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40 MAC Tips&Tricks

01. Birth date year optional

Many of us know the month and day of our family and friends' birthdays, but we might not know the year. Thankfully, Lion's Address Book couldn't care less, allowing you to enter just the month and day, which will carry over to iCal just fine - without displaying their age. Make sure Birthday is selected in Address Book > Preferences > Template > Add field.

02. FaceTime calling

OS X Lion also adds a FaceTime link to the Address Book to make it easy to keep up with friends and family. With a contact open, click on any email address, choose FaceTime and enjoy your chat.

iPhoto faces OS X Lion makes it easier to attach images to your contacts in Address Book by linking to iPhoto's Faces feature. click on the Faces icon at the bottom-left to browse from your iPhoto library. . Make your selection. zoom and crop and you're good to go.03. Double-click on a contact's photo and after a moment.

manoeuvre to Options in the pop-up menu and select the appropriate choice from the 'Assign To' options. simply by opening System Preferences > Mission Control and unchecking the very first option.04. To do this. Lose the space By default. all desktops or none at all. Assign your desktops All apps in OS X Lion can now be assigned to specific desktops. Access recently opened files . right from the Dock. much to the chagrin of long-time users. 'Show Dashboard as a space. it's easy to undo.' 05. This deprives it of its quick-reference usability. 06. simply Ctrl-click on the app in question. OS X Lion treats the Dashboard overlay as one of your desktops. Fortunately though.

simply Ctrl-click on any app in your Dock and up pops a list of recently used files for that selection. To access them. 07. and one of the biggest features has to be the ability to encrypt an entire volume rather than just a user's Home folder. enter a recovery key and sit back as a blanket of security is applied to your entire volume. Just turn it on. Volume encryption FileVault 2 got a major overhaul with OS X Lion.The OS X Lion Dock just got a little more useful with the addition of a list of recently opened files for relevant applications. .

No problem .OS X Lion now allows you to turn them off by opening System Preferences > Dock and unchecking 'Show indicator lights for open applications'.08. but just aren't feeling it for those indicator lights below each open application. . Lose the indicator lights So you love the Dock.

10. Quick Look stacked files Finally. Encrypt external disks In addition to encrypting your entire system volume in OS X Lion (instead of simply a user's Home folder in the prior version). in fact. . As if by magic.09. users can now choose to encrypt external USB or FireWire drives as well. you'll get a nice big preview of that file. simply mouse over the one you'd like to Quick Look and hit the space bar. stacks are made more useful! From any folder stack in your Dock. The option will come to your attention in the Disk Utility app at the time of disk formatting. same as you would from a Finder window.

To get your Emoji on. simply go to Edit > Special Characters and browse to the new Emoji section of the sidebar. File sorting .11. Double-click or drag a selection to insert it into the active text field. 12. Emoji emoticons added to special characters This tip actually works from any app that uses the Edit menu.

OS X Lion introduces a new toolbar method for sorting files based on a variety of options including name. which keeps things the way they were in Snow Leopard. label or none. kind. allowing you to easily swipe through them with a trackpad. making it easier than ever to find what you're looking for. four date-related options. OS X Lion now allows for gesture-based navigation as it displays Finder items. Gesture navigation If you prefer to view your files as icons. Now you can separate folders from documents and much more. . Files in each particular group are now displayed in rows of icons. application. size. 13.

copying a folder with the same name to a new location was strictly a no-no. 15. how can you find it again? There are several ways. and now you'll get the option to merge folders or keep both folders when . That's all changed in OS X Lion.1's tiny Downloads window. Merge folders In the past. Keyboard shortcut to Downloads folder Once a file you've downloaded has vanished into Safari 5.14. but one of our favourites is using the Command+Option+L keyboard shortcut in the Finder.even if you were just browsing another Finder folder. This pops it open .

then use Option+Command+V when pasting. Simply use Command+C as always to copy one or more files. how we love the little things in life… 16. Oh.doing so. but now keyboard junkies have even more options. which will actually move the file from its original location to the new destination. Move instead of copy We've always been able to move files to different folders by dragging and dropping with the Command key held down. .

simply hold down the Option key while you swipe left or right with three or four fingers (depending on how you have it configured) to navigate Finder windows instead of spaces. it's no surprise that Apple removed the previous method of navigating back and forth through Finder windows. But it's still there . then pull up a contextual menu with a Ctrl-click. .17. Navigate with gestures With all of the new gestures. you'll love OS X Lion's new ability to select one or more files. At the top of the menu you'll see 'New Folder with Selection' .select it and watch as your files literally jump into a new folder. 18. New folder with selection If you frequently move files into folders.

. Multiple selection animation This one is mostly eye candy.19. then separate again as you hover over the new destination. but it does come in handy for showing a user what will happen when they drag and drop. Select more than one item to drag to a new location and you'll see the selections collapse into one as you do so.

No more AirPort Not everyone has the extra money to spend on Apple-branded wireless routers.a label which. makes a whole lot more sense anyway. No more looping app switcher . 21. when you think about it.20. which is probably why OS X Lion has now changed the AirPort menu in the Finder to simply 'Wi-Fi' .

