In the quest for greater productivity, Mac users have an unlikely ally—the spacebar. Here are five things you didn't know the spacebar could help you do.
Sharon Zardetto shows how you can use help tags (formerly known as tooltips) to find the full name or path of a file in the Finder, get a quick summary of a help topic, learn all about a font, and more.
The unsung hero of the keyboard, the Option key can reveal alternative commands and unlock all sorts of hidden features. Here are five of Sharon Zardetto's favorite Option key tricks.
The Esc key has long been the “get me outta here” panacea for many things: canceling a dialog box, getting rid of a button-less splash screen, you name it. Here’s a handful of less-than-obvious solutions the Esc key provides.
Looking for something? Lion's handy Spotlight menu offers new ways to work with your search results.
Learn how to go beyond a mere drag or double-click with these more advanced techniques for text selection.
Some few of us are perfect writers and typists. The rest of us have to go back and select text to change it. And we do it a lot. A few tricks for making text selection a easier can save loads of time. Here are five you should know.
It’s easy to never go beyond the basics of Open and Save dialog boxes, despite their being perhaps the most-used feature of the Mac interface. Instead of simply working with the basics, make these dialog boxes work for you.
Sure, you’ve nearly worn out your Mac’s Control key using it to open contextual menus. But did you know you can also add Control to common key combinations to access different commands?
Learn how to use OS X's smart folders to save time finding, tracking, and organizing files and folders.
Drop files from a background window into a document, move a background window so you can see it better, scroll through a window's contents, and more—all without losing your focus in the window or document you're working in. Here's how.
It’s happened to us all (especially since Snow Leopard changed the rules): you double-click on a file and are dismayed to see it opening with the wrong application. Here's how you can control which application opens a file—or an entire file type—temporarily or permanently.
Do you know the difference between Command-F and Command-Shift-F? How you start a Finder search affects what options you see. Learn the differences, and start your searches off on the right foot every time.
Dan Frakes' recent article, Five Dictionary tricks, covered how to use the Dictionary without launching it. But working inside this application offers unique advantages too. These tips will show you how to do even more with this OS X tool.
It’s easy to get back to a Web page that you’ve bookmarked—but what about the ones you breeze through without saving and then later wish you had? Safari 4 can help you find them again.