Top 10 things windows switchers don't know about OSX...

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  1. rxl125 macrumors regular

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    I've had my iMac for a few months now and absolutely love it... My web pages, movies, music, etc...

    Now what are the things that the average new user doesn't know about OSX?
    What do we overlook?
     
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Hold shift to slow-mo minimizing windows, Dashboard, and Expose.

    Safari->Edit->Check Spelling as you type can be really helpful.

    You can print anything to .pdf format from the print dialogue.

    You don't need to quit apps, just closing their window is fine. Esp on things like mail, iCal, Address Book, Safari. The windows will appear almost instantly when you click on them in the dock if they are still running.

    Turning on hot corners (System Prefs->Dashboard & Expose) makes them easier to use, IMO. I use top left for Dashboard, top right for Desktop, and bottom right for All Windows. Those are usually commands you want to use while your hand is already on the mouse so it makes sense to have something other than a key activate them.
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    my favorite thing that I found out in os x is the invert the screen combination. Which is ctrl + option + command + 8. But that is just one thing although it can be very handy at times.
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Cmd-contol-d to pop the context-sensitive dictionary.

    Most Mac users, new or veteran, don't know about this cool feature.
     
  5. virus1 macrumors 65816

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    woah thats sweet!
     
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I have had mine set to cmnd + L for about a year now, and use it every day!:)
     
  7. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    -You won't ever need to "defragment"
    -Deleting apps doesn't require an uninstall (usually). Just delete the app or app's directory and you're done.

    I've never been a fan of the hot corners. I like using the hot keys.
     
  8. jmsait19 macrumors 6502

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    hot corners are best on the laptops, becuase using hot-keys requires pressing the function key...
     
  9. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    I can't get this built in dictionary to come out when I press command + ctrl + d...
     
  10. Queso macrumors G4

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    It doesn't work in some browsers sadly. Camino is a bit behind Safari on this one.
     
  11. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    1) Do you have Tiger?
    2) If so, did you select a word to define?

    You can also open the Dictionary application, open Preferences, and mark the button "Open Dictionary panel". Now you can ctrl-click (or right-click) words and click Look Up in Dictionary to get the same contextual definition as cmd-ctrl-d
     
  12. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    built-in .pdf print is amazing. i use that alot and it has been such a pain on a pc.

    as a new Mac user, it took me a day to figure out the closing an app by click on the red x didnt really close the app.

    iLife really is a fantastic app.

    free great apps. quicksilver, mac the ripper, neo office are great.
     
  13. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    WHOA!!! That is kewl!!!! I am using the BonEcho Browser (Intel optimized firefox) and it wasn't working. However, It works wonders on safari.
     
  14. netdog macrumors 603

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    I believe that you have to be using a Cocoa app for it to work. This was what finally pushed me from Firefox to Safari (and finally to Web Kit).

    Oh, top ten tips? Use Web Kit as your browser.
     
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  16. netdog macrumors 603

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    I kinda wish I didn't know that
     
  17. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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  18. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    I just downloaded web kit but it doesn't have tabed browsing when I right click or hold the command button. :confused:
     
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  21. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Cheers that's a cracking tip :)


    p.s. Nice 'tar, Mmmmmm, pie :D
     
  22. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Yes, press the 'Apple' key and click on a link to open it in a new tab.
     
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    My pleasure. :)

    Note, you can also switch it to a thesaurus. Very handy. Or should I say, functional, serviceable, convenient, helpful...
     
  24. dejo Moderator

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    Actually, iLife is a suite of apps (iTunes, iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand).
     
  25. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Note that you need to enable tabbed browsing in Safari->Preferences...->Tabs, however. It's not enabled by default (or at least wasn't in the past).
     

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