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10.9: Messages: retype last message Apps
I don't know how long this has existed (or what to call it), but in 10.9.1, just as one is able to quickly retype previous commands in Terminal by pressing the up arrow key, it is possible to retrieve a copy of entire, previously typed messages in with a similar key command.

Just press Option+Up arrow while the cursor is in the message-typing box. How many previous entries it will resurrect appears to depend on how much of the message history is currently in memory. If you scroll further up to load more of the message history, those additional messages become available to the key command.

[crarko adds: I believe we called it the command buffer in Terminal.]
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10.9: iOS Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X Mavericks System 10.9
I came across this by pure accident but did you know that all of your iOS Keyboard Shortcuts that you create are then stored to iCloud Keychain and can be used in OS X 10.9?

I was in iMessage when I accidentally typed "eag" which is a shortcut I have created to easily insert my work email in iOS. Well I typed that and pressed space and the text autofilled into the message. So then I went ahead and typed other shortcuts I actively use in iOS and sure enough, they all auto-complete very nicely. After noticing this, I went to System Preferences » Keyboard » Text and found an entire Menu that you can control this (and I assume will also sync to iCloud Keychain).

[crarko adds: I'm pretty sure I've seen this mentioned before, but in case it is a new and useful fact to somebody here it is.]
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Change background and font size of Apps
I don't like paper-like background of OS X, and the fact that, usually after syncing with its iOS counterpart, the application doesn't remember the larger font size which I've set. Here's how I fixed it to my satisfaction.

First, navigate to /Applications and Control+click on the icon. In contextual menu, select the Show Package Contents item. Then, browse the content of the app's package to Resources, and inside that find these two files: pad.css and paper.tiff. Make a backup copy of these files in a safe place in case you want to revert back to them sometime; otherwise you'd have to reinstall OS X to do so.

Copy the former into a folder you have write permission for, and open it with any text editor. Just replace the @[FONT_SIZE] on fifteenth line with whatever font size suits you. I've bad eyes and have choosen 18px. Save the file and replace the original with this modified version.

Then, find or create a tiff image of the color you'd to replace the notes background image with. By the way, I think you could you any picture. I just used Capture to capture a plain white portion of my screen. Be sure this image file you produce is in tiff format. If not, you can easily convert it with Preview. Name it paper.tiff and replace the original file.

Restart and changes should be there.

[crarko adds: I haven't tried this but as a general rule of thumb I'd make a backup of the entire application, as well as the files to be modified. Also it's possible that a Software Update could overwrite your changes, so just be prepared.]
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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit Apps
I recently switched from working in plain text files to working in rich text in TextEdit and one of the most annoying things about rich text is pasting from other types of windows. I like to use a fixed width font most of the time, such as Courier New. Unless I'm diligent and use Command+Option+Shift+V, I end up with a mix of fonts and font styles. I finally got fed up enough with it today to do something about it. This work-around will only work with pasting from the keyboard. It will not correctly paste text that has been dragged and dropped.

The solution is to use Keyboard Shortcuts to switch the Edit menu's items for Paste and Paste and Match Style. It's such a simple fix, I never thought to do it before now. After this fix, Command+V will paste and match style and Command+Option+Shift+V will paste (and keep the style the copied text was in).
  • Open System Preferences
  • Click Keyboard
  • Click the Shortcuts tab
  • Click the "+" button
  • Select TextEdit
  • For Menu Title, enter exactly: Paste
  • For keyboard shortcut, type a Command+V
  • Click Add
  • Click the "+" button
  • Select TextEdit
  • For Menu Title, enter exactly: Paste and Match Style
  • For keyboard shortcut, type a Command+Option+Shift+V
  • Click Add
There you go. Now you can paste with Command+V and always match the style of the surrounding text.

[crarko adds: Simple, but useful. This kind of thing is applicable to pretty much any application. Do most folks here look into customizing their UI to suit their own work habits? For me editing this site depends heavily on customizations in (and around) BBEdit.]
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N-Up Printing from iOS using Printopia iOS devices
Printopia is a great tool for exposing non-Air Print printers on a local network so that you can print to them from any iOS device. But even better is that it can expose PDF Workflow to do your bidding. In my case, I wanted to do n-up printing (n pages per sheet).

To do this, open up Automator and create a Print Plugin. For the workflow, you only need to add a single Run Shell Script action with the following line:
lp -d <printer> -o number-up=2 -o media=Letter "&#36;*"
The details of the command will vary depending on your needs. In my case, I wanted 2-up printing to go do my default printer, so I could exclude the -d option.

To see a list of available print queues, type lpstat -a in terminal.

Once you save your Print Plugin, go to the Printopia in System Preferences and add your new plugin as an available destination for printing.

[crarko adds: I admit to being a happy Printopia user, and know there are others around here as well. While not needing this particular item myself, it does suggest some other things to try. Which is why I think it's a useful hint.]
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10.9: Configure Preview to display PDF thumbnails Apps
Suppose you want to open a PDF with thumbnails displayed but the person who produced it did so with table of contents displayed.

If you change Preview's configuration for this PDF to thumbnails by selecting View » Thumbnails and then save it by selecting File » Save, the next time you open the PDF it will display the Table of Contents rather than thumbnails.

