Cool things you know how to do on your MAC!!

  • 8Always_Hard8

    Posts: 496

    Mar 24, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    So I have had mine for over a year and i just learned something new!!
    So you all know how to do the 2 finger scroll down on your mouse, but i just learned if you use 3 fingers then it throws it right to the bottom of the screen and then you can throw it right to the top!!

    The things I learn each day icon_smile.gif haha


    What things do you know?
  • EricLA

    Posts: 3461

    Mar 24, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    I know a few things, but the one I discovered recently that I'd been looking for years is the command to jump between open windows of an application.

    Everyone should know Command-Tab as a way to tab between your open applications. But, say you're in Safari (or any other browser), and you have several browser windows open. Just hit Command and the `/~ key (the one above Tab, to the left of the 1 key), and you'll cycle through your open windows. This works in any program, so if you're working on multiple Word documents, you can cycle through them the same way.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    @Eric - Keep in mind that not all keyboard shortcuts are the same on every keyboard layout. Most of the keyboard commands are set by default to U.S. English or International English.

    ----

    I did notice a glitch that I really want to point out to my friends who are Mac users. It won't affect most people, but it will affect some:

    If you have your keyboard layout set to a local language (Italian Pro, French Pro, etc.) and you have your main system language set to English the system will NOT recognize diacritical symbols from the keyboard layout. The system will only accept input AS IF it were coming from the keyboard layout of the master system language.

    If you set a strong password, using letters, numbers, and diacritical symbols (as would always be recommended) there is a risk that the system will lock you out at startup because it does not recognize the keyboard layout until after you log into the root system. Before that point the system assumes that the keyboard layout is equal to the master system language.

    I found this out the hard way when changing my passwords one day.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    One thing that I find handy is the ability to put frequently used folders into the header of finder windows. To do his all that is necessary is to grab and drag a folder over the header bar until a green plus sign appears. To delete the item just control click on it and scroll down to remove item.

    This is very handy as it allows my instant access to the one or two folders I am into constantly without having to crowd up the sidebar.
  • DrewT

    Posts: 1327

    Mar 24, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    To EricLA, when you have the Command-Tab window open, you can use Command-` to cycle backwards as well.

    You can take screenshots with Command-Shift-3, and Command-Shift-4 (for a smaller window). Command-Option-Control-8 turns the screen to a negative image.

    Another wonderful thing is each application has it's set of keyboard shortcuts listed in the menus, some let you create your own. In addition, System Preferences, under the keyboard, has a list of a few shortcuts. icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    Command-Delete will move whatever is currently selected to the trash - no dragging. Just be careful, if you're connected to a Windows server it will completely delete it (you should get a confirmation message stating as much).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 10:20 PM GMT
    If you use 4 fingers on the new trackpad, it displays all open windows
  • coolarmydude

    Posts: 9190

    Mar 24, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    OMG! I didn't even know about the 2-finger mode! icon_redface.gif
  • EricLA

    Posts: 3461

    Mar 24, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    Simply_Drew saidTo EricLA, when you have the Command-Tab window open, you can use Command-` to cycle backwards as well.

    You can take screenshots with Command-Shift-3, and Command-Shift-4 (for a smaller window). Command-Option-Control-8 turns the screen to a negative image.

    Another wonderful thing is each application has it's set of keyboard shortcuts listed in the menus, some let you create your own. In addition, System Preferences, under the keyboard, has a list of a few shortcuts. icon_smile.gif


    Drew, thanks, I did discover that one by accident, but don't you have to use Command-Tab first to get into that mode, then using Command-` lets you cycle backwards. I didn't want to go into that much detail, lest it be confusing. And I've always loved how easy it is to take Screenshots on the Mac. I use the Command-Shift-4 a lot (that's the one where you click at whatever starting point you want and then drag and release to the end point you want, correct? -- Sorry, I'm at work and writing on a PC).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    even better then the two finger... in firefox, use three fingers, slide down, you jump to the end of the page, slide up and you jump to the top of the page, slide left you go back a page, slide right you go forward a page (if you have the forward history)

    But this only works in firefox unfortunately icon_sad.gif
  • DrewT

    Posts: 1327

    Mar 24, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    lilTanker saideven better then the two finger... in firefox, use three fingers, slide down, you jump to the end of the page, slide up and you jump to the top of the page, slide left you go back a page, slide right you go forward a page (if you have the forward history)

    But this only works in firefox unfortunately icon_sad.gif


    In Safari, you can use Command-Up and Command-Down (arrows) to go to the top and bottom of a page. icon_smile.gif Also Command-{ (or Command-shift-[) and } (shift-]) take you to different tabs in Safari and Firefox, and Command-[ takes you back, and Command-] is forward.

