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How to Disable “Go To Folder” in Mac OS X

Aug 31, 2012 - 9 Comments

The Go To Folder command is one of the most useful features in the OS X Finder, letting you quickly navigate deep into directory structures without having to click around. But it can also be used to access folders you may not want users to get to, be it /System/ directories or the Library folders. … Read More

Return Safari 6 Delete Key Functionality to Go Back a Page

Aug 5, 2012 - 12 Comments

Safari 6 changed the longstanding behavior of the Delete key, which used to navigate back a page when pressed but now does nothing. Instead, navigating web pages forward and backward is done through Command [ and Command ]. If you’d like to return the back-a-page navigation behavior to the Delete key within Safari, you can … Read More

Disable Auto-Save and Versions in Mac OS X

Jul 11, 2012 - 19 Comments

Tired of Auto-Save continuously saving files in the background? Does Versions annoy you with it’s saved states of your work in each apps? For the vast majority of users, Auto-Save and Versions are excellent features in Mac OS X, but some advanced users are annoyed with the features that came in Lion (and are here … Read More

Change Finder Windows View Style from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Jul 4, 2012 - 5 Comments

Unless it’s been disabled, any Finder window in Mac OS X has the View option buttons in the windows toolbar. From left to right you can select icon view, list, columns, and coverflow. You may have noticed the window view style doesn’t always persist across Finder windows though, even if you selected “Always Open With … Read More

Remove Rounded Corners from QuickTime Player Video Windows

Jun 25, 2012 - 6 Comments

QuickTime Player automatically rounds the corners of any video window, a nice touch that fits in line with the rest of the OS X desktop and window experience. If you don’t like the rounded movie window appearance though, you can easily disable them: Quick QuickTime Launch Terminal and enter the following command: defaults write com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX … Read More

Disable Automatic Termination of Apps in Mac OS X Lion & Mountain Lion

May 15, 2012 - 22 Comments

Automatic termination is a feature of OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion that comes from the realm of iOS, the idea is that after an app is unused for a period of time and becomes inactive, it will automatically terminate to free up resources for other tasks. With the help of the new … Read More

Disable Elastic (Rubber Band) Scrolling in Mac OS X

May 10, 2012 - 12 Comments

Ever since Mac OS X 10.7, the Mac has included the same elastic over-scrolling that exists in the iOS world. Frequently called “rubberband scrolling”, it kicks in as an overscrolling effect that runs out of the scrollable region revealing the linen background before snapping back into the scrollable region. Scroll up quickly with or without … Read More

Disable the File Extension Change Warning in Mac OS X

Apr 11, 2012 - 5 Comments

Assuming you have file extensions shown in the OS X Finder, attempting to change a file extension causes a warning dialog with a confirmation box to appear. This is annoying if you know what you’re doing and you have a compelling reason to change extensions, so let’s turn it off using the command line and … Read More

Enable Half-Star Ratings in iTunes

Apr 9, 2012 - 5 Comments

iTunes allows users to rate songs on a 1 star to 5 star basis, song rating data can then be used for a variety of purposes, either for your own reference or for creating custom play lists that only include songs rated over a certain star value. But what if a song is somewhere in … Read More

Disable Google Chrome Automatic Software Update

Apr 6, 2012 - 8 Comments

Google Chrome automatically updates itself in the background when a new version is out, this takes responsibility out of user hands and makes it simple to keep up to date with the latest version of the app. Generally you should leave automatic update enabled, if not for its ease than for the security benefits of … Read More

Change the Animation Speed of Hiding & Displaying the Mac OS X Dock

Mar 28, 2012 - 7 Comments

Automatically hiding the Dock is one of the more useful features you can enable if you work on a Mac with limited screen space. That experience can be improved by removing the auto-hide delay from the Dock in OS X, which reduces the delay from when a mouse is hovered near the Dock to when … Read More

Remove the Auto-Hiding Dock Delay in Mac OS X

Mar 27, 2012 - 37 Comments

If you use a hidden Dock in Mac OS X, you can speed up the time it takes to show the Dock with a defaults write command. This command removes the delay from when a cursor is hovered near the Dock location and to when it’s displayed, it doesn’t change the animation speed of the … Read More

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