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Mac OS X: Handy Tips, Tricks and Tweaks you may not know about… the Dock

Tip 1: Tweak your Dock

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Many people don’t realise that you can put any application, file or folder straight in to your Dock for easy access.  It’s really simple!

So (as many people already know) for applications you can either:

a.) Open your Applications folder and drag the app into your Dock (it must be on the left-hand side of the dotted dividing line)

or,

b.) When the app is open and running, right click on the icon that appears in the dock and select

Options > Keep in Dock

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And for files and folders:

Simply drag and drop them in to the Dock (they must be on the right-hand side of the dotted dividing line).

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Tip 2: Keep your Applications Folder handy

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Using Preview as a Handy Image Editor

Personally I never use iPhoto. For me, using iPhoto is like bashing my head repeatedly against a brick wall. Gods forbid that something straightforward like organising my photos into simple user-friendly folders should be anything other than incredibly fantastically complicated!

Anyway!

Having tossed iPhoto back unto the blackest pit from whence it came, for any image editing needs I use Preview instead. Of course for complicated graphics and painting related image editing I use GIMP or MyPaint or similar, but for easy tasks Preview works just fine. Preview is simple, straightforward and user-friendly which is all I ask. Continue reading

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How to Show Mounted Drives on your Desktop by Default

It can be a problem remembering which discs are currently mounted and which ones you have unmounted (ejected).  When I first got my Macbook Pro I wasn’t used to unmounting things and was constantly removing external drives physically without thinking. 

This is not only annoying because of the nagging reminder

but it’s also bad for your Mac.

By default OS X does not show mounted drives on your desktop.

But I think having them visible is the easiest way to keep track of what you’ve got mounted.  Especially seeing as a drive can be unmounted but still physically plugged in to your Mac.  That way you can actually physically see the devices that need to be ejected.

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So, to avoid the stupid “disk not ejected properly” extravaganza…

The solution is really simple – just set OS X to show all the drives which are mounted by default.

1.)  Click on Finder.

2.)  Go to Finder > Preferences

3.)  Select the drives you want to have visible.

I don’t actually have my “Hard disks” visible as I never mount or unmount internal HDs.  But with my current settings (above) all external items – phones, cameras, iPods, external HDDs, DVDs, CDs etc. – show up as icons on my desktop.

Now you can see exactly what’s going on with your drives. 

Plus you never have to see that annoying message ever again. 

Hooray!

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