in Finder list view (i searched and didn't see this, so if it's a repeat i apologize...), turn OFF "Show File Sizes" for the Global List View. As all Cocoa applications are now packages, meaning they're actually directories, this is the same as turning off "Calculate file sizes" in the OLD finder and foregoing the minutes it would take to go through each folder, calculate the size, then go to the next folder, calculate THAT size, etc etc. It's equally slower (if not slower) in X.
Just a little quickie (but the little ones are usually the nicest!)...double click on the square just above the scrollbars but to the right of the message header titles (e.g. Date & Time on my std install), and Mail toggles from Preview Message to List view (or I guess more accurately, toggles preview off and on). Same happens if you double click on the separator bar between the lists and the preview.
Still a little light on functionality, and a bit slow when you have more than one mailbox (try 6+), but hey it's only a Beta oops i mean 1.0 release.
If you use custom Terminals for various tasks such as one terminal to telnet or ssh, and one terminal to tail a log file, etc. you can edit the .term file for each custom terminal to keep the shell you'd like to use -and- to also start up any default program or script you'd like.
If you'd like to set custom terminals with custom commands and still use your default shell, read the rest of this hint.
[Editor's note: This is similar to a tip that has been previously published, but it's a nicer wayto accomplish the same objective, so I've published it as a new hint]
I learned about this in college to make the title of xterms dynamic and found that the same method works with Terminal.app. I've created some aliases that allow me to have the title of the window reflect the machine that I'm on and current working directory of the shell, or of what file I'm editing. If you'd like a title on your terminal window that changes based on what you're doing, read the rest of this article...
In OS 9, you could single-click on a Finder window while an open/save dialog was onscreen, and the dialog would jump to that location. Very handy for fast navigation to often used folders (although I liked Default Folder even better!). In OS X, that same trick fails - a Finder click simply gets you the Finder.
Tonight, though, I found that you can drag and drop the location you are interested in from the Finder to the open/save dialog, and it accomplishes the same resut. If you drop a file, the filename is placed on the input line, and you can just hit return to open it; if you drop a folder, that folder is displayed in the dialog box. I'm not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but I had certainly no idea you could do this until I tried it!
It's not quite as simple as a click in the Finder, but it's close and quite useful!
If you have had sound problems (none, too loud, cutting out, etc.) after rebooting into OS 9 from OS X, you might try using a full shut down (instead of a restart) before loading OS 9. I have read on a couple of sites that this has solved sound problems for a number of people.
I can't verify this, as I haven't had any notable sound problems on my machine. If you have on yours, though, this may be worth a shot.
After some experimentation, and confirmation from another X user, I've discovered a bug in the way the Finder displays list views in a couple of situations. This has been replicated on a number of machines, so I tend to think it's a pervasive problem. I have submitted it to Apple's feedback site, but thought you might like to be aware of it as well.
The bug is related to a "name" column that continuously and automatically shrinks when in LIST VIEW mode. You can see the bug in one of these situations:
If you are viewing a folder that's at the root level of a hard drive (view the top level of your OS X disk in list view, for example). If you then click to sort by date, then click on any of the folders in the list (just once), then click to sort by name, the name field will shrink. From now on, any sort of click in the column names or in the finder list will result in the name field shrinking -- to the point where it vanishes! If you simply go one level deeper into your folder structure, this problem does NOT occur. Very odd, and very repeatable on two machines.
Take any folder, and put it on the desktop. You'll see the exact same behavior described above if you view it in list view.
I may not have explained this very well, but we've been able to duplicate the problem on two different machines, with those same two situations on each machine. So if it seems your list views are behaving a bit oddly, they may very well be. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future OS X update!
I don't know why but the tilde shortcut "~" to access my User Folder doesn't work for me (I get a "Permission Denied" alert). I've just discovered that "cd home" does exactly the same: it moves you to the user directory...I don't know if it's a common Unix feature or another alias made by Apple but it's neat!
With OS X, Apple assigned command-N to "Make New Window" instaed of "Make New Folder", which was assigned to shift-command-N. To me, this makes sense, as I tend to open more new windows than I do creating new folders, so the easier key combo is the most used key combo.
However, some people tend to create a lot of folders on a daily basis, and the added keystroke could become quite annoying. For these users, here are two other means of creating new folders that may prove quicker than shift-command-N:
Control-click (or right-click, if you can) in the Finder, and you get "New Folder" as a contextual menu item
Place the "New Folder" widget on your toolbar, and you have one-click access from everywhere. To do this, select View -> Customize Toolbar menu in the Finder while the toolbar is visible (hit Command-B to show the toolbar)
So while one method is lost, at least there are some reasonable alternatives.