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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: earthsaver on Nov 23, '05 07:58:26AM
When Mac OS X was first released the ability to size icons up to their full, beautiful 128-pixel glory, I jumped at the opportunity. Doing so has naturally and happily prevented me from keeping too many items on my Desktop. I have three folders that have remained their relatively permanently: Downloads, Desktop Files, and News to Read–Share. There are a few other items there now that need to be cleaned up, but for the most part my Desktop is clear. I tend to keep my Dock that way, too. Only the applications I'm likely to have open all the time (eight of them) stay there permanently. I have easy ways of starting (LaunchBar) and quitting (LiteSwitch) the others.

- Ben Rosenthal
Q16 1.25 - Tiger

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Staying clean and light
Authored by: lujo on Nov 23, '05 02:00:48PM

Ben - if you really like to apply the most parsimonious approach, I'd suggest getting rid of LiteSwitch and just use the built-in Mac OS X application switcher--unless you actually use the additional features of LiteSwitch not available in the standard app switcher: Pressing COMMAND-TAB brings up the switcher, but while continuing to hold COMMAND, hitting Q will quit the highlighted app (additionally ` will cycle backward/left and H will hide the app). No extra software needed. Of course there is that nasty bug recently noted about the log file in 10.4.3 growing very quickly for WindowsServer.logfile if you use COMMAND-TAB a lot.

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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: zo219 on Mar 08, '08 06:29:55PM
You keep applications on your desktop?

You probably mean you keep an alias of each app. On your desktop.

Command-L. Alias.

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