Many ex-Windows users are frustrated by the fact that (in a standard Snow Leopard installation), there is no way to move files/folders using only the keyboard. In Windows, this is a Ctrl+X/Ctrl+V keystroke pair. In OS X, the Command+X equivalent is not enabled in the Finder.
I have developed an easy way to get equivalent functionality for free using by creating an Automator service in OS X 10.6.
There are some shareware utilities to enable 'Command+X' -- but for relatively minor functionality, they are big RAM hogs. Besides, I think that cutting and pasting a file is illogical and not directly connected to what the you are doing - you are really moving the file!
My Automator workflow is called 'Move Selected Items.' I have bound it to the keyboard shortcut of Command+Control+M.
It used to be that a USB keyboard was needed to start my iMac in Single User Mode - that has changed.
Today my iMac 27" shut down while I was out. I restarted holding down Cmd+S on my Bluetooth keyboard, but forgot to plug in the USB. Lo and behold, the iMac started in SUM anyway, so I'm guessing that the feature was introduced in 10.6.6 - I haven't seen mention of it anywhere.
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. It is a long-needed and welcome improvement and it's good to see it finally implemented. I never got a Bluetooth keyboard because of limitations like the one mentioned here. I may change my mind about that now.]
It may seem obvious, but if you have an unknown file extension and try to open the file, you will now be presented with an option to search the App Store to locate an application. I realized this when I tried to open a kdb (a keypass database file) and was presented with this new option.
[crarko adds: This is obviously only available in 10.6.6 and later. Just for fun, I looked to see if Spotlight would search the Mac App Store. It doesn't, yet, but I won't be at all surprised to see that integrated in 10.7.]
This hint provides AppleScript code that will turn Internet Sharing on or off automatically. Internet Sharing is useful for turning your Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting iPads or other Wi-Fi devices that cannot connect to the Internet via Ethernet or cellular data networks.
I wanted an AppleScript application to turn Internet Sharing on and off without having to click through System Preferences and the dialog panes. This script is a variation from an old Panther hint from this site and a modification posted by Hwee-Boon. This script will turn Internet Sharing on or off but does not turn AirPort off.
The following code can be saved as an application in AppleScript Editor to quickly turn Internet Sharing on or off. This is very useful if you want to create a quick Wi-Fi hotspot from your Mac that is connected to the Internet.
Paste the following code into AppleScript Editor and save it as an Application.
Double-clicking on the resulting application will turn the state of Internet Sharing on or off. Drag the icon to the Dock for quicker access to the application.
tell application "System Preferences"
tell application "System Events"
tell process "System Preferences"
click menu item "Sharing" of menu "View" of menu bar 1
tell window "Sharing"
click checkbox 1 of row 11 of table 1 of scroll area 1 of group 1
if (exists sheet 1) then
if (exists button "Turn AirPort On" of sheet 1) then
click button "Turn AirPort On" of sheet 1
click button "Start" of sheet 1
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. The script acts as a toggle so running it a second time will turn Internet Sharing off. It's slick how it also clicks the confirmation dialog. There are several older hints that are similar; I'm not sure which one was the starting place for this one, but this is a pretty simple and elegant script.]
If you type in more than one language, and you are constantly switching back and forth between these languages it can get a bit tedious to use the mouse. Even though Mac OS X comes with a shortcut, which is Command+Space and Command+Option+Space, it is disabled by default because Spotlight shares these shortcuts. So here is how you enable it.
You don't need to do this first part, but since I like to see a little flag of my input source in the menu bar, so first you go to System Preferences » Language & Text then select the Input Sources tab. At the bottom of the window check the 'Show Input menu in menu bar' option.
Go back to the main System Preferences window by clicking on the Show All button at the top of the window, then select Keyboard » Keyboard Shortcuts. From the left list select the Spotlight option, then from the right list uncheck the option that says 'Show Spotlight Window.'
Next from the left list select Keyboard & Text Input, then from the right list check the option that says 'Select next source in Input menu.'
Close the System Preferences window and now you can use Command+Option+Space in any application to switch between your input sources.
Note: I dont know if this works in previous OS X releases, I only tested it in 10.6.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described, in 10.6.6.]
After upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard) from Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard), I found that the Tahoma font was not displayed by any Office 2004 or Office 2008 application.
Surprisingly, the Tahoma font and many others were at ~/Library/Fonts Disabled instead of being at ~/Library/Fonts.
Just moving all fonts from ~/Library/Fonts Disabled to ~/Library/Fonts fixed the issue.
Additionally, I used Control-click over the fonts in Apple's Font Book utility to resolve duplicates. Finally, I used FontDoctor and
Font Finagler to fix any remaining font issues. So far, so good.
[crarko adds: I do recall there being a few font issues after doing the Leopard » Snow Leopard upgrade. I did remind me why I thought Font Book was not a particularly great utility. What has been the experience of others with Font Book and upgrades?]
The Snow Leopard Finder search window you get after using Spotlight or pressing Command+Shift+F (to search for files names) or Command+F (to search inside files) does not show the creation and modification dates of items on Mac OS X 10.6.4. At least not by default.
To change this, Control click inside any of these search windows (there's no need to type or search for any specific keyword) and select Show View Options. Select the desired options like creation and modification date and then close the window. From that moment, all search windows will show the creation and modification column tabs.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. You can set the View Options for any Finder windows from the 'View' menu, but it appears that doing this for the search window was introduced in 10.6. Looking at it in 10.5.8 it said there were no View Options for the search window.]
Security is a requirement at my workplace, and I noticed all my Windows using colleagues quickly lock their screens with a key combination before getting up to leave their desks. When they return, they need their username and password to resume their working session. There are multiple ways to lock your screen on the Mac, but this one takes the cake for me, as it mimics the same easy get-up-and-go process Windows users enjoy.
The first step to this hint is to configure your Mac to require a password to wake from sleep of screensaver. You can enable this setting in System Preferences in the Security control panel. Once there, choose the General options tab and check the box to 'Require password x minutes after sleep or screen saver begins.' Set the variable time to immediately require a password.
At this point, you may want to take some time to review and adjust your Screen Saver settings, and your Energy Saver settings, as this security option will also be triggered when just your display goes to sleep normally.
Quit System Preferences and you're ready for the final piece of this hint.
Next time you get up from your Mac to run to a meeting or the bathroom or whatever, fire off this keyboard combination:
This is actually a shortcut to sleep your computer display, but now has the side effect of locking your screen and requiring a password to resume your session.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. It's basically a variation of this previous hint, but has the advantage of using a default keyboard sequence. There's a number of ways that have been offered to do the screen locking, and this hint is another alternative.]