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Move Entourage notes to Stickies Apps
To quick and easily transfer all of your Entourage notes into Stickies, just select the Entourage note in the note screen (don't open it). Then drag the note onto a Stickie. The contents of that note will be pasted onto the sticky note.
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Search for bands and albums in iTunes Apps
When I hear music out of my iTunes Library that I want to hear more of, I go to the search box and enter my preferred band. If the band has more than one album, I used to make a playlist just for the moment and then deleted it sometime later.

Now I found out there is a very unusual and easy way to handle this: Enter the name of the band, a space, and the name of the album too. This will clear the rest of the records and will just bring up what you are looking for - the band and album...
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Highlighted text included in PDFs from IE Apps
A friend of mine recently pointed out that if you have some text highlighted in Internet Explorer and you choose Print and then hit the "Save as PDF" button, the highlighting is included in the resulting PDF. I tested this with another program (Mail) and it didn't work, so this isn't universal, but it is interesting, to be sure.
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Use sounds to distinguish new messages in Mail Apps
This may be common knowledge but I think it is worth being submitted here.
I subscribed to several mailing list and I get many emails every day, most of them being automatically transfered to the corresponding mailbox, but I wanted to be specifically warned for incoming personal email. Here is how to make Mail.app (in Jaguar) play a different sound for your different email accounts and/or to play a sound only for emails that are not automatically transfered to another mailbox.

Say you have two different email accounts (personal@mac.com and work@mac.com) and that you subscribed to a mailing list (myMailingList).
  1. In the Preferences of Mail.app, set "New mail sound" to None (otherwise, you'll get several sounds played)
  2. Say you already have a rule to automatically transfer emails from the mailing list to a mailbox called "MailingMails". The rule is something like "If Subject contains [myMailingList], perform Transfer message to mailbox MailingMails (it depends on how the mailing server formats the Subject header. Adapt this rule to your own header structure)
  3. Click on the Plus button in "Perfom the following actions" section and select "Play sound" and the sound you want to be played, most likely a quite discrete one. Validate the changes.
  4. Create a new rule which will serve as a default rule.
  5. Set the new rule to "If To contains personal@mac.com, perform Play sound" and select the sound you wish.
  6. Repeat steps 4-5 to create another rule for your work@mac.com email address ans set another sound if you wish.
  7. In the Rules list, you must reorganise the order of the rules so that your mailing list emails will be transfered from inbox before the default rules apply.
That's it! Now your mailing list emails will be transfered first with the sound you attached to that action. For all the remaining messages, the default rules will apply and play the sounds you've selected for your different email addresses. Hope you'll find it useful.
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Use iChat to create better Address Book photos Apps
Sometimes I want only parts of photos to show up in my Address Books contacts list. But Address Book only lets you select a photo as a whole, so you'd have to edit or crop your photo first for the desired results.

But I found that using iChat, you can edit info on a buddy in the buddy list and select a new photo in the same drag and drop manner. But when you select the photo in iChat, it allows you to resize and crop part of photo for use as the buddy icon. This icon is also copied over to the Address Book. So I add a contact to iChat from my Address Book using a fake AIM address. The I can select the photo using this technique, saving me the need to edit or crop photos by hand.

Be sure to remove the person from your Buddy List when done and remove the AIM info from the Address Book to prevent invalid info. Not all that great of a hint, but I thought it was kinda cool.
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Another shortcut to view Mail's activity window Apps
Most of you may already know that Mail can display another window (the Activity Viewer) with per-task information about what Mail is doing while sending and receiving your mail. You can also end individual tasks (for example, disconnecting from an IMAP server that you know to be inaccessible). This window can be enabled via Command-0 or by picking Window -> Show Activity Viewer.

A third method of activitating the Viewer window is to option-click on the spinning sunflower progress indicator in the upper right corner of Mail.app's status bar.
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Search multiple mailboxes in Mail Apps
Following on to the hint from Aranor regarding selecting multiple mailboxes in Mail...

If, like me, you have nested folders in Mail, you can do searches across the sub-folders by Command clicking (or Shift clicking) the folders you want to search. This will allow searching through all messages in the selected folders in one go (the text below the search bar changes from "Search mailbox_name" into "Search selected mailboxes"), and will display all matches in the one window.
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Disk Copy in 10.2 has useful new features Apps
Want an easy way to erase a CD-RW? Or an easy way to make an image from a folder?

Just start Disk Copy an take a look at the menus ... they have changed since 10.1.x. File -> Erase CD/DVD-RW Disc... now erases your rewritables (previously only available in Disk Utility) and File -> New -> Image From Folder or Volume does exactly what it says (not previously available).
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Select multiple mailboxes in Mail Apps
I just discovered a very useful feature of Mail.app. I'm on several mailing lists with frequent traffic, and I find myself switching between folders often as I have my messages sorted to them automatically. And because I have several thousand messages in each folder, every time I switched it would take two or three seconds. This was very annoying, until I found the solution.

If you command-click in the mailboxes drawer on a given folder, you can select multiple folders. All the messages of all selected folders will be displayed in the message list. This makes it very convenient for me, as I just command-click all my mailing list mailboxes and I can read all my new messages as they come in without switching mailboxes. It's very handy!
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Keep Mail on an encrypted disk image Apps
You can keep your Mail.app mailboxes on an encrypted image created by Disk Copy. Mail keeps your mailboxes in the ~/Library/Mail folder, and you can copy this folder over to an encrypted image. Unfortunately, you can't just delete the original and replace it with an alias (by dragging the folder back while holding down the Command and Option keys). That doesn't work -- Mail will not give a warning but will not find your mailboxes, either.

Instead, you must create a symbolic link. Suppose you have created an image which mounts on the desktop as a disk named SECRET and you have copied over the Mail folder and deleted the original. Start up the Terminal application and type
 % cd ~/Library
% ln -s "/Volumes/SECRET/Mail" Mail
Now if you look back in ~/Library folder with the finder, you will find what looks like an alias. Mail will now work correctly. By the way, if you are using Eudora for mail (in Classic mode), you can just create an alias to the Eudora Folder. A symbolic link is not required.

[Editor's note: You can, of course, use a more generic version of this hint to keep your Mail folder on any volume, not just an encrypted disk image.]
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