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Batch convert document--application links Apps
One of the best new features in OS X is the ability to batch-convert application links for various documents. Before finding this, I had inadvertently started up Classic simply by clicking on a .jpg file that could have been viewed in Preview instead. To make the files open a different application, shift-click to select as many of the same document type as you want (for example, 100 .jpg files), then choose Show Info from the File menu in the Finder. Select Application in the pop-up menu and you will be able to select any application you wish to open the files. Once you've made your choice, the batch-conversion is nearly instantaneous.

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Multiple Remote Access configurations Network
People may already know this but for those that don't:

You can add several different network configurations in the Network System Preferences panel. For instance if you have several different ISPs. To do this you go to the panel and select advanced options from the drop down menu. Then click New and enter something in the name box (could be the isp name or random numbers it doesn't matter really) and the modem port that you want to use for the connection. Then click ok and return to the advanced section. Then using the drop down box select your new network configuration and enter all of the details. Then when you next go to the internet Connect app you will be able to select between the two connections via the drop down menu at the top. It seems to work quite well. You don't even need to restart internet applications.

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Customize toolbar without opening customize Apps
If you hold down the Command key, you can move around toolbar items without opening customize. You can add folders by dragging, of course. Saves a lot of time!

Read this @ MacNN forums; originally posted by porfiry.
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Show and hide the dock from the keyboard Desktop
If you normally leave the dock visible, it sometimes gets in the way when apps (especially Classic apps) take over the whole screen. It's a pain to mouse to the dock, switch the setting to autohide, do what you want, and switch it back to always show.

A much easier method is to hit Command-Option-D, and the dock will hide. Do what you need to do, and hit Command-Option-D again, and the dock will show itself.

Caught this one on the MacFixIt boards tonight...of course, from comment #1, I should have 'caught' it by just looking at the Apple menu! Oh well, it was a long day!
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Embed applications in TextEdit Apps
Open TextEdit, create a new document, and then drag in an application ("Clock", for example) from the Finder. You'll see a clock icon appear in your document. If you save the document, it will be in "rtfd" format, which the Finder tells me is "RTF with attachments." If you look at the size of the file, you'll see that, in fact, the entire app has been saved with the document! Now open the file you just saved. Double-click on the application icon (the clock, in this example). The application launches right from TextEdit!

I have no idea as to how this might be useful; maybe it's a standard data format (but I've never heard of embedding an application in an RTF document?). There's nothing in Apple's help about this 'feature', so this is about all I know. Anyone care to shed any more light on the subject?
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Sending email from different addresses in Apps
If you ever want to send email through one POP account, but with different sender info, there's a trick to doing so with An example of this would be Yahoo! services, which allow one to have several public "personalities", each of which dump email to just one email address. In order to respond as the proper personality, you need to pick a different "from" address, even though you have only one POP account.

In, in the Account edit screen, you can enter multiple email addresses on the 'Email Address:' line. Separate each with a comma, and then save your changes. When you compose a new email from that account, you'll see a little pop-up for selecting which address you would like to use as the sender of the email. Very slick trick, and easier than creating an entirely new account.

You can't change the physical name, though - only the email address. If you need a different physical name, you'll have to set up different accounts.
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Customizing messages Apps
Apple's stores most of the text strings it uses for creating replies, displaying dialogs, and composing new messages in an easy-to-edit text file. If you haven't relocated your, you can find the text file here:
When I tried to edit this in the terminal, all I got was gibberish - it's a Unicode text file. Opening and saving it in the GUI works fine; you just have to use a control-click on to "Show Package Contents" in a new Finder window, and specify which application to open it with (I used TextEdit).

Amazingly enough, the text file is even commented, explaining what each line does. You'll have to do some work to change the default reply string ("On March 23, robg wrote..."), as the date format strings are all variables - I imagine they match those used by the system date command, which you can view in the man pages:
man strftime
Have fun customizing, but you should probably make a backup copy of the unmodified file first -- just in case! Any changes made take effect on the next launch of

This tip was posted to the X4U mailing list by a member of Apple's mail team.

Panther update: As noted in the comment below, you now need to edit /System -> Library -> Framework -> Message.framework -> Resources -> English.lproj -> Message.strings. In addition, you'll have to reboot after making the change to see it take effect.
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Hover scroll in OmniWeb Web Browsers
If you have a scroll wheel mouse, you can use OmniWeb to 'hover scroll' background windows. Try this experiment.

Open two OmniWeb windows that require vertical scrolling, and position them so that you can see a fair bit of the back one. Move the mouse over the back window, and use your scroll wheel without clicking in the window to activate it. It scrolls! Move the mouse over the front window, and you'll scroll that one instead -- no clicking required.

I imagine this is a feature, but I'd never noticed it before. Could prove useful at times.
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A tutorial on using SSH for remote access Network
There was a question in the quickies about accessing files in a Public folder from another SSH capable computer. In this piece, I'll try to answer that question and hopefully help folks understand SSH a little better.

Read the rest of this article for a great overview on what SSH actually is, and how to use it for remote connectivity in OS X.
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Remove some antialiasing effects System
This is apparently floating around on MacFixit, although I couldn't find it there in the forums or on the main page. The following hack will disable the anti-aliasing effect in some applications. I'm not sure which apps, as I haven't tried this myself yet (I actually like the anti-aliasing).

If you'd like to experiment, here's what you need to do.
  1. Create a folder named '.OpenStep' in your home directory (mkdir ~/.OpenStep).

  2. Create a file called 'environment' containing one line of text:
    From the terminal, vi ~/.OpenStep/environment and then type the above line. Save the changes and quit. I'm guessing that QD_MINSIZE is the size below which the anti-aliasing is disabled.

  3. Logout and login again, and you should (might?) have less anti-aliasing than you did previously.
If someone tries it, post back with your observations as to where it does and doesn't work.
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