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While I rely on iCal to help me track meetings and to dos, I’ve always found the actual process of adding new events and to dos much more complex than it need be. Typically I’ll be in some other application when I realize I need to create a new to do or event, so that entails launching iCal, finding the date on which I want to add the event, double-clicking to create the new event, then (thanks, 10.5) pressing Command-E to bring up the edit box. Creating a to do is somewhat easier, but only because iCal won’t let you pick a due date for your to do until after it’s been created.
Mac OS X only: View the contents of zipped files in Leopard's Quick Look without unzipping the archive with freeware plug-in Zip Quick Look. Just download the plug-in, drag it to /Library/QuickLook/ , and then restart Finder (right-click Finder in the Dock while holding the Option key and select Relaunch).
It's disappointing that Snow Leopard doesn't promise many major new Finder features, but with the right tweaks and plug-ins, you can make browsing files on your Mac significantly better. Image by nono34 . Short of purchasing a license for the excellent Path Finder , you can customize Leopard's built-in file manager with just a little effort.
A few years back you dropped significant cash to switch over from the virus-laden world of Windows to a shiny new Mac, but over time it's gotten slow and crufty. Let's clean it up. Before you get started uninstalling this and deleting that, do yourself a favor: hook up an external drive to your Mac and back everything up with Time Machine or any other free alternative . The last thing you want is for your "clean up" to turn into "holy crap where did all my Documents go." Ready?
Most modern computer users might find it difficult to imagine living in the time when the size of computer hard disks was within the range of a few megabytes. But users from the early days of computers knew the storage space limitation so well that they learned to be very selective in choosing which files to keep and which files to throw away. Thanks to the luxury of virtually unlimited storage space that we have today, computer users have developed the “save everything now, think about them later” attitude. The problem is, for some “too many things to do” people ““ like me (and maybe most of you) – “later” might never come.
MacWorld fever has come and gone. It has been a roller-coaster ride for most Mac users, I reckon. HRH Steve Jobs was absent from the very last Apple keynote at MacWorld. Phil kind of disappointed me with a poor performance and product release during the keynote.
If you want to hide the Hard Disk icon from your desktop so that you can maintain a clean look, follow this Tech-Recipe.
More Mac 101 , TUAW tips for new and returning Mac users. If you're typing in a text field (in Safari, TextEdit, or most any Mac OS X app), you can press F5 while your cursor rests in a particular word to see a list of words that begin with the letters after the last space. Holding down Option and Pressing Escape works, too. So, for example, if you type create , you get a list of words including create , created , and creates . If there are a lot of words in the list, it only shows the first 100 results, sorted alphabetically.
Welcome to another entry in our series for new Mac users: Mac 101 . This installment brings us to the preference panel of Spotlight , OS X's integrated search that makes finding that needle in your hard drive's haystack as easy as pie (clearly, it doesn't protect against mixed metaphors). You're familiar with the way Spotlight returns results, but did you know that you can change the order in which those results are shown? Read on to find out how (and why you might want to do this). Firing up System Preferences and clicking on the Spotlight icon (or clicking on 'Spotlight preferences' in the Spotlight menubar results) and you get the following: Changing the order of the search results is as simple as clicking on one option and dragging it to a different location on the list.
Another quick tip in our Mac 101 series for beginners : Some special folders on your computer have keyboard shortcuts that you can press to instantly navigate to that folder when using the Finder. For example, to open your Applications folder, click on your desktop and use the shift (?) and command (?)
Mac OS X Leopard only: You already know how to view zip archive contents and even preview files in the Trash using Leopard's handy Quick Look feature, and now you can look inside folders, too. Using a Folder Quick Look plug-in, instead of just looking at a big old folder icon when you Quick Look a directory, you can get a file listing of what's inside. Here's how to get it working.
Mac OS X only: If you don't want to install a whole other piece of software to see today's date in your menubar, you can add it manually in System Preferences.
Advertisements There are a lot of things out there that can be done to your Mac OS X. These 101 are just a small collection of those cool things.