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Quickly Open A File Path In Finder From A Field Of Text 0

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Quickly Open A File Path In Finder From A Field Of Text

This post was quite hard to title in a short snappy sentence, in essence Mac OS X has a new feature which allows you to select a piece of text which references a location within Finder and then open that location. Within many posts on this site I reference a locations such as /Library/Applications support. Normally you would have to either manually open each folder within Finder to find this location, or use the Go > Go To Folder, and copy and paste the location. This quick tip skips all of that and allows you to go directly to the location by simply highlighting the text and using a Service option.

Installing The New Version Of Mac OS X – Mavericks 0

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Installing The New Version Of Mac OS X – Mavericks

A new version of Mac OS X is out, Mavericks. Todays post is a quick one as a reminder to install the new version of the software. The version of Mac OS X isn’t a big one. However, it does have some cool new features which you should take advantage of. Installation, as ever is quick an easy. The download is 5.29GB, which is not that big in comparison to previous updates. Since the rush is over it will download at the full rate. Installation is just a simple case of going through the menus.

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Bulk Replace Text In Many Text Files

Finding and replacing text in a single text file is simple, you can use the Find and Replace function within the edit menu of your text application. The problem arises is want to use this feature in many text files. You can open each one, but that is a little complicated. Today we are going to adapt a script within terminal to carry out this command on a set of text files within a folder. It will open each text file, search for the exact or partial string and then replace it with the text we want. This is a little complicated but a great time saver.

Video: How To Pause An App In Mac OS X 0

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Video: How To Pause An App In Mac OS X

Todays video is a little technical. If you have a system process that is consuming a lot of your Mac’s CPU, you may want to pause this application to free up some system resources. This will allow you to work on something else, then when you have finished, you can unpause the app and allow it to continue right where it left off. This method of pausing apps it very useful if you have a CPU intensive app running and want a quick break. I have written about this technique before. The video below is more visual.

Add Half Stars To iTunes Ratings 0

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Add Half Stars To iTunes Ratings

This is a quick terminal tip for those using iTunes. Within iTunes you can normally give whole star ratings to music. This little tip will allow you to give half a star. So you can give 3 and half stars. If you hate a song that much you can also give it only half a star. It is a simple terminal trick which involves using Terminal to change a preference.

Video: Remove The Dock Icon Numbers In Mac OS X 0

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Video: Remove The Dock Icon Numbers In Mac OS X

We have a basic video today for new users to the Mac OS X system. Today’s video is all about removing the icon numbers from dock apps. For example Mail app has a number for each unread item within the Dock. If you don’t want to have this number visible you can remove it from within System Preferences. This tip works will app Apple apps and as newer apps move into the new system this tip will work for them too.

Open and App Or Files On A Calendar Event 0

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Open and App Or Files On A Calendar Event

My life is ruled by my calendar. To ensure that I don’t miss anything, or don’t forget anything I have a detailed plan on what to do . One of the problems I faced was forgetting which important file I wanted. To mitigate this problem we can set calendar to open a file when the event occurs. This can be a file or an app so if you have something specific to do on an event the app or document will automatically open.

Video: Adding An Eject Button To The Menu Bar 0

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Video: Adding An Eject Button To The Menu Bar

A week or two previous I discussed on adding a secret menu bar option to Finder so you can eject CD’s and DVD’s from the menu bar with one click. I have converted this post into video format so it is a little bit more accessible, since I got a couple of comments on it. The video below discusses the concepts within the previous post. It is a simple trick. However, some people had trouble finding the path.

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