Uncovered: Three Secret Slick Tips For Your Mac. What's You...

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    Really, wow, I can't believe it ! ;)

    Those tips are normally discussed in macrumors.com forums...
    Why didn't this guy say how to set exposé to be used on the corners? :rolleyes:

    Ok, ok, I know, not everyone is mac savvy...
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Honestly... those aren't tips those should be common knowledge. sorry but.. move along ppl nothing to see here.
  4. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Pitch forking mulch in Nova Scotia, Canada
    How about shift scrolling,
    this lets you scroll sideways,
    although I have seen everything he talked about somewhere, I have never seen anyone talk about shift scrolling.

    Very usefull in column view, FCP, and iTunes.

    Another one, although I got this off the Apple website, is moving windows that are behind the active one without making them active. Command click the title of the window in the background and drag it around.
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Most stuff from mac360.com generally tends to be **** IMO...no change here then :rolleyes:
  6. macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2004
    San Francisco
    More "killer" tips...

    About the best $20 or so I've put into OS X has been Scott Kelby's "Mac OS X Killer Tips."

    It's just loaded with useful tips that help get things done a bit faster or easier.

    One of my favorites is the simple Command-W which closes all open windows of an app. I work where there's a bunch of Macs and almost everyone clicks on each window to close it.

    Here's one i figured out on my own but was glad to see it in the book, too: Applications folder in the dock. Then, just click on the folder in the dock and scroll through all the applications without having to open a folder. I bet I show that to five Mac users a week.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2004
    Agree on book of tips...

    Man, that book is loaded with tips. I've used Macs since early days, and OS X since Preview and I still find out things I didn't know.

    For example, just found out by using Scott's book that you can drag a file to an application in the dock to open it. While that may not a surprise to the demi-gods, it's not well known.

    Why I like it is some PDFs are set to open only with Adobe's Acrobat viewer and I tend to like Preview's extra speed. Now it's just drag to Preview and it opens.

    Oh, one more thing. Have you noticed how many Mac users still use the original one-button mouse? And most of those users don't know you can Control-Click to get extra pop-up window. Windows got it right with Right-Click for Properties.
  8. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    I think Mac360 is pretty lame as well, but I will give you a tip for it (thanks to another macrumors member):

    Want to have a choice of several FROM email addresses in Mail without actually setting up a new account for each?

    In Mail's preferences, click Accounts, and in the Email Address box, put all your email addresses separated by commas, like:
    leetom@place1.net, leetom@place2.net, leetom@yourmomshouse.com

    Works great.
    Lee Tom
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Moving along...

    Two tips that are SO obvious even Apple forgets them!

    When you get a new Mac, do what Apple forgot and improve your display quality massively:

    1. Calibrate using System Preferences > Displays.

    2. Change the Font Smoothing to "Best for Flat Panel" in Preferences > Appearance (If you have an LCD. And you won't see a change until you log out/in.)

    Even Apple's floor models are set wrong.

    Want something slightly more obscure?

    * Option-drag the Dock divider line to snap to special "sharpest" icon sizes. I drag to the biggest size, and then knowing that's limited by the screen, I back off one.

    * Shift-drag the Dock divider to put the dock at any screen edge.

    * Command-click a Dock icon to find the file in the Finder.

    And a good habit to be in: checking the Trash contents AND emptying the trash without moving your mouse to close the window: Left-click the trash (it opens to show contents) and then right-click (or click-hold or Control-click) to get Empty Trash. The window will auto-close.
  10. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    heh, on the mark! Calibrating my iMac screen made a huge difference, and I couldn't believe it when I saw font smoothing was not pre-set for LCD. What are they thinking!?
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Calgary, Alberta
    That one post was nicer then Mac360. Does anyone know why every Mac360 article is being posted on MacBytes?

    The site design makes my brain go squish. One of the ads (that keeps popping up for me) is campaigning against the iPod. Why? Because someone can't handle that people enjoy the iPod.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2004
    When there's not much inside, squishing is easy, eh?

