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Undo in the Finder Desktop
hmmm, came across this by accident. Probably most of you already know this but if not....

I moved some files to a folder thinking that I had copied them but errrr .... they moved, out of reaction (I was jsut using a text editor) I hit apple-z ... It was like magic, the files zapped back to where they came from.

oh well, if this is old news what can I say, it's new to me :-)
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Turn off File Size display to speed Finder list views System
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.
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Mail List/Preview window toggle Apps
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.
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Multiple icon sizes in one view area Desktop
ResExcellence has a VERY cool guide to enabling multiple icon sizes in a single Finder window or on the Desktop - you can set the size on a PER ICON basis! Don't you just love Quartz?

http://www.resexcellence.com/hack_html_01/05-23-01.shtml

-Membranophonist
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Default start-up commands in custom terminals Apps
Not sure if anyone has posted this hack, but...

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]
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Dynamic terminal window titles UNIX
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...
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Jump to locations in open/save dialogs System
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!
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Sound problems between OS 9 and OS X System
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.
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Bug in Finder list view Desktop
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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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!
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Another way to get to your home directory UNIX
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!

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