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Disk space usage summary via AppleScript Desktop
This tiny Applescript saves me the trouble of having to always go to the terminal and enter "df -k" to see my disk space usage.

It shows you the amount of space used for every volume (partition) and also the amount of disk space used for VM. Unfortunately, the Finder does not get notified of changes in VM, but the figures are still pretty usefull, especially if you don't have enough space on your boot volume.

Copy and paste the text into the Script Editor, save it as an application, and simply drop it into either ~/Library/Scripts or /Library/Scripts. (And download the Menuscript addition.

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Create a desktop trash alias Desktop
the easiest way i can think of to put a trash on the desktop is:

create a new folder, make an alias of it, get info and select a new original, in the goto type: /users/your name/.trash and choose that, now you have a trash alias to which you can give any custom icon.
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Arrange folders in dock folder menus Desktop

Don't want to put all your applications in the dock? You've probably heard the tip of placing your applications folder in the dock instead, but you probably want to have some control over where your folders in that folder are displayed, right? These menus just look messy, don't they?

Here's the solution: by prepending a folder name with '|', '>', or '~', you can force all the folders you have in Applications to show up at the top of the menu (anyone know what character to use if you want them to show up at the bottom?). If you don't follow what I'm saying, simply click on this picture and you'll see what I mean.

[Editor's note: In both OS 9 and OS X, I use "zz" in front to make folders go to the bottom. A look at an ASCII character chart would probably find a better solution!]

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Drag and drop onto column view preview icon Desktop
I just discovered this by accident and haven't seen it mentioned anywhere before:

With a finder window in column view, select an application so that the info and large icon for the app shows up in the right most column. You can then drag and drop documents onto the application's large icon in the info column to open them in that app.

Maybe this hint has gone unreported because it's hard to imagine it being very useful!
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Another date and time menubar solution Desktop
There seems to be plenty of room in the menu bar these days, and I'm constantly clicking on the clock to see what day or date it is...until this app came along:

Download PTHClock (which also includes a cool little pop-up calendar).

Once it's been loaded, go to the preferences and make the time and date formats the same, e.g.:

Time Format %a %d/%m/%y, %i:%M %p
Date Format %a %d/%m/%y, %i:%M %p

You now have a clock in the menu bar that shows day, date, and time. If you double click on it, a small calendar pops down.
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Change the desktop image with an iPhoto Desktop
If you have iPhoto open and the Desktop system prefs panel open, you can select any photo and drag it to the Desktop pref pane's 'image well' to change the desktop picture.

[Editor's note: Perhaps the shortest tip we've ever published!]
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Replace the Dock to eliminate command-tab shortcut Desktop
Some of you may be disapointed that the default application switching keyboard shorcut (command-tab / command-shift-tab) can't be edited somewhere. This really disturbs me because I use this shorcut A LOT in all my graphics applications, and as I'm used to changing tools with command-tab, each time I want to change a tool, I forget, and then switch to another running application :-[.

The solution is more than simple - just replace the dock. Read the rest of the article if you'd like the instructions.

[Editor's note: This is very similar to the concept of replacing the Finder with another application, which has been discussed here before. But the actual replacement of the Dock has not. I would also add that this is a very draconian solution to the command-tab switching question, and you should heed the advice to keep a backup copy of the Dock if you intend to do this. Hopefully Apple will add the ability to customize the command-tab key combo to a future OS X release.]
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Create a customized bootable CD Desktop
I found this on MacFixIt.com, and thought it would be of interest here as well. An application called "BootCD" can help you to create a bootable CD with all the applications you need on it (provided, of course, that you stay within the size limit of a CD).

You just launch the application and follow the instructions, answering a bunch of questions. When you are finished, you have a disk image that you can burn to a CD and boot from. The guy who created it is Charles Srstka. However, there doesn't seem to be any info about this application on his homepage yet.

You can download the application from MacFixit's new OS X library.
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Drag the dock with the shift key Desktop
I have not seen this mentioned here before:

I found that in OS 10.1 you can quickly change the position of the Dock by holding Shift while grabbing the divider line and dragging it to the left, right, or bottom edge of the screen. Hit the shift after the cursor changes into the little "resize the dock" icon and then drag!

If the dock is currently on the bottom of the screen, you'll need to shift-drag the line up and right (or left); dragging straight across won't do anything.
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Use vector-based desktop pictures Desktop
The Desktop picture is not limited to just JPGs and picts - try dragging a PDF file into the desktop preference pane! The desktop will display the PDF file - and if the contents of the PDF are vector-based, it will be nicely rendered and anti-aliased.
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