If you have noticed, whenever you press F9 key to activate Exposé, you will see a rather different Exposé from Mac OS X Leopard. And upon mouse over on one of the item, you can see blue glowing effect.
Today, we are going to bring you to tweak on the glow color to your liking.
Whenever you want to open the Exposé view of an application, usually mac users will advice you on using Hot Corner. However, we have a new trick here for you.
It's fast, quick, and totally free of mouse actions.
But unfortunately, this trick only works in Snow Leopard.
Throughout the whole time of using Mac, often we will spend time on checking and managing our mail. I personally like the default mail application for Mac: Mail.app.
In this trick, I am going to share with you some keyboard shortcuts that come in handy when we're going to manage our mailboxes, quick navigate mailbox, and handle message.
I believe we all know that we can use Spotlight to do quick calculation, where we can do quick addition, substraction, and other simple mathematical operations right from within of the Spotlight window.
In Leopard, you can just type in pow(a,b) to find the value of a^b (e.g. 3^4 = 81). However, you can do it even faster with Snow Leopard by just typing a^b.
Note that you can always use key combination Cmd-Space to call up Spotlight box.
Although the steps needed to do batch resize images on Snow Leopard are more or less similar to those batch resize steps for Mac OS X Leopard, there is a simple workaround needed to perform batch open and resize images on Snow Leopard.
If you're fans of single-liner for UNIX command, you can always use this quick Terminal command line execution trick to save the steps for executing Terminal command.
Here are the steps:
With this trick, I am sure you can start to tweak around with simple command line, e.g. command line for New List View.
Sorry for the long hiatus of daily trick series due to lack of internet connection. Now, we're back on the track again.
If you put the Dock on the left of the screen, you're left with two display options, which are Grid View and List View. However, folks at Mac OS X Hints found a Terminal command to bring out new list view.
defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES && killall Dock
After execution of the command above, your list view will look like the combination of Grid View and List View.
↑ new List View : After Execution of Command Line
And you can always use command line below to revert back to normal.
defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool NO && killall Dock
If you've mastered and used not only one language, but many of them, I believe you would want to have selections of input source and the input source switcher.
First of all, let me guide you to add more input sources for your Mac OS X 10.6.
Though now you can have more than one language of input sources, it will slow you down if you can't do the fast switching between input sources. In order to perform a quick input sources switch, you need to…
For a side note, if you only need to switch between two input sources, you can just press the keystrokes without the need of holding modifier keys.
(L). The screenshot of input source selector that I mentioned.
It surprises me that Apple has finally solved the hard-to-navigate minimized window issue with the release of Snow Leopard. If you've upgraded to Snow Leopard, you won't need to use Open Minimized Window Trick to reveal those minimized windows.
With Snow Leopard, you only need to click-and-hold on the Dock icon of that application and an Exposé display will appear, showing all opened as well as minimized windows.
And if you prefer using Hot Corners to using click-and-hold, you can set it up as one of your hot corner actions; you can do it by following these steps:
With simple steps, you can get a wonderful effect. Great!
When I browsed through new features of Snow Leopard, I stumbled on text transformation feature built-in on TextEdit. Using this feature, you can easily capitalize, make lower case, or turn words into upper case.
This new feature can be found on TextEdit Menubar · Edit → Transformations.
Putting productivity on the top priority, I create keyboard shortcuts for each of the action. If you want to do the same thing, you can follow these steps:
As you can see from screenshot on the left side, now I have applied my customized shortcuts for these new text transformation actions.
Hope that I can help you improving your productivity with this little trick.
Reading from the title, you will know that I have successfully installed Snow Leopard on my little Black Macbook. As a kick-start, let me share with you this simple trick to enable stack highlighting.
You only need to execute these two lines of Terminal commands to make it happens :
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean YES
After execution of the second command line, your Dock will be restarted and when you mouse over one of your stack items, it will be highlighted.
Screenshot on the right displays how the stack highlighting looks like.
Source → MacRumors Forums
Often, it's really annoying to have stream of continuously coming unwanted messages. By only trashing the message won't discourage the senders in spamming our mail.
There is one way you can use to discourage them: by rejecting the message. Technically, it's called Bounce Back. If you're currently using Mail.app (default mail reader for Mac), you can do the trick.
As we all have known, having alias (or well-known as shortcut) can save you a lot of time in navigating through files.
For highlighted items, there are 3 ways you can use to create an alias of them:
Depending on the situation, you can choose one of the making alias techniques. For example, if you want to make alias on the same directory and subsequently move it elsewhere, 3rd technique is the most suitable.
It's not just as simple as pressing Cmd-Shift-3 to screen capture your Mac. If you've used screen capturing feature for quite a long time, you will figure out some nifty tricks of it.
In this daily trick, I am going to share some tricks that I know in capturing screen. I hope that using list is fine for you.
That's all for this screen capturing tricks. You can apply some of the tricks above to capture things on your Mac desktop and use the screen capture result to take part in our contest: UsingMac Contest. Beauty of the Mac [more…].
Perhaps some Mac users are not used to using Zoom window of Mac; they would prefer to have maximized browser. We have a good news here, you can maximize your browser with a single click on this address → Maximized View.
And of course, you can always bookmark the address above so that everytime you want to maximize your browser window, a single click on the bookmarked address will do.
This trick works fine with Safari and Firefox. I haven't checked it on other browsers.
After installing the latest Safari 4.0.3 via Software Update, my Mac suddenly refuses to open new window of Safari. The possible cause of this problem is the plugins that have been installed on your Safari.
The first possible fix is by uninstalling Glims. To do this, you can go to MacHangout FAQ to download Glims Uninstaller.
