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Set Up Storage Devices

Set Up Storage Devices

CD and DVD BurnersWhile all current Apple computers come with a built-in CD burner, you may want to connect an external one if you need to make direct CD copies, or you may decide to get a DVD burner, if your computer has a Combo Drive or a bigger storage medium is desired. Here’s how(…)

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Get quick information with widgets

Get quick information with widgets

Dashboard contains a collection of handy “widgets”: small apps for a wide variety of tasks such as checking stock prices, finding local or global weather information, looking up words in the dictionary, and more. You can use Dashboard to get information and do common tasks quickly. Some widgets are linked to larger apps. With the(…)

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How to disable Java web plug-in ?

How to disable Java web plug-in ?

To disable the Java web plug-in in Safari, follow these steps: In Safari, choose Safari > Preferences or press Command-comma (⌘-,) Click “Security”. Uncheck (deselect) “Enable Java”. Close the Safari preferences window. Additional Information Click this link for information about how to disable the Java web plug-in in Chrome. Click this link for information about(…)

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Bring back the Dashboard “ripple”

Bring back the Dashboard “ripple”

In Lion, Dashboard has now been incorporated into Mission Control. The most striking consequence of this is that it is no longer a semi-transparent overlay that fades in over your desktop. Instead, it is now its own Space – the far left one. You can still access it by pressing the Dashboard key on your(…)

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Change Image in the Tile Game Widget

Change Image in the Tile Game Widget

Amongst the widgets that come with Mac OS X is the Tile Game. You shift around the tiles to reveal a picture of a snow leopard (or a leopard or a tiger, depending on your version of Mac OS X). If you play the Tile Game often, you might find the image a bit boring.(…)

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Run a widget without installing it

Normally when you download a widget and double-click it, you are presented with a dialog to install the widget. You can either cancel, and exit the installer, or click install, and the widget is moved to you widgets folder (Library/widgets). However, in some situations you don’t want to move the widget. For instance if you(…)

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Scheduled Startup and Shutdown

In the Energy Saver system preferences you will find a button labelled “Schedule.” This allows you to schedule your mac to startup and shutdown at certain times, on certain days. This is just about the only way to schedule things without buying other software or using iCal. Basically you can set your computer to come(…)

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Tips for iCal in Lion

Tips for iCal in Lion

Set as Full ScreeniCal is one of only two apps that I regularly use Lion’s full screen mode with (the other being Terminal). This allows me to leave it always running in the background, out of the way. Whenever I need to check my schedule or reminders, a simple four-fingered swipe to the left will(…)

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Rename Files and Folders

You can change the name of most files, folders, and disks in the Finder. You can’t rename your home folder (the one with your name on it). Important: There are some things youshould not rename: Application folders and any items that came with your system (such as the Library folder). Filename extensions—the period followed by(…)

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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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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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