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Five unexpected uses for the Tab key

What can you do with the Tab key? Zoom around the Finder and your favorite apps, among other useful tricks. Sharon Zardetto shows you how.

Five unexpected uses for Copy and Paste

Did you know you can copy and paste a whole lot more than just text and graphics? When you start in the Finder, you can use the Copy command to lift all sorts of information from a selected Finder item. Here are some of Sharon Zardetto's favorite tricks.

Six unexpected uses for the Application Switcher

From hiding and quitting applications to transferring information between documents, the Application Switcher can help you throughout the day.

Five unexpected uses for the spacebar

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.

Five unexpected uses for help tags

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.

Five unexpected uses for the Option key

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.

Five unexpected uses for the Esc key

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.

Secrets of Lion’s Spotlight menu

Looking for something? Lion's handy Spotlight menu offers new ways to work with your search results.

Five favorite text-selection tips

Learn how to go beyond a mere drag or double-click with these more advanced techniques for text selection.

Five fundamental text-selection tips

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.

Five secrets of Open and Save dialog boxes

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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.

Five unexpected uses for the Control key

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?

Smart ways to work with smart folders

Learn how to use OS X's smart folders to save time finding, tracking, and organizing files and folders.

Six background window tricks

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.

Take control of how files open

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.