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

Oct 1, 2012 - 5 Comments
Add Twitter usernames and profile images to Contacts

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
Store files, images, and more in OS X Notes app

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

Encrypt Time Machine Backups with Mac OS X

Sep 26, 2012 - 4 Comments
Encrypt Time Machine backups in Mac OS X

Time Machine backups can be encrypted right from your Mac. This means the backed up 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 encrypted backups in Time Machine for Mac OS X … Read More

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

Sep 25, 2012 - 15 Comments
Stop Save As changing original file in OS X

“Save As” is back in OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks, 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 … Read More

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

Sep 17, 2012 - 7 Comments
Spelling and Grammar Check in Mac OS X

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

Speak Selected Text with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Sep 15, 2012 - 1 Comment
Keystroke to speak selected text

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
Tap Gesture to Open Quick Look

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
Update OS X without using the App Store

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 - 7 Comments
Invert the screen colors in OS X Mountain Lion

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.

43 Amazingly Gorgeous Secret Wallpapers Hidden in OS X Mountain Lion

Sep 7, 2012 - 43 Comments
Over 40 amazingly beautiful secret wallpapers hidden in OS X

Did you know OS X Mountain Lion includes 44 ridiculously beautiful high resolution wallpapers? They’re hidden inside the four equally attractive new screen savers and feature some truly stunning scenery from National Geographic, the Hubble Space telescope, and some amazing photographers. Each image is a whopping 3200×2000 resolution, here’s how to access these on your … Read More

Start Web Sharing in OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion the Easy Way with a Preference Panel

Sep 7, 2012 - 1 Comment
Web Sharing preference panel in OS X

Many people have noticed the simple web sharing option was pulled from System Preferences in OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion. The server software still exists and you can start Apache server on your Mac yourself within a minute or two of mucking about in the Terminal, but for some people the command line is … Read More

9 Tricks for the Full Screen Slideshow Feature in OS X

Sep 6, 2012 - 20 Comments
OS X Full Screen Slideshow in Finder

Did you know the Finder in Mac OS X has a built-in instant image slide-show feature? It’s part of Quick Look, and though it’s been around a while, it’s a little known feature that is really great when you want to quickly show off a group of pictures, or even if you just want to … Read More

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