Quick Tips

Extensions are notoriously difficult to get properly housebroken. After painstakingly creating several custom start-up sets in Apple's Extensions Manager, David Battino of Cupertino, California, was dismayed to find that every time he installed new software, it would spray its extensions and control panels into all of his custom start-up sets.

He tried locking his start-up-set files (which reside in the Extensions Manager Preferences folder, inside the System Folder's Preferences folder) via the check box in their respective Get Info windows. This worked, but then the Extensions Manager insisted on making copies of the files whenever he tried to select them. The solution was to change each start-up set's file type from ESET to tamper-protected RSET with ResEdit or any other utility that lets you change a file's type. A start-up set whose file type is RSET appears with a padlock icon at the top of the Extensions Manager's Selected Set menu, just like the Mac OS Base set.


Q. I use Mac OS 8.5's Web Sharing feature to access my office computer's hard drive via the Internet. But when I connect as the owner, I can see all the files on the hard disk but I can't download some types of files from nonshared folders. For instance, SimpleText and Deneba Canvas documents download fine, but I'm denied access to Microsoft Word documents unless they're in a shared folder. The Web Sharing control panel is set to use file sharing, for controlling user access (for obvious reasons); the Web Sharing preferences are set to allow aliases to open items outside the Web folder, and that folder contains an alias of my hard drive. So what am I missing here? I can't for the life of me figure this one out.

Robert Benezra
New York, New York

A. Unlike File Sharing, Web Sharing doesn't allow someone connecting as the owner to access all files on the hard drive unless the drive has been explicitly set for sharing.

Use the Finder's Sharing command to turn off the option Share This Item And Its Contents for each folder you currently share. Then turn on this option for the hard drive, and set the owner privileges for the drive to Read & Write.

If necessary, you can also grant access privileges for the drive to a user or a group, and you can set access privileges differently for individual folders inside the drive. To prevent guest access, open the Users & Groups control panel, double-click the Guest icon, and make sure the option Allow Guests To Connect To This Computer is turned off.

Instead of using Web Sharing to access your files over the Internet, you might want to try OpenDoor Networks' ShareWay IP Personal ( http://www.opendoor.com ). This $79 utility magically makes the Mac OS's built-in personal file sharing available over the Internet or a TCP/IP intranet.

To access your office machine's hard drive through the Chooser on another Mac connected to the Internet or intranet, click the Chooser's Server IP Address button and type in the IP address of your office Mac. Then follow the usual procedure for connecting to a shared drive or folder; for example, enter the owner name and password in one dialog box and select your office Mac's hard drive in another dialog box. In a few moments, your office Mac's hard-drive icon will appear on the desktop of the remote Mac you're using, and you're in business.

You can also try Stairways' $10 shareware FTP server NetPresenz. It has more complex configuration options than Web Sharing, but it's faster and handles owner access like File Sharing does. Plus, you can use a Web browser instead of an FTP client to access the FTP server.

If you've blocked guest access to your FTP site, put your user name into the URL for your FTP site; for example, ftp://yourname@ftp.yourdomain.com. The browser will then ask for your password, unless you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows. In that case, you must include the password in the URL; for example, ftp://yourname:password@ftp.yourdomain.com. For security, quit the browser when finished.


Q. The March 1999 issue of Macworld refers at least twice to the ability to resize Mac OS 8.5's Open and Save dialog boxes. I have 8.5.1 and cannot resize unless I have Power On Software's Action Files utility installed. What am I doing wrong?

Bill Bunn
Brentwood, Missouri

A. The new dialog boxes appear only in programs whose developers have revised them to use the Navigation Services of Mac OS 8.5 and later, so it's going to be a while before they're available in every program. Meanwhile, if you want to experiment, try saving and opening in Sherlock or setting a desktop picture with the Appearance control panel.


TIP ( If you want Mac OS 8.5's Sherlock program to index your hard drive after-hours but don't want to leave your computer on all night, use the Energy Saver control panel. Set it to start up your Mac several hours before you need it in the morning, and schedule Sherlock to begin indexing five or ten minutes after start-up. If you set these automated events to happen daily, your Sherlock index will be current every morning.

Matt Shucker
Phoenix, Arizona

If you prefer, you can have Sherlock index your hard drive just before your computer shuts down. At the end of the day, begin the indexing process in Sherlock. Once the Indexing Progress dialog box appears, switch to the Finder and shut down the computer. During the shutdown process, an alert appears asking whether you want to finish indexing before shutting down. Click this alert's Continue button and the computer will shut down after indexing is complete.

Or you can simplify the whole procedure by using the $10 shareware Index & Shutdown from Carnation Software. And if your Mac model can't be completely shut down under software control, you can add this capability for $70 or less with a Sophisticated Circuits PowerKey device ( http://www.sophisticated.com/products/powerkey.html ).–L.P.

Speed Up Slow Floppies

TIP Although the iMac's popularity may make 3.5-inch floppy disks less ubiquitous, many Mac users still depend on them. But a floppy that you've used over and over again can bring your system to a grinding halt when you wait for its icon to appear or window to open. The solution can be as simple as rebuilding the floppy's desktop file: hold down the commadn and option keys while you insert the disk. The increase in performance can be staggering.

Timothy T. Lundin
Omaha, Nebraska


TIP If you enjoy playing Eric's Solitaire Sample (by Eric Snider and included on the Mac OS CD) and want to increase your chances of winning by not missing any moves, simply press the caps lock key and all playable cards will be highlighted.

Michael Narducci
Miami, Florida


TIP You may know that you can quickly mount a file server or someone's shared folder from your network by opening an alias of the file server or shared folder on your Mac. This technique avoids the Chooser and Mac OS 8.5's Network Browser, but it always opens the alias's original item in addition to mounting it. Depending on network traffic and the amount of stuff in the file server or shared folder, you may need a haircut before it finishes opening. To mount the file server or shared disk without opening it, select the alias of it on your Mac and choose Show Original from the File menu (command-R) or the alias's contextual menu.

Laurie Spiegel
New York, New York

Alternate QuarkXPress Shortcuts

TIP ) The shortcuts for switching tools in QuarkXPress–1-tab and 1-shift-tab–are also used for switching applications in Mac OS 8.5 and later. Despite the conflict, you don't have to change the shortcuts for Mac OS's Application Switcher using Mac OS Help, as described in February 1999's Quick Tips. Instead, simply press command-option-tab and command-option-shift-tab in QuarkXPress 3.32 and later to switch tools like normal.

Martin Winter
Acworth, Georgia

Free .exe File Expansion

The latest version of Aladdin Systems' free StuffIt Expander ( http://www.aladdinsys.com ) decompresses the most common PC compression formats all on its own. With StuffIt Expander 5.1, you no longer need Aladdin's shareware Expander Enhancer (mentioned in April 1999's Quick Tips) to expand files whose names end with .exe, .zip, or .gz.µ

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