22. Apple has changed this behaviour and the app switcher will now stop at the end of the row . Reveal the user library folder While holding down the Option key is one . .you can get your user Library back more permanently by heading to Applications > Utilities > Terminal and typing 'chflags nohidden /Library' (no quotes) and hitting Return. option .well.without looping into infinity and beyond. Welcome back. Library folder.Prior to OS X Lion. The good news is. holding down the Command+Tab keyboard shortcut to open the application switcher would result in a potentially epileptic situation as the switcher moved the selection across your available apps in an endless loop.

if it's busy being emptied. however.23. Sidebar icon size Aghast at the size of your Finder sidebar icons after opening OS X Lion? Thankfully. this also affects the size of the sidebar icons in the Mail app as well. 24. Medium or Large for 'Sidebar icon size'. choose between Small. Note. any new trash will simply queue up behind the current dump. but with Lion. Queue up your Trash You'll be seeing one less unwelcome notification in OS X Lion: have you ever been in the middle of a lengthy trash-emptying session and tried to drag other unwanted files inside at the same time? OS X would refuse to move those files. the trash now forms a queue . . Apple has a setting for that which you can find under System Preferences > General.

But it's easy to access it: From the Finder. Select Library to open it in the Finder.25. . hold down the Option key as you select the Go menu and you'll see Library sandwiched between Home and Computer. Visit the user Library folder Apple has decided a user's Library folder should be none of their business with OS X Lion. which has made many long-time users nervous.

power users can hold down the Shift key to maintain the current window's aspect ratio while resizing.26.gone is the little corner graphic in the lower-right corner of each window. or hold down the Option key to maintain the centre point. Window edge resizing Apple comes through again. . Better yet. with the ability to resize application windows from any edge .

with the use of regular language phrases. . Call up Dictionary Need more information about a specific word? Select it and doubletap with three fingers to immediately highlight it in yellow and call up the dictionary. thesaurus and Wikipedia information for said word. Quick Add Apple makes it easier than ever in OS X Lion to add new events to iCal.27. typing 'Benji's birthday at 4pm' allows iCal to parse the name. time or location into the proper data using Quick Add. For example. 28.

complete with a page turning animation. that was impossible. click Edit Picture and then the Faces button at the bottom-left. iPhoto Faces Address Book isn't the only OS X Lion app to gain the ability to quickly and easily add photos to your contacts. Two-finger drag between months Frustrated that Apple has made it more difficult to move between calendar months in iCal? Forget the clicking and use a two-figure drag left or right to get the job done. with busier days appearing more 'hot' than others. 30. 31.29. Enter OS X Lion's new year mode: it shows 12 months at a time. Year 'heat' mode Suppose you want to see at a glance which days are busier than others for an entire year. where you can browse through all available iPhoto Faces and choose the best one for your buddy. Click a buddy icon in iChat. . Previously in OS X. using colours to represent your availability for each day.

. keeping your buddy list clean. Thankfully this is as easy as selecting the icon in Launchpad and dragging it straight to the Dock. it might be time to add it to your Dock for even faster launching. but buddies who have multiple chat services will only appear once. Drag Favorites to Dock If you find yourself frequently visiting the Launchpad to open a particular app. What happens when you want to instant message them? You'll be asked which service you wish to connect through first. Unified Buddy list and instant messaging OS X Lion adds Yahoo! Messenger to the iChat party.32. 33. You'll also get one unified status update across all of your services as well.

but it's not to everyone's taste.34. then click the 'Show Format bar' button (sandwiched between the attachment and photo browser at the upper right). 37. which helps reduce clutter and stay organised with your recipients. Favorites bar Do you find yourself accessing certain folders in Mail more than others? Keep them a click away by dragging the folders to the new Favorites bar. From there you can easily access existing subfolders by clicking on the downward triangle instead. Separate conversations OS X Lion Mail now groups your emails by conversation. formatting. Lose the widescreen Layout OS X Lion has a new look for Mail that takes a nod from the iPad. But don't worry: you can get things back to the way they were in a jiffy by going to Mail > Preferences > Viewing and checking 'Use classic layout'. Formatting bar Formatting your rich-text emails is a snap in OS X Lion. size. which is sandwiched between the toolbar and the main Mail window. Simply start a new email. 35. Now you'll have easy access to font. 36. paragraph structure and much more. click the number to the right of your conversation . forward or delete messages. But if you want to access emails one at a time. Inline controls make it easy to reply.

Show Mailboxes Mail defaults to hiding all of your mailboxes in OS X Lion. but you can get them back quickly by using View > Show Mailbox List. Keyboard aficionados can do the same with a Shift+Command+M shortcut. 38. or use a simple click on the Show button at the far left of the new Favorites bar. .and you'll be able to quickly get to any of them with just a click.

go to the View menu and select Show Related Messages. which will now display previous replies or even messages you've filed or trashed. OS X Lion's Mail app adds the ability to show messages related to others in your inbox. Show Related Messages With so many emails flying back and forth. . it's easy to get confused.39. To turn this feature on.

. Change 'Sidebar icon size' to your choice of Small. but be forewarned .40. but strangely Apple has incorporated it into System Preferences > General. Sidebar icon size Looking to squeeze more folders into view in your OS X Lion Mail sidebar? There's no preference for this in the app itself. Medium or Large.this also affects the Finder sidebar as well.