Any cool mac tricks, secrets, or easter eggs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by norcalstadium, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. norcalstadium macrumors member

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    About seven weeks ago, I made the switch from PCs to Macs. Since the switch, I've learned some neat tricks. For example, holding down shift makes certain actions go in slow motion. A more useful trick I've learned is if you press ctrl+command+d while the curser is over a word, a little definition box will pop up by that word.

    Do you guys know any other cool or useful tricks?
     
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    their's a bunch one useful one is ctrl -shift-3 = take a screen shot
    the same instead of 4 brings up a cross and can take a screen shot of a selection
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    A neat trick is pressing control+option+command+8. Another one is going to terminal then typing "emacs", then press "esc" and then "x", then type "doctor" or "tetris".

    I think you mean command+shift+3 and command+shift+4. Although another cool feature is when you press command+shift+4 press space afterwards, that allows you to take a screenshot of a window.
     
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  5. dingdongbubble macrumors 6502a

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    www.Silvermac.com has a few good ones. Select text in your browser and then drag and drop it onto your desktop. There will be a basic text file with your text in i!
     
  6. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    Most of the keyboard shortcuts can be found in Finder > Help or by searching the internet. You may also like macoshints.
     
  7. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    In Dashboard, holding down the option key and mousing over a widget will give you the close button without going the corner of the screen.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Of course, there's the oldest Easter Egg of them all: the signed insides of original Macs. Were they Apple IIs, though? I forget... Anyway, the original Apple team signed the insides of some of the first run of one line of Macintosh computers. Beat that Egg! ;)
     
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  10. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Try these out:

    1) cmd-click Finder window title: It shows a Pop-up menu showing path to current folder/document

    2) Hit Command Key and Tab Key to cycle through your running apps.
     
  11. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    That reminds me, you can change the style of the text/icons of a window by command clicking on the little button in the top right of the window of a program.
     
  12. talsania macrumors newbie

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    Screen secret

    okay for this one hold down "control,option, apple button,shift period" And your screen will be brighter and do the same thing but shift comma and your screen will get duller.:p
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A lot of these aren't "secrets" or "tricks" at all, but merely standard keyboard shortcuts. You can see the list here.
     
  14. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Slow down genie effect by holding down shift when clicking on the window minus button or documents in the dock.

    Alt-click and drag column divider in Finder column view resizes columns evenly.
     
  16. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    cmd + click link = open link in new tab
    fn + backspace = delete letters to right of cursor
    option + backspace = delete 1 word at a time
     
  17. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    command-option in firefox and you can move the page up and down (dont know if this works in safari too)
     
  18. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    A useful feature can be the Summarize service.

    If you're on a website or have a long document open, basically anything with text, highlight the text, then from the program menu choose Services > Summarize

    i.e. in safari you'd highlight the text then press Safari > Services > Summarize

    A really cool one I just found out about after 5.5 years of using a mac.
     
  19. DanJojo macrumors newbie

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    yeah i know another few tricks i learnt a few years back one is control alt (option) then command then 8 so control alt command 8 makes your screen go like x ray vision, use a photo they look seriously weird when that effect is done.

    another one is a simple one it is command F5 this will activate voice over, this function is actually designed for blind people, you can also change settings of the voice by going help on the main mac toolbar make sure your on finder (you can see it right near the apple sign in the top left corner on what program you are currently using) then press help and type "voice over utility" it should give you that on the drop down, click on it then on the left tab of voice over utility you will see verbosity or speech i think the feature has multiple voices and can change pitch, rate of speech so makes it go quickly and a few other functions. :):):)
     
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    Any particular reason you resurrected this thread? How did you come upon it anyway?

    Btw, the CMD+OPTION+CTRL+8 shortcut has been already mentioned.

     

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