After what seems like an eternity, Apple has finally made it extremely easy to set an image you find online as your desktop picture. It couldn't be simpler: Find the image you want to use, control-click on it, and choose Use Image as Desktop Picture from the pop-up menu. It's as simple as that.
[robg adds: Perhaps I'm the only one, but I hadn't noticed this option yet. Keep in mind that unless the image you find is at least the same resolution as your monitor, you'll get some pretty bad fuzziness as OS X attempts to scale the chosen image up to your monitor's resolution.]
The Opera web browser's Fit to Width feature eliminates horizontal scrolling on pages like this. However, if you don't or rarely use Opera, then here are some partial solutions. Mozilla browsers have a userContent.css option:
Change the width and/or prewidth variables to suit your screen size/resolution and possibly to get it to work with other sites. If the bookmarklets are mangled, you can copy the code/links directly from the source.
[robg adds: Keep in mind that the reason the pages get wide is that users have submitted code snippets without line breaks. Based on my testing (in Camino at least), the way these reformatters work is by inserting actual line breaks. If you then copy and paste the code as-is, it may or may not work. Remove the added line breaks if you have issues. I try to always format stories such that they don't require horizontal scrolling, but I have no control over comments.]
I found this out while playing around with Safari 3. If you hold down the Shift key while pulling a tab off a window (to create a new window from that tab), the effect will proceed in slow motion, similar to the effect that the Shift key has on Exposť.
When I first tried Safari 3, it was unusable. Every time it loaded a page, it would fail to render and the previous page (or blank window) would remain. Only reloading would cause pages to render properly.
I tracked the problem down to SafariStand -- in particular, its site alteration feature (which was high on my list of suspects from the beginning). So if you want to use SafariStand with Safari 3, you'll have to switch the site alteration feature off.
So I tried it, and it works perfectly in the public beta of Safari 3.0. Quit Safari, open Terminal, and type:
Launch Safari, and control-click somewhere on a web page. You will see a new Inspect Element entry in the contextual menu. Select it, and it will open up the Web Inspector and refocus to the node under your cursor.
[robg adds: You also get the inspector, automatically, if you enable the Debug menu (as has been described here before, and is repeated in another hint today).]
[robg adds: As best I can tell, support for SVG isn't mentioned on Apple's Safari pages, nor in the Welcome.rtf file in the installer files. I won't be running any other posts on the features of Safari 3, so if you can provide detail on other new stuff you may have found (beyond the obvious new menu items and the features Apple has described), please add in the comments.]
If you're a web developer, Safari's Debug Menu is a necessity. Fortunately for those of us stuck in Windows, Safari's Debug menu is still available, however, it appears you have to get your hands dirty to enable it. On a Mac, you'd open a Terminal and type:
As far as I can tell, Windows doesn't have Apple's defaults utility. Instead, you have to directly edit the plist file, where the preferences are stored and the Debug menu is enabled. This is just a plain-text XML file. So to enable the Debug menu in Safari for Windows, add the following key-value pair to c:\Documents and Settings\your username\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\Preferences.plist:
When Safari 3 beta was released for Windows, I immediately tried to install it
on my Windows XP machine at work. Unfortunately, the windows beta is more of an alpha, and IMHO, should never have been
released. On my installation (Dutch Windows XP), Safari was crashing when trying to show bookmarks or add a new bookmark. A quick check revealed that the Bookmarks.plist file was missing.
As I did not have my Mac available to copy a bookmarks.plist file from, I tried to manually create an empty bookmarks.plist file, taking another .plist xml file as example, but alas, this did not work. Then I discovered a file named BuiltInBookmarks.plist inside the en.lproj folder: C:\Program Files\Safari\Safari.resources\en.lproj. This file seems to be in a binary format (not XML), which may have caused my manually crafted .plist not to work. So here's how I solved the problem:
Find the file BuiltInBookmarks.plist in the C:\Program Files\Safari\Safari.resources\en.lproj\ folder
Copy the file to the Safari preferences folder: C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari
Rename the copied file to Bookmarks.plist and start Safari
If all went well, there will be some default bookmarks in the bookmarks toolbar. On my machine, Safari automatically imported bookmarks from Firefox and Internet Explorer, showing an errormessage 'Safari is missing some important resources' at some point. Restarting Safari solved the issue and bookmarks are now working fine.
NOTE: The imported bookmarks are not added to the Bookmarks menu. Choose Show All Bookmarks from the Bookmarks menu to view the imported bookmarks.
Sometimes you need to quit Firefox, but you don't want to lose all of those open pages and tabs. How do you quit Firefox, relaunch it, and quickly get back to where you were? I've seen some hints that suggest force quitting Firefox or using extensions. But Firefox has this feature built in -- it's just not where you expect it, so many people don't know it exists.
On the Main tab of Firefox's Preferences, change the When Firefox starts pop-up to 'Show my windows and tabs from last time.' That's it. Now if you quit Firefox with open windows and tabs, those same windows and tabs will be reloaded the next time you launch Firefox again.
[robg adds: Yes, it's a hint on a documented feature, but I ran a quick iChat poll and nobody knew about this, so I figured it was worth sharing.]