Simon Whitaker
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Please share your hidden macOS features or tips and tricks
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Holding ⌥ (Option)while clicking menu bar icons will give you additional menu items or alternate menus. The alternate volume control menu will let you choose input and output audio devices. ...

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What tiny thing in Lion makes you smile or has caught you off guard?
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Show a message when the screen is locked Set this in the Security system preferences panel and the message shows up at the bottom of the lock screen. Great for setting a "please return to..." message....

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Can I install apps bought on the Mac App Store on multiple computers?
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Yes. Just run the App Store app on the second Mac and go to the Purchases tab. You'll see a list of the apps you've already purchased, with an Install button next to each one - click the button to ...

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What hidden features have you found in iOS 6?
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Add images and video to emails from within the Mail app Tap in the body of an email you're writing and you'll get the standard "Select | Select All | Paste" options, but tap the right arrow and you ...

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What hidden features have you found in iOS 6?
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Landscape maps Maps.app on iPhone now supports landscape orientation.

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What un(der)-documented features have you stumbled upon in Mountain Lion?
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AirPlay Everywhere AirPlay devices like Apple TV and Airport Express now show as system audio output devices, so any audio on your Mac can be streamed to them. There are two ways to do it. The ...

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Please share your hidden macOS features or tips and tricks
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⌘ + click on the title bar at the top of a Safari window to get a menu of URLs, each the same as the previous but with the last path component removed. Like this:

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Can I turn a Windows machine into an AirPlay destination?
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If you only want to stream audio, try Airfoil Speakers, part of Airfoil for Windows

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How do I subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari on a page showing the Reader button?
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Click and hold the Reader button, and a menu of available feeds appears. (Discovered after much Googling at Mac OS X Hints.)

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Lion opens lots of windows automatically after a restart. How can I stop that?
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Just uncheck the "Reopen windows when logging back in" checkbox in the restart dialog.

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Mac won't boot: Way to mount drive and delete one file?
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Don't forget there's always Target Disk Mode, too. Start the Mac and hold down T until a Firewire icon appears - you now have the world's most expensive external hard drive. :) Plug into another Mac (...

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Shortcuts & gestures you can't live without
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⌘ + , to open the current application's preferences. Works in practically every OS X app that has a preference pane. By comparison, in Windows preferences don't have a common shortcut and the menu ...

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Lion apps opening previous files
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You can also disable this on a global basis in System Preferences / General.

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Lion: Task switcher icons are badly discolored
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Yes, I'm seeing the same problem on occasion. For me it happens mostly often when I connect an external display - the switcher looks as though it's underneath a semi-transparent black overlay. ...

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Control iMac and LED Cinema Display Brightness Simultaneously
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F.lux is worth a look, it changes the colour temperature and brightness of your monitor(s) based on the time of day.

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Screenshots aren't working on my Apple Watch
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This can happen if you have enabled a slower side button click speed in the watch's accessibility options. Check in Settings > Accessibility > Side Button Click Speed If your click speed it set ...

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Mail, Contacts & Calendars crashes System Preferences; iCal and Mail also affected
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Nailed it! In my case, I resolved this by deleting: /Users/simon/Library/Preferences/MobileMeAccounts.plist /Users/simon/Library/Preferences/MobileMeAccounts.plist.7gmTk7L /Users/simon/Library/...

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Multiple users on one machine and Dropbox
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The Dropbox app runs as the logged-in user, and uses user-specific preferences to determine which Dropbox it's associated with and where the local Dropbox folder is located, so I'd assume that means ...

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