100 Snow Leopard Tips, Tricks, and Features

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Hello i am shawn lee.Thanks for sharing this wonderful and interesting topic.Open a new Finder window, select your Mac’s HD icon from the sidebar, drag the Applications folder to the right-hand side of the Dock. Control-click the Dock icon and you get view options. For apps, Sort by Name, Display as Folder and View as Grid works nicely. View as List also works well.

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scottgriest

article is so good: "In Leopard you had to double-click on the event, then you had to click Edit to edit the event. That's one too many clicks. In Snow Leopard, you can just double-click on the event to get to edit mode thanks for sharing this great article...
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debielapol

Unless I missed it, I didn't see mentioned the new feature in the QuickTime Player:

File->New Screen Recording...

It allows you to do a video capture of what is happening on your monitor. Considering that there is commercial software that allows you to do the same thing and they cost more then Snow Leopard itself, this feature alone could pay for itself immediately.

Now, the commercial software will likely have more features at this point, but for basic screen recoding, the new QuickTime Player feature is great.

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ladysun1969

I just answered my own question:

The article says: "In Leopard you had to double-click on the event, then you had to click Edit to edit the event. That's one too many clicks. In Snow Leopard, you can just double-click on the event to get to edit mode."

This only works if you have "Open events in separate windows" turned on. Otherwise, you have to double-click, then click Edit.

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ladysun1969

The article says "In Leopard you had to double-click on the event, then you had to click Edit to edit the event. That's one too many clicks. In Snow Leopard, you can just double-click on the event to get to edit mode."

Is this true? I've got Snow Leopard on a brand new MacBook, but I have to double-click, then click the Edit button to edit the event. Is there an option to choose somewhere?

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ladysun1969

The article says, "Snow Leopard is the only OS with Exchange support out of the box, as Windows 7 requires you to buy Office 2007 to get that functionality".

Not *quite* true. Windows 7 does not come with an Exchange client (ie. Outlook), but Exchange server does. If you have Exchange server, you can install Outlook on your Win7 box & connect to the server. No need to buy Office 2007.

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s10nefer

When using screen sharing to connect to a remote Mac, cmd-tab and Exposé keys are now redirected to the remote machine (it was not the case in Leopard)
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allenkenya

I'm very satisfied with Snow Leopard. For the most part it works exactly as "advertised", is very stable, is fast, etc. I have also enjoyed reading these 100 Tips. I've learned some things and they've reminded me of others that I had forgotten or ignored.

However, two of them don't ring true at all for me:

1. "Wake up and shut down faster" -- Snow Leopard usually wakes up faster; I have far fewer times when the computer simply refuses to wake up. But, it does not shut down faster. The only thing that consistently embarrasses me about my MacBook Pro is that it is so slow shutting down -- we're talking 5+ minutes to close out applications, stop processes, and turn off -- or sometimes just refuses to shut down. Combined with Firefox (any recent iteration) quitting, it's a dog in this respect.

2. Edit iCal Event Quicker: Hmmmm. Double-clicking on an iCal event brings up the details about the event but in order to edit it, I have to then click edit. I don't see any change from Leopard. I would welcome a return to double-clicking and going straight to edit.

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madno

Hi i love everything about leopard but the problem is i want to install it on pc. I hope mac life can write the article about how to install leopard in pc.

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PCheese

You wrote that Snow Leopard "triangulates your position based on your IP address". Triangulation uses multiple angles and distance estimates from known physical locations (i.e. cell towers, satellites) to determine current location. Apple could also have used an IP address to location lookup database, but that does not appear to be the case. Instead, they use skyhookwireless.com to to find your location based on MAC addresses of nearby access points. (It's possible they employ triangulation techniques here.)

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bgreggs

My Palm Centro is still syncing fine via HotSync manager to Palm Desktop 4.2.2 in Snow Leopard

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Robert Ireland

switch to 64 results in inability of yahoo to download mail

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gmorain

When using screen sharing to connect to a remote Mac, cmd-tab and Exposé keys are now redirected to the remote machine (it was not the case in Leopard)

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heap1

Palm syncing still works fine. I have had no problems syncing my 9 year old Sony Clie with Palm Desktop software version 4.2.1 in Snow Leopard.

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beeblebrox

I must be really missing something here. When I first read of the new feature I sent up a cheer, as I'm sure many Mac users did. Then I tried it. There were way over 100 items in the trash when I went down the list and tried the 'Put Back' feature both from the context menu and the file menu. Out of all those items only seven had 'put back' enabled, - 2 empty folders, 1 WMV, 1 Application, and 3 PDFs -all the rest were grayed out. Of all those files only seven worked as Apple's Support article said they should?

I wish someone could tell me what's wrong here. Otherwise it just doesn't seem to be worth the effort.

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jyuichi

Regarding buggy put back, for me it seems that items sent to the trash from Finder or desktop can be put back but items dragged from stacks (like my download stack thats right next to the trash can) can't. Real bummer :( Sleepless Nights &  Wakeless Days

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romanboy

Option click in the Menu Bar on the iSync icon and it tells you when it last synched all your Bookmarks, Calendars, Contacts, etc.

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mr100percent

To turn on text substitution features in an application:

Control-click and choose Substitutions > Show Substitutions. (In some applications, you can also choose Edit > Substitutions > Show Substitutions.)

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Doc Izzy

The sticky keyboard shortcut was in Leopard. I've used it almost daily at work. May have even been in Tiger.

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jemoreno

I first noticed that my directory utility app was gone, then I snooped around and found how to access it.System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options > Network Account Server

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jemoreno

If you’ve ever wanted to change audio sources without firing up system preferences, well Snow Leopard lets you do just that. By holding down Option + clicking on the volume control in the menu bar you are able to quickly change sources.

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ericgorr

Unless I missed it, I didn't see mentioned the new feature in the QuickTime Player:

File->New Screen Recording...

It allows you to do a video capture of what is happening on your monitor. Considering that there is commercial software that allows you to do the same thing and they cost more then Snow Leopard itself, this feature alone could pay for itself immediately.

Now, the commercial software will likely have more features at this point, but for basic screen recoding, the new QuickTime Player feature is great.

One of the best uses for this new feature is when users report bugs, they all now can easily send a screen recoding of what they were doing at the time. A huge boon to developers everywhere...

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Nijigasumi

You're right about iChat video to Windows AIM. The ability's already in Leopard but it was buggy and sometimes decided it didn't want to work. I have yet to try it out in SL. Lets hope they made it more stable.

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BallinaLad

I tried the feature to edit iCal entries with just one click, but no joy.It still works just as before -- double click the item then click Edit to change the details.Was this feature removed from the release version?Ric "Edit iCal events quickerIn Leopard you had to double-click on the event, then you had to click Edit to edit the event. That's one too many clicks. In Snow Leopard, you can just double-click on the event to get to edit mode. "

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ikarelin

Active Directory Settings are moved to "Accounts" in System Settings instead of /Applications/Utilities/Directory Services app. Cool !!!

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Calob Horton

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe being able to audio/video chat with Windows AIM client users was available in Leopard.

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mattc986

Yeah I'm still on 10.5.8 on a MBP Early 2008 and I've always been able to resize my Desktop icons with a two finger pinch. You can do it in a finder folder so it makes sense the desktop responds the same way since it's technically your desktop folder.

Anyway, definitely not a Snow Leopard tip/trick/feature.

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