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If you need to remember what a screen message looks like -- whether it is a warning, a pop-up, or even a setting you don't want to forget -- try this. First, use Command-Shift-4 to grab a screenshot of the region (press the Space Bar to just capture the window if you want). OK, a lot of users know that already. However, once you've grabbed the screenshot, slip it into iPhoto, and create an album named something like Warnings or Apple Messages, and you've created your own memory reminder tool.

I have used this trick for mail settings, internet connection speed tests, my wireless settings, questions I have when I go to a One on One appointment, and general reminders of other various settings. Try it, and you'll never again have to guess "Now what did it say?"
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You can use multiple libraries with iPhoto Buddy
Authored by: lowbatteries on Jul 15, '08 08:52:18AM

If you use iPhoto Buddy, it's easy to create seperate iPhoto Libraries for this sort of thing - I have one library for Photos, and one to catalog all the technology crap I have hidden in boxes in the basement.

Maybe I'll start a new one to catalog misc. screenshots.



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Create a visual catalog of settings and dialogs
Authored by: lowbatteries on Jul 15, '08 09:05:28AM

I find it easy to take perfect region shots by hitting Command-Shift-4, then press the space bar. That will give you a camera cursor, and you just click on the window or dialog you want - takes a perfect screen shot every time.



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Create a visual catalog of settings and dialogs
Authored by: mm2270 on Jul 16, '08 07:24:05AM
You may want to combine it with this hint if using Leopard:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080629181121863&query=screen%2Bcapture


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Create a visual catalog of settings and dialogs
Authored by: osxpounder on Jul 16, '08 09:52:36AM

I have used a similar method for years, only I don't use iPhoto, which is slow. I hate waiting for it.

Instead, I have a folder called "NOTES" where I store almost anything as a text file, and since Spotlight was introduced, PDFs and images, too. I give it a long descriptive name, and I'm done:

"Error message that pops up every time I try to connect to the Windows PC across the hall.png", for example.

If I really feel like I need more info, I put it in the comments field. I have an applescript in my Finder toolbar that will put the same comment in one or more files. I type it in there, and now Spotlight will find that image if I search for any text that might be in the comment, like: "error -49"... Oh, and my newest Mac has Leopard, which makes browsing the photos a bit nicer via the CoverFlow view in Finder.

I can copy that NOTES folder to other Macs, or even PCs, I suppose, and search it on those machines. No need to fuss with iPhoto.

I like the hint, and like it even better when iPhoto is removed from the routine. I like to see hints about making life and work "flow" more easily. This is a good one.



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How to copy the text of a popup?
Authored by: palahala on Jul 19, '08 12:13:41AM
As a related question: does anyone know how to copy the text from a popup dialog? Like in Windows one can simply hit Ctrl-C to copy the text from system dialogs (rather than an image) -- easy to paste into Google...

(some OCR tool like http://www.structurise.com/kleptomania/ or www.deskperience.com/ScreenOCR would sometimes be great too)

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How to copy ALL text (including title and buttons) of a popup?
Authored by: palahala on Jul 19, '08 03:35:44AM

All right, simply selecting each line of text (for example by right-clicking) followed by Cmd-C (or right-click) to copy works at least for some system dialogs. I guess I knew that once ;-)

In Windows Ctrl-C would capture all text, including the title and the captions of the buttons.



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