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Stop Safari from zooming unexpectedly Apps
Safari occasionally zooms right in on a web page. It's quick to return to the actual size, but you can also disable this behavior if desired.

Myself and friends/family who I support were being bothered by Safari occasionally zooming right in on a web page. Pressing Command+0 (zero) undid it, but it was still disconcerting.

I found this is caused by Safari on OS X trying to emulate Safari on iOS: a double-tap on the mouse zooms the page to the current column.

Take a trip to System Preferences to disable this behavior: it will be either Mouse » Point & Click, and turn off Smart zoom, or Trackpad » Scroll & Zoom, and uncheck Smart zoom.

[crarko adds: This is one of those things I never see since I disable Smart zooming as a matter of course on all of my systems. I have met a number of people who do encounter this phenomenon, and asked what to do about it. So it's not an earth-shattering hint, but perhaps less obvious than it seems. I do think pinch zooming on a trackpad is useful and a logically consistent thing to do. Do folks here make a lot of use of double-tap Smart zooming on a Mac? Knowing the circumstances where it proves useful would be a nice addition to the tip given here.]
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Tell Console to always scroll to the latest entry Apps
I have Console monitoring some log files, but found it wasn't always scrolling the log window automatically to display the latest entry.

It's not obvious, but down the bottom right of the log windows are some controls for Earlier/Later/Now. The Now button is actually a toggle; if you click it until it highlights in blue, the log window will always automatically scroll to the latest entry.

[crarko adds: I can confirm this in Console.app in Mountain Lion, and that there is no 'Now' button in Snow Leopard. Probably it's also in Lion, but perhaps someone can check and confirm that for us.]
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Reminders: Count of complete To-Do items by list Apps
In Reminders you can view the count of completed To-Do items for one or more lists.

After selecting one or more lists in sidebar, scroll down the main window. The count of completed tasks will appear at the top of the list. You can click on it to get a detailed view of completed To-Do items from selected list(s).

[crarko adds: I admit I'm one of those people who does not use Reminders.app very much, so I didn't know about this. I suspect if you are a regular user, this will be old news for you.]
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10.8: Get Calendar to use System Highlight Color System 10.8
In iCal (10.7.4 and below) there was a Debug menu that among other handy features allowed the enabling of iCal to use the system highlight color for today. The feature still exists in Calendar (10.8 and above), but must be added manually to the preferences.

In order to enable this feature without the Debug menu all you must do is add the CalUIUseSystemHighlightColorForToday key to the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iCal.plist preferences file using any plain text editor (both TextEdit and TextWrangler would work).

First quit Calendar, then edit the plist, and upon relaunching Calendar it should be using the system highlight color selected in the General» Appearance panel in System Preferences.

[crarko adds: I tried this with the 10.8.2 Calendar.app and I believe it worked. I opened the plist in BBEdit and copied and pasted an existing key/value combination, edited the key to match the name above, and set the value to true. I saw some highlighting respect this, although I can't say I'm completely sure what all the intended effects are. Perhaps the submitter will see this and clarify what to look for.]
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10.7: New Finder Column View Preview Resize Bug System 10.7
As hints go, this one is more of a bug complaint than a hint, but the most recent version of Lion (10.7.5) introduced a bug in the Finder when in Column View which prevents you from resizing the last column/preview for files with long paths. I don't know if it is also a problem in 10.8, but in 10.7.4 there used to be a column separator on the right side of the last column containing the preview with a little area at the bottom that would allow you to grab the control and resize the preview. The preview would grow to fill as much space as possible.

In 10.7.5, that separator went away, which is fine for files that have a short path from the left-most column to the right-most column. You can still grab the side of the window and resize the last column. But for files with long paths (which introduce a horizontal scroll-bar), it sometimes becomes impossible to resize the last column. So here's a simple work-around.
  • Grab the right-most column separator (which is to the left of the last column) and drag it to the right, making the second-to-last column as wide as you want the last column to be.
  • Scroll all the way to the right
  • Grab the same column separator and drag it back to where it was. (Note the preview size does not grow when you do this.)
  • Slightly adjust the height of the finder window from the top or bottom and your preview will snap to the largest possible size to fill the space.
The utility of this hint is of course minor. One could always use quick-look as a work-around as well, but I find it quicker to adjust the last column's size, especially when switching back and forth between the Finder and other apps.

[crarko adds: I don't have 10.7.x around any more to try this, but it didn't seem to be an issue in 10.8.2.

Hi, all! Kirk is out this week so I am filling in in his absence. Nice to drop in, although I'm trying to remember all the little BBEdit shortcuts we use here, so please excuse me if things are formatted a bit oddly.

-- Craig A.]
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Quickly access saved drafts in iOS Mail iOS devices
Accessing your saved email drafts can be challenging when you have multiple email accounts on your iOS device. Here's a shortcut though to help save you some time.

1. Launch the Mail app.
2. Tap and hold the compose icon at the bottom right of the screen.
3. You will see a Drafts screen, where you can either compose a new message or continue editing saved drafts.
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Renew a DHCP lease Internet
Renewing a DHCP lease via the Network System Preference Pane has the advantage of not dropping the connection, unlike switching the interface to BOOTP and back to DHCP. This command mimics that behavior.

It seems that the button creates a key in SystemConfiguration that notifies it to refresh the configuration. We can create that key using the following command (changing en0 for the relevant interface):
echo "add State:/Network/Interface/en0/RefreshConfiguration temporary" | sudo scutil
It has the desired effect on 10.4 through 10.8 I didn't have access to anything older.
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Merge contacts in OS X Contacts app Apps
This isn't a hidden feature, but it's one that many people may not know. I found it recently when I discovered that I had dozens of duplicate contacts in my Contacts app, caused by quirky iCloud syncing. If you find that you have two cards for the same contact, you can select them, then choose Card > Merge Selected Cards. This will copy all unique information into a single card.

There is also a Card > Look for Duplicates command, but when you invoke it, Contacts will tell you how many duplicates it has found, and ask if you want to merge them, but won't tell you which cards were duplicates before you merge them; I'd rather do this manually so I don't lose any information.
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Add folders of wallpaper to Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane System
If you like to use different wallpaper on your desktop, you might want to add folders of graphics you've collected to be selected at random. You can do this by opening the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane, then clicking on the Desktop tab, clicking on + and navigating to your folder. But there's a quicker way: just drag the folder to the Folders section of the sidebar. You can add one or more folders here quickly.

H/t OS X Daily.
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Find which folder contains an app on iOS iOS devices
I keep all the apps I use regularly on my iOS devices in the Dock or on the home screens, but I have dozens of less-commonly used apps in folders. I often forget which folder some apps are in, even though my folders are labeled clearly. To find which folder an app is in, swipe right to display the Spotlight search screen, then type a few letters of the app's name. The app will display in the list, and to the right of its name will be the folder it's in. Next time, maybe you'll remember which folder to look in, which, for me at least, is quicker than typing in the search field.

Note: this is iOS 6 only.
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