OS X

The Four Most Useful Terminal Commands for Beginning OS X Users

by File in: OS X, Terminal

Beginner and intermediate computer users alike are often intimidated by using command line.  Taking the time to learn how to use command line on your Mac can optimize your computing experience. Everything from customizing your settings to managing your files can be achieved in only a few keystrokes.  Best of all, you can take advantage […]

How to Show Hidden Files in OS X

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

By default, Mac OS X hides many important system files and folders from the user’s view, either in the Finder or in the ‘Open’, ‘Save’ and ‘Save As’ Dialog Boxes of software applications. The operating system does this to prevent the accidental alteration or deletion of certain files that your Mac requires to run smoothly. […]

How to Attach an External USB Hard Drive to your AirPort Extreme

by File in: Airport, OS X, Tutorials

This tutorial will guide you through the (very simple, actually) process of attaching an external USB hard drive to your Airport Extreme. It will also show you how to determine who has access to the hard drive and review the security options.

Make Multi-Page PDF Files in Mac OS X

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Have you ever had a bunch of PDFs you wanted to assemble into one unified document?  Most people will tell you need Adobe Acrobat.  But in fact, OS X already has you covered with a nifty little program called Automator.  Automator is an ingenious and easy to use tool that lets you build sequences of […]

How to Permanently Stop Dock Icons from Bouncing

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Even if you’ve set your Dock preferences not to animate when you click them, some applications insist on bouncing to get your attention. This brief tutorial will show you how to disable that behavior. If you open your System Preferences and select Dock, you can disable the animation (bouncing) that happens when you click an […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

8 Useful OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

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OS X is a great operating system and the one you’re most likely using if you’re on a Mac computer. Even though each new version of OS X adds more keyboard shortcuts, there are some that are the same throughout all versions.  Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts for OS X.  1. Quickly Turn Off […]