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Square One: Keyboard Shortcuts–Paste and Match Style

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

My screencast will tell you all about it. (Sorry for the bad quality at the beginning)

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Square One: Secure Empty Trash

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Square One is the new category of tutorials for beginner Mac users and veterans who wish to get their memory jogging.

This tutorial will show you how to change Finder to simply "Empty Trash" to "Secure Empty Trash" by default. But a little introduction seems in place.

Suppose you are getting a new hard drive and selling your old one for whatever reason. For most people, the very first thing coming to mind is to backup and delete all the files on their old drive. But just deleting them isn’t enough. It has been shown that even though files are "deleted" people have been able to find these "deleted" files that may contain personal information. So, to avoid identity theft or information theft, you should always select the "Secure Empty Trash" option to ensure that these files really are gone.

Step One: Finder Preferences, They’re There


I find that a lot of Mac users around me don’t even realize that the Finder has preferences they can set. Just like any other application, navigate to the app name in the menu bar and select "Preferences" or simply press Cmd + ,

Step Two: Flip the Switch… Or Check the Tick


In Finder Preferences, select "Advanced" and check the last option.

Step Three: Delete Those Files


If you go back to the Finder menu, you will see that the shortcut to "Empty Trash" has moved down to "Secure Empty Trash." This means that the default way of deleting files has changed, denoted by the shortcut Shift + Cmd + Delete.

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Square One: Subscribing to a Podcast

August 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Square One is the new category of tutorials for beginner Mac users and veterans who wish to get their memory jogging.

This little tutorial teaches you how to subscribe to a podcast in iTunes.

Step One: Find the Podcasts Library


Open iTunes and select the Podcasts library. You will notice that your copy of iTunes will have more libraries than in the above image. This is ok since I have messed with the preferences.

Step Two: Get to the Store


Once inside your Podcasts library, navigate to the bottom right corner and click "Podcast Directory." This will take you to the Podcasts section of the Apple Store.

Step Three: Pick Your Choice


Find the Podcast you would like to subscribe to and click on it. Sometimes it may be necessary to search for the podcast you want.

Step Four: Subscribe and Download


Click on the "Subscribe" button next the album art and it should automatically start downloading.

And that’s it for subscribing! Just four easy steps to get your favorite podcasts!

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Hiding the Menu Bar and Dock in Any App the Leopard way

August 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Have you ever needed all the space you could get on a small screen? You might’ve thought that every time I work with this app, the menu bar and Dock should hide. Well, now it’s possible.

Just navigate to the app you want to apply this on and right-click it. Choose “Show Package Contents” and go into the Contents folder. There should be an info.plist file. But before you open up the file, right-click it and choose “Get Info” and scroll all the way to the bottom. Under Sharing and Permissions, make sure “admin” is able to Read & Write, or else you cannot save the file. Open it up in your preferred editor, although it is recommended you use Apple’s Property List Editor or TextWrangler.

If you are not using the Property List Editor, enter the following code:


If you are using the Property List Editor enter the following entry highlighted in the screenshot:

Then, save the file and restart your application. Now you should have all the space you need!

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