OS X is great at running lots apps at once, many of which can interact with one another. Of course we have Exposé to handle switching between windows, but what happens if you don't want to switch to another window, but rather maintain the focus of your current window while doing something in another. Michael Johnston has some tips on working with background windows, and he's happy to share.
Even if you're familiar with the "Open With" functionality for making files open in different programs, you may not be aware of the different ways you can do it. In this article, we're going to discuss using Finder's toolbar for opening files, including a special little Terminal trick that we think is just awesome.
The multitouch feature in your Mac's laptop or your Magic Trackpad makes it easy to perform tasks that otherwise might include several taps, clicks or swipes. For example, you can look up the definition of words in documents and on webpages with a simple gesture, no need to use Spotlight or launch the Dictionary app.
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Nancy Carroll Gravley offers three tips to make your Mac life more efficient and more fun. There's figuring out where you downloaded that file from, the importance of rebuilding your Mail Inbox, and how to add those smiley faces to your emails and text documents. What more could ask?
If you organize your Safari bookmarks into folders, using the Auto-Click feature is an excellent, quick way to open sites you visit frequently. And if you don't organize with folders, we're gonna teach you how. This is an all-purpose tip, dear readers.
For the most part, Spotlight on our Macs is fast, and its accurate. It almost always "just works." In this article, Sandro Cuccia discusses how and what Spotlight indexes, and how you can apply a fix the rare times that Spotlight fails.
Apple has sold earbuds with a wired remote for many years now, and if you've purchased an iPod touch, iPhone, or a pair on their own, you might not realize how much you can do with that little bar of plastic hanging from your ears. Of course you can play and pause music with the center button, and, if you have them, you can use the top and bottom buttons to control your volume. However, there are several other things you can do with that center button, and Michael Johnston shows you how.
One of the ways that Apple has made their built-in Pages templates look so nice is by using linked boxes to flow text from one part of a document to another. Need to have a column on page one continue on page three? No problem, and we're here to walk you through how easy it is.
Staying on task while every distraction the Web has to offer is just a mouse click away might not be difficult for some of you, but for me it's a challenge. It's especially bad if you're a student or a knowledge worker whose office isn't shared with others who are also getting things done. So I set out to find a way to keep myself from tasting temptation and avoiding the work I had to do. The answer is the aptly named SelfControl.
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