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Know ur MAC well..!!!

Posted on: May 26, 2008

MAC OS Tips & Tricks:

1. Use fast file previews

Need to find the right file last? Select a file in the Finder and press the space bar or type Command-Y. You’ll get an instant pre­view of the file’s contents without having to launch the application. If it’s an audio file, the sound will play, too. Pretty neat.


2. Uncover long filenames

In a Finder window set to column view, click the tab at the bottom of the vertical divider to expand the column to the width of your longest filename. Do it once to optimize for the length of your typical file­names. Hit Option and double-click the tab, and all columns will expand, too.


3. Send the Web page

Why send a link when you can send the whole Web page? In Safari, find your page-press Command-I, and a dialog will ask you for an e-mail address. Fill it in and your recipient will see the page, complete with live links and images, right in his or her e-mail app—-if Mail is your e-mail client.


4. Get the full file 411

To find out more about a file, select it, type Command-I, and check the Show item info box. Instead of just a folder icon, you’ll see the number of items inside it, below the folder name. For a photo, its size will be displayed; for an audio file, you’ll see the length, and so on


5. Stealth surfing

Up to no good at work? Type Command-H to hide an entire application instantly—no matter how many associated windows you have open. When the coast is clear, click the app’s icon in the dock to get it back. Command-Option-Il will banish all other open programs except for the one selected.

6. Rearrange your desktop

Is the dock cramping your style? Press Shift and select the divider line at the right end of the dock (next to the Recycle bin-provided the dock is at the bottom of your screen to begin with), and drag the dock to the left or right side of your screen Do the same thing to drag it back to the bottom


7. Find your favorite Finder view

 To customize your Finder view, type Com­mand-1 for icon view, Command-2 tor list view, and Command-3 for column view. Command-4 switches the view to Cover Flow, where you can visually flip through your files as if they were CDs in a jukebox.


8. Zoom with a view

Using your Mac for a presentation? Zoom in on your desktop so everyone can see: Open System Preferences, click on Universal Access, and select Zoom | On. Command-Option-Equals zooms in and Command-Option-Hyphen zooms out. Repeat to increase or decrease the magnification


9. A look-up hook-up

Need a quick definition? If you’re reading a puzzling passage in Stickies, TextEdit, or Microsoft Word, highlight and drag the text to the Safari icon in the dock to serve up Google search results. Like what you see? Highlight the text in Safari, drag it to the dock’s Mail icon, and open up a new message with the text.


10. O file, where art thou?

 Spotlight can find files in a flash, but where do they live? Move your cursor over the search result and a dialog will appear showing you the path. Click the result and your file will open. Hold the Command key down while clicking to open a window showing where your file is.


11. Visit shortcut central

If you prefer key combos to clicks, you can find a list of every keyboard shortcut avail­able in OS X at System Preferences | Mouse and Keyboard |Keyboard Shortcuts. Check the box next to the description of a key combo to enable it, or uncheck it to dis­able. You can even add your own combos by selecting the* button at the bottom left-hand corner of the window.


12. Put your Mac to sleep quick

Send your Mac to bed fast: Press Command-Option and hold down the Eject key for a few seconds. Instant hibernation!


13. System stats, stat!

Monitor fun stuff like your Mac’s proces­sor, RAM and hard drive usage right from the dock. Go to Applications | Utilities and drag the Activity monitor to your dock. Launch the program, then click and hold on the icon, and select the activities you want to keep tabs on. You’ll see a live graph for each activity.

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