If Safari is still not working after the installation, you can check on several possible and delete some possible clashing plugins:
Note that you can just: open Finder, hit Cmd-Shift-G, and copy-paste the address written above for quick directory jump.
I have managed to make my Safari working fine now. Hope that you can get your Safari working again too.
If you are using Safari as your Web Browser, there is no need to install any third-party apps in order to capture a web page to be sent to your friend. You can just use feature of Safari, from menubar: Safari → Mail Contents of This Page.
And the whole page you're currently displayed will be sent to your new composed Mail. Aside from using the menubar, you can also use keyboard shortcut Cmd-I to do the job.
As a side note, in Safari you can always use Cmd-Shift-I to send only the link of the page to your friends.
In our previous daily trick, we have discussed about the Canned Searches, which is also known as Smart Folders. And in this daily trick, we are going to talk about creating your personalized Smart Folders, not just using the pre-defined searches.
First of all, you should open Finder window. And then followed by these steps:
Now, you can create as many Smart Folders as you want. And this will save your time by avoiding repetitive insertion of search constraints.
One of our readers, Mahdi Hosseini, stumbled on the Smart Folder trick and he is eager to share with us.Smart Folder Trick
I came across a cool thing buried inside Finder.app.
If you like the current Canned Searches that could be used to search for certain files, such as All Documents, All Images, etc, and wish to have more search categories, worry not.
You can follow these steps to browse for more:
For example, by using the Smart Folder: All PDF Documents, you don't need to search all over the place to find your PDFs, single click on this Smart Folder will do the job.End of the Trick
Many thanks to Mahdi for this little useful trick.
I believe we all have ever used Wikipedia and perhaps we often use it. And usually, we will use our web browser to search the entry of Wikipedia, won't we?
But using our Mac, it is not necessary for us to open web browser just to look for the entry in Wikipedia. It's because we can use our Dictionary.app to browse through Wikipedia entries.
But initially, you will need to enable Wikipedia as one of your Dictionary sources. Here are the steps to do it:
Of course with similar steps as above, you can also enable Thesaurus or other dictionaries as the source.
If you feel that there are too many things on your Finder sidebar, you can hide some of the rarely used items. It's very easy to hide the items; You only need to drag-drop it out of sidebar.
However, if someday you feel that you will need the item again, you can:
But up to now, I still can't find the way to hide the sidebar while keeping the toolbar shown, like in Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4).
If you're feeling bored of the contextual menu of the Dock, you can always change the menu labeling. To change the menu labeling, these steps can guide you:
There are many labels you can change apart from the given example. The part that you can change is shown in the highlighted part as shown in the screenshot below.
Just try this little trick and have fun!
Often, we want to quickly access to some directory paths to Finder, such as accessing folder Applications, Home, or Desktop. If you go to Finder Menubar → Go, you can see some pre-assigned keyboard shorcuts that can help you quickly access those directories (e.g. Cmd-Shift-A for Applications).
And for the directory not on the list, you can always use Cmd-Shift-G and fill in the path for quick directory access (e.g. ~/Documents/Drafts).
In order to send files to the other Mac on the same local network, usually we will utilize a public folder and create a drop box inside. Drop Box is a folder where other users can drop files into it, but they can't see the content inside.
The drop box creation is simple and straightforward:
However, you also need to turn on your File Sharing so that other users on the local network can access to your Public Folder.
You can go inside System Preferences → Sharing to turn on your File Sharing. Now, you should be able to share files easily on the local network.
When we received a mail with many attachments, there are some actions can be taken: change download location, download all attachments, or download only some attachments.
To change the location of your downloaded attachments, you can follow these steps:
After you've changed the download location, now you can download the attachments without afraid of losing track of those files. If you want to download all files, you can click on the save button and all of the attachments will be saved to the download folder.
If you don't want to download all of the attachments, you can:
Hope that you will be able to handle mail attachment better than before reading this.
Having downloaded some nice menubar applications, the problem of always keeping those menubar items launched upon login may arise. One reader pointed out the absence of an option to keep the item automatically activated (like in Dock).
Unfortunately, there isn't any quick way to always launch the menubar items. The only way is by assigning it to our login items, which can be done by following these steps:
It is always good to remember that the more you have applications assigned as your login items, the longer it will take for your start-up time.
In many occasions, scrolling will be needed. If we are using a trackpad, usually we will use double finger to scroll vertically or horizontally.
However, some users may not feel accustomed to the double finger scrolling, they would choose to drag the scroll bar. For these users, we can suggest another new way of scrolling grab-scrolling.
How to perform the scrolling? Follow these steps and you will know:
This works just like grabbing around the map in Google Map.
Now, you can experience a brand new way of scrolling, i.e. grab-scrolling. And for me, this trick is extremely useful when you want to scroll diagonally.
I believe most of us have already known that we can type in an equation on the Spotlight and straightaway get the result without the need to open Calculator. Also, I believe that only few of us know that we can do a quick equation without using Spotlight.
How can it be done?
So, next time if you want to do a quick equation, you should use this instead of Spotlight. Cheers from UsingMac!
While we're kept occupied by some tasks, we may have lose the attention of the time, and may miss certain important events.
But with using Mac, you can set the clock to auto-announce the time every hour. Setting can be made easily with these steps:
Not only set it to announce every hour, but there is also options for you to set the announcement to be made at interval of half hour or even quarter hour.
Obviously, don't try this in your office with your volume turned to maximum. You will annoy your colleagues, especially if you're using Hysterical as your custom voice.
When replying or forwarding mail, there would be a high chance for us to quote some parts of the message. By quoting, you can pin-point the discussion of the mail.
To quote portion of your message, follow this steps:
The good thing is, you don't need to waste time deleting unnecessary part of the received mail. Just quote it.