Tip of the Month
for Mac OS X
|||>>Changing the Lauchpad Background Effect
|||>>Enabling FTP Server on Mac OS X Lion.
dseditgroup -o create -n /Local/Default -u rootusername com.apple.access_ftpCreates a new Access Control List (ACL) – rootusername = The admin’s username
dseditgroup -o edit -u rootusername -a username com.apple.access_ftpAdd a new user at the ACL – username = The preffered user’s name
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist
|||>>Separating Dock Icons using Transparent Icons.
Adding Transparent icons can help you to group your Apps at your Dock. Here is how:
Open terminal from Applications/Utilities and type:
defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES
After successful entry your dock will refresh and the new hidden dock icons will be available to use.
If you decided you do not wish to have your dock in this mode you can simply return it back to the previous settings by doing the following steps:
Simply launch Terminal and then enter the following:
defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool NO
|||>>Changing Application and Folder Icons Manually (Not with Candybar).
I am sure you would like to change the app and folder icons on Mac OS X. Here is how:
- Get a nice image you created or found from findicons.com
- Get an icon
- Open Icon in Preview and select the Icon. CTRL+C to copy the icon.
- “Get Info” from the Folder (CTRL+I)
- Select the icon of the folder and CTRL+V (This pastes it)
|||>>Hiding or Unhiding Folders (like Library on Mac OS X Lion).
Apple decided to hide some system folders from the user’s main directory because amateur users just messed up with those. So what if an experienced one, wants to access the folder to change some stuff?
1. Open Terminal2. Type ls -la (it shows the unhidden and hidden folders of a directory)
3. Select the directory you would like to unhide (let’s say Library)4. Type chflags nohidden (+ Directory) >> example: chflags nohidden Library
5. The folder is unhidden now6. To hide it type: chflags hidden (+ Directory) >> example: chflags hidden Library
|||>>Deleting all the tabs on Safari except the current one.
I found a new tip on Safari. This one is really cool and quite useful. So here it is:
Let ‘s say we have 5 tabs open in different pages. We would like to keep the one we are reading and close all the other tabs. What we do?
OPTION(Alt)+Click on the cross of the current tab.
What this would do is to close all other tabs except the current.
|||>> Create workspaces in Lion and swipe between them
We like Spaces in Lion a lot more than spaces in previous versions of OS X.
Why? Because it’s easier to move between them. Despite mostly confusing gestures in Lion, the three-finger swipe between Spaces works.
Open up Mission Control, then drag one of the open windows to the top right corner of your screen. You’ll notice that a new square appears. Drop the window you’re dragging into that square, and you’ve created a new space.
Go back to what you were doing, then swipe three fingers left or right move between spaces fluidly. Another tip is that whenever you take an app full screen, it creates a new space. It’s a nice way to keep iTunes (or another app) separate from everything else but accessible.
To kill a space, enter Mission Control, hover your mouse over the left corner of the space (up top), and click the black X.
|||>> Create a Wireless Hotspot for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or other computers
To enable Internet Sharing go to:
3)Internet Sharing -DO NOT TICK IT YET-
4)Make sure that “Share your connection from:” is set to “Ethernet” (Exept if you want to use your Mac as a Wireless Adaptor….)
5)Set the “To Computers using:” to “AirPort”
6)We are almost done but what if you want to have a secure wireless internet? Till now we just set the wireless and didn’t set a Password… 😦
To set a password go to:
“Enable encryption using WEP…”
set your password and press OK….
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