How To: …One of the most under-used Mac OS X features

Mac OS X is filled with tons of features, yet not even half of those features are used by the general population of mac-users. Basically, because of this, I’m gonna show you all a really cool feature that seriously boosts your productivity. Almost all programs support this, but it’s best to use it on apps like Safari or TextEdit.

This feature is summarizing any text. Mac OS X does a REALLY good job at it, and it’s extremely handy for people who have long readings online, so students, you might want to pay attention to this 😀

Step 1: Highlight the text you want to summarize.

Step 2: Go to the application name on the finder bar e.g. Safari.

Step 3: On the application menu, go to: services>summarize.

It’s really useful and quite accurate, if the application you’re using doesn’t support that service, then simply copy and paste the text onto TextEdit.

Here’s an example:

Original Text:

The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. The term encompasses both feral and domestic variants. It is also sometimes used to describe wild canids of other subspecies or species.
Over time, the dog has developed into hundreds of breeds with a great degree of variation. For example, heights at the withers range from just a few inches (such as the Chihuahua) to roughly three feet (such as the Irish Wolfhound); colors vary from white through grays (usually called blue) to black, and browns from light (tan) to dark (“red” or “chocolate”) in a tremendous variation of patterns; and coats can be anything from very short to several centimeters long, from coarse hair to something akin to wool, straight or curly, or smooth

Summarized Text:

The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora.

…Over time, the dog has developed into hundreds of breeds with a great degree of variation.

You can also choose how long you want the summary to be, as you can see, this summary was rather short.

Hope you enjoyed this lil’ trick, Cheers!

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2 comments

  1. Photo Buffet · March 12, 2007

    Tried it…what a GREAT tool! This one post has inspired me to dig for more gems on this iMac. It’s capable of much more than I’ve used it for. Thanks!

  2. Knight · March 12, 2007

    You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed this tool! I’m thinking if adding a ‘tips’ page, where users can submit their tips n tricks, so if that does happen, you will always be welcome to send in your own gems 😀

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