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URL :http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macosxhints.html
Filed Under:Technology Industry News / Apple
Posts on Regator:474
Posts / Week:1.4
Archived Since:August 14, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Search iTunes radio stations using playlists

If you use iTunes radio stations, you may have noticed that you can’t search in the Radio list; the search field is dimmed. But OS X Hints reader osxpounder pointed out that you can search if you put the radio stations in a playlist. To do this, create a new playlist, then click on Radio in the iTunes source list. Show More Summary

Back up blog or FTP directory with AppleScript

Reader lucaslivingston has a WordPress blog, and wanted to make sure to back it up regularly. But while there are plenty of WordPress plugins that claim to do backups, he frankly found them daunting. Instead, he decided to create his...Show More Summary

Fine-tune volume and brightness in OS X

When you use the volume controls on a Mac to increase or decrease the sound coming from your speakers, those levels increment in whole steps on a scale from 1 to 10: Press the Up Volume button once, for example, and the volume goes up...Show More Summary

View a program's graphics in Preview

Whether you're preparing a presentation or how-to documents for your staff, there may come a time when you want access to a program's graphics. You may especially be curious about the images in applications like Apple’s Keynote or Pages,...Show More Summary

Three quick browser tips

Have you ever found yourself on a webpage filled with animated GIFs? Annoying, aren’t they? Reader NoOH-Lye noticed that you can pause those GIFs in Firefox just by pressing the Escape key. You can do the same in Safari, but you need...Show More Summary

Run a Retina MacBook Pro at full resolution

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the Geek Tech blog at PCWorld.com. A MacRumors forum thread details how to run Apple’s latest laptop with the pixel-density turned all the way up by using a program called SwitchResX. By...Show More Summary

Make Mail Dock badge show important messages only

If you get a lot of email, it can be hard to see the important messages among all the others that can clutter your inbox. Reader radek suggests a way to have the badge on Mail's Dock icon display only the count of the emails you really...Show More Summary

Stop the Lion "rubber-band" bounce

One thing that annoys many Lion users is "rubber-band scrolling": When you scroll to the end of a page in many apps, the page seems to continue scrolling a bit, then bounces back. OS X Hints reader Havner found a way to remove this effect. Show More Summary

Quickly share iOS photos with your Mac

There are plenty of ways to transfer photos from an iOS device to a Mac—I generally email them to myself or use Messages—but it can still be a hassle. A tip recently published on The Iconmaster could be my new solution to the problem. First, make sure you have Photo Stream turned on in each of your iOS devices, as well as on your Mac. Show More Summary

Copy events, delete Mail messages

Couple of quick ones today: First, Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes recently reported that he'd inadvertently stumbled on an undocumented keyboard shortcut for deleting messages in Mail: Control-H. Hitting that key-combo does the same...Show More Summary

Organize videos by groups in iTunes

In iTunes, there are two ways to categorize your videos: as either Movies or TV Shows. Movies are displayed individually, but TV shows are organized in groups, as they would be if they were episodes in the same show. One anonymous Mac OS X Hints reader takes advantage of this to organize all kinds of videos, regardless of their actual source. Show More Summary

How to delete the Dock delay

You probably know that you can configure the Dock to hide itself when you aren’t using it. (If not: Go to System Preferences -> Dock, and select Automatically Hide and Show the Dock, or Control-click on the separator in the Dock itself...Show More Summary

Delete Dropbox cache to recover drive space

I use Dropbox to sync files across my Macs, but also to collaborate with others using shared folders. One day, I discovered that the disk space on my MacBook Air had dropped substantially. I started poking around, looking for swap files...Show More Summary

Send text, files from Mac to iOS via Messages

Sometimes you want to send a file, URL, text snippet, or image from your Mac to your iPhone (or vice versa). I generally use email for this purpose, but Mac OS X Hints reader NaOH-Lye found another method (via MacDrifter): Use Messages. If...Show More Summary

Unzip almost any archive file

I recently downloaded a zip archive of freely-distributed MP3 files. But when I double-clicked it to decompress it, all I got was a.cpgz file (an archive file in the CPIO format). Double-clicking that file just created the zip file again,...Show More Summary

Search for messages by domain in Lion

In versions of OS X before Lion, you could quickly search for messages from a given domain (macworld.com, for example) just by typing it in the search field. But such searches are more difficult in Lion's version of Mail. That's because,...Show More Summary

Customize shortcuts for Mission Control, Dashboard

You probably know that you can choose keyboard shortcuts for Mission Control and Dashboard in the Mission Control pane of System Preferences. But the shortcuts listed there are limited. For example, for Mission Control you can choose...Show More Summary

Auto-convert songs at higher bit-rates in iTunes 10.6

The recently released iTunes 10.6 has plenty of notable new features, including support for 1080p video and some tweaks to iTunes Match. But many music lovers will appreciate one new feature in particular: In the past, you could automatically convert songs with a high bit-rate to a more manageable 128 kbps when syncing them to an iPod or iOS device. Show More Summary

Use OS X linen pattern for desktop background

If you've been using OS X Lion, you've no doubt seen the dark linen pattern that Apple uses as a background for the login screen. That same pattern pops up in iOS 5, too. If you like that look and would like to use it as your everyday...Show More Summary

Add Finder labels via drag-and-drop

Many of us use Finder labels to mark and more easily differentiate icons and files. There are several 'official' ways of assigning a label to a selected file: from the File menu, from the Action menu on the Finder toolbar, or from the the Finder’s contextual menu. Show More Summary

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