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

Apr 18, 2011 - 8 Comments
Terminal in OS X

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 Terminal.app too.

Add a Recent Items Menu to the Dock

Apr 15, 2011 - 17 Comments
recent-items-dock-mac

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 com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{ … Read More

Disable the Spaces Animation in Mac OS X

Mar 9, 2011 - 9 Comments
spaces-mac-os-x

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 com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES Then … Read More

Change the Screen Shot Save File Location in Mac OS X

Jan 26, 2011 - 61 Comments
Screen shots default save location in Mac OS X can be changed

By default, anytime you take a screen capture in Mac OS X, the resulting screenshot file will save to the current users desktop. This makes retrieval very easy and is very appropriate for the average Mac user, but for those who take a lot of screen shots in OS X, they may find their desktop … Read More

Change the Screen Shot Capture File Format in Mac OS X

Aug 16, 2010 - 13 Comments
Change the screenshot file format in Mac OS X

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

Minimize App Windows Into Dock Icons with a defaults String in OS X

Mar 2, 2010 - 8 Comments
minimize to dock app icon

If you’re tired of having your Mac Dock full of thumbnailed versions of minimized windows, you can change the Dock’s minimize behavior with a simple Terminal command that will minimize windows into the parent applications Dock icon. You can then tell which windows are minimized by looking for the diamond next to the window name … Read More

Hide All Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

Sep 23, 2009 - 50 Comments
Desktop icons disabled in OS X

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

Require a password on waking from sleep, but not when screensaver is active

Apr 26, 2009 - 9 Comments
Screen saver with no password

Have you ever wanted to have your Mac require a password on waking from system sleep, but not ask for a password when the screensaver is on or the screen was locked? Well, me neither, but someone out there might and it’s kind of a nifty customization tip. Here’s how to do it: Launch the … Read More

Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X

Feb 25, 2009 - 49 Comments
Finder

If you find yourself needing to access hidden files on your Mac, like an .htaccess file you downloaded, a .bash_profile, a .svn directory, – literally anything preceded with a ‘.’ indicating it is invisible by default – you can run the below command from the terminal to toggle hidden files to become visible. For some … Read More

Show Full Directory Path in Mac OS X Finder Window Title Bars

Dec 2, 2007 - 27 Comments
Show the full path in Finder title bars

Have you ever wished you could see the complete file system path in the titlebar of a Finder file system window? Well you can use a secret setting in Mac OS X to display the path in the titlebars of windows. The geekier Mac users amongst us and those familiar with the unix world should … Read More

How to Completely Disable Dashboard in Mac OS X

Mar 14, 2007 - 14 Comments

Dashboard is the kind of thing you either love or hate, using the widgets constantly or not at all. How much use you get out of Dashboard will probably determine if you want the feature to stick around in Mac OS X or not. As regular readers may recall, we have discussed how unused Dashboard … Read More

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