    I like the tip from LeeTom about multiple email addresses without multiple accounts. Very handy. I read that article on the iPod, too. It seemed obvious it was done tongue-in-cheek. Duh.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2004
    Not so secret to me ... and that's not cuz I'm a mac veteren. I think my friends that just switched would know those.

    some good tips are on macosxhints.com ...
  14. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    I'll add my tip. If you start dragging something and change your mind, but aren't sure where it started, drag it to the menu bar and let go. The drag operation will be canceled.

    Exception: If you accidentally drag an icon off the dock and don't remember what position it was in, the menu bar trick won't work. Solution: Drop it on the other side of the menu bar (across the divider), in between other icons, and it will return to its original position.
  15. macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    Whew! Why I love MacBytes!! But, whew!!

    Such dialog over something so unimportant to the elite.

    LeeTom's tip is spongeworthy (call me). Lame? An articulate opinion is always respected, though not always with agreement. Are there better sites? Duh. Of course. My favorite news site is MacMinute. Favorite humor site is AtAT. Even MacCentral is better than Mac360? Taken as a compliment, of course. Mac360's been around a few months, MacCentral's been there for ages, has "real" advertisers, a real staff, etc. It must be nice.

    Here's the best tip received so far: Apply ColorSync filters to photos in Preview. Obviously, this is more for users who don't have higher-end photo apps. These are built-in to OS X.

    Open a photo in Preview (should work in other Cocoa apps). Click File, then select Print. Click on the Copies & Pages in the Print dialog box. Choose ColorSync. Pick a filter. Choose Add Filters from the dialog box. Now you can see selections, make filter changes, see the results before printing. Sweet.

    We use Mac OS X for everything. OS X Server for sites. PHP, MySQL, et al. Content management comes from pMachine's Expression Engine, ad serving (no, we don't make money on those) comes from phpAdsNew, polls and surveys from ChumpSoft, contest registration and email lists from ActiveCampaign's 1-2 All system. We make a buck with development and content management, not the web site. That allows us to practice what we preach. Mac360 started as a simple blog using EE, and we just kept adding components to it. It is what it is. It isn't what it will be. It's always (almost) fun.

    The real heroes in MacDom? Special kudos to the gazillions of Mac users who keep the faith (quality, ease-of-use) despite the Windows juggernaut. And a nod of appreciation to folks like MacRumors, MacBytes, MacMinute, MacSurfer, AtAT, MacNN, MacUpdate, TMO, OSXHints, and many others who work hard to bring to others what we've learned through the years. As a simple web log, our part may be small, but we do it with sincerity, humility, patience, perseverance, ingenuity, and, sometimes, with a little grace and class. And a few timely pokes at Microsoft and those who may take themselves too seriously (that's why we have just a 'little' grace and class).

    Read and enjoy. Or not. Regardless, share what you know with others, however small that contribution may be.

    Best wishes, have a great weekend, and aloha.


    1MT - yes, the best hints (quantity and value) are usually at MacOSXhints, best humor at AtAT, best news at MacMinute, best controversy at MacDailyNews, best tech at SlashDot, best forums? Duh.
  16. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    My personal fave:

    Holding down 'alt' while shutting down, restarting or logging off.

    No messing around with 'are you sure' boxes...
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    You might want to:

    A) click on a PDF file.
    B) Type "Command-i" (Get Info)
    C) Open the "Open with" section
    D) In the pull-down menu, select "Preview"
    E) Click the "Change All" button.

    From now on, all you PDF files will open in Preview.app by default.

    I did the opposite as I needed to use Acrobat's more advances features most of the time. (Like forms and stuff)

    The 5 single most cool tips that I wish I had learned sooner:
    (simple but I did not know)

    1) I can spell check system wide, in any Apple App from the edit menu. (very useful when posting here ^_^)

    2) I can Zip a file by right-clicking it (or Command-click) and selecting: "Create an archive of:..."

