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Change the Default Screen Shot File Name in Mac OS X

Feb 16, 2012 - 8 Comments

Screen shots taken in Mac OS X save to files prefixed with “Screen Shot” in the file name, but this can be changed with a defaults write command to anything else. Change the Default File Name of Screen Shots Launch the Terminal and type the following command, replacing “OSXDaily” with the file name you wish … Read More

Speed Up Mission Control Animations in Mac OS X

Feb 14, 2012 - 23 Comments

Boosting the speed of Mission Control animations can make Mac OS X feel a bit faster when switching between windows, spaces, and apps within the feature. It’s easy to do and reversible if you decide you don’t like it, launch the Terminal to get started. These defaults commands work in Lion, Mountain Lion, and beyond. … Read More

See All Previously Used Defaults Commands in Mac OS X

Jan 31, 2012 - 8 Comments

It’s easy to lose track of all the defaults commands used to perform tweaks to Mac OS X, but with the help of the history command it’s easy to list every defaults write and accompanying defaults delete commands ever used on a Mac. Launch the Terminal to get started. See All Defaults Commands Executed To … Read More

Jump to the Most Recently Used Desktop Space with a Hidden Gesture in OS X Lion

Dec 15, 2011 - 8 Comments

If you use the multi-desktop Spaces feature of Mission Control often, you’ll probably like a hidden gesture in Mac OS X Lion that lets you immediately jump back to the most recently used Space with just a four-fingered tap on the trackpad (or Magic Mouse). Here’s how to enable the gesture with a defaults write … Read More

Enable Safari’s Hidden Debug Menu

Nov 7, 2011 - 8 Comments

Safari has a hidden “Debug” menu that offers some additional features for debugging the browser, including stress and load tests, sampling, javascript error logging, the ability to intentionally crash a page, and more. Intended for Safari developers, the Debug menu is different from the Developer menu, which is geared more at web developers, although there … Read More

Enable AirDrop Over Ethernet & AirDrop On Unsupported Macs Running OS X

Sep 16, 2011 - 59 Comments

AirDrop is the extremely easy local peer-to-peer file transfer tool that is built into OS X 10.7 and 10.8 and beyond, it allows you to easily send and receive files wirelessly over a network just by dragging and dropping. It’s a great addition to Lion, but it’s not supported on all Macs (some 2008 model … Read More

Super-Size Dock Icon Magnification

May 9, 2011 - 2 Comments

For those using larger displays you may wish the Dock icon magnification was greater, this can be achieved easily with a defaults write command. The number at the end represents the pixel dimensions of the icon magnification, so 200 equates to 200×200 (for reference, 128 is the default): defaults write largesize -float 200 200×200 … Read More

Set Terminal Focus to Follow the Mouse Cursor in Mac OS X

Apr 18, 2011 - 5 Comments

If you’re coming to Mac OS X from elsewhere in the unix & x11 world, you might be used to the focus of Terminal windows following your mouse cursor. With a little command line magic, we can enable this hidden feature in the Mac OS X too, here’s how: Launch the Terminal and enter … Read More

Add a Recent Items Menu to the Dock

Apr 15, 2011 - 17 Comments

You can add a Recent Items menu to the Mac OS X Dock by using a defaults write command. The default is set to “Recent Applications” but once the Dock item exists you can adjust it to feature other recent items too. Launch the terminal and enter the following: defaults write persistent-others -array-add ‘{ … Read More

Disable the Spaces Animation in Mac OS X

Mar 9, 2011 - 9 Comments

Anytime you flip between Spaces in Mac OS X there’s a fancy animation, this is nice and all but it makes switching Spaces slower than it needs to be. You can disable the animation which speeds up Spaces transition a bit. Disable Spaces Animation Launch Terminal and type: defaults write workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES Then … Read More

Change the Screen Shot Capture File Format in Mac OS X

Aug 16, 2010 - 11 Comments

All versions of Mac OS X default to saving captured screen shot files to PNG format, but if you’d rather have them save as another file type, it’s actually quite easy to modify the file format and change the default to something new. Whether the desired format is JPG, TIFF, PDF, GIF, or back to … Read More

Hide All Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

Sep 23, 2009 - 50 Comments

Desktop icon clutter can really impact workflow by overwhelming you with files and just too much stuff to look at. Inevitably, it can be hard to avoid since a lot of apps download things to the Desktop by default, we save things there, screenshots go there, it quickly becomes the generic catch-all location for documents … Read More

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