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How to Start the Mac Screen Saver with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Jul 10, 2014 - 10 Comments
Keystroke to start a screen saver on the Mac

Have you ever wanted to initiate the screen saver of your Mac by hitting a keystroke combination? You’re not alone, and that’s what we’re going to show you how to do here. While OS X does not include this feature by default, we’ll demonstrate how to create an Automator system service that will accomplish the … Read More

Quickly Make a Stickies Note from a Selection in Mac OS X

Jul 9, 2014 - 21 Comments
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Stickies is an app that creates floating notes that can sit on your Mac desktop, it’s been around on the Mac for ages and tends to sit quietly forgotten in the Applications folder of OS X. Often the lack of Stickies usage is either due to not knowing the app exists, or just not knowing … Read More

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 Download Available to Developers

Jul 7, 2014 - 12 Comments
OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 has been released by Apple to all developers running current beta builds of OS X Yosemite, the next major version of Mac OS. The new build number of OS X 10.10 beta is versioned as 14A283o and will run on all compatible Macs. The simplest way for Mac developers … Read More

Get a Rainbow of Colors for Terminal Command Output with lolcat

Jul 3, 2014 - 2 Comments
lolcat rainbow terminal cat output

The Terminal defaults to being a bunch of boring black on white text, and sure you can change the appearance to other themes, add colors, background images, opacity, transparencies, and other UI customizations, but what you really want is obviously a rainbow version of the cat command for input and output, right? Right, of course … Read More

Close All Windows in a Mac App with a Keystroke

Jul 2, 2014 - 8 Comments
Close All Windows in Mac OS X with a Keystroke

Most Mac users know that hitting the Command+W keyboard shortcut will close the currently active window, but with a slight modification and by adding an additional key press, you can close all windows in just about any OS X app or the Mac Finder. What’s this super excellent keyboard shortcut for closing everything? It’s easy … Read More

Show a Scale Indicator in Maps for Mac OS X

Jul 1, 2014 - 1 Comment
Show Scale in Maps for Mac

The Maps app in Mac OS X is a useful tool to pre-plan routes, generate map files for offline usage, send directions to an iPhone, and much more, but one critical cartographic component that’s missing by default from all Maps views is any sort of scale indicator, making it difficult to get an idea of … Read More

OS X 10.9.4 Update Released with Wi-Fi Bug Fix & Sleep Wake Resolution

Jun 30, 2014 - 8 Comments
OS X Mavericks logo

Apple has released an update to OS X Mavericks, versioned as 10.9.4. The update brings several significant bug fixes and security updates, and is recommended to install for all Mac users running OS X Mavericks. Notably, the OS X 10.9.4 update resolves a frustrating problem where a Mac would not automatically rejoin a trusted Wi-Fi … Read More

How to Join Multiple PDF Files Into a Single PDF Document in Mac OS X

Jun 27, 2014 - 14 Comments
Join multiple PDF files into one in Mac OS X

If you have multiple PDF files that you want to combine into a single PDF file, you can rely on the Macs bundled Preview app to accomplish this. Not only can Preview combine a variety of single or multi-page PDF docs into a single file, you can even add images as pages, remove a page … Read More

Advanced Guide to Understanding OS X Malware

Jun 25, 2014 - 12 Comments
Security

Note: This is an advanced topic aimed at expert Mac users. Macs are generally thought of as secure, certainly at least compared to the alternative world of Windows. But the reality is that while Macs are generally more secure than Windows, there is still legitimate potential for malware getting through to OS X, despite GateKeeper, … Read More

Quick Launch Command Manual Pages from the Terminal Help Menu

Jun 24, 2014 - 8 Comments
Open a man page from the Terminal Help menu

The next time you’re stuck trying to figure out a terminal command, or maybe you’re just trying to learn a new one, don’t be afraid to ask for help… from the OS X Terminal apps very own Help menu. Yes seriously, that’s because the Help menu of Terminal app can serve as a man (manual) … Read More

How to Add the Date to the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Jun 23, 2014 - 12 Comments
Show date in the menu bar of Mac OS X

You can customize the menu bar clock that appears in the upper right corner of your Mac to include more than just the current time, and one of the more useful things to add is the current date. This is particularly helpful in OS X because unless you have the Calendar app open all the … Read More

How to Clear Recent Searches from Safari

Jun 20, 2014 - 6 Comments
Clear Recent Searches in Safari

Nearly all web browsers default to keeping a list of recent searches which are easily retrievable as part of the browser history. Safari shows this recent search list when the URL bar is clicked into with the cursor, revealing the 10 most recent web search terms or phrases. That recent search list can be convenient … Read More

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