How to: Sync Messages on your Mac with your iOS device

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There are a surprising amount of people who have an iPhone as well as a Mac, and they don’t even know that Messages can be synced to your Mac. It’s probably one of the best features of Messages on Mac, it’s significantly easier to respond to messages from your computer, over touch typing on your device.

So, instead of having to type out messages on your phone, you can use your computer when you have it on you, and save yourself a nice amount of time by typing on a real keyboard.

Step 1: Go to your Applications folder, and launch Messages.

Step 2: You know the drill here, open the Messages preferences.

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Step 3: Check that your Apple ID is signed in and enabled for the application. Tick off the boxes for the contact points you want to be reached for (the phone number and/or email that is associated with your Apple ID. You can also specify where you want the messages to be sent from when starting a conversation from your computer (for instance, I use my email address as my sending point for my computer, as opposed to my phone number from my iPhone).

All done! Don’t forget, you can adjust your notification settings for Messages in System Preferences, if the pop up banners bother you.

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How To: Survive Using Your Keyboard Only

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!

Or you can just forget about memorizing altogether.

How to: Restore windows and tabs on Safari

One of the great things about other web browsers, such as Firefox and Camino, is that they have many functions that Safari does not have. I’m sorry, I meant, did not have. With Safari 3, many new functions have been introduced, one of which is provided by browsers like the previously mentioned.

All performance enhancements aside, one of the key new features implemented in Safari 3 is restoring one’s last workplace. All you need to do is go to the history tab in the menu bar, and click on Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

Simple as that! The nice thing about it, you don’t always have a window popping up to ask you if you want to restore or not, like Camino, instead, you just use that menu tool when you need it.

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive.

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted – So, another How to!

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive

You will need:
-iPod
-iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iPod to your Mac.

Step 2: Open up iTunes and click on your iPod. Tick the ‘enable hard drive’ box.

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Step 3: You’re done! Now you can drag anything to your iPod! Applications, files, anything! You can also do what I do, which is back up my computer to my iPod.

It’s very easy to back up all of your stuff onto the iPod, but many people waste away memory by copying all their music, videos and photos to their iPod, AGAIN! No reason to, people! First off, it’s already possible to retrieve your photos, there’s a folder named photos when you open up your iPod (assuming you are using a video/photo enabled iPod).

So now how do you retrieve music and videos? Considering these two are probably going to take the most space, we certainly don’t want to simply copy everything to a folder in your iPod. So use a program, like iPodDisk and you might want to read my post on how to do it.

For the rest of your applications and files which you want to back up, simply create a folder in your iPod (which should show up on your desktop) and drag and drop everything there. Voila!

How To: Change Icons – The easy way!

My How To: Change Icons guide is perhaps one of my most popular posts I’ve ever made. It shows you how to change icons manually. However, lots of people complained about how it was time consuming to change all of your icons, and people were getting pissy about how the only application which does it for you automatically is CandyBar, which you must buy.

While CandyBar is an excellent application, I have bumped into the freeware, almost equivalent version of CandyBar! Allow me to present to you LiteIcon! Almost has all the features CandyBar does. However, one fairly big thing which it lacks is the ability to change application icons (but you can go ahead and do that manually).

Get LiteIcon here.
Check out CandyBar
Check out the How To: Change Icons guide

How To: Turn Your Mac Into an Airport

Is your Airport not working? Hell, do you even have an Airport? If you are in one of those catagories, then worry not, cause you can still share your internet connection with other computers in your household wirelessly, just turn one of your Mac’s into an Airport! Let’s do this together shall we?

You will need: a Mac with an ethernet port and an Airport card, running Mac OS X.

Step 1: Plug in the ethernet cable of your broadband/modem/whatever to the Mac you wish to use as an Airport. Once that is done, you’re connected to the internet automatically, no configuration needed (thank you Mac OS X :P).

Step 2: Now we need to set that Mac up so that it shares the internet connection with the rest of the computers. To do so, open System Prefences, and click on Sharing pane under the Internet & Network catagory.

Step 3: On the Sharing pane, click on the Internet tab. Go to Share your internet connection from: and select Airport. Now click, Start for internet sharing!

Step 4: Now you’re good to go! Your Airport status menu item should have an arrow on it, symbolizing the signal your Mac is sending out. Now go on your other Mac and connect to the internet via your Aiport Mac 😀

This should work fine, just make sure you keep your Airport Mac on at all times, or you won’t recieve a signal from it. Screenshots from macapper.com I was too lazy to take my own, besides, they were good ones 🙂

How To: Personalize your Mac, Make it different, unique!

Today, you are going to learn how to make your Mac different, how to make it stand out, and give it a lil’ something that makes it you!

You want your Mac to be different from others, make it so that it catches other people’s eyes! With three simple steps, you can do just that!

1. Get Uno. Tired of the brushed metal look? Perhaps you want a cleaner, lighter interface? Well Uno is just the thing for you. This powerful interface tool allows you various options for changing brushed metal looks in exchange for different unified skins. Trust me, you want this.

2. Remove that butt-ugly dull gray piece of crap background of your dock. Get a nice, clear, and transparent dock instead! With ClearDock, you can also customize various dock factors, such as the arrows pointing to open applications! Here’s my dock 😀

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3. Notice that my Finder icon was totally pimped out? Or that my trashcan was bleeding? This brings me to my next point: Icons. The best way to make your Mac unique is with icons. CandyBar is an application (demo) which allows you to easily change your Mac’s icons. However, for those who don’t want to pay for an application, you can change icons manually, just by reading my post on How To: Change Icons. You can change almost all your icons manually, however there are few icons such as the finder icon, or trashcan icon which can’t be changed manually.

Links:

Get Uno.
Get Clear Dock.
Get CandyBar.
Got to How To: Change Icons
Get the Monoliff icon set. <—-Really nifty icon set.

NEW VID! Many thanks to Travis Tucker!

How To: Secure Your Files

How To: Secure your files using nothing but your Mac!

Yep, you can now easily secure any data you want without any unnecessary 3rd party software. Let’s do this in the good ol’ steps format shall we?

Step 1: Open Disk Utility, located in Applications>Utilities

Step 2: Select New Disk Image

Step 3: Name the Disk Image whatever you want and choose the size you want it to be, depending on how much data you’re going to be storing in it. For encryption, select AES-128, and keep the format as Read and Write so you can add/remove files from the disk image in the future.

Step 4: Create! Then Disk Utility will ask you to enter a password for which will be needed to open the disk image, do so. Also, tick off the Add to Keychain button, that way anyone who opens it up won’t have the password to it.

Step 5: Now you’re set to go! Whenever you open up the .dmg file, all you do is enter the password and you can add the files you want to safeguard, or remove any files which you’ve been protecting. When you are done with that business, just eject the disk image and anyone who wants to retrieve those files will have to enter the password to open up the .dmg file! Simple eh? With no 3rd party programs, you can ensure that you’re files are perfectly well protected. All that you need to do now is to make sure you don’t forget the password!

How To: Copy Music From your iPod to your Mac

A new how-to! Unlike my last one, this how-to is gonna be significantly shorter 🙂

All you have to do is download this great application called iPodDisk!

Insert your iPod and open the iPodDisk application. A folder will apear on your desktop with all of your iPod’s content.

After that, it’s as simple as drag and drop.

Get iPodDisk here.