Tutorials

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

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

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 […]

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

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

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

by File in: General Software, Tutorials

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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Mac OS X ships 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 […]

How to Resume a Previous Browsing Session in Safari

by File in: Safari, Tutorials

If you often restart your Mac, quit the Safari web browser to free up some RAM, or (gasp) Safari crashes, you’ll find the following tip quite useful. Firefox has supported a feature that allows users to save an open session and reload it the next time they launch the browser. Safari did not support this […]

8 Useful OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

by File in: OS X

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 […]

How to Shrink Photos with iPhoto

by File in: iPhoto, Tutorials

After every vacation I like sending my friends pictures from the trip. There are a number of options these days where you can upload pictures to a website and share a link. But every once in a while I run into a situation when I need to email the pictures to someone. When I import […]

How to Create Smart Mailboxes in Mac Mail

by File in: Mail, Tutorials

Mac Mail is a really handy email client. One of the really neat features of the Mail application are Smart Mailboxes. Let’s take a look at what smart mailboxes can do to enhance your productivity. Using smart mailboxes you can create virtual folders to help organize your mail. This feature allows you to sort your […]