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Remove zoom rects in the Finder Desktop
When you open a program you usually see zoom rectangles zoom out to the edge of the screen. This Mac OS feature is old and outdated. If you want to get rid of these open your "preferences" folder from "library" (the path is /Users/your_username/Library/Preferences).

Open "" with TextEdit and scroll down until you see ZoomRects with true below it (or something like that). Change "true" to "false" and save your changes. No more zoom rects!

[Editor's note: Good tip, and I believe TinkerTool and a couple of the other GUI tools let you do this without an edit...]

Panther proven!
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Mega-large desktop icons! Desktop
Not sure how I missed this one, but MacAddict published a hack to change the maximum desktop icon size - check it out; they have a pretty funny screen shot! So if 128 pixels simply isn't big enough for you, edit:


Find the DesktopView Options section, and then the IconSize key; below that is a single number; replace it with something much larger and save your changes. Logout/login to see the effects ... the MacAddict article has much greater detail, so check it out!
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Keyboard application switching Desktop
[Editor's note: I'm certain I published something along these lines before, but I can't seem to find it! Yes, I know, with nearly 500 tips, I need a better indexing system. That's on the ever-growing list of things I'd like to do!]

I haven't read about this anywhere but i have just discovered it.

With multiple apps running in 10.0.2, press and hold command-tab and the dock will appear. Now while still holding command press tab (or shift-tab) and you'll be able to move forward (or backward) through your current running apps.
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Open hidden folders from the finder Desktop
If you'd like to occasionally access the hidden UNIX folders from the Finder, it's actually quite simple. There's a tip posted elsewhere here that discusses how to show all the hidden files all the time, but there's also a nice "as needed" tool. Gorgonzola pointed this out to me in an email, and I'd actually never tried it!

Under the Go menu item is "Go to folder", complete with a keyboard shortcut (Command + ~). To get to any of the hidden folders, you just need to know the path to that folder. Remember that OS X uses a "/private" directory for some of the hidden folders, so to go to "/etc", for example, you'd enter /private/etc in the Go To Folder box.

Once you've entered your destination, the Finder will switch and display that folder's contents. This makes it quite easy to use a visual editor on System files, if you combine it with Brian Hill's Pseudo for "su" editing.
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Do NOT change your short username! Desktop
On the Users panel of the System Prefs application, you can edit everything about your user except your short username. If you have a two button mouse, however, you can edit the field -- just right-click on it. You can't use a control-click, only the right mouse button. DO NOT DO THIS! See the comments for a reason as to why it's a Bad Thing, and why it's probably meant to be disabled!

I spotted this one on this MacFixIt board. If you go ahead and do this, you are doing so at your own risk! Be careful...consider yourself warned!
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Tab key in the Finder Desktop
Strange I didn't read that anywhere: did you ever try to use the Tabulation key in Finder X ? If the window is:

-- in icon view, you will move from an icon to the next one (as in OS 9);
-- in list view, you will CHANGE the column display type (DIFFERENT from OS 9, and much better);
-- in column view, you will move to the next column, or RETURN to the first column if already in the last one !

This is really smart IMHO. Also you can do the same in reverse order, using shift-tab instead.
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Use color-coded Finder windows Desktop
I doubt I'm the first one to think of this, but color coding several regularly used Finder windows can improve their visual difference when they are minimized to the Dock.

Just select the window's view options from the View menu, select color for background (or picture if you so desire), and choose away! I use colors from my desktop pic so everything is color coordinated.

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Typing in Finder windows Desktop
This is a temporary work-around for the Finder not properly scrolling to the file when in List view in Finder windows.

If the file you are trying to select (and show) is below the visible range of the Finder window, simply type the first few letters of the filename (like OS 9), then hit RETURN or ENTER twice.

The Finder will scroll and display the file after temporarily putting the name in edit mode.
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Restart the dock script Desktop
[Editor's note: See the comments for a better solution, as well as a GUI-based way of doing this]

Sometimes the desktop will do something stupid - like leave some of the 'poof' effect on the screen or whatever else. The best thing to do is just restart it. Killing it will make it automatically restart. Here's a little unix script to find it's process ID & kill it:
DOCKPID=`ps aucx| grep Dock | grep -v Server | cut -d ' ' -f 4-5`
Type this script in your favorite editor (command line or GUI), save it (as PLAINTEXT) to a file, say Desktop/dock.restart. Then, make it executable by doing this in a terminal:
chmod +x dock.restart
Then, double click it in the finder. It'll ask you to choose an application to use to run it. Select Terminal as the program to run it. You'll probably have to make it show you all applications in order for that to be selectable.

After that, just double click it whenever the dock is being stupid!!
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Limit size choices on dock resize Desktop
Noticed this one posted on one of the MacFixit forums tonight.

You can force the dock to only resize to non-interpolated icon sizes by simply holding down the option key while you drag on the vertical bar. You'll only see the "native" dock sizes; all interpolated icon sizes are skipped.
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