Terminal: Using “lsof” When Files Won’t Delete

6:22 AM, May. 24th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Got a file that's preventing you from emptying your Trash? Got a disk image that won't eject? Then we've got a Terminal trick you'll like. This command will show you what programs are accessing a file or volume, so you can quickly figure out what to quit to get on with your life. 

Apple Updates Fuji-Xerox Printing & Scanning Drivers

5:59 PM, May. 23rd, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Fuji-Xerox

Apple released Fuji-Xerox Printer Drivers v2.4 for OS X on Thursday. The patch notes don't specify what's new, saying simply, "This download includes the latest Fuji-Xerox printing and scanning software for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard."

How to Assign Custom Icons to Desktop Files & Folders in OS X

10:30 AM, May. 18th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Cookie Monster cartoon character.

OS X looks great, but sometimes you need to give your Mac a little personality, or maybe you just need some quick visual cues for your folders files. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to engage in a fun, but Apple-sanctioned method for customizing your Mac desktop icons.

How to Have Preview Sign Your PDFs in OS X

10:30 AM, May. 11th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

A woman's hand stamping her signature onto paper with a traditional rubber stamp.

Sandro Cuccia revisits Preview in OS X. He shows you how to have the latest Mountain Lion version of this versatile app easily scan and store one or more signatures for later insertion into any PDF document.

OS X: Hiding Items with the Terminal

9:40 AM, Apr. 15th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Got something to hide? Sure you do. Wanna know how to disguise that fact from anyone who may use your Mac? You can do so easily, so you'll never have to answer pesky questions about what you've hidden and why. And we here at TMO would never judge you for needing to hide files. They're Christmas present ideas, right?

OS X: Make Your Own Printer Pool

10:28 AM, Apr. 9th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Have a couple printers you'd like to get more use out of, or maybe you don't want to have to ask which printer is available? No problem. Just make your own printer pool from your Mac.

OS X: Quick Print from Finder

11:33 AM, Apr. 8th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Despite the promise long ago of the paperless office, we still need to print documents from our Macs at times. The usual launch an app to print a document routine works fine for that, but you can save a little time by printing your files directly from the Finder.

How to Exploit the Stickies App in OS X

10:30 AM, Mar. 30th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

A Mac laptop with plenty of paper stickies stuck to the screen.

The Stickies app. Yet another gem that comes pre-installed on every Mac. Don't malign it if you haven't played with it for a while, because Sandro Cuccia shows you how Stickies can be used to enhance your workflow.

Mac OS X: Built-in Multitouch Gesture Training

11:31 AM, Mar. 26th, 2013 · · Snow Leopard

Apple includes multitouch gesture support for the built-in trackpads on its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, as well as the Magic Trackpad. With the long list of gestures OS X supports, it can be hard to figure them out. That is, until you know that Apple hid away a nice set of gesture tutorials in the System Preferences app.