OS X Tips and shortcuts

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    Hide the Toolbar in Mac OS X Lion Finder Windows




    Mac OS X 10.7 Lion left behind the toolbar switch that used to sit in the upper right corner of all Finder windows as a rectangular button in favor of a cleaner appearance. That doesn’t mean you can’t hide the toolbar in OS X Lion though, it’s just done through the View menu or by using a quick keyboard shortcut:

    Open a Finder window, then hit Command+Option+T to hide the toolbar and sidebar

    With the toolbar hidden, desktop windows take on a minimalist appearance and as a side effect, all folders open in new windows rather than be contained in the same window. This is how older versions of Mac OS behaved, and it’s very useful if you’re moving or copying items around in nested folders but can quickly lead to a lot of window clutter.






    If you prefer to keep the toolbar, you can also try hiding the Finder sidebars only with Command+Option+S. That will also maintain the single window option too, unless it has been overridden by another Finder preference choice.
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    Mac Tip: Safari Tabs – Navigating Without A Mouse

    Have you ever tried navigating the tabs in Safari without using your mouse.

    You can use the following keystrokes:



    Command-Shift and either the Left or Right arrow keys in order to scroll through Tab’s from left to right or right to left.



    Command-Shift and either the Open or Close Bracket keys will allow you to also navigate the Tab’s from left to right or right to left.



    Control-Tab will allow you to navigate the Tab’s from left to right.



    Control-Shift-Tab will allow you to navigate the Tab’s in reverse order from right to left.

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    Add Spacers to the Right-Side of the Dock in Mac OS X




    Just like you can add spacers between app icons in the OS X Dock (the left side), we can also add these same spacers to the right-side of the Dock, where the Applications, Documents, Downloads, and Trash icons live.

    Launch the Terminal and paste the following defaults write string into the command line:

    defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}' ;killall Dock

    If you want multiple spacers added, just hit the up arrow and return to initiate the command again. Each execution of the defaults write command will create one additional spacer in the Dock.

    After a spacer has been added, you can click and drag it around the Dock to fit between icons. If you want to remove it, drag it out of the Dock like any other Dock item.



    As previously mentioned, if you’re wanting to put spaces in the left side of the Dock instead, use the following command:
    defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}' ;killall Dock


    Notice the two commands are different, and the spacers can not be dragged from the left side of the Dock to the right, or vice versa.

    Both of these commands work with Mac OS X Lion and prior releases.
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    Jump to the Most Recently Used Desktop Space with a Hidden Gesture in OS X Lion




    If you use the multi-desktop Spaces feature of Mission Control often, you’ll probably like a hidden gesture in Mac OS X Lion that lets you immediately jump back to the most recently used Space with just a four-fingered tap on the trackpad (or Magic Mouse). Here’s how to enable the gesture with a defaults write command.

    Launch Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/ and enter the following command:

    defaults write com.apple.dock double-tap-jump-back -bool TRUE;killall Dock

    Go to a different desktop and perform a four-fingered tap to immediately switch back to the previously used Space. You’ll obviously need to have multiple Spaces open for this to work, and once you get used to it, it’s a very nice addition to the other Mac gestures.






    Disabling the gesture can be done by entering the following defaults write command into the Terminal:

    defaults delete com.apple.dock double-tap-jump-back;killall Dock

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    Change the Desktop Wallpaper Automatically in Mac OS X




    Can’t decide which wallpaper to use as your desktop background? Me neither. Fortunately there’s a setting in Mac OS X that causes the desktop picture to change itself automatically at a user selected time interval, ranging from every 5 seconds to once a day or upon system wake.

    Open “System Preferences” from the  Apple menu and click on “Desktop & Screen Saver”

    Click the checkbox next to “Change picture” and set the time interval, the default is a new background every 30 minutes

    Select “Random order” as well for best results

    Whatever your background picture was set to will be changed immediately, and then it will change again at the time interval you selected.

    Changing every 5 seconds can be a bit neurotic, but if you have enough similarly themed wallpapers to go with, it can create a feeling similar to the living desktops of Android fame.

    Another option is to use a free app like Wallpaper Wizard Lite, which will automatically download new desktop pictures in addition to changing them for you.





