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2 invaluable OSX time saving tips

Tweet I have a few friends who are swapping from long time Windows usage to Mac usage. There are a couple of things they do on the Mac that … well they could do better. First up they load up the dock with EVERY single application & secondly they rely on the mouse to much [...]

I have a few friends who are swapping from long time Windows usage to Mac usage. There are a couple of things they do on the Mac that … well they could do better. First up they load up the dock with EVERY single application & secondly they rely on the mouse to much for opening everything.

Here are two handy tips that will save you HEAPS of time on the Mac.

Quick Open Applications

I get hassled by Linux users that OSX is for pointing and clicking … and to a degree it is. Why type when you can click n drag & skip heaps of steps? Still, there are times that typing is heaps faster. Many people go to lengths to install Quick Launch apps like Quicksilver – well if you don’t want the hassle of learning a fully fledged launcher then just use what is built into the OS – Spotlight.

Hit Command (apple key) + the space bar and Spotlight will launch.
Start typing the app name, eg: Phot


You’ll see that Spotlight very quickly finds your app as you type, then hit Enter to launch it.

Steps:

  • CMND + SPACE
  • Start typing app name
  • Hit ENTER / RETURN to launch

Quick Launch Apps from Finder

The next handy tip is about customising your finder windows to suit your needs. All Mac users know to open a file in an application you simply drag that icon onto the application & it’ll launch and load the file. Very handy if you have the application in the dock – but we don’t want a crowded dock – so what do you do?

The finder windows are customisable and you can add a few of your most used applications quickly and easily so you have access to them from anywhere at anytime.
First: grab the application from the applications menu and drag up to the top bar of the finder window

Second: hold on the gray finder window for 30 seconds – until very faint gray boxes appear

Third: drop the application in place

To use: now simply drag any compatible file that you want to open up to the application icon in the finder window

That’s it, done! You can have as many apps as you want up here, but remember again, don’t get too carried away.

Note: you can also drag FOLDERS up here so you can have quick links to often used folders.

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