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Questions tagged [hidden-features]

Things that may not be obvious from the visual interface or the default settings.

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How can I get two calculators going?

Is there anyway I can have two instances of native Calculator app running simultaneously.
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Is it possible to change/remove Pages' table row/column size limits?

I want to make a row in a table super thin but Pages has a 0.28in minimum for rows when auto-resize is turned on and a 0.11in minimum for rows when auto-resize is turned off. I searched everywhere ...
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How is the /AppleInternal directory hidden from users on macOS? [closed]

If you didn't know macOS has a well hidden directory called "/AppleInternal" that is pretty secretive. It's not possible to ls or rm it and I've never seen it referenced before with anything other ...
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Unable to enter through double click on folder

I have copy pasted two non hidden folders to an AFP server, but after I have done that, I saw both folders with an hidden icon, and I was unable to enter on both: But the strange part is that all the ...
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What is the use of selection like blue box in pdf apps?

What could be the use of that selection like blue box(see the + sign and box from by it) which can be formed when we right click and drag in files like pdfs? on home screen this will be useful for ...
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iOS 11 Field Test Mode permanent signal reading

Today, Apple released their first iOS 11 public beta. As some noticed in earlier versions (first developer beta), using Field Test Mode to permanently switch your signal rating from bars to numbers (...
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What words trigger the screen effects in iMessage?

The recent update iMessage on iOS causes certain words to trigger screen effects. Also, there is a way to long-press on the send button, and bring up an interface for adding these effects. I've ...
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one person, two phones, one text thread

Is it possible for "Joe" to have two iphones with two different numbers and text Sally from both numbers, and when Sally receives Joe's texts they appear as one thread? In other words, Sally wouldn't ...
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How to move spotlight back to the top right corner in El Captain?

I guess Apple got a bit too literal with the "Spotlight" feature. I feel far too sceptical about upgrading to El Captain just because of my most favourite feature, the Spotlight smacks right at you in ...
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Any idea what the “Calibration Assistant.app” useful for?

It's not the normal display calibrator and it looks like to be used with hardware calibrators. I can adjust gamma and color toning/temperature. The App is located here (OS X 10.11): /System/Library/...
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Has Apple hidden any tributes to Steve Jobs?

In Apple's software, are there any hidden tributes or memorials to Steve Jobs? Someone told me you can find his glasses in an app but I can't find them.
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Suggestions to make a old Macbook Pro faster?

I got a Macbook Pro I think the year 2010. How can I make it faster because,it starting to get slow. Are there Free or Inexpensive Apps or tricks to make it fast? Thanks!
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How to set a wallpaper for apps in full screen (in Yosemite and higher)

Some apps, like Terminal and Textmate, offer transparent windows. With a good wallpaper, this can look really great. But apps in full screen mode have a black background, not your wallpaper. Is ...
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iOS 9 features don't work in iPad mini

I have an old iPad mini and updated it to iOS 9. However, the features don't work, such as Siri suggestions and drawing in notes app. Could somebody explain a remedy or what is up with Apple? Thanks. ...
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Whole album track listing

Before the update to 8.4, when I was listening to a song, there was a button in the upper right where it would bring up the whole album that track was on so you could listen to other songs on that ...
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How to display standard Linux libraries of OS X in terminal?

Platform: OS X: Yosemite 10.10.4; MacbookPro 15" Retina (mid-2015). I am new to OS X, I want to explore the underlying operating system and it's Linux components especially. Linux has standard ...
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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 I'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (read:...
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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 iPhone 4S ...