    Plus to EricLA yes it's Command-Shift-4 that is the pinpoint screenshot.

    Another fun shortcut is Command-Delete will erase text on entire lines throughout Mac OS X (not Microsoft word though).

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    Simply_Drew said
    lilTanker saideven better then the two finger... in firefox, use three fingers, slide down, you jump to the end of the page, slide up and you jump to the top of the page, slide left you go back a page, slide right you go forward a page (if you have the forward history)

    But this only works in firefox unfortunately icon_sad.gif


    In Safari, you can use Command-Up and Command-Down (arrows) to go to the top and bottom of a page. icon_smile.gif Also Command-{ (or Command-shift-[) and } (shift-]) take you to different tabs in Safari and Firefox, and Command-[ takes you back, and Command-] is forward.

    Plus to EricLA yes it's Command-Shift-4 that is the pinpoint screenshot.

    Another fun shortcut is Command-Delete will erase text on entire lines throughout Mac OS X (not Microsoft word though).



    The 3 fingers works in Safari for me...
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    2 fingers...3 fingers...4 fingers...
    This thread is kind of exciting!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 24, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    GWACpwns saidThe 3 fingers works in Safari for me...
    na, three fingers moves you through the history but doesn't scroll to the top or end of the page in Safari icon_sad.gif
  • DrewT

    Posts: 1327

    Mar 25, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    GWACpwns said

    The 3 fingers works in Safari for me...


    Well I have an old MacBook from 2008 so I don't have all the spiffy new gestures. I have my keyboard shortcuts instead! icon_biggrin.gif
  • DuggerPDX

    Posts: 386

    Mar 25, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    UrsaMajor saidOne thing that I find handy is the ability to put frequently used folders into the header of finder windows. To do his all that is necessary is to grab and drag a folder over the header bar until a green plus sign appears. To delete the item just control click on it and scroll down to remove item.

    This is very handy as it allows my instant access to the one or two folders I am into constantly without having to crowd up the sidebar.


    This is a great tip!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 25, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    LIST O' AWESOME MAC TIPS!

    - Press Command-Tab to switch between apps. While holding down command, press "Q" to quit the selected app, or "H" to hide it.

    - Hold down Option and press the Delete key to delete one word at a time. Keep holding Option and use the arrows to navigate by word!

    - Hold down Shift while pressing the volume keys. Boom, no more noise!

    - Hold down Option and Shift while pressing the volume or brightness keys. This lets you adjust them in smaller increments.

    More to come if people want them icon_cool.gif.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 25, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    Simply_Drew said
    GWACpwns said

    The 3 fingers works in Safari for me...


    Well I have an old MacBook from 2008 so I don't have all the spiffy new gestures. I have my keyboard shortcuts instead! icon_biggrin.gif


    Yeah I'm with you. I've got the first generation MacBook...so I've got the two finger scroll, but everything else is keyboard shortcuts, and I'll keep it that way. I'd like a new one, but I might just rebuild mine because I really don't like the new touch pad.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 25, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    1969er said2 fingers...3 fingers...4 fingers...
    This thread is kind of exciting!


    1 finger medical, 2 fingers magical..3 fingers MACical!
  • coolarmydude

    Posts: 9190

    Mar 25, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    1969er said2 fingers...3 fingers...4 fingers...
    This thread is kind of exciting!


    Sounds like Dr. MacSeuss!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 25, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    The three fingers I cant get down ¬¬
    is this for like the last generation MAC?
  • Space_Cowboy_...

    Posts: 3738

    Mar 25, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    GWACpwns saidThe 3 fingers works in Safari for me...
    na, three fingers moves you through the history but doesn't scroll to the top or end of the page in Safari icon_sad.gif



    Shut up I didn't even know you could do that icon_surprised.gif I just learned this! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 25, 2010 7:09 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair said- hit control button and use your other two fingers on the mouse pad to Zoom out and in.

    -hit command, option, control and 8. it will change the background the whole screen.

    - (love this) shift, command and 3. it will give you a whole screen shot. shift, command and 4 will shows cross-hair for selective screen shot.

    - on the menu bar... click command button and use your mouse arrow to drag the icon out.
    24wtun9.jpg

    more short cuts

    Here what my screen look like. I know... so gayyyyyyy lol
    a27us1.jpg


    GAY?!! more like beautiful.

    Love my macbook and imac, and time-capsule. all in all i LOVE apple.
  • vindog

    Posts: 1440

    Mar 25, 2010 7:57 AM GMT
    this thread is awesome....I'm just going to be a spectator though.


  • Space_Cowboy_...

    Posts: 3738

    Mar 25, 2010 8:16 AM GMT
    I'm a slave to the Apple Corporation icon_cool.gif [yeah I swallowed]