Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
Yosemite features a new dark mode that lets you embrace your inner dark side — or just helps you work better with less eye strain. Either way, it's a cool new feature that we really like. However, visiting System Preferences every time to switch between the dark and light modes can be a drag; fortunately, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to make it faster and easier. We'll show you exactly how to do this in this Easy Mac Hacks article.
In OS X Lion, Apple incorporated the pop-up accent typing tool that was first introduced in iOS, which allows you to easily access accented characters by holding down the corresponding letter key. But if you don't regularly use accented characters, it might be best to disable this function with a little Terminal hackage.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
We’ve covered alternative terminal emulators in the past, but we recently ran across a tweak for the standard OS X Terminal app that will improve your productivity when using the CLI (command line interface) on your Mac. TotalTerminal makes the standard Terminal app a hot-key activated terminal that’s available systemwide. Simply activate it by pressing a keyboard shortcut, then enter your commands. Read on, and we’ll show you how to install and get running with this plugin.
Many of us spend the majority of our day sifting through, sorting, and retrieving email. But when you're moving messages between folders, clicking, dragging, and dropping becomes a repetitive annoyance. Fortunately, Mac OS X comes with the built-in ability to assign keyboard shortcuts. Read along to discover how to implement these shortcuts to bring your inbox to organizational heaven.