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Disable Auto-Save and Versions in Mac OS X

Jul 11, 2012 - 20 Comments
Diable Auto Save and Versions in Mac OS X

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

9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Mission Control in Mac OS X

Jun 21, 2012 - 18 Comments
Mission Control tips

Mission Control is a powerful window and app manager built directly into Mac OS X, it combines elements of Virtual Desktops (Spaces), an application switcher, and a window manager, into one easy to use centralized location. If you aren’t using it on a regular basis you should, so here are nine tips to help master … Read More

Show the Path Bar in Mac OS X to Work Better in the Finder File System

Jun 20, 2012 - 9 Comments
Show the Path Bar in Mac OS X

As you probably guessed, the Path bar shows the complete filesystem path to the current working directory in any Finder window of Mac OS X. The optional window-dressing item has more use beyond that though, because not only does it show you the present directory, it’s also interactive. In short, that means you can double-click … Read More

Make Incremental Brightness & Volume Adjustments in OS X Mountain Lion & Mavericks

Jun 9, 2012 - 34 Comments
Incremental volume and brightness adjustments in Mac OS X

Do you remember how you could make small and precise 1/4 incremental changes to brightness and audio volume in Mac OS X Snow Leopard by holding down the Option key? Many thought this feature disappeared with OS X Lion, but it turns out you can still make those incremental adjustments in both OS X Lion, … Read More

14 Must-Know Tips & Tricks for Mac OS X

Jun 8, 2012 - 30 Comments
Show hidden files in open and save dialog windows

We often get asked what the single most useful Mac tip is, or what a handful of the best tricks are. It’s impossible to answer such a question given the diversity of use cases of OS X, but here’s a collection of what are surely some of the absolute best tips for Mac OS X … Read More

Quickly Enter Clamshell Mode with an External Display in Mac OS X

Jun 8, 2012 - 13 Comments
Clamshell MacBook in a Book Arc

Keeping a portable Mac turned on while the lid remains closed is commonly referred to as clamshell mode. This basically docks the MacBook Air/Pro/etc and allows the GPU to power an external display only which can help performance of some games and graphics intensive tasks. There are several ways to enter into clamshell but this … Read More

Create a Sorted Applications Launcher & App Menu for the Mac OS X Dock

Jun 5, 2012 - 11 Comments
Group Applications by Category and use a sorted app launcher in the Mac OS X Dock

If you keep the Applications folder in the OS X Dock for quick app launching you’ve probably noticed it’s just a giant list of all the apps installed. Sure you can change the display to use a grid, list, or fan, but if you have a lot of apps you’ll still end up with a … Read More

Add the Voice of Siri to Mac OS X

Jun 4, 2012 - 7 Comments
Add the voice of Siri to Mac OS X with Samantha

If you bought a new Mac with OS X Lion (or later) pre-installed you probably already have the voice of Siri enabled by default. Siri is actually called “Samantha”, but if you upgraded to OS X Lion manually from Snow Leopard you may have missed the addition of Siri’s voice completely, so here’s how to … Read More

Move Windows Between Desktops in Mac OS X With a Click & Keyboard Shortcut

May 27, 2012 - 5 Comments
Enable fast Desktop Switching keyboard shortcuts

With Desktop switching keyboard shortcuts set, you can instantly move windows between different desktops without going through Mission Control at all. The only requirement is to configure the control keys for switching desktops, and you must have multiple desktops or else you won’t have anything to switch the windows between. Enable Desktop Space control keys … Read More

Instantly See All Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Apps with CheatSheet

May 23, 2012 - 33 Comments
CheatSheet shows all keyboard shortcuts for an app in Mac OS X

There are so many keyboard shortcuts throughout Mac OS X and it’s myriad of third party apps that it’s easy to forget them or get lost trying to memorize the sea of keystrokes for each app. This is where CheatSheet will make your life easier, it’s a tiny free application that sits in the background … Read More

Bring Color Icons Back to the Mac OS X Finder Easily with SideEffects

May 22, 2012 - 25 Comments
Color Sidebar icons made easy with SideEffects

If you want color icons back in your OS X Finder window sidebar but don’t want to deal with the existing procedures of manually installing SIMBL and the other components, grab SideEffects instead. SideEffects is a simple package that includes the three necessary components to add color back to Finder sidebar icons; SIMBL, ColorfulSidebar, and … Read More

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

May 15, 2012 - 22 Comments
Disable Automatic Termination of Apps in Mac OS X

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

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