Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
Learn a simple way to clear out one category (Applications, Documents, Servers) in the Apple Menu's Recent Items section without clearing the other categories.
Learn how to use LaunchBar to quickly search your favorite sites, and how to use Google's I'm Feeling Lucky feature to immediately jump to the results you (most likely) want to see.
Learn how to set the background color for selected text (instead of the entire document) in TextEdit
Learn two ways to see mouseover highlights when using grid and fan view Stacks in Snow Leopard.
Learn how to permanently disable spell check in Stickies in Snow Leopard
Learn how to remove unwanted, and occasionally doubled, shadows in iWork applications. This hint will also work in other programs that use both their own font styling features alongside the system-wide Fonts panel.
Apple has released a trio of articles that offer new or updated information regarding disk repairs. Ted Landau looks at all three.
Snow Leopard removed some options for font smoothing, and some third-party monitors may suffer degraded font rendering as a result. This hint explains how to possibly restore the font smoothing on those monitors via a Terminal command
Learn two ways -- one temporary, one permanent -- to use the 10.5-style contextual Dock menus in Snow Leopard.
Learn how to use an AppleScript to start a new Mail message from any application, in both OS X 10.5 and 10.6
Learn how to move the documents drawer in BBEdit from the right-hand side of the window to the left-hand side of the window.
You may have used Apple's Calculator to calculate a quick sum, but did you know it's got a lot more tricks up its sleeve? From converting units of measurement to taking advantage of the paper tape, Sharon Zardetto shares ten of her favorites.
After a little wait, many third-party screensavers are now compatible with Snow Leopard. But there are glitches. Ted Landau has details.
Using an AppleScript, create a Service (in 10.6) that will let you toggle the visibility of the sidebar in all open Finder windows. This also works in 10.5, but it's not quite as useful there, as the script can't fully hide the sidebar.
Learn a simple keyboard shortcut to release minimized windows into the active Space, instead of back into their original Space.