and off globally, but using a handy little AppleScript you can disable it on a per-app basis. One of the(…)

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Get iTunes track notifications in your Dock

Get iTunes track notifications in your Dock

In Lion there is a cool hidden setting to enable “Now playing” notifications that appear from the iTunes icon in the Dock. Every time a new song starts, a small popup containing the artist and the song name appears and then slowly fades out after a few seconds. To enable this, start by opening Terminal(…)

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Display system stats

In older versions of Mac OS X, simply clicking on your computer name in the login window would cycle through displaying lots of useful system information. Unfortunately this feature has been removed in Lion, but you can bring it back to a certain extent. Open up Terminal (located in Applications/Utilities), paste in the following line(…)

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Display a short message

Display a short message

Before Lion, displaying a message on the login screen was a complicated process that involved entering commands into the Terminal. Luckily, Apple have now added an easy way to set a message using System Preferences. To do this, go to the Security & Privacy preference pane, and under the General tab, tick the checkbox Show(…)

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Changing the background

In Lion, the background used for the login screen is located at /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/ The easiest way to get to this folder is to choose Go to Folder in the Go menu while in the Finder. Then just copy and paste in the above line and click Go. The image that is used for the background(…)

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ScreenCast Online

ScreenCast Online

  Learn all about the new features introduced with Mountain Lion and iCloud as well as regular up to date tutorials all about the Mac and OSX. In addition, we have tutorials on some of Apple’s leading applications including iLife, iWork, Aperture, iBooks Author and more…ScreenCastsOnline

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ColorSync Utilities !

ColorSync Utilities !

Mac OS X contains a number of useful utilities that can enhance creative workflows. In the root-level folder /Library/Scripts/ColorSync are editable AppleScript utilities that perform various common design tasks. Say, for example, you have a collection of images in a directory that you would like to prepare for the web by embedding the sRGB color(…)

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The Immaculate Desktop !

The Immaculate Desktop !

Are you the sort of neat-freak who abhors Desktop clutter? Who keeps all apps and docs in carefully organized folders? Consider diving deeper into onscreen clean by making your mounted drives and discs disappear from the Desktop and accessing them instead via Finder windows. Here’s how to try it: From the Finder, pull down the(…)

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Create Your Own Icons !

Create Your Own Icons !

You don’t have to live with the icons your Mac displays by default. Instead, personalize your folders, files, and drives with custom icons using just about any graphic file you desire, whether it’s a jpeg, gif, png, Photoshop or Illustrator file, or even a PDF. First, choose an image you want to use and open(…)

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Mouse-Free Folder Moves !

Mouse-Free Folder Moves !

Try opening and closing folders with the left and right arrow keys instead of double-clicking. One of the best tricks for speeding up your computer work is to keep your hands on the keyboard, not the mouse. It’s not a macho, anti-mouse thing, but a simple matter of efficient motion. Using the mouse or trackpad(…)

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Saving Documents and Web Pages as PDFs !

Saving Documents and Web Pages as PDFs !

Adobe’s PDF format offers a great way to save and send electronic documents, from formatted business letters to product brochures. PDF documents appear identically on all computers, so you don’t have to worry about things like whether the recipient has access to the same fonts as you or if your company logo and other graphics(…)

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Summarize Your Stories !

Summarize Your Stories !

Drag the Summary slider to the left to get a more condensed version of your selected text. When laying out a long story in a newsletter or magazine, it’s often helpful to summarize a story, or a section of a story in a pull-quote or abstract. But how to find the best quote when you’re(…)

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Set Search Priorities in Spotlight

Set Search Priorities in Spotlight

With Spotlight, the powerful search function built into Mac OS X Leopard, you can quickly find anything on your computer: files, folders, emails, applications, even calendar events. And to help speed your searches even more, you can specify which types of data Spotlight should list first when you type in a search term. This is(…)

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Super-Clean Screenshots !

Super-Clean Screenshots !

In Mac OS X Leopard, you can capture an image of your entire screen by typing Command-Shift-3. Typing Command-Shift-4 lets you choose a specific part of your screen to save as a screenshot: Click and hold to place the small cross-hair cursor at one edge of the area you want to capture, then drag horizontally(…)

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Sharing Contacts with vCards !

Sharing Contacts with vCards !

Electronic versions of old-fashioned Rolodex cards, vCards provide the fastest way to import contacts into your own Address Book or to share your Address Book contacts with friends, family, or colleagues. Much like their physical predecessors, vCards contain basic contact information (such as name, address, phone, and email). But you can easily add information to(…)

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Lock Your Data with Disk Images !

Lock Your Data with Disk Images !

Chances are you’ve encountered disk image files (indicated by the extension .dmg) when installing software on your Mac. When you double-click on this type of file, your computer mounts it as though it were a DVD or hard drive. In fact, you can think of mounted disk images as virtual drives. The Disk Utility program(…)

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