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  • Listing folders first in Finder column view

    Posted on August 8th, 2007 Alan No comments

    I have to agree with this thread regarding the order of folders/files in Finder.  I much prefer seeing a list of folders at the top followed by the files.  I like the idea someone posted of preceeding folder names with an underscore to force them to the top. I may do that.

  • General Mac tips

    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
  • Locked up Application on the Mac

    Posted on April 10th, 2006 Alan 2 comments

    Jane experienced her first locked up Mac application.  The mail program was  "continously beachballing" as they say.  She asked what the equivalent of

    <Ctrl><Alt><Delete> was and I didn’t know.  Now I do:

    A mini-guide to Mac OS X for new Mini owners.

    If you have an unresponsive application (e.g., continuous beachballing), you can kill it with the combination of Command-Option-Escape. That will bring up a list of running programs from which you will be able to select the offending applications and force-quit it. You can also kill an application from the Dock, by clicking, holding down the mouse key, and selecting Force Quit. On rare occasions, neither of those methods will work, but you can still kill it by opening up Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities), running top to find its process ID, and then typing kill -9 .

  • Problems importing Address Book to the Mac

    Posted on January 15th, 2006 Alan No comments

    After Internet Access and Mail, the next important item in moving Jane from Windows to the Mac is importing her Address Book.  This did not go smoothly.  I exported her contacts in a comma separated values file (.CSV) as instructed and sent it to the Mac.  During importing of this file the Address Book program did nothing when OK was pressed.  Not even a message.   Checking the Apple Support site, It was obvious that others were having the same problem.  I did not see a response from an Apple Representative in the discussion forums, but did find various complicated workarounds.  One person hinted at what the problem was:

    I opened the txt file in AppleWorks spreadsheet and there were new line characters at the beginning of every record. I did a search and replaced them with nothing. Another wrinkle was the insertion of paragraph EOL by the source application into the address fields for the second line of the address. So I had to manually adjust those records. (I don’t know where it came from since a buddy sent it). Saved a text file from AppleWorks and the import worked.

    Seems the Address Book Importer is not very robust.  I hold Apple to a higher standard because
    that’s what they demand.  How could they have dropped the ball on such a basic function?

    The source of our .CSV file was Outlook Express 6.0.  It did not offer any other export format.  I ended up importing the .CSV on a computer that had Outlook installed and exporting them as VCARDs which I then emailed as attachments (all 240 of them) to our Mac Mini.  The Address Book was able to import the VCARD files without any problem.

    Score: Computers 2 Joe User 0

    Latest cool feature Jane will love on her Mac:  Stickies Widget.