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Filtering your Spotlight search with keywords

There are situations when you have too many results in your Spotlight search. You can filter them to exactly what you need by using one of these search expressions:

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Tagging files for Spotlight

Spotlight is great if you have a unique word to search for. But if you happen to search for a common word you will likely find hundreds of hits which makes searching less effective.

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Steal video from any website in OS X

If you want to record any video content played in your browser you can use Snow Leopard's QuickTime X screen recording feature. If you want to avoid the need for cropping the video, put the video on full screen before starting the recording.

If you also want sound with your video you need reroute the speakers to the microphone with a software like Soundflower and select this new input source within Quicktime X as an input source for sound.

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Resize columns in Finder

Finder iconThe fastest way to browse your directories in OS X is clearly the column view that you access by pressing Apple-3.

However in this view long file names are usually partially hidden, which can be a problem. Worry not, there is an easy way to resize the width of these columns. Just drag the separator line at the little handle at the bottom. This operation will only change one column at a time.

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12 Mac OS X browsers

Safari and Firefox is the most known browsers for Mac, but there are many more out there. Give them a try and feel free to add more if I missed something?

Safari

Comes with OS X. Currently at version 4 it's one of the fastest browsers out there, which can tackle almost anything you throw at it. It syncs with your iPhone unlike other browsers.

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Quick Mac troubleshooting list

sad apple logoWhen something goes wrong with your OS X operating system or your Applications you can try several things before getting upset about it:

  1. Quit all unused apps - If you have a memory issue this will solve it.
  2. Restart - Most of the times this is a quick solution.
  3. Repair permissions - Open Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility, select your HD and Verify then Repair your Permissions.
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OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard problem: Opening multiple files

You must have noticed an annoying little bug in Snow Leopard. When you try to open multiple files it only opens one at a time. Unfortunately I couldn't find a perfect solution, but there is an intermediate workaround until Apple fixes it.

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Keep your copy of Quicktime 7 before upgrading to Snow Leopard

Just a quick word of caution. If you need the extensive export features of Quicktime Pro, make sure you backup the application before upgrading to Snow Leopard 10.6. Snow Leo overwrites your old QT and will offer less options. After the installation you can simply move back the Quicktime 7 application into a different folder or renamed to differentiate from the new version.


Quicktime 7 export options

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MacBook 4-finger gestures

Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) introduced 4-finger trackpad gestures for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

If you swipe down with four fingers you will activate Exposé to show all your active windows. If you swipe either up or down Exposé gets deactivated.

If you swipe up, your desktop will show. To deactivate you can again swipe up or down.

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