The ‘Mac OS X Leopard’ Archives
Posted January 2, 2009 by

Leopard: Recovering from a Dock Disaster (Like dragging a large number of files to the dock instead of a folder)

While the Leopard’s Dock is a amazingly useful tool, it can be rather unforgiving if you have a mishap. For example, I was dragging the photos from Christmas to a folder on my Dock. I missed the folder and now I have a tiny Dock with very tiny icons. Such a mess is a major pain to clean up by removing each image (or file) from the dock. There is an easier way.

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Posted December 29, 2008 by

Leopard: The Easy Way to Make an Alias

An alias functions in much the same way as a Windows shortcut. It provides an icon that points to the original file and this icon can be placed anywhere (in a stack on the dock, the desktop, etc) while requiring minimal storage space. Using the File –> Make Alias method takes a little more effort than I like, since not ony do you have to select the items from the menu, you have to clean up the alias name so that it no longer includes the word “alias.”

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Posted December 28, 2008 by

Leopard: Stop Application Icons from Bouncing on the Dock When Launched

When you launch an application, its dock icon will bounce until the application appears. If you find this annoying, you can easily get rid of it and be done with this distraction.

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Posted November 18, 2008 by

OS X Activity Monitor: Monitoring CPU, Network, Disk or Memory Usage from the Dock

The Activity Monitor is quite useful for pulling up the CPU, System Memory, and Network activity as well as Disk Activity and Disk Usage. The dock icon can be a useful tool all on its own, without having to keep the Activity Monitor window up and running. You can view CPU History as well as CPU, Disk, Memory, or Network Usage.

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Posted October 27, 2008 by

OS X: Quick Pop-Up Dictionary

OS X now contains a very helpful, pop-up dictionary. It works in textedit, safari, and terminal.

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Posted October 8, 2008 by

Leopard: Using Preview to Make Screenshots

By using Preview’s Grab utility, you can easily make screenshots of your Mac desktop and application windows. While you can use various keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots, it is sometimes easier to use mouseclicks instead of the keyboard. Another advantage is that Preview gives you the option of taking timed screenshots that allow you 10 seconds to set up your shot before it snaps the screenshot.

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Posted September 12, 2008 by

Mail.app: Have Your Email Read to You

At times, it would be nice to have your email read to you while you do other things. Leopard’s Mail.app will read aloud any email(s) you select from your Inbox.

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Posted September 15, 2008 by

Leopard: Force Ejection of a DVD or CD

If you have the misfortune of having a DVD or CD stuck in your drive, here’s a tip that will work in most cases.

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Posted September 1, 2008 by

Leopard: Get More Out of the Trackpad

If you rely on the Trackpad instead of a mouse, you should explore the options that are available to increase its functionality and increase your productivity.

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Posted September 1, 2008 by

Mail.app: How to Bounce a Message to the Sender

If you receive an email from someone that you really wish didn’t have your email address, you can make them think that they don’t. By using the Bounce functionality that is included in the OS X mail client to fool the pest into thinking that their email did not reach the intended goal. The sender […]

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Posted July 24, 2008 by

Mail.app: Forward Important Emails to Different Email Address

Frequently I need to forward important emails from work to my home address as well. Here is how to set this up with the OS X mail application.

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Posted July 6, 2008 by

Leopard: Narrow the Scope of Spotlight Searches

By using a qualifier, you can make Spotlight return more specific search results. This can be a real time saver when searching for emails, images, folders or even applications.

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