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Video: Disable Local Time Machine Backups 0

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Video: Disable Local Time Machine Backups

We have a new video on the MacTricksandTips Video Channel. This goes back to a post a few months ago about disabling local time machine backups. If you don’t have your Time Machine drive plugged in, it will create a local backup on your Mac until you do. If you are limited on space, or don’t want these backups you can disable them with a Terminal command. It is a simple trick. You use the tmutil disablelocal to stop them from happening.

Turning Off Auto Saving In TextEdit And Other Mac Apps 0

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Turning Off Auto Saving In TextEdit And Other Mac Apps

The latest version of Mac OS X has a net function in most native apps. The ability to autosave a document. I think this is a great way as you always have the latest version of the document saved, this function also syncs with Time Machine so it save previous copies that you can return to. If, however, you don’t like this functionality, so want to revert to a more traditional way of saving documents, you can turn it off. It is a simple setting change, but like most setting within Mac OS X you have to know where to look.

Video: Saving Spotlight Searches 0

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Video: Saving Spotlight Searches

If you like making long and complex searches in Mac OS X, particularly in Finder you may want to save them for later use. I have posted a new video on the MacTricksAndTips channel discussing the ways of saving a Finder search. Finding its saved location and editing the search for future use. This is a great way to build a collection of searches which you can use in the future. I build searches for finding large files or more complex searches with a lot of terms.

Compare The Contents Of Folders Within Terminal 0

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Compare The Contents Of Folders Within Terminal

I have previously written on how you can compare the contents of folders to see the differences between them. This is a very useful tip to determine if there is files missing, added files or what files are different. This is especially useful if you want to keep the contents of two folders the same. It is also handy to see if any files have changed between the local copy and a remote copy. This trick uses Terminal, once you get the hang of the command it is very easy to use and very useful.

Video: Taking Screenshots On Your Mac 0

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Video: Taking Screenshots On Your Mac

There is a new video on the MacTricksAndTips video channel. It goes back to something a bit more basic, screenshots. Screenshot functionality on the Mac OS X system is far more advance than the window counterparts. This is a basic video that explains the methods of taking full screen screenshots and shots of selected parts of the image. It also goes into taking screenshots of applications windows. The final part of the video is a brief discussion on copying these images to the clipboard.

View The Most Used Commands Within Terminal 0

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View The Most Used Commands Within Terminal

I frequently use Terminal for the various tips and tricks on this site. Today’s post (e-mailed in by a reader) is a quick Terminal command which you can use to find out which Terminal command you have used the most often. This trick is a great way of seeing which command you are using frequently, and if you need to add it to a shortcut. It won’t give you the full command, but it will however give you the main bit. For example if you use the cd command to change directory, it will list cd rather than the files listed under the cd command.

Video: Showing The Library Folder In Mac OS X 0

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Video: Showing The Library Folder In Mac OS X

Many posts on this site utilities the users Library folder. This is a folder that many applications and system apps use to store information such as preferences, cache files and other files and folders. Todays video is a quick video on how to access this folder. In the latest version of Mac OS X, the guys decided it would be a good idea to hide this folder from view. It is still easily accessible however it takes a quick keyboard trick.

Speed Up Your Mac By Disabling File Previews 0

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Speed Up Your Mac By Disabling File Previews

Speed is king. Although you may have a fast Mac you may always want to speed it up. Today’s post is going to discuss a neat little trick to help speed up your Mac. This process is going to disable the image previews used by your Mac within Finder. Every time you open a Finder window in icon view, you Mac has to open every file to generate a thumbnail preview of the image. This slows you Mac down, especially those with slow hard drives, due to it having to access everything single file. By turning this functionality off it is a lot quicker to open and access files within icon mode in Finder.

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