Three newbe questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GtrDude, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. GtrDude macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    I'm brand new to Mac and just got a MacBook Air that I actually had to send back because the space bar only worked if I pushed it in the middle. Slightly off center and it didn't move the cursor.
    Anyway Apple is sending a replacement.

    1. I wanted to ask if you could please tell me if there is a way to make the Close and Minimize buttons larger.
    Coming from Windows these things are tiny on the Macintosh and it takes a lot of work to get to them.
    I am speaking of every program not just one or two, even the Finder, it too has a very small close button. So this would be an OS hack I suppose but I don't think Macintosh has a registry to do those things.

    2. Is it possible to save history in the Spotlight Search feature?
    Each time I search and want to search again using the same keyword they are not saved and I have to re-enter the same words. I was hoping Spotlight would save something like the last 50-100 search words. Or better yet that I could decide how many keywords were saved.

    3. In TextEdit, or any program where you need to save your work, when I exit the program without saving and get the Don't Save, Save, Cancel... dialog is it not possible to navigate between those options using the keyboard?
    I find it awkward to go from the keyboard to the mouse all the time to do this. I'm a pretty heavy keyboard user.
    In Windows one can use the Tab key to go from one option to the next in the same situation.

    I hope you can help, as I said I'm completely new to the world of Macintosh.


  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can use keyboard commands:
    Command-Q = quit
    Command-M = minimize
    Command-W = close current window​
    Thankfully, no. That's one of the advantages of Mac OS X: no registry.
    Sorry, no.
    Yes, Option-Tab moves between the selections, space bar to choose.

    Apple Keyboard Shortcuts from: Helpful Information for Any Mac User
  3. GtrDude thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    Thank you for taking the time and answering my questions.

    I appreciate it.


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