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Remember window sizes and placement when unplugging and replugging second monitor

Here’s something that sucks: Plug in external monitor to laptop (Mac OS X Leopard in my case). Arrange your windows to have the IDE on one screen and browser on another. (Etc etc. Resize, ...
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What is an quick way to create a new blank file in Lion?

In Windows, one can create a new file using Right Click -> Add New -> Type of File. Is there an analogous action in Lion? I just want to create a new blank file on my Desktop.
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Are there any free and lightweight spreadsheet programs for the Mac?

I'm looking for a free spreadsheet editor that is simple and lightweight. I don't want to install OpenOffice just to use a some spreadsheets every once in a while.
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How to take a full page screenshot in Mac OS Safari?

I'm looking for a Safari Extension that can take full page screenshots. I am aware there are various extensions, but haven't found any that would take full page images.
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Equivalent of iOS' 30/30 (task manager) app for OS X

30/30 is a slick task manager for iOS devices that's also free. I'm trying to find an equivalent app for OS X. Some of the features in 30/30 that I would like to see in a mac app are: Clean ...
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Is there a software that can visually highlight focused windows more?

I do web development on my Mac and I tend to have lots of windows open. Even per application, I tend to have multiple windows opened (ie a Terminal window for tail -f error logs, one for ssh, and one ...
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How do I copy the text content of a dialog box on OS X?

Many people are not aware that on Windows you can copy the whole text content of a MessageBox by pressing Ctrl ⌃ + C when the dialog is focused. This is an essential feature for reporting error ...
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Export pdf annotations only using preview?

I use Preview on OS X and GoodReader on the iPad for reading and annotating pdfs. GoodReader allows me to 'view summary' which is a plain text list of all highlighted sections and comments added to ...
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How to switch between multiple fullscreen windows of same application in OS X?

When I'm running several instances of the same app (might be Chrome separate windows, or several IntelliJ projects) in fullscreen mode, I can't navigate to concrete app using ⌘-Tab, it will just show ...
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How to Create New File in Selected Folder Using LaunchBar?

Using Launchbar, I'd like to be able to do the following: Navigate around by normal means in Launchbar > Once I'm in desired folder, I'd like to be able to run a command/action that asks me to enter ...
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Make Skim save PDF's with embedded notes by default

I had been reading several papers and highlighting important points, pressing Command-S every so often to save my notes. But when I opened them back, BAM! All my highlights were lost. It turns out ...
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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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Pomodoro application which shows time in menubar

Please advice a free application for Pomodoro time management which: Can be minified to menubar and shows remaining time there (like tomighty): Has a tasklist (like pomodairo): Here is ...
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Creating whitelist of few websites from Terminal

I want to block all websites except one or two websites (white list) while working for 'productivity' purposes (when I am working only). I know how to block individual websites as shown here ...
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Can Third-Button Paste be emulated on the Mac? [duplicate]

On Linux if you highlight a section of text then click somewhere with the "third button" (on some mice its the scroll wheel, often its just clicking the right and left button together) it will paste ...
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Looking for an Evernote alternative with password lock

I am looking for an Evernote alternative with the following requirements: Cloud syncing iPhone and iPad app passcode lock (with encryption) - Yes, Evernote can encode notes, but only from the ...
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Alfred extension or equivalent that brings a single window to the forefront

Right now, if I want to switch to a Sublime Text 2 window open to a "project" called foo, I can do option+space, type Sub hit enter and then hit cmd+` repeatedly until I arrive at the window I want. ...
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Unlock delay for iPhone 6

So I waste too much time on my phone. Checking Facebook and Twitter, browsing to read unproductive things, etc. I should just stop, but I'm curious if there is a technological deterrent to my habit. ...
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Website block on a time schedule

I would like to find a way to block the access to some websites from all the browsers of my Macbook, but not just as Self-Control does. I want to make kind of a time schedule, for example blocking ...
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Looking for stop watch alarm clock app similiar to one on iphone on OSX for macbookpro

Can I install an app on my MacBook pro similar to the the stop-watch/alarm-clock app on iPhone?
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Triggers on specifc applications in Keyboard Maestro

How can I tell Keyboard Maestro to only enable a given trigger (e.g. a hot key) when a specific application is active? For example, I would like a specific macro/hotkey that pastes without formatting ...
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Tools to diff two Keynote '09 slideshows

Is there any tool which I can use to effectively diff two Keynote '09 slideshows? TL;DR An Apple Keynote (i.e. a .key) file consists of a directory structure which contains all the resources used in ...
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OSX app to notify me when I could have used a KB shortcut instead?

I started using a MBA for my work machine about a year ago. I'm still not really able to remember the typical keyboard shortcuts, and tend to do things the "long way". For example, if I want to access ...
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RedQuits (or alternative) on Mac OS X 10.10

I have installed RedQuits on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Unfortunately, it is not working at all. I have made sure that RedQuits has access to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy ...
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Is there a faster app switcher than a keyboard shortcut linked to an Automator service?

