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When in Fullscreen OSX Yosemite won't show the dock if “auto-hide-dock” is enabled.

While my dock "auto-hide" is enabled when, in full-screen app, if I put the pointer to the very bottom, the dock won't show up. Unless, and this might be a bug, I move my mouse horizontally and it ...
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Please share your hidden OS X features or tips and tricks

Do you know any hidden or little-known nice feature of Mac OS X? It doesn't matter what it is—maybe just a short terminal command or a keyboard shortcut. Share your experiences on hidden Mac OS ...
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Is it possible to hide icons on the dock of apps that are running on other spaces?

I was wondering if it is possible to hide icons on the dock of apps that are running on other spaces. Also I would like the app-switcher to show only the apps that are working on the current desktop ...
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Hidden features of Safari? [closed]

While using Safari, I accidentally three-finger tapped on a link and Preview of that web page popped up, like below. I think it's pretty useful. Do you know any other hidden features of Safari? I ...
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How do I tell Finder to always show my Library folder on Mavericks?

I thought there was a checkbox to suppress the hiding of my user Library folder on Mavericks, but I can't seem to find it. I appreciate hiding Library by default, but since Lion have missed it being ...
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Can I lower the minimum display brightness? How?

When working late, I'd like to lower the screen brightness further than the OS X allows in using the brightness keys. While you can use ⌥+⇧+F1/F21 to change the brightness in smaller ...
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How do I tap multiple images to share them all at once with iCloud Photo Sharing?

I can't reproduce Apple's first tip on their iPhone tips and tricks page. When they say tap multiple images I assumed them mean tap the 'Select' button in the upper right then select photos one by one ...
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What is the use of Background App Refresh?

I never realised any advantage of having that feature turned on, nor turned off. Any idea what it does ? Have you noticed anything with it ?
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Safari Auto-Extract ZIP File Upon Download

When I download a zip file through Safari it automatically extracts it into a new folder named as the ZIP file is. Is there a way to disable the auto extract feature and just leave the file as is in ...
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What does setting LSUIPresentationMode to 1 or 2 do?

While reading "Is it possible to hide the dock on a per-application basis?", I noted that according to the documentationLSUIPresentationMode, setting LSUIPresentationMode to value 1 or 2 (in an ...
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How can I limit my download bandwidth?

Sometimes, I require a lot of bandwidth but do not want to disturb other's browsing experience. At the university I'm often connected to networks for multiple users which requires me to limit my ...
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What features of Yosemite are beneficial to you? [closed]

This question serves to share and collect the enhancements that make a large difference to how you use your Mac. Please post one feature per answer. Please also check to see if your answer has ...
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Pages: Can I create text variables like in inDesign?

I've found Pages simply great and very useful on making documents for idendity scopes, very lighter and faster than InDesign for medium-small documents. The only thing I missing inside it are the ...
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Know of any features or tips and tricks in OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

Kind of like this: Got any Mac OS X hidden features or nice tips & tricks? but specific to OS X Lion 10.7.x ONLY Do you know any hidden or little-known nice feature of OS X 10.7 (Lion)? It ...
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How can I position windows with the maximize button?

I was watching this video when the instructor was able to position a window by using the maximize button and clicking on one of four positioning options, as seen in the image below. This was also ...
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Is loading your desktop before login safe?

I came across an article explaining how to load your desktop before you login. Does anyone know if this works in Lion? Is there any reason I should avoid attempting it? Load your desktop before ...
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What features of Mavericks are beneficial to you?

This question serves to share and collect the enhancements that make a large difference to how you use your Mac. Please post one feature per answer. Please also check to see if your answer has ...
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What are some undocumented iPhone features?

With included documentation as sparse as Apple's, there are plenty of them...
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Scrolling of the terminal does not always stick to the bottom

When my terminal gives lots of output (for example when I am compiling something), by default the scrolling automatically sticks to 'bottom' of my terminal window. But when I scroll within my output, ...
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Is there any way to show the hidden files at the end of Finder's file list?

I have Finder set to display hidden files/folders. This is rather inconvenient when I open my home folder however, given it contains a lot of them. Is there a way to change the alphabetical sorting ...
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What are some great OS X Dropbox uses?

There are a number of ways I use my Dropbox with OS X apps, or iOS devices. Some of them include: Recipe tracking: I keep a 'recipes' folder inside Together's dropbox-synced-library, so from my Mac ...
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Making Hidden Apps Appear Faded Whilst Sitting On The Dock?

