Posts Tagged 'OS X'

Fine Keyboard Controls for Brightness and Sound

Ever wanted fine control over your Mac’s Volume and Brightness keyboard controls? You can by using the ⌥⇧keys as well.

Most people know that you can control the output sound volume by pressing the F11 key to reduce the volume, and F12 to increase it. Sometimes at low levels I can’t get the perfect volume by just using the function keys alone. If you press ⌥⇧(Option and shift) and then press the function keys, your Mac will adjust the volume in quarter steps, ...

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Change the default Application for a File Type

When you double-click a file, it will open in the default Application. In this article I will show you how you can change the default application for the file itself as well as all files of the same type. I will also cover a clever trick to enable DVD media (.dvdmedia) bundles to be reassigned back to the Mac OS X DVD Player, if you accidentally change it.

Sometimes when you install or open a new application for the first time ...

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Clever things with Mountain Lion Proxy Icons

In Mountain Lion the Proxy Icon (the tiny icon that appears in the title bar of most windows) has gained some new polish for applications that support Auto Save. You can use Proxy Icons to rename, move, duplicate and revert to a previous version of your document. Proxy Icons can also be used to copy and move Folders as well as creating shortcuts for emails on your desktop.

Apple’s iWork applications (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), as well as certain 3rd Party ...

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CheatSheet helps you learn Keyboard Shortcuts (Review)

CheatSheet Icon

Keyboard shortcuts are the easiest way to do things faster, but with the wide variety of software we all use it’s hard to remember all the different shortcuts. CheatSheet – Stefan Fuerst is great free utility that shows you the available shortcuts of the active application after holding the ⌘ (Command Key) for a few seconds.

Keyboard Shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity in frequently used Applications for commands that ...

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Mountain Lion Dictation Ideas

With the latest release of Mac OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion you can now dictate short pieces of text. Anywhere you can enter text on your Mac, you can now dictate it. In this article I will show you how to enable dictation in Mountain Lion and show some ways in which I think it can be useful and hopefully enable you to be more productive.

Enable Dictation

By default Dictation is turned off, so you first have to enable it. You ...

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1Password Keyboard Shortcuts and Bookmarks

1Password from Agilebits is a password, form-filling and identity manager that fully integrates with your browser.

In the video above I take a look at :

1. Why you might need a password manager like 1Password.

2. A quick overview of the key features of 1Password and how the Password Manager works in 1Password.

3. How to use the 1Password Keyboard shortcuts and Safari Bookmarks.

The key 1Password Keyboard shortcuts are;

Fill Login

⌘\  {Command + Backslash}

Automatically logs you in to the website that ...

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Switching to the Mac from Windows

Congratulations if you have bought, or about to buy your first Mac. This article sets out some great resources to make the transition from Windows to Mac as easy and seamless as possible. It will generally take most people about a week to get used to the Mac Operating System (OS). At the time of writing this article the present release of the Mac OS is 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Step 1 – Prepare for the arrival of your new Mac.

Decide what you ...

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YouTube Playback Problems Fix

If you are having problems with the new Youtube interface and you are finding stuttering and random freezes when attempting to play videos you may want to check if you have opted in to the HTML5 trial. You can check your settings by going to http://www.youtube.com/html5. If you have opted in to the HTML5 trial, I suggest turning it off, and hopefully that will stop the problem. It certainly worked for me, and has fixed the problem for a number ...

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Enable ‘Find my iPhone’ to help you find lost / stolen devices

Find My iPhone

This week I used the ‘Find my iPhone’ iCloud /iOS service to locate and recover my iPad from a busy shopping centre in Bristol. I guess I should briefly explain why I needed to use the ‘Find my iPhone’ service. I had dropped my Kids off to school, I needed to visit a store at Cabot’s circus, a shopping centre in the centre of Bristol, close to my kid’s ...

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