Quick Sticky Note

by on March 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

If you like sticky notes, then this is a great shortcut for you to create one instantly. Say your browsing around your favorite recipe site and come across a tasty sounding bread pudding recipe. You could write it out by hand, but who wants to do that?? Instead highlight the text for the recipe, then on the keyboard hit CMD+SHIFT+Y and a new sticky note will appear with the selected recipe included.

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Grab Application

by on January 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

If you can never remember the shortcuts for taking screenshots, you might want to add this application to your dock. It is located in Applications/Utilities folder. Grab is the application name, just drag and drop it to your dock for easy access. Grab will allow you to take screenshots with the options of selection, screen, window and timed. Grab also lets you choose the pointer type under preferences.

Sync Google Calendar with iCal

by on May 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

Do you have a Google calendar setup and your always logging into your Google account to check on it ? Well you have the option to sync your Google Calendar with iCal which might be something you’d never thought of before until now. The setup process is very simple:

  • Launch iCal
  • From the iCal main menu, click on Preferences
  • Click on the Accounts tab
  • Click the + icon in the lower left corner
  • Select Google for Account Type, enter your Google credentials and click Create

That’s it, now your iCal will automatically sync with your Google Calendar and on a side note Google Calendar also works on your iPhone or iPad too.

Instant Word Completion

by on May 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

In many Mac OS X applications you can activate a nice hidden feature that will bring up a large list of words starting with the letters you have typed so far. Pressing the F5 key or Escape key will bring up this menu for words you can select.

Just a reminder this only works with Mac OS X applications, so for example it will work with Pages and Numbers, but not Word or Excel.

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Quitting Apps Faster

by on May 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

Say you either want to install some new software and it asks you to close out all open applications, or just wanting to close out applications to free up your computer. There’s no need to move to each program and quit one at a time. Pressing Command+Tab will bring up Application Switcher, keeping Command pressed down, press and hold Q. Each application quits in turn and you will be notified if there are any unsaved changes to documents. Below is what Application Switcher will show.

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Force Eject CD/DVD

by on February 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

From time to time it seems MAC OS X will unmount a CD/DVD, but won’t actually eject it. The drive just doesn’t seem to want to eject, no matter how long you hold the eject key down. Before trying to find some pliers and a screwdriver (which is not recommended, contact the Helpdesk) try restarting your mac and push and hold the mouse or trackpad button. Keep it held down and the stuck disc should eject if the disc drive is still functional.

Quick App Launcher

by on February 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

A quick way to launch an app is to put your Applications folder in the Dock. When you click on it, it’ll pop open as a stack. Now you can start typing a few letters of the app you want such as “fire” to highlight Firefox, or “iMo” to highlight iMovie, once it is highlight just press enter and the app will launch. Below is an example of how it looks once you click on your applications folder.

Smarter Searches

by on January 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

If you use the current “Canned Searches” such as All Images, All Movies, All Documents from your finder window, then you might enjoy adding a few more of those search fields. Open up your finder and hit the keys CMD+Shift+G for opening quick address jump. Copy the address below and paste it into the address field. You will now find some additional search fields which you can drag and drop over to your sidebar. See screenshot below for example. 


Blank Page in Word

by on January 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Does it seem that sometimes Word documents will have a last page that is blank that almost seems impossible to delete? An easy way to rid of that last page is to place the cursor after the last character in your document and press “Shift+Command+Forward Arrow” keys which selects all after the last character. Then just press the “Delete” key and that last stubborn page should be removed.

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iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

by on January 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Here are some pretty nifty iTunes keyboard shortcuts to save you some extra time:

The Space Bar: If you have an item selected (song, audiobook, video, etc) press the space bar to start playing it, press it again to pause.

Command-L: Will get you back to the item in the location where you started playing it (your library, playlist, shared library) so if your like me and are browsing around the iTunes music store or your library this is a quick way to dive right back where you started.

Command-T: Will bring up the iTunes visualizer which will give you some flashy visuals while you listen to your tracks (just don’t stare at it for to long might cause dizziness or a nauseated
feeling 🙂 )

Command-Shift-N: If you have a bunch of tracks selected and want to make a new playlist of those tracks, just use this combo. The playlist will get added to your sidebar, and the name will highlight so you can change it.

If you know of other shortcuts please share the below in the comment section for others to use and enjoy.

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