Simple Mac OS X tips

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by glosterseagul, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. glosterseagul macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    I thought I would try and start a tips thread. I was talking to a chap from microsoft about Word and he ended with giving me a couple of Cool tips.

    So try and keep them simple, short and to the point and cool :cool:

    When you have several applications open hold down apple key and press tab. This lets you tab thro the apps, let go when the one you want is selected and that one comes to the front.
  2. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    middle mouse button is safari opens a new tab
    and regarding the earlier tip, a lil add on.. cmd+~ lets you go through all windows a single app.
  3. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    I'll add this since I've seen a few problems it would have helped with:
    Use command-drag to rearrange the menus on the right of the menubar or to remove them.
  4. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    OPTION+Volume Key (any one) opens Sound preferences
    OPTION+F14 or F15 (screen brightness) opens Display preferences

    Hold down OPTION+CMD while clicking Shutdown or Restart will cause that action to happen without further prompting.

    EDIT: Also while holding CMD+Tab, you can keep holding CMD and use mouse to select app. Click to activate.
  5. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002

    Select a piece of text and drag it to the desktop.
  6. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    Drag the applications folder onto the dock, then click and hold to show contents of folder.
  7. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    While in the CMD-Tab application switcher, hit CMD-Q to quit the hi-lighted application.
  8. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    Thought I'd share a little something. Probably known. For those who don't - enjoy.

    Attached Files:

  9. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    OOOoooohhhh!!! Pretty! :D

    Also, for switching between tabs in Safari, you can use Apple-Shift-(right or left arrow key)
  10. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Press Cmd+Shift+4 to select an area to take a screen shot of, but while you have the selection tool up, press space and you can select a window to take a screenshot of. Press space again to go back to the selection tool. The desktop, the menu bar and the dock count as windows.
  11. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Apple-Control-Shift-3 will take a screenshot and put it on the clipboard rather than creating a file.

    Apple-Control-Shift-4 will take a selection screenshot to the clipboard rather than a file.
  12. mikepctp macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2003
    just north of Toronto, Canada
    Find the Virtual PC Folder and drag / drop it in the trash... you shouldn't be running that stuff on a Mac... :D

  13. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Drag ANY often used folder or HD into the dock for instant access.

    and the easy trash "cmd+delete" to put something into the trash and "cmd+shift+delete" to empty the trash
  14. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Option + Mute = Instant access to System Prefs.

    Command + Tab brings up the application icons and each successive push moves you forward one, but once there command +` moves you backwards through them.

    Turn on the zoom feature under the Universal Access tab. Then Command - Option - = will zoom you in to your mouse pointer. Command Option - will zoom you back out.

    Drag and Drop works nearly anywhere.

    Hold down the shift key when you minimize a window to the dock.
  15. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!

    Open a Finder window and press the Apple Key while clicking the top center will tell you the path of where the current window is from.

    You can drag anything into the toolbar in the Finder Window in Panther.

    You can hit F14 and F15 to brighten/dim the display on most computers with those keys available.

    Drag a document onto the printer icon in the dock (you have to put that icon in the dock yourself) and it will automatically print out.

    If you have a bunch of Finder windows open and you want to close them all at once, hold the option key down while pressing the red button (close button) in a Finder window and watch them all close at once.

    If your in a Finder window and you option double click on the something to open/lanuch it, it will launch it and also close the Finder window.

    If you option click on the desktop, or anywhere in the finder it will go to the Finder and hide all applications you have open.

    I guess thats enough for now!
  16. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    excellent!! :D now i can do away with that 'path' function in the toolbar. more room for icons!! :)

    and my tip:

    CMD+power button - for a quick reboot if your Mac has jammed or something. alot quicker than just holding the power button and waiting for it to shutdown and then reboot again. :)

    and not really a tip, more of a slightly amusing time waster:

    open a Finder, or other window, then open Terminal and type 'killall Dock'. keep the Terminal window selected (in front) and just hold Shift while you click the minimize button on the Finder, or other window. it will slowly start to minimize. after it's started to shrink a bit, hit Enter in Terminal. :D that will quit the Dock and stop the window minimising, keeping it in it's 'shrunken' state. don't worry, the Dock automatically starts again.

    you can move the shrunken window around, and still select icons in it. you can just close the window when you get sick of it.

    this also looks good if you change the position of the Dock after each 'killall Dock'. then you'll have the windows minimizing to different parts of the screen. really trippy stuff. :D i showed this to a bunch of PC users and it was kinda funny :)
  17. briankonar macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2004
    drag any volume to the dock.

    right click (control + click) for hierarchial menu.

    i see way to many dock's with 100 applications in them. :rolleyes:
  18. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Here's one nobody mentioned. Whenever your computer freezes, hit control-alt-delete. Oh wait, never mind...
  19. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    Drag any file onto an application icon in the dock which can open that type of file to "open with". E.g. try dragging an iPhoto photo onto the Preview icon or Photoshop to open it in those programs. (The icon goes dark if the app will accept the file).

    Make a folder of aliases to most of your frequently used programs/documents and put that in the dock for easy access (like Windows Start Menu)

    To change the icon of a particular folder or file, select it in the Finder, Get Info (Command-I), select the icon at the top so that it glows blue and then paste an image file onto it (Command-V). To revert the icon, simply select it again and press the delete key.
  20. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Though I don't have quite 100 apps in my dock, I do have 30 or so. I don't like going through hierarchical menus to get to my apps. Why is this a problem?
  21. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    I just thought of another cool tip that hasn't been mentioned...

    If you don't want the confirmation box to restart or shutdown your Mac then hold the option key down when click on either Restart or ShutDown and your Mac will just do what you told it to without confirmation boxes!
  22. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    Much as I hate to say it....

    Buy a non apple 2 button Mouse as it works on OSX. Saves on the alt-click!
  23. stcanard macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    Now that's cool, I had no idea I could right-click a folder in the dock to get a menu like that!
  24. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004

    This is the same as above? What is the control + click? Isnt it just click? :confused:
  25. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    what is this? :confused:

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