What's 2+3? 5 of course! But what if you want it to be 6? Or -1? Its easy to fool your fellow Mac users with a little help from InterfaceBuilder.
Open up the .nib file from any application (I use Calculator as an example), but make a backup first in case you screw up somewhere. In order to swap the - and + buttons on the calculator, all you have to do is re-connect the subtract button to the add action (and vice-versa). Whilst holding down control, click on the - button in the calculator window in Interface Bulider and drag the blue line over to the CalculatorController icon in the Calculator.nib window. Click on the "add:" action in the top-left area of the "Inspector" window that appears, and then click "Change Action" at the bottom of the window. Do the same for the add button and "subtract:". Save, run Calculator and BINGO! - clicking subtract now adds.
This is just a simple example. You can even modify menu items (change 'New...' to 'Quit' for hilarious consequences).
Of course none of this will work without write access to the Applications folder (ie. an adminisrator account), and you'll need the Developer's Tools installed in order to get InterfaceBuilder.
[Editor's note: Use at your own risk, as alays ... and this is a GREAT example of why you might want to use a locking screensaver when you leave your computer alone for a bit!]
At times you'll want to grab a selection of text different apps for any number of purposes. For example, you may be viewing a post in this "Tips" forum and want to keep a particular paragraph within a particular post.
Previously, you would have selected the text and dragged it to the desktop as a "clipping." This still works, but it clutters up your desktop.
Here's a better way:
Select the desired text -- in any Cocoa application -- and choose "Services" and then "Make Sticky" under the menu with your applications title in it (the menu just to the right of the Apple menu; it will have the same name as the application you're in). Stickies will launch if it's not already running, and create a new note with your selected text.
[Editor's addendum: In my opinion, system-wide services are one of the coolest and probably least publicized features of OS X. Take a look at the Services menu (under the application's name in the menu bar) for examples of what you can do.
Most services seem to be available even if the service app is not running; the application will launch when the service is selected. "Grab" services appear broken, at least in my 10.0.3 - it doesn't work with or without Grab running.
At present, only Cocoa apps can take advantage of services; hopefully, Carbon apps will gain the ability at some point in the future. I personally think services could turn into one of the most useful features of X]
Thanks to macosxhints' user 'louisdeboer' for pointing this one out. If you option-click on any of the window widgets at the top left of an application window (most Carbon or Cocoa apps, it seems), it behaves just as though you option-clicked a widget in the old Finder - the action is passed to all open windows. Want to minimize all of OmniWeb's open windows? Just option-click the minimize button. Similarly, option-click the close button, and they all close.
I just discovered this. Command-R shows a MacWrite like ruler in TextEdit. I looked for help on this topic but found nothing. Don't know how to make the different tab types work but the added functionality is a welcome discovery.
[Editor's note: I'd overlooked this one myself, as I usually use TextEdit in plain text mode. To enable the rulers, you must first make sure you're in Rich Text mode (Edit -> Make Rich Text). Once you've done that, you can, indeed, show the rulers.]
(this trick has been around for OS 9.1 before, but I adapted it for OS X)
If you have a CD burner similar to one supported by Apple (for instance a MATSHITA CD-RW CW-7585 which is the same as the CD-RW CW-7586, apart from the maximum cache RAM), it's very easy to have it seen by iTunes 1.1.1.
First log in as root. Then go to:
[Editor: Broken onto two lines for narrower width; enter as one path]
and find the plugin for you CD burner maker (here "MatshitaCDR.device-plugin"). Make a copy of the file for safety. Then open the file with an hex editor and locate the string with the supported CD burner ID (here "CD-RW CW-7586"). Change it for your CD burner ID ("CD-RW CW-7585"). Save the file. Reboot and you're done!
Hopefully everyone has realized you can resize the Open/Save dialogs in all OS X apps (including Classic, but it's not as useful there). Set the column width view to three or four columns to make navigating the dialogs easier.
What's interesting is that the settings for the Open/Save dialog are saved with each app, so you can (for example) have a wider width on BBedit than you do on mail.app. I use a three or four column view in most places; this makes navigating much easier.
Thanks to Wilson N. for reminding me about the resize features!
The AppleWorks 6.1 native X upgrade will only work if you have a U.S. installation of AppleWorks 6.0.4. It didn't like my British one.
Fair enough, I thought, I don't mind being American for a bit - I'll go back to MacOS 9 and install the U.S. version of 6.0.4 instead. But the installer wouldn't let me - it told me off for trying to install a US version on an International system.
However, there is a way to make it proceed. Don't use the 'Easy Install' route. If you select the Custom option it doesn't give you this warning and you can happily install the US version. Then switch back to X, and you can install the upgrade happily.
Tired of the annoying "Upgrade to QuickTime Pro" screens that pop-up whenever you just want to watch a movie? The simple solution gets rid of the begging screen once and for all (you also don't get the Pro features, but you'd pay for that if you need it, right?)
This may be an old hint, but I'm always surprised by the number of people I meet who don't know this.
- Go to the System Preferences
- Click on Date & Time
- Under the NETWORK TIME tab, Turn OFF Time Synchronization. (This is just a precaution)
- Under the DATE & TIME tab, SET THE YEAR to 2002
- CLOSE the System Preferences
- OPEN the QuickTime player (you may still get the blurb for QT Pro. If so, click it away and then CLOSE the Player
- Go back to System Preferences, Date & Time panel and move the year BACK to 2001. Go to the NETWORK TIME tab and turn Time Synchronization back ON if it was on previously.
- CLOSE the System Preferences
That's it! The QuickTime Pro begging screen tastefully times-out after a year. Setting the clock ahead kills the pop-ups for good (BTW - this has worked since QuickTime 3)