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Tumbletip December 6, 2008

See the path to where you are in the Finder window’s title bar: defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES. Via TUAW

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Tumbletip May 8, 2008

To get a grave accent on a Mac running OS X, press Option + `, then the letter you want to accentify. I’m hoping that by writing this here I’ll finally wodge the technique into my brain.

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Tumbletip February 28, 2008

You can burn a .iso image to a CD from the command line like so: hdiutil burn yourimage.iso. So much less faff than Disk Utility it’s unbelievable.

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Tumbletip February 18, 2008

In 10.5.2, you can fix the annoyingly app-centric way Spaces works:

defaults write workspaces-auto-swoosh -bool NO

From Mac OS X Hints.

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Tumbletip November 15, 2007

To see an email attachment in QuickView, er, quickly, just hit Command+Y.

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Tumblephoto January 9, 2007


iPhone! by Mot.

Looks pretty sodding amazing. More details.

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Tumbletip July 22, 2006

To control the menu bar with your keyboard, hit Command+F1 to turn on Full Keyboard Access, then use Command+F2 to highlight the menu bar. It only works on the left-hand side, so no access to your menu bar widgets, sadly.

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Tumbletip July 12, 2006

If you want OS X applications to check your spelling against a proper English dictionary, rather than an American English one: hit Command+Shift+: then select ‘British English’ in the ‘Dictionary’ dropdown menu. (Nota bene: you need to do this in every application in which you employ the spelling checker.) Thank you codeman38.

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Tumbletip January 24, 2006

In TextEdit, and other Cocoa apps, when editing a rich-text document, you can trigger a very basic outliner mode by hitting Option+Tab. Handy for taking notes with a bit of structure. (via Daring Fireball)

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Tumbletip December 20, 2005

Move windows in OS X without changing focus: hold down the Command key, then drag the titlebar of an unfocused window. (Nicked from Projectionist: A tumblelog)

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Tumbletip December 15, 2005

If you unmount your external hard drive from time to time, rather than unplugging it and plugging it in again, you can do something like this: when the drive is mounted, do disktool -l and make a note of the number of your drive (probably something like disk1s9), then, when you need to mount it again, just do disktool -m disk1s9. (Probably very obvious, but I didn’t know about disktool until just now…)

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