Most of us think of the Finder as just another part of OS X; the window that pops up to help us find our files. But it's definitely got more use to it than just a file browser. Read on for a few tricks you can learn today to help you utilize Finder's hidden features.
As OS X has matured and iOS has entered the equation, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Apple’s vision of the future of computing aims to ditch much of the baggage of the past. The mouse is on borrowed time, replaced by gestural interfaces that enable you to manipulate content more easily. Also up for the chop is the entire file system, which Apple is slowly edging towards the exit, to be replaced by app-specific file sandboxes and contextual system-wide searches. If we look back at the history of Apple’s operating systems, this process began in earnest with Spotlight.
Apple is known for its supreme aestethics and design, though it's not exactly regarded as the most customizable of platforms. Luckily, there are some Terminal tricks that can be used to do things like disable icons from the Desktop, enable a simpler Finder window, and show X-ray-style folders. Read on to find out how!
Do you know any Terminal tricks or third-party apps that can bring these three things back to Lion? First, the winding gear in the lower-right corner of a Finder window that lets me know the information is being accessed, just not visible yet. Second, the line of info at the bottom of the Finder window that tells me the number of items and disk space remaining. And third, the translucent QuickLook window, instead of solid gray.
If you've enabled File Sharing in the system preferences, you may be wondering how to connect to external Macs within a network via AFP. It's easy with a little Finder trick. Plus, we'll also show you how to connect back to your Mac from anywhere around the world.
I upgraded my MacBook Pro with a solid-state drive for speed, but it’s too small to hold all of my files. I know how to move music and photo folders to an external drive, but how do I move my Documents folder? I created a Documents folder on an external drive, but no matter what, the system defaults back to using my Documents folder residing in my home directory on the startup drive. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Lion comes with a handy new cloud-drop feature called AirDrop that enables you to do simple computer-to-computer file transfer without a cord or a third-party service. But did you know that it's capable of just more than simply sending a file to a neighboring Mac? Read on to find out how to get the most out of this new feature-packed utility on your Mac.
It’s been more than three weeks since OS X Lion escaped from the Mac App Store and took up residence in Macs around the globe, and for the most part users are quite happy with their new houseguest. Part of the fun with any new operating system releases is uncovering the new features -- and this big cat has plenty of them.