Sometimes it can be quite difficult for me to tell which of my apps are hidden on the dock and which are not. Is it possible to make those Apps which I have hidden (either by terminal command or ...
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What un(der)-documented features have you stumbled upon in Mountain Lion?

This question serves to share and collect the enhancements which are not documented by Apple, or documented poorly. Please justify your answer; if it is something that is well documented by Apple and ...
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How can I view the root directory along with all its subdirectories in Finder?

I want to view the all (sub-)directories on my Mac partition in Finder. Both hidden and unhidden directories. How can I do this?
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Avoid showing hidden applications in the cmd+tab navigation menu

I recently switched to OS X Mountain Lion. I have applications like Skype and Pidgin which start at login and are hidden, but when I have more applications running and I do ⌘ cmd + ⇥ Tab to switch ...
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What (un-)documented multitouch gestures exist in Lion and common applications?

Safari allows to go back to a previous website using the two-finger-swipe gesture. All of the standard multitouch gestures are very nicely documented in the More Gestures section of the Trackpad ...
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What is the function(s) of the hidden Debug menu in Disk Utility? [duplicate]

What is the function(s) of the Debug menu and why is it hidden by default?
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I am missing the option to see the remaining battery life as time in the menubar?

In previous versions of OS X the battery indicator in the menubar included options to show the remaining battery life as percentage or time (or nothing). In Mountain Lion, there's only an option to ...
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Is there a way to disable data detectors from Mail?

Is there a way to disable the data detector "feature" from Mail? LE: OSX 10.8.3 / Mail 6.3 (1503)
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How do I avoid inadvertently switching workspaces?

I keep accidentally dragging windows into other workspaces on my Macbook Air running OS X Lion. Can I disable dragging into other workspaces or make doing so more difficult?
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Is it possible to remove the Dock in Lion?

Is there a defaults write command to remove the dock in Lion. I tried the steps mentioned but that does not seem to work on Lion. I can still see the dock. Are there hidden defaults that can make the ...
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Can I remove the lines in the Notes.app and change the line spacing?

The only reason I use the Notes.app and not Stickies.app is iCloud sync. I enjoy the customization (colors, fonts, minimized view) and minimalism (plain background, thin borders) of Stickies over the ...
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How did I make this screen appear?

This is a pretty general question, and I'm sorry I don't have a screenshot for you. First, some specs: I am running OSX Lion on a MacMini with a Magic Mouse. I had a screen appear and I'm not sure ...
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How to always show menubar with fullscreen apps?

Does anyone know if it is possible to keep the menubar in Mac OS Lion visible for fullscreen apps instead of hidden until hovered over with a mouse or trackpad? I imagine there's some Terminal ...
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How do I change the location of screenshot in OS X Lion?

The old method that works for Leopard/Snow Leopard doesn't work any more on Lion: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/kamus/Pictures/snap Has something changed or does anyone ...
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iMac secret feature or application?

I found this presumably hidden feature by accident; my keyboard fell so I picked it up. When I did, my background looked like it was in space, the Finder window was open and in the middle of the ...
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How do I extract Parallels Desktop's dock icon?

Parallels Desktop has ugly red bars on its icon. How can I remove those bars?
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Can I edit the Info.plist of an App so that is always starts hidden?

Well, the title says it all: Can I edit the Info.plist of an App so that is always starts hidden?
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What does the “Suggest” menu item do, on iOS 5?

What does the "Suggest…" menu item do? I am referring to the one that comes straight after the "Paste" item.
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Tricks and usages of Spaces [closed]

I think that Spaces can be a really nice tool to improve your day-to-day work. I would gladly hear about the settings and usage of those virtual desktops (For instance : What's your logic behind the ...
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Pixelmator 2.0 Features

I've just started using Pixelmator 2.0, and I love it. It's a beautiful alternative to clunky and overbearing Adobe products, but I can't seem to find some very simple key features that I'm sure ...
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What are some iOS5-only and/or iPhone 4S-only Hidden Tips/Tricks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tiny thing in iOS 5 makes you smile, or has caught you off guard? Be sure to specify if your tip or trick is for all iOS5 devices, or if it is restricted to the ...
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Regarding groff - where is the config file and will this work?

I've been reading Terminal Tips and Tricks For Mac OS X when I came across this. bman () { gunzip < `man -w $@` | groff -Thtml -man | bcat } Apparently I should be able to view man pages ...
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Invoke QuickLook in Open/Save dialogue windows [closed]

A handy tip I discovered by accident. Highlight any file in an Open/Save window, press the space bar and voila! there is your file in all it's glory.