How to Set Alarms and Timers on your Mac

by File in: General Software, Tutorials

I’ve tried out at least a dozen different “Alarm Clock” programs for OS X. I finally found the perfect one in a program aptly titled Alarm Clock. This brief tutorial will guide you through setting up and using Alarm Clock. To get started, head over to the Alarm Clock page, and download it. Once the […]

How to Make Safari’s Private Browsing Feature Actually Private

by File in: Safari, Tutorials

If you’ve been using Safari’s Private Browsing feature to keep your web-tracks hidden, it might come as a surprise to you that you are leaving a very visible record of the sites you’ve been visiting. This tutorial will show you how to remove those records. Using a Terminal command, anyone with access to your Mac […]

How to Check your Hotmail using Mail.app

by File in: Mail, Tutorials

This tutorial will guide you through setting up Mail, the default email application that comes with OS X, so that you can send and receive your Hotmail messages from directly within Mail. Start out by launching Mail, and selecting Mail -> Preferences… from the top drop-down menu. Select the Accounts tab and then click the […]

An Introduction to the Apple Keyboard Symbols and Shortcuts

by File in: Making The Switch, OS X

This brief tutorial/overview will explain how to identify the keys on your Mac’s keyboard, and some of the most common keyboard shortcuts. Apple Keyboard Symbols Here’s a breakdown of the Apple Keyboard keys. – also displayed as = the Command key (also known as the “Apple key”).   = the Control (ctrl) key   = […]

Keyboard Shortcuts for When your Mac Freezes

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The following list of keyboard shortcuts will come in handy when your Mac freezes up (which as we all know isn’t that frequent of an event). I’ve ordered this list in a “start with this one, if it doesn’t work, try the next one” manner. Quit the currently running foreground program – Command + q […]

How to Restore a Folder that has Turned into a Package in OS X

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

Earlier this week I accidentally copied something to my Desktop that caused the Desktop itself to no longer be recognized by OS X as a folder. It turned into a “package” instead. All of the icons on my Desktop disappeared and the link to my Desktop from the Finder’s sidebar no longer worked. Here’s how […]

Make the OS X Maximize Button Work like Windows

by File in: Making The Switch, OS X

One very, very common question/complaint from folks who have recently switched from Windows to Mac is “Why does the green button only resize windows and apps?”. It’s a totally valid question – the resizing behavior has always annoyed me too, and I made the switch years ago. Fortunately, there’s a very small and perfectly customizable […]

Digital Color Meter – a Built-in Color Picker for the Mac

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If you are a designer and your Mac is the tool you use for your design work the Digital Color Meter is something that could be of great assistance to you. Digital Color Meter is a tiny little tool that allows you to get the exact RGB values for any pixel on your screen. This […]

How to Measure Distances and Angles on your Mac Screen

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PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances and angles on the screen. A tool like this can be extremely useful for designers. PixelStick is a simple application that comes for free. It’s not the easiest application to begin using. But once you get the hang of how it works, this lightweight application can save you […]

How to Rotate Wallpapers in OS X

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MacOS X ship with some pretty fancy wallpaper options by default. You can also use your own wallpaper images using the System Preferences pane. It’s nice to be able to have a different wallpaper every day. Here’s how you can set a rotation system for you Mac’s wallpapers so that your wallpaper changes at a […]