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Change the default menu extras appearance Desktop
While looking at Matt Gray's page (he authored the PALifier program mentioned in a recent tip), I noticed that he's also created a program called MenuPics. MenuPics allows you to quickly and easily change the default icons for Apple's menubar extras (Airport, Displays, Battery, etc.).

Although there have been tips here in the past on how to do this yourself, it required using the Terminal. Matt's freeware program does it all via the GUI and includes some sample icons to get you started. So if you want a very easy way to change your menubar icons, check out MenuPics!
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Formatting the menubar clock revisited Desktop
Here's another followup hint to the Put the date in the menubar article. This one is a bit less invasive (I think).

This hint allows you to change your current displayed time format of the menubar clock to anything you like, i.e. instead of "1:40" you can have "13.02. 13:40" or "13 Feb 13:40". Compared to the modification mentioned above, this really allows full customization of the displayed time/date.

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Working with words during Finder renames Desktop
I just noticed this ... If you rename a file in the Finder, you can delete words in the name all at once. Meaning you can delete one complete word at a time.

Make a new folder "New Folder" then enter re-naming mode. The cursor is now at the end of the folder name. Now press and hold "alt" when erasing (what would have been) a letter in the name.
The Finder automagically deletes one word at a time.

It even works in reverse. Try going to the start of the filename and doing the same thing agin... presto! deleting one word forwards.

Pretty neat; I can't remember ever reading this before, so tell me if it's old news.

[Editor's note: You can also use the arrow keys to move a word at a time with alt, or select a word at a time with shift-alt. I haven't seen this trick anywhere else, either!]
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Use column view and aliases for file handling Desktop
Simple but worth sharing:

I work with all my media files on a different hard drive than my system and apps, so I always found myself working between two Finder windows to manipulate files.

Now I've put aliases in my home directories media folders (music, movies etc) to key branches of my external drive's file tree.

So Instead of moving files between Finder windows which each represent a specific drive path, I now only have one finder window open and can move files within the same column(s) to different hard drive paths. Sure feels more efficient to me...
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Use iPhoto scripts from the dock Desktop
I'm not as sophisticated of a user as most that post to this site, but this little tip might help other newbies.

The iPhoto script for sending pix is fantstic for my needs of sending out pix of my two and three year old kids. However, it does clutter up the desktop. So, I just put the script in my dock and each time I want to e-mail pix , I grab the photo off iPhoto and drag it to the dock icon. I've set up preferences up for the script so that all I have to do is change the "TO:" address and click. It takes no time whatsoever.
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List view folder navigation shortcuts Desktop
In list mode, to open a sub-folder, select it by clicking on it once and then press right arrow for opening it (left arrow closes it).

To open the folder and all of its subfolders, press option-right arrow, and use option-left arrow to close all. If you have already used a right arrow to open the folder leaving the subfolders closed, another option-right arrow will also open the subfolders.
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Quickly open Home and Desktop folders Desktop
I found this accidently a while back and use it all the time. Not sure if it is well known or not. While in the Finder with the cursor on "Desktop focus" (no window selected), you can quickly open a new window to either your home or desktop foler:

Press Command + Up Arrow to open your home directory

Press Command + Down Arrow to open desktop folder

[Editor's note: This will not work if you're navigating a Finder window, as command-up takes on the "up one level" definition at that point.]
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Easy removal of installed packages Desktop
I only have a 6GB HD and I've filled it up with things I don't really need...Gimp, extra languages, additional printers, etc. To uninstall these packages cleanly and quickly, just download this powerful little set of scripts called OSXGNU Package Utilities, by Chris Roberts.

Install the program, then open a Terminal window and type
  sudo pkgInstall --delete 
Include a space after "--delete" (i.e "--delete "). DO NOT Press return yet! Next open the /Library/Receipts directory in the finder. Select a package to delete and drag it to the terminal window you typed the command in. You should have a line in the terminal something like
  pkgInstall --delete /Library/Receipts/packagename.pkg
Press 'return' and the delete process begins; if the package has a delete message you may have to respond to a yes or no question. Repeat for any other package(s) you want to delete.

[Editor's note: I have not tested this myself yet, but it looks like a very useful utility.]
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Controlling the Finder's name sort order Desktop
The OS X Finder uses a different name sort order, so oft-used tilde will no longer make an item appear last when sorted by name. In fact, almost all punctuation will cause an item to be listed first.

The following symbols make an item go to the end of a name list: (in order)

mu: opt-m
pi: opt-p
omega: opt-z
apple: opt-shift-k
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Clone the current Finder window Desktop

If you're like me, you like to move things around a lot. And you hate having to constantly Ctrl-N and drill through endless subdirectories to reach the folder you want, which is usually just a few clicks away from the folder you're looking at.

This Applescript gets the location of the frontmost Finder window and opens a second with the same path and view. When no windows are open, it launches a new one at the system root, or you can substitute your preferred target.

tell application "Finder"
get the exists of the front Finder window
if the (exists of the front Finder window) is true then
try
set newWindow to target of front window
set oldView to current view of front window
make new Finder window to newWindow
set current view of front window to oldView
end try
else
try
make new Finder window to alias ":"
set the current view of the front Finder window to column view
end try
end if
end tell

It's fastest when called from the Script Runner[1] rather than as a toolbar application. I'm sure someone better at Applescripting can make a more useful version by combining it with the script from this tip.

[1] Save as compiled and name it something like "Attack of the Finder Clones" to put it at the top.

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