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    Duplicate A File Or Folder

    How To: Duplicate A File Or Folder



    Duplicating files and folders can be an easy solution for anyone who prefers to work on a copy of a document versus the original document.

    In order to duplicate a file or folder simply go to your finder and open a new finder window.

    Then select a file or folder your would like to duplicate. Once selected you have two options. The first is to right click on your mouse which will bring up the popup menu you see below. Then simply click duplicate.



    The second option once the file or folder is selected is to press Command-D on your keyboard as shown below and your file or folder will be duplicated.



    You will notice when a file or folder has been duplicated that the duplicated version will have ‘copy’ at the end making it easily identifiable. This can be seen below.




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    How To: Opening A Webpage From The Dock

    Do you go to a certain website more than others?

    Well if this is the case then there may be a quicker way for you to access your favourite sites.

    Normally, when accessing a bookmarked site a user needs to have their web browser open. However, you can create a link to any web page in your dock and this is how to do it.

    First, from your browser click on the icon next to the website address. This logo is most commonly called a Favicon.





    Click and drag the Favicon to the righthand side of your dock where your documents and download folders reside.






    You will notice as shown above that a weblink will be placed in your dock and upon scrolling over it indicates that it is Google.

    Unfortunately, the Favicon of the site doesn’t show up in the dock. This limitation is most probably due to the Favicon being a very low resolution graphic and surprisingly the icons in your dock are a very high resolution by comparison.

    That aside as soon as you click on the dock item your web browser will launch taking you directly to the page requested.
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    Delete Vs Backspace

    If your new to the Mac platform you will have no doubt noticed some differences from the offerings of competing operating systems such as Linux and Windows.

    Apple uses delete where other platforms tend to use backspace.

    However, don’t get confused with the terminology. Delete does exactly the same task on a Mac as backspace does on a competing platform.

    That said there are a few options for new users to consider.

    On the standard Apple wireless keyboard pressing delete will remove the content before the flashing cursor to the left hand side. However, if you press the fn key and then delete it will remove content in front of the cursor towards the right.

    Alternatively, users with an Apple Extended Keyboard have a dedicated delete key therefore removing the need to hit the fn key before delete.





    Press delete to remove content to the left of the cursor.




    Press fn + delete to remove content to the right of the cursor.




    On Apple Extended Keyboards there is a dedicated delete key.
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    Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Quickly Get to the User Library Folder in OS X Lion




    Using keyboard shortcuts are often the fastest way to navigate around the filesystem in Mac OS X, but OS X 10.7 Lion doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut to access the user library directory by default. Here is how to add your own keystroke combo to immediately open the ~/Library folder:

    Open System Preferences and click on ‘Keyboard’

    Click the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ tab and then click ‘Application Shortcuts’ from the left

    Click the [+] plus icon to add a new keyboard shortcut, select Finder.app as the Application, then type “Library” exactly in the ‘Menu Title’ box

    Select the box below to choose a keyboard combination, I chose Command+Option+Control+L but you can pick something else

    Click “Add” and then click back to the Mac OS X desktop and hit your keyboard shortcut to confirm that the user Library directory opens






    Although there are a variety of ways to access the user library directory in OS X Lion, I find keyboard shortcuts to be the fastest. You can also show the library folder at all times in the user home folder with the help of a terminal command, which would mimic the default setting in Mac OS X 10.6.
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    Show User Library Directory in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion




    Mac OS X 10.7 defaults to hiding the users Library directory, this is probably to keep people from accidentally deleting or damaging files that are necessary for OS X Lion to function properly. That is fine for novice users, but for some of us, we want to be able to access ~/Library/ at will. A visible Library folder was also the default setting in past versions of Mac OS X, here is how to get this back.



    Show User ~/Library in OS X Lion



    Launch Terminal from Spotlight or Launchpad -> Utilities, and enter the following command to show or hide the directory:
    chflags nohidden ~/Library/

    The users Library folder will immediately become visible again. Reverting this back to the standard Lion setting is simple too:



    Hide User ~/Library in OS X Lion (default setting)



    This returns to the default setting of hiding the user Library directory:
    chflags hidden ~/Library

    Changes take effect immediately again, and Library becomes invisible to the user.
    Update:
    temporary one-off solutions are also available for quick access to User Library in Lion

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