What is the Services menu for?

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  1. Caezar macrumors 6502

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    Every software has a Services menu under the Application Menu (i.e. Firefox menu for Firefox, etc.).

    It contains the following sub-menus: DiskUtility, FileMerge, Finder, FontBook, etc.

    I never used it. What is it for?
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Essentially Services are "abilities" that varous programs or utilities can offer to any open application.

    The ones you're seeing are the ones you get from a "stock" installation--the ones offered by Text Edit, Disk Utility. and so on.

    An example of one I use frequently is a small application for doing fancy Unicode stuff. It offers a service that converts any selected block of text to the appropriate HTML unicode codes. This is tremendously useful for inserting a few non-English characters into a web page without having to mess with character sets or look up anything.

    There are probably thousands of services available--you can basically either browse through what's there based on what you already installed, or if you want a particular service (like the Unicode conversion I use), hunt around for an app that provides it.
     
  3. Caezar thread starter macrumors 6502

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