Instead of selecting File » Save, select File » Export as PDF... from the list.

In the Export sheet that displays, note that '.pdf' is appended at the end of the filename. Thus, if the file already had a .pdf extension, it now will have a duplicate extension.

Modify the filename as desired, navigate to the desired destination, and click the Save button. The resultant PDF subsequently will open with thumbnails displaying automatically.

An alternative to using Preview’s above menubar items is to use its View and Print toolbar buttons (the former is included in Preview’s default toolbar set; the latter would need to be added to the toolbar after selecting View » Customize Toolbar...).

Click the View button, select Thumbnails, then click the Print button. In the Print sheet that displays, click the PDF button in the lower left corner of the sheet. Select Save as PDF... from the popup menu.

Modify the filename as desired, navigate to the desired destination, and click the Save button. The resultant PDF subsequently will open with thumbnails displaying automatically.

[crarko adds: This may not work if the original PDF is protected. Over the years I've found PDF isn't quite the open standard I'd like it to be. Still, it remains better than the alternatives. A quick question: is this really 10.9 only? I didn't see it as an option in Snow Leopard, but what about Lion/Mountain Lion?
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Using Flags in Mail for organization Apps
Organizing your e-mail can be difficult. There are Smart Mailboxes, of course, but what if you would like more arbitrary control?

Apple's Mail app includes seven flags of indifferent colors (a bit like the old Finder labels, ahem). But what if you can't remember what each color represents? Once you have flagged a message with a given flag, you will see a mailbox for it appear under Flagged. Click on the triangle next to Flagged to see the mailbox associated with each Flag.

Each of the mailboxes may then be renamed by right-clicking on it. The new name for the flag will now appear everywhere that the flag's name appears.

[crarko adds: I assume this is Mavericks only, but I could be forgetful.]
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Dismiss repeated alert windows in the Calendar Apps
I recently imported an .ics file into the Reminders app, but it turned out all the events were already in there, and the Calendar app balked at them, one at a time, repeatedly. I was continuously presented with an alert window which said that the event already exists and I could either cancel, go offline, or revert to server (the default). After hitting return a few dozen times, I decided I would write a quick AppleScript, and do something else while it worked. I'm sure a number of Hints followers might balk at this strategy, but it worked for and I didn't care how crude it was.

I just wanted to select the default button (revert to server) in every alert window, so all I needed was a script that would hit the return key every second. I wrote this in script editor, brought one of the alert windows to the front, then Command+clicked the "Run" button in the Script Editor (so it wouldn't bring the script window to the front):
repeat 1000000 times
	tell application "System Events" to keystroke return
	delay 1
end repeat
And that's it. I saved the script so that if I ever get in a similar situation, I can just edit the script to hit the key I want.

[crarko adds: I have not run into this issue, but if you do get it, having some idea for relief is probably quite welcome, even if it's not the most elegant. If there are alternative superior methods, please suggest them in the comments.]
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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1 System 10.6
Computers like the Intel "Mac Mini 2,1" were left behind with Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) and Boot Camp 4. These restraints keep older machines from the benefits of current mac features, applications, and supported installs of Windows 8. However, these machines are well within the Microsoft system requirements for Windows 8.1 and installs are possible.

The older Core Duo Mac series cannot boot into 64-bit operating systems, and is excluded from modern versions of OS X, but Microsoft still supports 32-bit processors, giving many old Macs the opportunity to be re-purposed with a modern OS. I can confirm that if you use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 32-bit (no key needed) on a Core Duo Mac Mini, you can upgrade to Windows 8 32-bit from within Windows 7, and then do the same for Windows 8.1 (provided you have a license key for the final OS). Boot Camp 4 drivers work well for the 32-bit Windows 8.1, but I installed each one individually instead of using the BootCamp package installer. All of the hardware functions; however, I have not installed the Boot Camp shortcuts for startup disk selection, or for the onscreen display of volume and brightness controls.

I'm not sure if this is much of a tip, but the Windows 8 install disk freezes on a CD-ROM selection screen and I haven't seen these tips anywhere else online. I've read that new Windows 8 disks have a specialized MBR that doesn't work with older Macs, and EFI boot was added to Macs built much later.

I have replaced this Mac Mini with a much more capable iMac, but I like that the old computer can still serve a purpose. Sometimes, it's really convenient to have a Windows PC close by, even if it is not needed every day. It's even better when that Windows PC is a Mac. It's also nice not to have to restart into Windows 8 on my main Mac.

P.S.- Right now, this Mini is acting as a HTPC in my living room with a Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad, and a Windows MediaCenter remote and ATSC tuner.

[crarko adds: As someone with a lot of older hardware still around, I appreciate ideas like this. Never been a huge Boot Camp user (preferring virtualization) but I see where this could come in handy.

Note to all: I'm back again for a while, and my hope is to try to post something every day. I know the site has been pretty slow, and your continued help by submitting your hints and ideas is always very welcome. Thanks. -- Craig A.]
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Move the Terminal cursor position with the mouse UNIX
Which Terminal gurus among us hasn't wasted too many minutes to count arrowing around the manipulate the cursor while deep within the confines of the command line?

The Terminal gurus who know this trick, I guess: Hold down the Option key and click where you'd like the cursor to move, and Terminal rushes the cursor that precise spot.
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