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Location Of Mac OS X System Icons

You can access any Mac icon on your system by opening the Get Info pane, selecting the icon and copying it to your clipboard. If you want to access the system icons, such as the laptop symbols, the warning triangle, folder designs, the generic icons such as disks, the ‘everyone’ icon used in Get Info, plus many others you can. It is very simple as every icon is stored in one folder.

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Video: Determining Which Graphics Card Your Mac Uses

A new video has been published at MacTricksAndTips. If you have a new MacBook Pro with two graphics cards, an integrated and a dedicated graphics card, you may be interested in which graphics card your Mac is using. This is useful if you are generally interested, or wonder why you may not be getting the graphics performance our of your Mac. I have previous discussed this topic in a previous post.

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Repair Avi File Index In Video Files

When you download an avi file over the internet, there is a slight chance that the file can become corrupted and the file is broken and doesn’t play. This is usually caused by the index, the set of rules which allow you to scrub and select a certain period of time in video, becomes corrupted. Its like missing a contents page and the page numbers from a book, you can read the book however jumping straight the correct page is impossible. This is the same with avi videos and today’s post is all about showing you how to repair broken avi indexes on your Mac.

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Video: Saving and Changing An Application or Folder Icon

A new video is available on the MacTricksAndTips Channel. We go back to a simple tip and trick that I use regularly. This is the ability to copy and change the application icons on your Mac. It is a simple method of copy and pasting the image you want over the current image for your Mac. This trick works on folder, applications, hard drives and documents. Anything can be changed. I also show you how to revert back to the original image. There are two videos in today’s post, one on copying and saving images, the second on changing them. You can read about this tip in an old post.

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Stop Spotlight From Searching Time Machine Drives

Spotlight is a great tool it will index everything, However if you have a Time Machine drive connected to it, there is not point in indexing that drive, or getting your Mac to spend the resources searching through the drive for new files. Therefore, we can stop Spotlight from indexing the drive. This tip, however, will still allow you to search through Time Machine backups, it just won’t search for any other files.

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Video: Enable Text Selection Within Quicklook

The MacTricksAndTip Channel has published a new video. Today’s video is on enabling text selection within Quicklook. This goes back to a list of tips I published a while ago on Finder Hacks and Tips. It allows you to use Quick Look to quickly open a file and select text, this means you don’t have to open the file within the text editor. Its a great way of speeding up your work flow, since you don’t have to open the file.

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Helpful Terminal Commands For Working With Time Machine

There are a variety of commands within Terminal to access Time Machine. These Terminal commands are useful in starting and stopping time machine backups, and seeing when the latest backups occurred. They are a great way of accessing basic information from Time Machine, or executing a time machine backup. Last week I talked about starting and stopping local snap shots of Time Machine, this post is an extension of those previous commands.

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Force Spotlight To Re-Index Your Mac In Terminal

Spotlight is brilliant. It is one of the best pieces of software on your Mac. The spotlight index is a large collection of information a bout every file and folder on your Mac. It contains a wealth of information which allows your Mac to find the exact file you want, even when you don’t enter the most specific file term. The spotlight index, once in a blue moon, can get corrupted. It is worth re-building the index. I have discussed about this before using system preferences, however this tip is about using Terminal.

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