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Automatically Add Twitter Usernames & Profile Pictures to Contacts from OS X

Oct 1, 2012 - 5 Comments

Now that Twitter is deeply integrated into OS X from Mountain Lion onward, you can easily add Twitter usernames and their accompanying profile pictures to your existing Contacts information automatically. This is done by crossmatching data in your Contacts list with Twitter email addresses and phone numbers, which basically guarantees accuracy. Open System Preferences and … Read More

Use Notes as a Super Clipboard to Sync Data Between Macs and iOS Devices

Sep 30, 2012 - 39 Comments

Notes has been around in iOS for a while, but it’s new to the Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, and if you think it’s just a place to keep track of a few thoughts you’re greatly underestimating the usefulness of this app. In fact, Notes can function as a powerful cross-platform clipboard, because not … Read More

Hide Software Updates from the App Store in Mac OS X

Sep 27, 2012 - 6 Comments

Ignoring specific software updates is a bit different now in OS X Mountain Lion than it used to be now that updates are handled by the Mac App Store. From Mountain Lion onward, if you don’t want to install an update you will need to hide it from being visible. Hiding Software Updates from the … Read More

Encrypt Time Machine Backups with OS X

Sep 26, 2012 - 4 Comments

Time Machine backups can be encrypted right from your Mac. This means the data is extremely safe from prying eyes and the very unlikely event of a cracking attempt, and it also means you’ll need a password to access the encrypted backups yourself. Enabling this feature can be done in two ways: Enable Encryption on … Read More

Stop “Save As” From Changing Original File in OS X Mountain Lion

Sep 25, 2012 - 15 Comments

“Save As” is back in OS X Mountain Lion, but many users have complained of how it modifies the original file in addition to the newly saved file, thereby defeating the purpose of how many people use Save As. If this bothers you, you’ll be pleased to discover that from OS X 10.8.2 onward, there … Read More

How to Restart Notification Center in OS X

Sep 18, 2012 - 2 Comments

Notification Center in OS X is great but it can act up every once in a while and either stop updating completely or freeze up and become inaccessible. If you encounter any such issue, or modifications were made to Notification Center and just need to reset it, here’s all you need to do: Hit Command+Spacebar … Read More

Summon a Spelling & Grammar Check Tool in Mac OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut

Sep 17, 2012 - 7 Comments

Mac OS X includes a powerful built-in spelling and grammar tool that runs automatically when you type in many apps, but a separate panel can be summoned from just about any text entry point or app that provides additional support for the feature. To bring up the “Spelling and Grammar” panel in a compatible Mac … Read More

How to Encrypt an External Drive Quickly in Mac OS X

Sep 17, 2012 - 8 Comments

It’s now easier than ever to quickly encrypt external disks and hard drives from Mac OS X, whether they are USB drives, Firewire, or even SD cards. While you can still use the traditional route to encrypt disks through Disk Utility, from OS X Mountain Lion onward the process is streamlined directly into the Finder … Read More

Speak Selected Text with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Sep 15, 2012 - 1 Comment

The excellent OS X text to speech function can be activated with a simple keystroke, but first you have to enable the feature: Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu Choose the “Dictation & Speech” panel then select the “Text to Speech” tab Check the box next to “Speak selected text when the key … Read More

Instantly Open Anything with Quick Look in OS X Using a Simple Tap Gesture

Sep 14, 2012 - 7 Comments

Did you know you can instantly open any file into Quick Look with just a simple gesture? From the Finder in OS X Mountain Lion onward, all you need to do is hover the cursor over the file in question, then do a three-fingered single tap on the file to immediately launch the document into … Read More

Update OS X Mountain Lion Without the App Store

Sep 14, 2012 - 6 Comments

Using the command line softwareupdate tool you can update Mac OS X system software without using the App Store. This is particularly useful for Mac users running OS X 10.8 or later where the software update system is primarily handled through the Mac App Store, but can occasionally either go awry or be inaccessible in … Read More

How to Invert the Mac Screen Colors in OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Sep 10, 2012 - 6 Comments

Inverting the colors of a Mac display is a fairly common accessibility feature, and it’s also pretty handy for when you’re reading at night because it puts most screen text into a white on black mode like iOS.

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