Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now
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There is now a blog entry about Taking Screenshots in a Snap. It's built into Mac OS. ⌘+⇧+3 captures the whole screen ⌘+⇧+4 captures a custom rectangle (click and drag over the screen region you want to capture) ⌘+⇧+4 then space captures a specific window (move the mouse cursor over the desired window, then click) Press esc to cancel....


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Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac is not available for the latest OS X versions (beyond OS X 10.4) as it was effectively replaced by Safari in 2003. As the Wikipedia page for Internet Explorer for Mac explains: As a result of the five-year agreement between Apple and Microsoft in 1997, it was the default browser on Mac OS and Mac OS X from 1998 ...


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You can enable this feature in the "Keyboard" preference pane. Open System Preferences (e.g., from the Apple menu) Click on the "Keyboard" preference pane Go to the "Shortcuts" tab Choose "Mission Control" from the menu on the left Look in the box on the right for "Switch to Desktop 1" Enable the feature by "checking" the check box Be sure that the keyboard ...


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Command ⌘ + Option + Esc opens the "Force Quit Application" dialog, which lets you select and kill running applications. If that does not work, Command ⌘ + Option + Shift + Esc held down for 5 seconds kills the foremost application.


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Here's how you can get ⌃ Control+arrow keys to work like you describe. Copy the following property list into ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict (you can create the directory if it doesn't already exist): { "^\UF703" = ("moveWordForward:", "moveWordForward:", "moveWordBackward:"); "^$\UF703" = ("moveWordForwardAndModifySelection:", "...


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.dmg files are disk images, similar to an .iso file. You can think of them like a virtual CD. You put it into the CD drive (mount it), and its contents appear on your computer. When used for software downloads, they are simply a way to bundle up files, like in a ZIP archive. Their advantage is that it's possible to customize the design (e.g. Finder window ...


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The Mac OS X native application do not use the X protocol for the rendering, but the Mac specific protocol. So you cannot use ssh X protocol forwarding as you could with a Linux workstation. As you discovered, the reverse is not true, you can install an X server on Mac OS X and have the Linux program appear on your Mac. What you can do is use either Mac ...


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option + left and option + right


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So far as I know there isn't a nice automated way to provide the benefits of System Restore as it is implemented on Windows. For all its utility for Windows users, though, System Restore can't be used to backup/restore individual files & whatnot at the whim of the user - that requires a separate backup system. Time Machine on OS X, on the other hand, ...


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Chris, You can achieve this using the keyboard prefs just as you were trying. You simply need to create one more shortcut. In Chrome you would: Set Command-D to Open Location... Set Command-L to Bookmark This Page... By setting an explicit shortcut for Bookmark This Page... you get rid of the conflict an ensure there aren't two menu options with the same ...


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You can access the finder via the Dock: When in the terminal, you can open the current directory in the terminal via: open . Here's a finder window. I've created the directory ~/temp like you said. You can also ⌘-click the info icon at the very top to see the path:


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The Image Capture app allows you to browse the iPhone's photos, albeit not at full size or resolution, without first downloading the image files to your computer. Image Capture also gives you the tools to download all or selected subranges of the photos on your iPhone, as well as deletion.


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Command + Z check Edit menu if you are unsure if the shortcut is available for a program or a scenario. On a side note, Command works as the default shortcut key on Mac OS X where Windows' default modifier key is Ctrl This holds for Copy, Paste, Open, etc...


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Unarchiving is built into OS X. All you have to do to unarchive a file is to open it. You can do that by double clicking, pressing cmd+o (between i and p), or by right-clicking and choosing Open. So, just right-click on the file and select Open to unarchive. Ta-da, no extra software required.


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As of Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Terminal allows you to customize the sixteen ANSI colors and also supports the 256-color palette. So, installing SIMBL or other extensions to get more colors is no longer necessary.


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When you press the Fn key, the backspace key (Mis-labeled "Delete") on a mac keyboard functions as the delete key. Therefore, to log onto a windows install which requires Ctrl+Alt+Delete, you would press Ctrl+Alt+Fn+Backspace("Delete"). It's worth noting that this works even on the full wired keyboard, with a separate delete key.


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If you don't want to remember the shortcut keys, you can also use the built-in Preview app. Just launch Preview, then from the menu, select File, Take Screen Shot, then choose From Selection - you will get a crosshair to drag From Window - you will get to choose which window to grab From Entire Screen - it will give a countdown first, so that you can get ...


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I am 99% sure that Finder cannot change tags. Check here for free ID3 editors.


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Finder doesn't have the smarts to change this - but finder does have a services menu that will allow you to craft a custom automator service that would help automate the process. You can pop up a dialog to get the artist name, store it, import the songs to iTunes and set the Artist (and/or many of the other tags) This is a nice way to learn automator if ...


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So if I am not mistaken the the problem you have with VNC currently is that it is sharing the current Mac user's screen with apps open that you don't want to see on your other computer? Lion introduces the ability to screen share users that are logged in the background. Quoting the text from the link: Enable Screen Sharing and set a VNC password. ...


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One of the easiest ways to do this is to use BetterTouchTool. It will let you bind a keyboard shortcut or a trackpad shortcut to many commands, including maximize window. Once you are in the BTT settings page, do the following: Go to the Keyboard tab on top. On the bottom near Keyboard shortcut, enter in whichever keyboard shortcut you want. For Predefined ...


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If you want it to behave like Windows, the only real answer is to simply use Windows. I know that sounds flippant, but you cannot use one operating system and expect to be able to pick and choose it's behaviour based on your personal preferences of other systems. The maximise paradigm simply doesn't work on Macs, where the ideal is that the function is to ...


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Finder does not have a bar like in the explorer on Windows, but there are some things you can do to achieve similar results. To have the current path always visible, open a window and go to View > Show Path Bar. This will add a bar to the bottom of your windows which shows the path of the selected file, the same as if you were in search view. You can also ...


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I believe that you should try to adapt to a different workflow: You could press ⌘+` to cycle all the windows of the same application. Note: this is not the apostrophe key, it's the backtick key. Non-shifted tilde ~ left of z on a UK keyboard, left of 1 on US. Try App Exposé: Trackpad System Preferences → Trackpad → More Gestures &#...


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This may seem complicated, although after you've done it a few times and use it regularly you'll have it down. Depending on if you have other windows minimized you may have to tap the left or right arrow keys on the last step to pull up the window you're wanting un-minimized. While holding ⌘ tap tab followed by ← then ↓ twice, then press return ( ...


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Not really, or at least not to the same level that Windows does.


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I believe that simply copying the files manually won't be enough. I'd use SuperDuper for getting a "true" clone of the old drive.


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Could perhaps HyperDock or DockView meet your needs?


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I have assigned this script to ⌘M with FastScripts: try tell application "Finder" to bounds of window of desktop tell application (path to frontmost application as text) set bounds of window 1 to result end tell on error try tell application "System Events" to tell (process 1 where it is frontmost) click (button 1 ...


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