Don't-Miss Software Stories
Need a definition or synonym on the fly? Dan Frakes shares five ways to access OS X's Dictionary without even launching the program.
Knowing how, when, and when not to deduct your technology expenses is key to minimizing your taxes while avoiding inquisitive IRS auditors.
Leopard and Snow Leopard's Spaces feature lets you configure multiple virtual workspaces; today's Hint shows you one way of configuring a different Desktop image for each workspace.
Ted Landau has a small problem with a folder that won't open. The fix is minor. The real mystery is what's causing it in the first place.
Rob Griffiths shares a collection of older Mac OS X Hints tips that he finds useful and/or interesting. All still work in 10.5 and 10.6, too!
Learn how to create a visually distinctive prompt when working as root in Terminal.
Learn how to rotate the "avatar" images used to represent a user in programs such as iChat and Address Book.
Want to avoid becoming the victim of a phishing scam? Your first line of defense is usually a little common sense, Ted Landau writes.
Learn how to use new keys to move up and down a folder hierarchy in Snow Leopard without losing your currently-selected file.
Use a Terminal command to change the behavior of List Stacks in Snow Leopard so that they behave like Grid Stacks: Folders won't open in slide-out menus on mouseover, and instead must be opened with a click or press of the Return key.
If you use the Page Up and Page Down keys to flip through files in TextEdit and other applications, learn how to also move the cursor location while doing so.
You can set up the Finder to securely empty your Mac's trash by default. But here's another, very simple way to securely empty the trash in Snow Leopard.
Learn how to free a minimized window from the Dock using the Command-Tab application switcher in certain circumstances.
Learn how to include the Tab key in user-created keyboard shortcuts in Snow Leopard -- something that wasn't possible in previous OS X releases.
Learn how to add over 20 additional effects to photos taken in Photo Booth and iChat