    3) I can change the default folder of a new window in the Finder Preferences —>General (simple but I never noticed)

    4) I can select text in Safari or text edit, click in the selection and hold until cursor becomes an arrow, drag to desktop to create clippings I want to paste in other apps later.

    5) I can right-click a folder or file and —>Copy, go to another folder and right-click —>paste. Like they do in windows. In some situations, it's simpler than drag-and-drop.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2004
    I'll bite... tell me how...

    How do you set the corners for Expose'? Mine doesn't work at all. I see it at the Apple Store.

  19. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
  20. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    System Preferences -> Exposé -> Active Screen Corners..
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Very easy

    1) Click on the Apple in upper left corner
    2) System Preference
    3) In the top row, click on Expose
    4) In the "Active Screen Corner" area, use the 4 pulldown menus to choose which corner does what.

    edit: yellow beated me to it. Fast fella. ;)
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2003
    My favourite Safari tip

    is when I launch Safari and want to surf all the Mac sites at once, but without having to click on each bookmark, I use Safari's Open In Tabs feature.

    Create a new Bookmarks Bar folder, put all your favourite bookmarks that you want open into it, then choose Open In Tabs. All the bookmarks get loaded at once in their own tabbed windows. After viewing each site, you can close it down by pressing Cmd-W, or clicking the little x's beside the tabs.

    Attached Files:

  23. macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Nice tip. To bad we can't make it work automatically when we launch safari... or can we?
  24. Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    my 2¢ as editor/approver/whatever

    and this goes for ANY site that gets a submission...

    I click pretty much all the links that come in. I'll read the story (albeit not always in their entirety but usually at least 90% or so of it - enough to know if it's fact or crap) and make a judgement call based on a few things:

    1) Will it appeal to anyone at all?
    2) Is it beneficial or newsworthy in some way?
    3) Is it simply an advertisement? (if it's for freeware, it usually gets posted - if for shareware/commercial software, we ask for the purchase of advertising space)
    4) Will it stir discussion, debate, or at least a post or two in the forums?
    5) Is it new information, or a rehash of someone else's writeup?
    6) Has the same relative info been posted already within the last few days?
    7) Is it a rumor? (if so, it doesn't go here - it goes to MacRumors)​

    The majority of the readers of our forums are rather savvy users who are looking to better their experience on a mac, learn about why that experience is all around better than on a PC, answer a few questions they may have about something, get some technical advice on how to do things, or for some - just to read the political stuff. That being said, there is a LARGE group of users and lurkers who don't participate in the forums, and rely on our links to give them new information that may help them somehow.

    I've said this before in other threads, and I'll say it again. I don't think that Mac360.com is the bee's knees in mac journalism. I don't think it's a source of super information for mac power users. But that's not what, or who, it's for. It's an infoblog, plain and simple. It does, however, offer something that most blogs don't - decent help to other Mac users. I don't approve every link that comes in - not because I think they've been linked too much already or because I just don't like the article, but because I think the subject matter that it's on won't stir up any discussion here. I'm trying to use this site as a catalyst for discussion about ANY mac-related topics. I think an article asking for your best tips and tricks while pointing out 3 basic ones is a fine idea. If you as a reader would rather have more in-depth articles about a particular subject, start your own infoblog and send me links to what you think are poignant articles that deserve an audience. I'll give it a look.

    anyway - if that site bothers you (or any other for that matter), it's not like we're keeping the link to them secret - the name of the site linked is over on the right. If you don't want to read their articles, don't. I won't make you post about them.

    <edit> and fwiw - Sir Giggles took my tip - I have tabbed groupings like you guys wouldn't believe.</edit>
  25. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Pitch forking mulch in Nova Scotia, Canada
    Here is an extension to your command w tip,
    command option w closes all open windows ( i think only in whatever app you are in, finder, safari,...)

    Also, I really find command option i is usefull too, i just read about this one, it is like show info, except it changes as you select different folders.

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