I was switching through my Dock just now, using Command-Tab. I needed to quit BBEdit, so without thinking about it, I highlighted BBEdit in the Dock (with Command-Tab), I kept the Command key held down and hit 'Q'. The Finder stayed as my front application and BBEdit quit in the background. So, there's a quick way to quit an application, without switching to it first.
[Sudo Editor's Note: The Dock must be visible for this hint to work.]
It has already been pointed out that command-clicking on the title of a Finder window pops up a list of parent folders for the current directory - just like in Systems 7 through 9.
But did you know that you can do the same thing in many native Mac OS X application (TextEdit, Preview, Office X, ...)? And if you choose a folder from the pop-up list, it automagically opens in a new Finder window! Go ahead, try it. Cool ;-)
However, there are some curious exceptions to the rule. For example, command-clicking on the title of an Explorer window pops up a list of successively truncated URLs (a history list would have been nicer). Even more curious, command-clicking on the title of an Acrobat window switches you back to the Finder (hmm).
Has anybody else found interesting variations upon this theme?
If you burn a data CD from the Finder in MacOS X, you can easily give the CD a custom icon by copying the icon and pasting it into the CD's info window. However, if you want to burn a data CD from Toast 5, giving your CD a custom icon that appears in OS X requires a little trick.
Remember the good old days when your Mac was slow enough, that if you mistakenly double clicked on a slow launching application, you could quickly quit it with 'Command-Period'?
I just discovered, if you 'Control-Click' on an application in the dock while it is starting up, you can then select Force Quit and kill the application before it completes the startup (even works with the Classic icon). Not sure how clean this is, but it gets the job done.
[Sudo Editor's Note: Force quitting an application during start may cause file corruption and damage to your application, or worse, your system. You should avoid this method whenever possible. As a side note, I am pretty sure that it was 'Option-Command-Esc' that killed an application during startup, and not Command-Period. Since I do not have OS 9 running now, I was unable to verify this.]
Just a quick note on OS X drivers for scanners. Epson is now offering purchasers of their Perfection scanners (1250, 1250 PHOTO, Perfection 1650, 1650 PHOTO or Perfection 2450 PHOTO) a mail in deal for OS X drivers and software. You will need your receipt, UPC code, model number, serial number and $3.99 to send in for the CD.
There is no mention on their site whether these products will be available for download, and orders are supposed to take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
You can see more on this at www.epsonstore.com by following the link to rebates and promotions.
Last night I was loading up an external hard drive with stuff I'd like to look at over the next week or so. I wanted to take one of my mail.app mailboxes with me, and I knew I could do it from the command line using "cp". But I was wondering if it was possible within Mail.
Not only is it possible, it's incredibly easy. Just drag the mailbox (or mailboxes) that you'd like to copy from the Mail window to the destination location in a Finder window, and Mail will export the entire contents of the mailbox(es) that you have selected.
I'm not sure if you can drag them back in or not. I didn't want to risk my functional Mail installation, so I'll experiment with that piece of it this week on the iBook! If not, it should be possible to simply place it in the correct location to have it visible again in the Mail program. I'll post a follow-up comment after I do some experimenting!
Over on the macosxhints' forum site, someone asked about getting macosxhints' headlines with PluckyX, another desktop-based website headline grabber.
I'd never heard of PluckyX, so I downloaded it tonight to have a look. It's a pretty cool little program, and adding macosxhints support is actually quite easy. Here's how...
When PluckyX starts up, click the Sources button. In the dialog box that opens, type in a name (macosxhints.com), and enter this for the URL:
This is a special file that is updated each time new stories are added to the site. Leave the 'RegEx' and 'Fields' fields empty, then select 'RSS/RDF' from the 'Sources' field. You'll get a message about how PluckyX handles these file types automatically. Hit the 'Add' button and you're done.
In the main window again, hit 'Refetch' and you should see the latest macosxhints' headlines. PluckyX is $15 shareware, but I don't know much about it. I've used it just long enough to figure out this hint.
I recently had to extract a couple of pages from a large PDF file. It turns out that this is really easy to do using Preview!
First, open up the PDF file in Preview (Acrobat might work too). Then select Print, and under Pages choose the range of pages you need to extract. Then click Preview. Those pages will open up in a new window and you can select Save As from the file menu to save the extracted portion.
[Editor's note: I'd often wondered why it might be useful to be able to select "Preview" while already running Preview ... and now I know why it might be useful!]