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Weekly MacTips!

Ever looking for that special to make things easier when multi-tasking? Or perhaps a cool program you never knew about? We'll we're here to help you with that! We will be adding random cool things to this page as well as very useful shortcuts and tips for your everyday use.

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Change your Desktop picture

Most people know how to change desktop picture but for those of you that don't here's how.

1. on your desktop and choose "Change Desktop Background..."

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2. a window will pop up that displays several options. The left of the window displays of which you can choose different categories and then find the perfect picture for your desktop. You can also add folders to this menu if there's a more personal picture you would like to have on your desktop. Simply click on the "+" sign and navigate to the appropriate folder that you would like to add.

Enjoy!

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Organize your folders via " Keep Arranged by" shortcut in OSX

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We often like to have our folders arranged either by name or by kind or by date, but Mac’s (two-finger click) allows you only to arrange the files once. After any new files you add just keep piling up at the end. There’s a neat trick to keep your folder arranged in a particular way. After the right click, just hold the OPTION key. It changes the ‘Arrange by’ to ‘Keep Arranged by’ and then you can choose how you want to keep your folder organized.

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Want to know how to get 45% off Mobile Me?

 There are plenty of options to get Mobile Me cheaper than $99. If you want to buy from a retail store you can get it from Amazon for $79.99 for a single user license, and $92.99 for a family pack. That will save you $20 right there (as long as you choose the free shipping option). Or, if you want to go even cheaper, you can head to eBay, and find some great deals on brand-new copies of “Mobile Me”. The cheapest deal I’ve found so far is a copy of “Mobile Me” for $54.99 with free shipping included. You can find many “Mobile Me” auctions on eBay by doing a quick search, and someone is always selling it discount. So if you’re looking to save a few bucks on your renewal, or for trying it for the first time - a little research will go a long way.

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Zoom in on any part of your screen.

You can Zoom in on any part of your screen! You need to first navigate to your system preferences and make some changes for the simple zooming technique. 

1) launch the “System Preferences” application.

2) Locate the "Trackpad" icon under the hardware section and select it.

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3) Under "Trackpad Gestures" check the box next to "Zoom while holding". You can also change what key to down while engaging zooming. I personally use the key and my trackpad for zooming in. If you have mouse you can use the scroll button to zoom in

4) Try it out! Hold down your engaging key and use your scrolling technique (via your or your mouse scrolling button).

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This is a great tool to use for hard to read , enlarging pictures or enlarging movies.

Enjoy!

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Use Time Machine on smaller Drives!

1) launch the “System Preferences” application. Under the “System” header, select the “Time Machine” pane. Click “Options….” This will bring up a drop-down menu where you list every folder or file you do not want Time Machine to backup. Hit the “+” button and add whichever things you don’t until there is enough room on the external drive, and hit “Done”.

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Fast Application Switcher and Program Quitting

1) To engage the application switcher Hold down command and tap the tab key.

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2) From there you will notice a transparent window pop up. This window will show all of your current applications that are running. You can select in that window by continuously holding down the command key and tap the tab key until the desired application is selected. At this you can either quit the application by still continuously holding the command key and tap the "q" key. Or you can select it which will put you into that current application.

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Use Spotlight as a Calculator or a Dictionary!

is a vastly under-used feature of OSX. It has numerous benefits beyond simply searching (much in the same way Google does).

1) To use Spotlight as a calculator all you have to do is type in an equation. You can do simple math, or complex equations using mathematical terms like square roots and so forth.

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2) To use Spotlight as a dictionary, all you have to do is type in the word that you’re looking to define. The definition will pop up as a top search result.

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3) Simply select it and the full dictionary will open giving you the full definition of the term you’re searching for.

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We give full credit to www.maclife.com for this tip!

iPhoto 09

1. Add info to your uploaded photos - By default, iPhoto doesn't upload photos with location information to online sites. To share your location with the world, open the iPhoto preferences, choose and click on "include location information for published photos."

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<2. See only photos that haven't been imported - If you store images on your iPhone, but want them to be imported into iPhoto, you can show only the photos that need to be imported by checking the "Hide photos already imported box."

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3. The more you tag, the smarter iPhoto gets > -Find a group of images with a certain person. As you tag the images, iPhoto will learn their face and will eventually ask they are the person you're looking for. No word if iPhoto will help you find the droids you are looking for.

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<4. Multiple people in Faces - You can tag multiple people in a photo. Click on Faces and iPhoto will attempt to find all the faces. You can tag faces already found, then click on "add missing face" to create new face boxes. Adjust the size of the box, click done and add the name.

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5. Hide photos - Got photos you want to keep, but they might be NSFW, or you have photos are just cluttering up an event. Use the Hide feature to make those photos disappear without deleting them. Select a photo you want to hide and on the red X Hide button. You can show all your hidden photos, select "View>Hidden Photos" in the menu bar.

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6. Zoom in and out - Double left clicking zooms the map in iPhoto. Double zooms out. You can also use the slider in the lower right-hand corner.

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7. Use Faces for animals - While not an official feature in iPhoto, we were able to get iPhoto to recognize the differences between two cats and train the app to recognize their faces. 

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8. Moving Faces on the Corkboard -Be careful when moving faces around on the Corkboard. You can accidentally drop a person onto another person. It will erase your tags you've added to that person. A quick cmd-z will reverse the problem. 

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9. Change a person's Faces Key Photo - Open a person's images in Faces. click on the image you want to be the key photo and choose "Make Key Photo" An easier method, drag your mouse over the key photo in the corkboard view and while the photos are changing, tap the space bar on the photo you would like to be the key photo, violá!

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10. Empty the trash - The trash is usually filled with photos you don't want, empty it for more space. click and delete those lame photos.

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  A great thing to learn is key commands. When you get comfortable with different key commands you will make a huge increase and multi-tasking.

To get a list of all the key commands simply search the word "keyboard" into your spotlight.

Then click on" Keyboard & Mouse"(example below)

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You will then enter a systems preference window for your keyboard and mouse. In that you will see a tab that says "keyboard shortcuts". (Example below)

There you are! a list of all key commands. If really daring you can add your own commands as well. Have fun!

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