OS X

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 […]

Keep your Mac Running Smoothly with OnyX

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This tutorial will guide you through using OnyX, an excellent system maintenance tool for OS X. Start out by downloading OnyX. Make sure to pick the correct version for your OS – as there are different versions for Jaguar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard. The installation is very straight forward – open the .dmg file and […]

How to Resolve the Leopard Blue Screen of Death

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This came as a shocker to me, mainly because I have done uncounted OS X upgrades in the past with only very minor issues, but tonight while upgrading my friends 24 inch iMac 1st generation we had a biggie of a problem: the blue screen of death that did not go away no matter how […]