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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintSnow Leopard has a built-in grammar checker (in Cocoa and other certain apps) that will place green dotted lines under any possible grammatical errors it detects. (You may have to enable this first, in the program's Edit » Spelling and Grammar » Check Grammar With Spelling menu.) However, accessing the corrections panel using Control-Click » Spelling and Grammar » Show Spelling and Grammar has always seemed cumbersome.

Now I've discovered that simply hovering the mouse over the underlined word pops up a tool tip description of the error.

[robg adds: The first option in the contextual menu will be the replacement suggestion, but the Spelling and Grammar box will typically have more information. Given you probably want to make the suggested change anyway, I prefer the contextual menu, so I can see and replace; the tool tip merely shows the correction, but you can't do anything with it.]
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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintIf you regularly use a language that requires letters with diacritics -- such as , , , , , , , , etc. as they are used in Spanish, French or Portuguese -- and you recently switched from Windows to Mac OS X as I have, you might find this hint useful.

In Windows, while there were various ways to enter these characters, the best one of them was just to enter a ' and then the vowel, and you would get the accented version of that letter (in this example, the letter with the acute diacritic).

In Mac OS X however, if you set the keyboard layout to a language that has these letters (such as Spanish), you cannot use this trick; the only way of inputting these letters is the standard way supplied in Mac OS X (Option-e then e for ; Option-e, then i for ; etc.). I personally found this very annoying, and searched for quite a while on how to change this.
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10.6: Solve a prohibited-to-boot icon at startup System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintAfter I installed Snow Leopard, I turned on my Mac to find that the nice Apple logo had changed to a prohibitory sign (with a slash through it). I didn't know what to think about it, so I tried a few fixes.

I let it do that for about 5 minutes. I turned it off with the power button. I did everything! From zapping the PRAM to repairing disk permissions. I poked through the Apple Support Forums. Finally, I realized that I had installed Norton Anti-Virus (my ISP gives it out for free), and that I should try removing it.

The easiest way to do this is to use the Symantec uninstall utility, which can be very hard to find. For those who are having troubles, I finally found it here: RemoveSymantecFiles removal utility.

Once Norton was removed, my system booted normally.
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10.6: Remove alias icon docked folders used in List view mode System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintI use docked folders together with the List view option to create pop-up folders with navigable menus. I then create a folder of aliases (e.g. of applications), dock it, and set the List option. This works well apart from the ugly (at least on a 16x16 icon) alias badge.

The alias badge is defined in /System » Library » CoreServices » CoreTypes.bundle » Contents » Resources » AliasBadgeIcon.icns and contains 16x16, 32x32, 128x128, 256x256 & 512x512 versions of the alias badge. If you replace the 16x16 version with nothing, then alias badges will only be shown on icons from 17 to 512 pixels. Result: nice dock menus.
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10.6: Remove passwords from edit-restricted PDFs System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintFour years ago, I wrote a hint about how to remove a PDF password using ColorSync from those PDF files than you can view, but not copy or change. It did not apply to files that were encrypted with a password and could not be opened.

To my surprise, it has been one of the more popular hints, with over 112,000 hits. However, since Tiger, Apple has progressively tightened the PDF DRM, so that the hint does not work in Snow Leopard any more. There are several third party programs that will do it, but here's how to do it in Snow Leopard for free.

Note that this hint will not decrypt PDF files that cannot be opened without a password.
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10.6: A simple fix for disabled fonts after OS upgrade System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintAfter 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 found in my user's Library/Fonts Disabled folder, instead of in my user's active fonts folder (Library/Fonts).

Thankfully, simply moving all the fonts from the Fonts Disabled folder to the Fonts folder fixed the issue. After that, I used Font Book to resolve duplicates, and FontDoctor and Font Finagler to fix any remaining font issues. So far, so good!
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10.6: Another method of running old screen savers System 10.6
If you're moping around because you can no longer watch some of your favorite old Mac OS X screen savers because they were never updated for 10.6 (and never will be because the developers have dropped off the face of the Earth taking their source code with them), take heart.

The free application SaverPreview (from this page; scroll down to find it) can still play those old savers in a window, which you can then zoom to fit the screen if you want. If you have Rosetta installed, SaverPreview should even be able to play PowerPC-only screen savers, though I haven't tried this.

Now you can while away the time doing something completely pointless, like playing old DOS games in an emulator.

[robg adds: This hint described how you might also be able to recompile older screen savers yourself, if the source was available.]
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10.6: Run 32-bit screen savers in the background in 10.6 System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintSaveHollywood is not ready to work on Snow Leopard. Apparently this extends to any software that runs older screen savers in the background -- they'll appear with a system message reading "not compatible."

If I open System Preferences' Screen Savers panel as usual, my system tells me that old screen savers are not compatible. But if I open System Preferences in 32-bit mode, they seem to work (in the panel, but not always when playing). So I tried the Terminal command from this older hint, but had the same problem. Finally I searched how to run a screen saver in 32-bit mode from Terminal. For that, you do this:
arch -i386 AppToRun
So to run an older screen saver in the background, you'd use this command:
arch -i386 /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background
Before running the above, open the Screen Saver System Preferences panel in 32-bit mode, and select and set up the SaveHollywood screen saver. It works!
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10.6: Use a Service to toggle trash can off and on System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintThis hint enables you to turn off (and back on) moving files to Trash when deleting files, thus deleting them immediately when the trash is off.

This hint takes advantage of the fact that if the .Trashes folder in a user's home folder is not accessible, Mac OS X ignores it and displays an immediate file deletion warning like the one seen at right.

Create a service in Automator that (via the top two drop-down menus) takes no input and is available in any application. Add a single Run AppleScript action that has following contents:
on run {input, parameters}
  do shell script "chown root ~/.Trash" with administrator privileges
  do shell script "killall Finder"
  return input
end run
Save the service as Bypass Trash. Create another service with the same properties and one AppleScript action, with the following contents:
on run {input, parameters}
  do shell script "sudo chown myusername ~/.Trash" with administrator privileges	
  return input
end run
Replace myusername with your short user name as defined in the Accounts System Preferences panel. Save this one as Enable Trash.

By running the Service in any application (Finder included), you can turn off (and back on) the Trash seamlessly. (Here's what it looks like in action.) Do note that when turning off the Trash, Finder must restart so as to take notice of the folder ownership change.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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10.6: Open generic files in a preferred app via Services System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintOften I need to edit text files that don't have any associated application. This usually occurs when I'm changing system configuration files. My original process was to Control-click on a file and then select Open with and then Other, and then search through the application folder for my text editor program. From another site, I learned that it is very easy to create Services with Automator in 10.6. So now I have a one-click process to open any file in my text favorite text editor.

Run Automator and choose the Service template. At the top right, change the drop-downs to read Service receives selected files or folders in any application. On the left, click Files & Folders in the Library column, then drag Open Finder Items (in the next column) into the work area on the right.

Change the Open With drop-down to your favorite text editor; you may have to click Other to find it. I use TextWrangler, which can open many types of files and also works well when passed a folder. Choose File » Save As from the menu, and give the Service a name. In my case, I called it Open with TextWrangler. The service will be saved in your user's /Library/Services folder.

Now you can Control-click (or right-click) on any file or folder, and at the bottom of the contextual menu, you can choose your new service.

[robg adds: This worked as described in my testing.]
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