Tweaking Your Mac

Encrypt Any File With A Password 1

Trick

Encrypt Any File With A Password

There are not very many ways to encrypt files on your Mac. However, if a neat Terminal solution you can encrypt any file with a password. We are going to use a Terminal command called OpenSSL. Its a program designed to create the https bits of website through secure certificates. We are going to use it encrypt files instead. There is one caveat to this command in that it will only encrypt text files. However, this is only a minor problem we can work around.

Find Out The Error Code Of Any Mac Error Message 0

Terminal

Find Out The Error Code Of Any Mac Error Message

Have you every wondered what error code -22 in Finder means, or error code -49 in iMovie. A lot of these are very simple and not at all helpful. Nothing is worst than an error message that simply says ‘Error!’. You might as well not have bothered telling me (this infuriates me at work). However, help is at hand. You can actually interpret the errors within Terminal. You can find out what the error code means. A way to determine what it means and how to solve it.

Record Audio From Mac Applications – Including Games 1

Trick

Record Audio From Mac Applications – Including Games

If you use Quicktime Player or any other screen recorder such as iShowU HD, you will find that when you record an application it will not make a noise. This means in games and other applications that produce sound, it will not be recorded. Sometimes this can be an advantage so you don’t get application sound interrupting your screen recording. However, if you are playing a game you will want to record the applications audio. To do this we need to install some special bits of software.

Clear Up Disk Space By Tidying Up iMovie 0

Tip

Clear Up Disk Space By Tidying Up iMovie

Disk space is a premium, although hard drives are getting larger and come in varieties up to 4TB, it is always worth removing unneeded files and folders and cleaning up your Mac, I like to use CleanMyMac on a regular basis. One of the biggest data hogs is videos, they take up many gigabytes of space and can consume of lot of space very quickly. With the advent of video on phones and the digital age this is becoming more common. Today’s post is going to demonstrate how to clean up iMovie so it doesn’t take up as much space.

Close Files / Windows When Closing An App 0

Tip

Close Files / Windows When Closing An App

Your Mac has a lot of functionality and neat features. One of these is the ability to open your previous files when your open an app. For example in Word, Keynote or any other app, when you close an application your Mac will remember what file it had open. When you then open the application it will remember the previous files you had open. This means you don’t have to find the file when you open an app, it will be present. Some may find this functionality useful, however if you want to turn it off you can. This means you start from a blank slate when you open an app.

Selecting The Audio Output Within VLC 1

Tip

Selecting The Audio Output Within VLC

If you have setup a sweet home audio system you can play the audio through a set of speakers. Todays post is going to tell you how to set up VLC to play the audio through a HDMI or thunderbolt port, alternatively allow you to quickly switch the audio between your external speakers and the internal speakers. This allows you to play a music or video file on your Mac without it being played on your larger external speakers.

Increase Finder (& Mail) Sidebar Icons Size 0

Tip

Increase Finder (& Mail) Sidebar Icons Size

Customising your Mac is very easy to customise, however some of the customisation can be quite difficult to find. One of these is the size Finder sidebar icons. The default size may not be to your taste. Editing the size is a simple case of altering the preference setting, the required size change is within System Preferences and not in Finder. This change will also allow you to change the size of Mail’s sidebar icons.

Start Your Mac From A USB Stick – When Hard Drives Fail 0

Tip

Start Your Mac From A USB Stick – When Hard Drives Fail

When you Mac doesn’t boot it can be the end of the world. Hard drives are fragile and when they fail it can stop your from starting your Mac and booting. Although your Mac has a built in recovery partition it is always worth having a USB version to boot into in case your hard disk drive is toast. Creating a bootable USB drive allows you to repair your hard drive, reinstall the OS and restore from a Time Machine backup.

Subscribe To The Newsletter

Enter your email address to receive the latest tips and tricks from this site to your inbox.

Archive

Go back in time and view all of the articles on Mac Tricks And Tips by checking out the archives. Time machine not needed.

Friends Of MacTricksAndTips

Discountrue

Framed Creation

The Extra Stuff You Need To Know