Finder Window as App Launcher

by on October 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

If your wanting extra programs readily available but you don’t want to place anymore on your dock. Then use your Finder window. Simply drag any application into the Finder window titlebar and the icon will stick to it.

To remove, simply right click (CTRL + Click) on the icon and select remove item.

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Missing Hard-Drive?

by on October 29, 2010 at 8:33 am

Is your Hard-drive icon missing from your desktop? A simple check mark will solve that problem. Just click on Finder, then Preferences. Check to make sure the “General Tab” is selected and just place a check next to “Hard Disks“. You should now see your Hard-drive icon on your desktop. You will also notice other options you can check on or off to display.

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Windows Minimization

by on October 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

When you minimize windows on your desktop they usually go just to the left of your trash can. If your like me those begin to add up quick and before you know it your dock is stretched beyond its means. With a simple check in Dock settings this can be avoided. Go to your System Preferences, Dock. Put a check next to “Minimize windows into application icon

Now when items are minimized they go behind the icon on your dock instead of along the left side of your trash can. To make the window display just click on the icon,  the window is maximized back out. If multiple windows are minimized then click and hold on the icon to pop-up a preview of all the windows to select the one you want.

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Cleaner Desktop

by on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

Ahhh the desktop, a place where most of us store files we access everyday. How many icons (including hard disks) are on your Desktop right now? (my answer is 14, I usually try to keep it around 4) I know lots of people who have dozens of icons on their desktops. The reason I’m bringing this up is the MAC OS considers every icon on your Desktop a window. A window uses a certain amount of RAM (more ram the better for performance) and the more desktop icons you have the more RAM that is being used.

This can cause slow system performance, slower loading times, the spinning beach ball of death. Good practice is to make use of your Home folder located in your Finder. Your home folder is the little house icon with your name next to it. Within your home folder you can better organize your files and take advantage of custom view settings and custom file labels.

Of course if you need help with this we our offering Tech Tuesdays to brings questions and have them answered. The Help Desk is also there to help you and they can be reached at 541-355-1200.

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Safari & YouTube

by on October 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

Have you ever wanted to show a YouTube video when your not connected to the internet? Found a video you really liked but then couldn’t find it again later? With the use of Safari, keeping those videos is now easier. The steps below will guide you through this process so you can start a library of educational videos, or funny clips to share with friends and family.

Step 1. Open YouTube (within Safari)

Step 2. Find a video you would like to save, start playing the video then click on Window, then Activity.

Step 3. Click the arrow next to YouTube to drop the menu down and search for the biggest file which is usually the video file.Double click on it. (larger files will usually have an MB or GB, not KB)

Step 4. You will notice the Download window with the file you just selected. Once it has completed you can rename the file to how you see fit. Make sure to keep the .flv extension. Now it’s time to enjoy the video.

Facetime for Mac

by on October 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

Facetime for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch has now come to the Mac. You can now get in touch with your friends and family from your Mac over a Wi-Fi network. The link below will take you to additional information and a link to download Facetime.

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Cheap Cable Managment

by on October 25, 2010 at 10:39 am

Cheap Cable Organization 🙂

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Google Apps?

by on October 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Are you using Google Apps in your classroom?  If so, I would to see how you are using them.   Our goal in the TSC is to improve on our services.  If Google Apps has something that we are not providing, we want to know!  Email: [email protected]

Would you be interested in attending a Tech Tuesday for Google App show and tell?  Let me know!

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Safari Windows Gone Wild??

by on October 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

If your like most people you tend to have more then your fair share of browser windows open at the same time. It can be real difficult to keep track of all those open pages and Safari has a nice built in feature to merge all of these open windows into tabs within a single window. With Safari open click on Window, then select Merge All Windows.

You will now see all those open windows placed in tabs within one active Safari browser window.

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Disk Space Woes??

by on October 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

Hard drives can fill up pretty quickly with downloaded files, movies and pictures and users will often run into sluggish computer performance or “the hard disk is full” message. A simple way to check the status of your HD is Control-Click or Right Click on your Mac HD icon located on your desktop and choose Get Info.

You will see it will show you the drive capacity, free space, and how much space you have used. It is a good idea to keep about 10-15GB free to keep your Mac running more smoothly. When you start to run low you have a few available options to put your files on including:

  • External HD’s
  • Flash drives (USB Drives)
  • Network Storage Folder (10 GB’s of space)*

*please note to try and not use your network storage for music, pictures, and movies since you will run out of space quickly, keeping it to just important document files is best.

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