I want to switch apps faster than cmd-tab so I created an automator task to launch an app and linked to to a keyboard shortcut through the keyboard preferences. While this works okay without any third ...
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Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
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OS X productivity application to block access to different websites?

I am looking for an OS X application that would block you from accessing certain websites, like social and entertainment one and even hide applications. The entire purpose is to create a working ...
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Is there an Alfred Workflow to install and view Alfred workflows?

I want a workflow like the cask / brew workflow for Alfred workflows. Does this already exists? e.g. auto completion, viewing and installing and removing right from alfred instead of searching google ...
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Markdown editor with folders as local libraries

I need beautiful editor that can 'import' more then one local folders as libraries. This would let me search files only from these folders/libraries. But the crucial thing is to have local folders ...
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Add feature to SelfControl software : choose network interface to block

SelfControl is an open source software to block Internet connection for a time period. However, it blocks connection from ALL network interfaces. I'm looking for someone that would like to add a ...
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Emacs key bindings on other programs

I am a heavy Emacs user and would love to have some of my Emacs keyboard bindings when editing text on other apps. I understand I could program these macros with Keyboard Maestro manually, but I was ...
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solution to easily embed skim notes doesn't work

My question is directly linked to the thread Make Skim save PDF's with embedded notes by default What if the proposed solution (http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/166794/180243) doesn't help? As ...
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Can you save a work session and reopen it later?

Imagine you are working on a book, for which you need 5 precise internet tabs/pages to be open at the same time, Apple Pages, Dictionary, and, I don't know, a classical music CD in iTunes that ...
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Saving, Switching between window arrangements?

Repeating series of actions := productivity lost. Is there a way I can arrange, and save for later loading, an arbitrary arrangement of open programs, closed programs, and arrangement of windows? ...
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How can I “automatically” get a reminder that day is done?

I many times forget time and stay long hours in the office. Is there any kind of app that would automatically set a reminder when computer starts + X hours passed? Now I try to set a reminder (native ...
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How can I disable all stack exhange sites except stackoverflow.com?

How can I set SelfControl to only accept visits to stackoverflow.com, but none of the other sites on the stack exchange network? I want to become more productive, but the clickbait with abusive ...
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App for Blocking Website in Safari (For Productivity Purposes)

Are there any apps on OS X that can block certain websites ('time-wasting ones') for a certain interval? Preferably works for Safari.
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Automatically opening multiple Apps / TABs for certain projects

I'm trying to improve my workflow when working on certain projects. Depending on what kind of work I'm doing, I'll want certain apps open with certain configurations. Example: For a web development ...
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How to copy/paste a formula down an entire column in Excel 2011?

I have a formula that references A1:B5 for instance, the result lives in any arbitrary cell, say D1. How do I copy and paste the same formula, referencing the same values as in D1, through the entire ...
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Enabling/disabling applications based on a “profile” in Mac OS X?

Is there a tool built-in or third party that allows me to turn start up or shut down applications based on setting that I choose for a give time? For example, I usually run Dropbox, Google Drive, and ...
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App for collecting (and categorizing) stuff from the web

I've looked high and low and I'm surprised I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for; it seems like such a common task. I just want an iPhone app to rapidly clip stuff from web pages. My first ...
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Looking for iCloud note-taking app

I am looking for a note taking app with white text on a black background that works with iCloud. Apps for Mac and/or iOS will work. Any recommendation?
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Alarm clock OS X with automator and password on wake up

As there is no built in alarm clock in OS X, like in IOS, is there any way to set alarm clock via automator (playlist in iTunes), when Mac is in sleep mode and login password is required?
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Free alternative to Focus?

I use Stayfocus'd (for Chrome) and Selfcontrol currently to boost my productivity. On Stayfocusd, I've blocked multiple domains to restrict myself. For example I blocked *harvard so I can't access ...
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alt tab on multi monitor setup to move mouse

When having a multi monitor desktop, we pin some applications to a monitor, and when switching between different apps with alt tat mouse still remains in its place and you have to drag it all the way ...
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Any alternatives to Essentials (Mac app for shortcut management)?

I like Essentials as I can add shortcuts of frequently used files, Evernote link, even color Hex code to it. I can group them into tabs and toggle the view with a keyboard shortcut. However, it ...
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How can I quickly preview non-Quick Look compatible videos? [duplicate]

Before Yosemite, I used to be able, using Quick Look, to view the contents of a folder as a list, and then move up or down with the arrow keys, while in Quick Look mode, to quickly review video files. ...
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How can I de-folderize the contents of a folder?

Is it possible - without any command line or programming being involved - to remove all folders within a folder, and just leave the files? For example, if I processed this photo folder: Then I ...
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Showing some other app instead of the notification center with its gesture

I think that it could be a good productivity boost if I could be able to use the gesture for showing the notification center (2 fingers swipe left from the edge, at least using the touchpad) for ...
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Time Tracker on Mac that Imports Data

I used to use Rescue-Time, which was a generally good time/productivity tracker, but its reliance on the cloud is frustrating. I have more than two years of time stored, and can export it as a .csv. ...