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.]
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
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.]
I use Tactor's (http://onflapp.wordpress.com/tactor/) regexp functionality to expand my custom text macros. For for example, I can define something simple like MYEMAIL => email@example.com. However regexp allows me to do more interesting things as well, like creating links: wiki:MyDocumentation => http://pages.intranet.com/docstore?page=MyDocumetation?view=html.
- lauch Tactor (it is free app)
- go to preferences -> regexp
- add regexp
you can use capture groups here, e.g. wiki:(w+)
- set the 'matched key' to ACT_TEXT - this will place the result into the clipboard
- set the 'matched key' to what the resulting text should be like
you can use the regexp substitution here, e.g. http://foobae/$1
- expanding is done by selecting the text macro in a text (any text field should work) and choosing 'Expand Selected Text' from the top bar menu.
This method is kind of technical to setup but very powerful. If one is not afraid of a bit of programming, it is possible to create full-blown macro scripts as well.
I wanted to import lists into the Reminders app on the iMac. (iCloud syncs the lists to other devices ... when sync is functioning correctly.) The Reminders app's import function acts only on .ics files. Went seeking solutions for plain text files.
While you can easily rearrange the order of your accounts in Mavericks' mail sidebar, when composing a message there is no easy way of rearranging the accounts as shown in the "From:" dropdown box in a new message; accounts are listed in the order in which they were added, which, in the case of using iCloud Keychain, may be vastly different than the order that you want them in.
Fortunately, there is an easy procedure to rearrange them:
Open up the "Internet Accounts" system preference pane
For each email account, in the order you want them to appear, uncheck and then re-check "Mail"
In this way, the accounts will be removed and readded to Mail in the order that you want them to appear.
Light-duty coders may be a bit frustrated when a browser or compiler chucks an error that cites a line number. Yes, you can get lovely third-party editors that make it much easier to work with such things, but what if you're keen on simple TextEdit?
Hit Command+L to open a "Select Line" dialog. (It also lives, oddly, under the "Find" sub-menu.)
Type in a line number and you're off to the races!
Here is a shortcut to the protocol selection sheet when adding a new email account in Mail in Mavericks.
When adding other email accounts in Mail (in 10.9 Mavericks, I don't know about earlier versions) hold down the Option key to turn the Create button into a Next button instead. This saves you the trouble of entering a fake email address to get to the sheet where you can select the protocol type.
[crarko adds: This goes back at least as far as Snow Leopard (where the button changed to Continue), but new users may find it helpful information.]
I was attached to InDesign CS3 for a long time but had to install CS5 to test a content management system. The second thing that made me crazy (the first thing being the application frame) was the absence of a progress bar when exporting a PDF.
Okay, might be a feature for most people because you can continue the work on that or any other document while the PDF export is in progress.
But most of time I want to open the PDF in Acrobat or pass the PDF to another application after it's created. Now you have a zero kB PDF file until InDesign is finished with the export.
The following hint works in CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 as well:
Create a new blank text file with the file name DisableAsyncExports.txt and place that file in the InDesign application package itself (right-click on the application icon and select Show package content). Then go to the sub-directory Contents/MacOS and place the new file there.
After a restart of InDesign the progress-bars are back again, and you can tell immediately when the PDF is created.
[crarko adds: I suspect this is one of those things that will be undone by a software update. I would strongly suggest making a backup copy of the InDesign application file before making any changes, just in case. Out of curiosity, can someone using the cloud-based version of InDesign let us know if there is a progress bar or not?]
Many are complaining about the recent occurrence of blank, full page windows popping up under the active window in Safari versions 5 and 7 (not sure about version 6) when clicking on a link.
This is due to the Glims update that came out this week. To solve this annoying behavior:
Go to Safari Prefs»Glims»Ads/Shopping, and check Off. Mine was set to Hit Me, which is the default. I don't remember seeing this behavior in Glims before.
[crarko adds: Hi, all; it's your guest editor, Craig Arko, in for a week. I don't use Glims, so I haven't tried this out. It seems plausible, but if people still observe the issue and this isn't the fix please make a comment.]