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!
Long ago, before OS X, the Trash icon was located not in the dock, but on the desktop. It's been in the dock now for more than 14 years, but if you're feeling nostalgic for OS 9 or want to move it back to the desktop for easier access, then we'll show you exactly how to do that in this Easy Mac Hacks tip. It might even save you some time dragging stuff around the desktop. Let's get started.
Have you dumped an important file you meant to keep? Did you change a file and then save it when you didn't intend to? Don’t worry: there are techniques and software tools that are able to recover trashed or altered files if this occurs.
Ever wonder what's bloating up your hard drive? Let me give you a hint: you don't always see the files right there, blankly staring up at you. Sometimes you gotta dig deep to get them out of the trenches and out of your hard drive. There are five Mac applications in particular that love to cause bloat. Here's a list of 'em, and a hint at how to get rid of the offenders and free up disk space for data you actually want.
Many of us don’t give the Mac OS X Dock a second thought beyond clicking icons to open our most frequently used applications or accessing the Trash to retrieve a file we decided to keep -- which is too bad, because the Dock holds a number of hidden features to make you more productive.