Mac OS X Hints

Choose How to Allocate Your .Mac Storage

When Apple increased storage for .Mac accounts from 100MB to 250MB, it didn’t clearly explain how to change the way that space was divided between iDisk and your .Mac e-mail. Start by logging in to your account at www.mac.com. Then click on your login name in the top menu (right next to Log Out); .Mac will ask you to enter your password again, and then it’ll take you to the Account Settings page. Click on the Storage Settings button, and you can then use the Manage Your Storage pop-up menu on the next screen to control how your 250MB is divided—choose a ratio that makes sense for your needs. As a general rule, you’ll probably find that the minimum allocation of 15MB is more than sufficient for e-mail; this leaves 235MB free for all your glorious photo galleries.

See Warnings for Unspecified Domains in Apple’s Mail Application

In Mac OS X 10.3’s Mail app, you can visually differentiate outbound messages that are headed for a domain other than one you specify (as long as the recipients are in your Address Book). This can be useful if, for example, your company requires that you add a confidentiality signature to e-mail messages bound for people outside the office. To enable the option, just select the Mark Addresses Not In This Domain option in the Composing tab of Mail’s preferences. Type in the domain you want to use as the control, and press the enter key. From now on, if you address a new message to recipients outside your control domain, those addresses will turn red as soon as you tab out of the To field.

While this is quite useful, what if you want to specify more than one safe domain? Although Apple doesn’t clearly document this feature, you can add multiple domains to the option’s field—just enter each one and follow it with a comma. Even though you can’t see all the domains, Mail will include them—a message composed to any domain not on the list will result in the same red address in the To field.

Change the Order of Folders Sorted by Kind in List View

If you use List view and sort a folder’s contents by Kind, you’ll see that any folders within the folder are alphabetically sorted right into the middle of the mix—since their kind is Folder. To most people, however, folders are special entities and shouldn’t be sorted with other files in the folder. Here’s how to make all your folders go to the top (or bottom) of the list when sorted by Kind.

The hardest part of this hint is navigating to the file you need to edit. In the Finder, go to System: Library: Frameworks: ApplicationServices.framework: Versions: A: Frameworks: LaunchServices.framework: Versions: A: Resources. Whew. Within that folder, you’ll see the English.lproj folder. Highlight it, and then select File: Get Info. In the Ownership & Permissions area, click on the Details triangle, click on the lock icon, and then click on the Owner pop-up menu and set it to your user name (enter your password if asked). Leave this window open; you’ll be changing it back in just a minute.

Inside the English.lproj folder is a file named Localized.strings. Drag it onto TextEdit. Find the line that reads

"Folder" = "Folder";
and insert a space before the
F
in the second
Folder
. To sort folders to the bottom of the list instead of the top, you’ll have to use one of four special characters: μ ( mu), π ( pi), Ω ( omega), or  (the Apple-logo character)—see Mac OS X Hints, November 2004, for more information). Save the file, approving any dialog boxes that may appear. In the Get Info window that you left open, change Owner back to System and then close the window.

Now you need to restart your computer—these values are read only at startup, so a simple logout and login won’t do the trick. Once you’ve restarted, you’ll be rewarded with improved sorting.

[ Contributing Editor ROB GRIFFITHS is the author of Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition (O’Reilly, 2004) and runs the Mac OS X Hints Web site. ]

Apple’s Mail can warn you when you’ve addressed a message to a domain other than those you specify as your controls.Add a space to the Folders line (highligted in red) in this deeply buried system file, and your folders will float to the top of lists sorted by Kind.
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