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    Posted on August 6th, 2007 Alan No comments

    Managing desktop

    Use Expose to help access open windows: System Preferences…Dashboard & Expose.  I use the upper left corner of the screen to show all windows and the lower left corner to view desktop.

    Keyboard shortcuts

    <fn><delete> will do a forward delete
    <fn><option><delete> deletes word to right of cursor
    <Left Arrow>/<Right Arrow> to open/close folders in finder
    Cmd+[, Cmd+] to move backward and forward in finder history

    Secrets Preferences Pane – turn on showing of hidden files in finder and much more

    How to Print Screen to a file on the desktop in Mac OS X

    The basic functionality of taking a screen capture of a window or desktop in Mac OS X takes an image and dumps it to a file on the Mac desktop. Each uses the pressing of Command and Shift keys concurrently as the basis for execution, followed by a number:

    • Command+Shift+3: takes a screenshot of the full screen (or screens if multiple monitors), and save it as a file to the desktop
    • Command+Shift+4: brings up a selection box so you can specify an area to take a screenshot of, then save it as a file to the desktop
    • Command+Shift+4, then spacebar, then click a window: takes a screenshot of a window only and saves it as a file to the desktop

    How to Print Screen to the Clipboard on a Mac

    This functions a lot more like Print Screen in the Windows world. If you want to do the equivalent of Print Screen to the clipboard so that you can paste it into another app, these are the commands you’d want to use:

    • Command+Control+Shift+3: take a screenshot of the entire screen (screens if multiple monitors), and saves it to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere
    • Command+Control+Shift+4, then select an area: takes a screenshot of selection and saves it to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere
    • Command+Control+Shift+4, then space, then click a window: takes a screenshot of a window and saves it to the clipboard for pasting

    Show hidden files

    Open Terminal window and type:  defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    Delete folders recursively:

    find . -type d -name '.svn' -print -exec rm -rf {} \;
    Relaunch Finder. You can use: killall Finder
    If you want to hide hidden files again (those preceded with a .) and go back to the default Mac settings, you can just type the following:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    Copy files skipping files that exist
    Normally you are only giving the choice to Replace/Stop/Keep Both
    By  holding down the <Option> key when you drag and drop, Replace is “replaced” by Skip
    Change default location for screenshots
    1. Create new folder in finder.
    2. Open up terminal and type in:  defaults write com.apple.screencapture location
    3. Making sure there is a space after “location”, drag the folder you created to the terminal window to append the folder path
    4. Hit Enter
    5. Type killall SystemUIServer and hit enter

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