CMD+F1 : Toggle between mirroring and extended desktop modes.
CMD+F2 : Auto-detect an external display.
This is especially helpful if your built-in display stops working and you connect an external monitor, only to find yourself with an extended desktop background image!
Some time ago Apple announced “Snow Leopard”. Lets look at some of the features that Apple are offering with the next release of OS X.
64-bit – Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. Continue reading »
Did you know you can easily put your mac to sleep by pressing command-option-eject (if you have a dedicated eject key on your keyboard). You’ll need to hold ‘eject’ for a couple of seconds.
How about just sleeping your display? try shift-control-eject!
Of course, if configured in system prefs, you can setup your mac’s power button to put your machine to sleep too.
Got an Apple TV? Put the video-output to sleep by pressing and holding the > (play) button. Note that this doesn’t put the Apple TV to sleep, it just shut’s off the video output.
How do I know all of these? If you don’t have a fast broadband connection, you tend to push a lot buttons. LOL!
Got any more sleepy tricks? post a comment!
I found this widget called “CharacterPal”, it has an option that lets you drag the widget to the desktop. All you have to do is start dragging the widget as you press F12. The good thing is that once the option is enabled you don’t need to keep “CharacterPal” open in the dashboard, so you can close it an still drag your favorite widget to the desktop. Hope this is helpful, enjoy!
I don’t know whether this trick has already been mentioned:
In the Finder, in List view, you can navigate using the up/down arrow keys. Now that’s well known. If the selection highlights a folder, pressing the right arrow key expands the folder (same as clicking on the “open” triangle symbol on the left side of the folders name).
Pressing the left arrow key collapses the folder again. If the selection highlights a document in an expanded folder, pressing the left arrow key moves the selection up to the containing folder, which then can be collapsed by pressing the left arrow key a 2nd time.
Heres a cool little hidden Easter egg that works in Tiger and Leopard called “The Blob”.Go to your Applications folder>Utilities folder> open Terminal and type:
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-floater -bool YES
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I accidentally stumbled on this little trick. While in the dashboard, instead of clicking the little plus in the bottom left corner to get the X for closing a widget, simply mouse over the widget you want to close while holding alt/option and the X will appear.
* note from James, This also works in Tiger, a classic!
When browsing Safari, you can instantly scroll to the bottom (or top) of a page by holding down COMMAND and pressing the up or down key. Useful if you are browsing a long page.
Additionally, you can scroll in long increments by holding down OPTION and pressing the up or down key.