Gone are the days for searching word definitions, now, all you have to do is select the word you want a definition for (be it on Safari or any application that allows you to display and select text), and just 3-finger tap it on your trackpad.
For those who like using their keyboard a lot over the mouse, I highly recommend one of my favourite productivity- boosting applications, Alfred, where you can simply type ‘define ______’.
For those of you with the auto-hide feature enabled for their dock, here’s a tip found via AddictiveTips, that allows you to remove the delay time.
Just copy this code into terminal and hit enter
defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 0
and there you have it, 0 delay time for dock pop-up when you mouse over at the bottom of your screen!
To revert back to the previous setting, just enter this code into terminal and hit enter again
defaults delete com.apple.Dock autohide-delay
Here’s a small tip for quickly adding in foreign characters while typing, such as é, or ä.
All you have to do is hold the letter you want with whichever foreign accent it is you’re looking for, and a pop-up window will appear above it with all the options available, where you can click on the one you want using your mouse, or use the corresponding number key as a shortcut.
No but seriously, who ate all the crêpes?
There are many to-do and Get-Things-Done (GTD) applications available to Mac users, some free, others quite pricey. It’s hard to know which is the best one to choose for your needs. If you’re looking for something free and lightweight, this is what I would choose:
SimpleTask is a wonderful to-do application that is freely available to download for Mac users. With a simple and intuitive interface, this application is nice to look at, with the option of setting it up as an app window, or as a a menubar item, the latter being a really nice option for those who like a clean and uncluttered desktop.
The application is functional by using only your keyboard, not having to waste time moving your mouse; productivity at its finest. You can organize your tasks through filters and color labels, which is handy for categorizing items on your agenda.
SimpleTask is also available on the iPhone/iPod Touch as a $1.99 application. It essentially has the same features as the Mac client, but with syncing available, having your to-do list always on the go makes SimpleTask an even more attractive option to Mac users.
Download SimpleTask here.
Desktop Notifications is an experimental tool built by a Facebook engineer. It provides a discrete menubar icon that turns blue when you have a new notification, and allows you to see your past notifications, inbox, as well as providing direct links to updating your status, and reaching your news feed and profile.
The application integrates with Growl, allowing small notification bubbles to pop up when activity you’ve chosen to be notified for has occurred on your Facebook. Clean and lightweight, this application is handy if you want to always know what’s going on with your Facebook, not so much if you can’t afford to waste time on social networking.
Download Desktop Notifications here.
My first post in a long time is bound to be a good one. For that reason, I decided to post about Alfred. This is by far my most used application. Simply put, it is a local and web search tool. For the basic user, it lets you launch your applications, or directly search on the search engine of your choice, including websites like IMDB, Amazon, and YouTube.
It can also perform basic power functions of a Mac, e.g. you can log out or lock your computer by simply bringing up the Alfred window and typing in ‘log out‘ or ‘lock‘. Alfred is available for free, with a purchasable Powerpack, providing additional features including iTunes navigation and theme implementation.
If I had to pick one third party application for my Mac, this would be it.
How to survive using your keyboard only; here are some shortcuts.
Users with MacBooks need to include the function (fn) key in commands involving F#-keys.
ctrl + F2
opens access to your menu bar, which is navigated with arrows, enter, or letters (for a shortcut, type the first letter of the menu item you want to access.
ctrl + F3
opens up access to your dock, which can be navigated in the same way as the menu bar.
NOTE: If those actions are not working, then press
ctrl + F1
to activate/deactivate the commands.
Don’t forget the simple shortcuts too, like
Command + Shift + A
which opens your applications folder (only works when on Finder; Safari for instance, gives you autofill preferences…)
Other shortcuts you must know are:
Empty trash: Command + Shift + Delete
Quit application: Command + Q
Close current window: Command + W
UPDATE: oli4 reminded me with his comment; to see a directory of shortcuts, go to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts
UPDATE #2: Learned a new shortcut! When on Safari, select a word and press
ctrl + Command + D
and you will get a quick definition show up as a tool tip window.
Feel free to share your tips and shortcuts in the comments below!