Have you ever needed to print quickly but your default printer is busy printing someone else’s stuff? Instead of having to open your printer’s print queue, stop and delete your print job, select another printer and re-print, why not create a printer pool? It’s easy to do and will save you time and frustration! As long as you have more than one printer available to you, when you print to a printer pool, the system will automatically print to whichever printer is available to accept a new print request. So, the question is how to create a pool? Well, it… read more →
Sometimes it can be annoying having to enter Mission Control to cycle through the open windows of your current application. So try out this little keyboard shortcut. Hold down the Command + ` keys ( ` is in between the shift and z keys on the current keyboards). Don’t forget you can also use the Command + Tab keys to cycle through ALL open applications. This feature has been tested using Mac OS X v10.7.4 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing and also using the latest Internal and external Apple keyboards.
Please Note: Click here for the updated blog post for Instantly Locking your Screen in Mavericks. One of the most common questions I’m asked by Mac users is how to quickly lock the screen when needing to walk away from your desk and leave your computer. The easiest and quickest way to lock a Mac OS X screen is to use the keyboard shortcut of holding down the Control+Shift+Eject keys together. When you press these keys together, your Mac display screen will go black and lock the Mac screen, requiring a user to enter their user account password before the… read more →
Following on from my colleague Anton’s blog entitled “How to Change Screen Grab Destination” and Hugo’s blog “How to Remove the Shadow on Mac Screenshots“, I thought I would share with you all a few additional options available whilst taking a screenshot. Remember that as well as performing a Full Screenshot (⌘+Shift+3) you can perform a Selection Screenshot (⌘+Shift+4). During a Selection Screenshot try out these little extras : Hold down the option/alt key during a capture to grow the selection from the centre as opposed to an edge. Hold down the shift key to lock in the vertical or… read more →
Lion Tip: Tweaking the System Volume and Brightness Adjustments Have you ever wished that your mac didn’t make those popping noises whenever you are adjusting the volume through the keyboard? Or want to adjust the volume or brightness more precisely than the default up and down keys? Well, here are some little treats for you! 1) The popping lets you know just how loud the volume currently is. But if you want to change your volume but not hear the pop, just hold down the ‘Shift’ key while changing the volume and you will still see the progress bar increasing… read more →
Mission Control is a great new feature in Lion, however as it scales down all open apps and windows on your screen, it’s not always easy to clearly see which document is which. One hidden feature in Lion is that you can press the space bar when hovering over one of the small window previews in Mission Control to zoom in on that window optimising the Quick Look feature so you can take a closer look! (Wait until the desired window preview has the blue highlight around it before pressing the space bar). Initial Mission Control Window: Using QuickLook within… read more →
In previous versions of Mac OS X we have been able to create a hidden administrator, this required a fair number of steps to properly hide the user. In Lion Apple have automated the process for us, all you need to do now is add a . in front of the account name as shown below.
Launchpad in Lion gives you a nice graphical way to browse and load all your apps. However the default backgroundpicture or ‘backdrop’ as it’s called is a blurred version of your current user’s desktop picture. There is a cheeky little way to change this by hitting ‘⌘ + ‘B’ on your keyboard whilst in Launchpad. This shortcut will then toggle between blurred, normal and grayscale background versions of your current user’s desktop picture. Nice little touch! Sad News : For those of you that have run the Mac OS X 10.7.3 update, this has removed this feature. This feature is… read more →
Following on from my iTunes rating tip last week, I thought you may like a collection of my favourite ‘defaults’ commands to change hidden Mac Preferences. Useful ‘defaults’ Commands to Change Hidden Mac Preferences Have you ever wanted to remove an annoying ‘pop-up’ warning or dislike having to re-confirm an action in the Finder? Most of these pop-ups, warnings and verification windows can be disabled and other features enabled using unix commands. The Terminal application is located inside /Applications/Utilities on your Mac computer and allows you to write to preference (.plist) files to change settings on your Mac. All you… read more →
I have occasionally wanted to change the order of the menu bar items at the top right of my screen. Some i use more than others and fancy them in a certain order. Well, if you hold down the ‘Command’ key while clicking on any OS X system menu bar item, you can drag them into your desired order! Worth noting though that this may not work with some third party menu bar apps, but seems to work with most! Enjoy! By Russell Harris