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10.5: Search for files by name in Finder Desktop
If you are looking for a file by name, and don't want to use Spotlight's File Name button, just press and hold Shift, select the Finder's File menu, and notice that the Find entry has become Find by name.

Select that entry, and the Finder will open a new window with a preset search set up for Name Contains; type your filename, and you're done.

[robg adds: You'll see a bit of a visual bug when you do this: the search dialog will have Contents, not File Name highlighted, and then the Name Contains line below that. So technically, it seems you're searching files whose contents contain a file name you specify. Clearly that doesn't make any sense. In any event, it seems Apple heard the complaints about easier filename searching. You can take the shortcut to this solution by pressing Shift-Command-F, or you can just type name:somefile or name:"some multiword name" into the Spotlight search box.]
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10.5: Display full paths as Finder window titles Desktop
You can enable the display of the path to each Finder window as that window's title by typing the two following commands in the terminal:
$ defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES
$ killall Finder
While you can't edit or copy the path, this feature can still be useful for power users. It is similar to the Path Bar in Leopard's Finder, but it shows the path in a more compact way, and in a format that power users are used to.

[robg adds: This can get somewhat ugly when you drill way down into the file system, but it definitely works.]
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10.5: Quickly enable or disable sharing on any folder Desktop
It is now possible to share a folder very easily in Leopard. Right or control-click, and choose Get Info from the contextual menu (or just press Command-I). In the dialog, there's a new checkbox called "Shared Folder" If you check this, the folder and its contents are instantly shared.

[robg adds: You'll still need to set up user access for this folder, using either the Sharing & Permissions section of the Get Info window, or the File Sharing section of the Sharing System Preferences panel.]
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10.5: Open multiple items from a Stack Desktop
This hint lets you open several items in a stack in one go, instead of having to open the stack several times.

After clicking on a stack so that it fans or grids out, hold the Option key down, and then click on as many items as you desire within the stack. As you click each, it will open and the stack will remain onscreen. Unfortunately (at least when selecting folders), items will open behind what ever program you happen to be working in at the time.
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10.5: How to type-select filenames that begin with spaces Desktop
The Space Bar is a very convenient way to trigger Quick Look in the Leopard Finder. However, if you're trying to select items whose names begin with a space, the Quick Look window will appear and eat your subsequent keystrokes.

To select the first item that begins with a space without triggering Quick Look, hold down the Option key while you press the Space Bar. You only need to do this once; once you've started to type-select, you can use the space bar unmodified.

Type-selection can also interfere with Quick Look. To use Quick Look after type-selecting, wait a moment before pressing the Space Bar, or just press Command-Y immediately.
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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look Desktop
I love Quick Look. Especially with images. Go to an image (I've tested JPGs and PSDs so far), and hit the Space Bar. A large version shows up like it's supposed to.

Now, hold down the Option key and click somewhere on the Quick Look image -- it zooms in! Hold Shift-Option, click, and it'll zoom out. When zoomed in, release all keys and click and drag -- you can move within the zoomed image. That, my friends, is greatness.

With my unscientific testing, the zoomed in Quick Look image has just a hair less clarity compared to the same image zoomed in using a graphics program -- but nothing to gripe about!

[robg adds: You can also zoom in and out by holding Option and using the scroll wheel on your mouse, or two-finger scrolling on a trackpad. This technique was mentioned in the comments to this hint on zooming PDFs, but the above adds more details.]
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10.5: Using Quick Look with multiple items selected Desktop
You can activate Quick Look with multiple documents chosen in your Finder. The Quick Look window will open with the document chosen first, but you can navigate through all of the selected items with the with the left and right arrow keys.

Especially useful is the index sheet, accessible in Quick Look's toolbar, which displays thumbnails of all selected documents. This is most handy when looking at pictures, but also serves well with other file types. It works well with all the file types supported by Quick Look you have chosen.

Also, activating Full Screen mode in Quicklook with only two items selected, and subsequently choosing the grid, is a useful way of looking at non-Quick Look-compatible items' full resolution icons.
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10.5: Switch the Finder's sidebar labels to lowercase Desktop
10.5 ships with uppercase menu items in the Finder's sidebar, similar to recent versions of iTunes. To make things lowercase like they should be, do the following. First, navigate to (or copy and paste the following into the Go » Go to Folder dialog):

/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/

Duplicate the file called LocalizableCore.strings, and keep the duplicate as a backup. Open the original with Xcode or a text editor, then edit lines 50 to 53 to make them lowercase:
"SD5" = "Devices";
"SD6" = "Shared";
"SD7" = "Search for";
"SD8" = "Places";
Save the file (entering your admin password if asked) and log out and back in or open Terminal and type killall Finder to relaunch the Finder and see your changes.

[robg adds: This hint explains how to do the same for iTunes.]
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10.5: Zoom in and out on Quick Looked PDFs Desktop
When using Quick Look on a PDF (and, as best as I can tell, only PDFs), you can zoom in (Command-equals) and out (Command-minus) -- just like in Photoshop. Nice!
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10.5: Leopard file duplication and naming behaviors Desktop
Leopard changes the way files are named when duplicated via Optiond-drag (which appends numerical increments) and Command-D (which appends copy first, then numerical increments). To elaborate:

Duplicating a file using Command-D or the menu File » Duplicate will append copy to the filename; if it already ends with copy, then the next available number greater than 1 is used. Here are some examples of Command-D behaviors:
  • myfile.txt creates myfile copy.txt
  • myfile copy.txt creates myfile copy 2.txt. Repeating the command again on myfile.txt creates myfile copy 3.txt, etc.
  • 1.txt creates 1 copy.txt
Option-dragging a file in the same folder will append the next available number, greater than 1, to the file name (even on numerical filenames). Some examples of option-dragging behaviors:
  • myfile.txt creates myfile 2.txt; option-dragging it again creates myfile 3.txt. If you then option-drag myfile copy 2.txt, OS X creates myfile copy 4.txt (because copy 2 and 3 exist)
  • list 58.txt creates list 59.txt
  • 6.txt results in 6 2.txt
[robg adds: I realized the behavior had changed, but I hadn't bothered to figure out exactly how.]
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