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Video: Remove The Go To Folder Option Within Finder 0

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Video: Remove The Go To Folder Option Within Finder

You Mac is a powerhouse. Under the hood there is a lot of files and folders that run your Mac and should not be messed with. One of the ways of accessing these files is the with the Go To Folder command within the Go menu bar option within Finder. If you know the right folder path you can access some deep crucial system files. You can disable this command within Finder so you can’t access it. This follows on from a previous video on disabling Finder’s preferences. It allows you to lock down your Mac from meddling kids.

Open Sub Folders Within Finder With One Click 0

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Open Sub Folders Within Finder With One Click

Todays post is a quick tip on opening sub folders all at once within Finder. If you are a new user to the Mac (I recommend this book if you are) you may be interested to know that you can open all of the sub folders of a folder by Option and Clicking on the folder arrow. For example if you have your documents folder and want to view all of the subfolders and files at once you can. This is a really efficient way to view every sub folder and a great way to move files between them.

Video: Disable People From Changing Finders Preferences 0

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Video: Disable People From Changing Finders Preferences

If you have a computer used in a school or at work and you want to disable the ability to change Finder preferences you can with a simple Terminal trick. This will disable the Finder > Preferences option within Finder and disables changes. This also disables the keyboard shortcut so you can’t get around it. Its a great little tip from people changing things.

Clean Up Images And Save Space By Removing Exif Data 0

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Clean Up Images And Save Space By Removing Exif Data

Every modern camera takes great photos. When they take an image they append a lot of data such as when the image was taken, what ISO setting was used, some even place GPS coordinates. They extra data takes up space. It also gives a lot of information to other users about your camera. You may not want to ship all of this data to other users and people when you send them an image. This is particular important if you want to remove where you took the image for privacy reasons. There is a simple tool to remove EXIF data, and clean up images.

Video: Hide Desktop Icons on Mac OS X 0

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Video: Hide Desktop Icons on Mac OS X

I have produced a new video. It’s all about hiding your desktop icons on your Mac. If you want a clean desktop, with just your background you can enter a Terminal command to hiding everything.

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Cannot Empty The Trash In Mountain Lion – File In Use

Finder and its Trash are normally pretty reliable. If you press the empty Trash button in Finder, the contents will be deleted. Every so often there is this one file that is stubborn and won’t want to be deleted and needs a bit of a poke in the right direction. Most of the time you will get an error message “File In Use” and it cannot be deleted. The first step in trying to get rid of it, is to ensure that you have closed the app you think has it open. The second is usually a restart as this clears the memory and unlocks the file. If it still won’t be deleted you can try the tip below.

Video: Removing Duplication Open With Items In Finder 0

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Video: Removing Duplication Open With Items In Finder

Finder is a great tool. When you right click on a file and select “Open With” you will be presented with a list of apps to open the file with. Over time you add and remove apps from this list as you download and install new apps. Every so often this list will become corrupted and will need to be cleared and reset. Today’s video is all about resetting this list. You don’t need to do it that often, but if you do, it is always handy to know this trick.

Tag Files With Comments And Search For Them In Spotlight 0

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Tag Files With Comments And Search For Them In Spotlight

Spotlight is a powerful tool. It can find pretty much any file on your Mac, as long as you give it something to search for. One of the powerful tools with Spotlight that isn’t used to often is the ability to tag files with comments. This way you can give a file a more accurate description, or give it key words to search by. Its a simple way to give extra metadata and information to files and make your life easier. This tip is best used if you have long, nondescript, file names that you want to keep, but need some other bit of information to enable them to be found within a search.

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