Tips+Tricks

System requirements

Recommended system requirements Meeting the following system requirements will allow you to take advantage of all the latest iCloud features and get the best overall user experience. iPhone, iPad, iPod touch iOS 6 or later iWork for iOS 1.7 or later: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote (for purchase from the App Store) Mac OS X Mountain(…)

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Preinstalled Dashboard Widgets

Preinstalled Dashboard Widgets

Your computer has several Dashboard widgets already installed. To view them, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the Dashboard key or F12 key (Fn-F12 on portable keyboards). Widget How to use it Business Choose a business name from the search field’s pop-up menu, or type a category (such as “pizza”), and view(…)

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Shortcuts for Dashboard

Shortcuts for Dashboard

You can use these shortcuts to work with Dashboard and Dashboard widgets. Action Shortcut Show or hide Dashboard Dashboard keyIf your keyboard doesn’t have a Dashboard key, press F12 (Fn-F12 on a portable keyboard). Reload the current widget Command (⌘)-R Show or hide the widget bar Command (⌘)-Equal Sign (=) Scroll the widget bar Command(…)

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Get quick info with Dashboard

Get quick info with Dashboard

Dashboard is a collection of small programs, called “widgets,” that let you quickly do a wide variety of tasks such as checking stock prices, finding local or global weather information, looking up words in the dictionary, and more. Dashboard comes with many widgets already installed. If you’re connected to the Internet, you can download additional(…)

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Create a Web Clip widget

You can make a portion of your favorite webpage into a Web Clip widget and add it to Dashboard. When the webpage’s content is updated, your Web Clip widget is also updated. When you click a Web Clip widget in Dashboard, the webpage you used to create it opens. Open Safari and go to the(…)

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Customize Dashboard widgets

Customize Dashboard widgets

Some widgets have Info (i) buttons that you can click to reveal custom settings. For example, in a Stickies note, you can change the font style or color of the note. To open Dashboard, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the Dashboard key or F12 key (Fn-F12 on portable keyboards). Move the(…)

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Install more Dashboard widgets

Install more Dashboard widgets

If the widget you need isn’t already on your computer, you can it. You must be connected to the Internet to install additional widgets. Important: As with any software you install on your computer, make sure you install widgets only from trusted sources. To open Dashboard, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the(…)

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Put Widgets in Folders

Put Widgets in Folders

Dashboard got a user interface overhaul with OS X Mountain Lion and it now more closely resembles, surprise surprise, iOS and OS X’s very own Launchpad. You’ll find the new look when you go to add a widget to the Dashboard, and just like iOS you can now arrange all those widgets into Folders to(…)

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About This Mac window

About This Mac window

You can use the About This Mac window to find your computer’s serial number when started up from Mac OS X. Follow these steps: Choose About This Mac from the Apple Menu. Double-click the version text, for example “Version 10.11”. Your computer’s serial number now appears where the version text had been. Note: Some earlier(…)

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Stacks

Stacks

A stack is a Dock item that gives you fast access to a folder. When you click a Stack, the files within spring from the Dock in a fan or a grid, depending on the number of items (or the preference you set). OS X starts you off with two default Stacks: one for downloads(…)

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Get OS X Tips, News and Help !

Get OS X Tips, News and Help !

Get Daily OS X News, Opinions, Reviews, Tips, Help, Forums… Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

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Apple Support Tips

Apple Support Tips

To search Apple Support, type in a few descriptive words in the search field and press Return (Enter) on your keyboard for a list of relevant results. By default, the search engine will look for matches using any combination of the words in or words related to your search query, not necessarily all the words(…)

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How to disable Java web plug-in ?

How to disable Java web plug-in ?

To disable the Java web plug-in in Safari, follow these steps: In Safari, choose Safari > Preferences or press Command-comma (⌘-,) Click “Security”. Uncheck (deselect) “Enable Java”. Close the Safari preferences window. Additional Information Click this link for information about how to disable the Java web plug-in in Chrome. Click this link for information about(…)

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Bring back the Dashboard “ripple”

Bring back the Dashboard “ripple”

In OS X, Dashboard has now been incorporated into Mission Control. The most striking consequence of this is that it is no longer a semi-transparent overlay that fades in over your desktop. Instead, it is now its own Space – the far left one. You can still access it by pressing the Dashboard key on(…)

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Change Image in the Tile Game Widget

Change Image in the Tile Game Widget

Amongst the widgets that come with Mac OS X is the Tile Game. You shift around the tiles to reveal a picture of a snow leopard (or a leopard or a tiger, depending on your version of Mac OS X). If you play the Tile Game often, you might find the image a bit boring.(…)

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Run a widget without installing it

Normally when you download a widget and double-click it, you are presented with a dialog to install the widget. You can either cancel, and exit the installer, or click install, and the widget is moved to you widgets folder (Library/widgets). However, in some situations you don’t want to move the widget. For instance if you(…)

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Scheduled Startup and Shutdown

In the Energy Saver system preferences you will find a button labelled “Schedule.” This allows you to schedule your mac to startup and shutdown at certain times, on certain days. This is just about the only way to schedule things without buying other software or using iCal. Basically you can set your computer to come(…)

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Tips for iCal

Tips for iCal

Set as Full Screen iCal is one of only two apps that regularly use OS X full screen mode with (the other being Terminal). This allows me to leave it always running in the background, out of the way. Whenever I need to check my schedule or reminders, a simple four-fingered swipe to the left will(…)

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Rename Files and Folders

You can change the name of most files, folders, and disks in the Finder. You can’t rename your home folder (the one with your name on it). Important: There are some things youshould not rename: Application folders and any items that came with your system (such as the Library folder). Filename extensions—the period followed by(…)

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Applications, Files, and Folders

Applications, Files, and Folders

An application is a computer program that gives you the tools to accomplish specific tasks. For example, you’re probably using the application Safari right now to read this webpage. Other applications include Mail, iTunes, Pages, TextEdit, and many more. Accessing an application To open an application, click the Launchpad icon in Dock or click the(…)

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Dual Boot

Dual Boot

Apple’s latest Mac operating system that is complete with a bunch of new features that iOS users will find familiar. It’s looking like a great addition to the Mac OS family, but for the time being it’s still in Developer Preview, has a fair amount of bugs, and isn’t quite ready for prime time. For(…)

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Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Mac OS X include the Versions feature and Auto-Save ability, this lets users restore back to previous editions of a file by creating a constant sequence of saved file states while they are being worked on. All around, Versions and auto-save are useful, but they can also leave traces of sensitive documents and files you(…)

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Launchpad

Launchpad

Mac OS X users can now add iOS-style Launchpad feature to their desktops with a free third party utility called MacLaunchPad. MacLaunchPad is pretty similar to the real thing, and some features are closer to the version of Launchpad that appears in OS X , like the real-time app search function. You can set some(…)

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Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Text Navigation Shortcuts The first group of keyboard shortcuts allow for quickly moving around text: Jump to beginning of a line – Command+Left Arrow Jump to end of a line – Command+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to end of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of(…)

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Find iMessage Users & Contacts

Find iMessage Users & Contacts

iMessage is a great addition to iOS and OS X that lets you send unlimited text messages, pictures, videos, documents, and even files, between other iMessage users. Though you probably know at least a few people who are using iMessages, chances are good that more of your contacts have set it up and you just(…)

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