Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

iPhone / Mac Text Replacement: Shortcuts For Phrases

In both iOS and Mac OS X, Apple offers a feature called Text Replacement that allows you to configure text shortcuts for commonly used phrases. I believe Apple introduced this feature with iOS 5, and it is a great way to save time typing frequently used phrases, especially on touch devices like iPhone and iPad where…
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Remove And Rearrange Mac OS X Menu Bar Icons

Mac OS X allows you to remove and rearrange the built-in system icons on the menu bar. Icons like Time Machine, Bluetooth, WiFi, Volume, Power, and a few other icons including the date and time (as seen in the orange box in the screenshot below) can be rearranged with ease. To rearrange the system icons,…
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Change Mac OS X Screenshot File Format, Location, And Other Tips

First, a little refresher on how to grab a screenshot in Mac OS X. Press: Command + Shift + 3 to grab a screenshot of the whole screen. Press: Command + Shift + 4 to grab a screenshot of a portion of the screen by dragging a crosshair marker (that displays screen coordinates), and drawing…
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Show Hidden Files In Mac OS X Finder With This Command

By default, hidden files are, well, hidden in Finder on Mac OS X, and there is no method to enable viewing hidden files within the Preferences menu for Finder. But, there is a Terminal command you can use to enable viewing hidden files in Finder. In Terminal, type this command: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true After…
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Finally, Apple Brings Mute and Pin Tabs To Safari

My browser of choice is Google Chrome. I like the cross-platform uniformity since I work on both Windows and Mac. However, Chrome is not exactly known to be miserly when it comes to battery consumption. So, a while back I experimented with using Safari instead of Chrome on my MacBook Air, and it did seem…
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