Moving from Quicksilver to Alfred (Mac App Launcher)

I have been using Quicksilver (free) as my app launcher for the past few years. I’ve been highly accustomed to it’s abilities and shortcuts, but have grown sick of it’s little bug: pasteboard pops up at random times (for the past year!). Searching around, I needed to find an app launcher that did what Quicksilver […]

Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Safari Bookmarks

For instant access to any bookmark in Safari (and probably Firefox) you can set up a keyboard shortcut to automatically open the bookmarked website. Here’s how: 1) Go to Safari and note the exact title for the bookmark(s) you want to quickly access. In my case, it’s “wells”, “amex”, and “ing” – my banking sites. […]

Use Applescript & Quicksilver to Rate iTunes Songs From Any Application

I’ve recently become obsessed with rating songs on my iPhone. I have too many bad songs and need to weed them out. But, when listening to music throughout the day it’s a pain to stop what I’m doing, switch to iTunes, rate the track, then go back to what I was doing. So, I made […]

Use Text-To-Speech (“Start Speaking Text”) in Firefox

A few days ago I made my yearly move from Safari to Firefox. It starts up quicker for me than Safari and web pages load 2-3x faster. However, I was stumped today when I wanted my Mac to read me a Flash 101 tutorial. I went to Firefox -> Services -> Speech, but “Start Speaking […]

Browse Files Using the Arrow Keys in Quick Look’s Full Screen Mode

A new hint was posted today on Mac OS X Hints explaining how to re-gain use of the arrow keys in Quick Look’s full screen mode. The solution worked but I thought that there had to be a better, quicker, easier way. So, I started trying various other keys when in Quick Look full screen […]

Jump Directly to Safari’s Search Box

Just heard this great shortcut mentioned on The Mac Observer’s Mac Geek Gab Podcast: In Safari, Command+Option+F will bring you directly to the google search box. Although this is listed in the Edit menu, I never noticed it before and it beats my old method, Command+L (url bar) then Tab.

Create Bookmark Folder While Creating New Bookmark in Safari

In Safari, when you create a new bookmark by pressing Command+D or by clicking the “+” icon in the toolbar you see this pop-up window: As a highly organized bookmarker, not having the option to make a new bookmark folder from this pop-up is a big pain. As you can see, I’m bookmarking a motorcycle […]

New Leopard “Sleep Display” Shortcut

As you probably know, I’m all about shortcuts and using the keyboard instead of the mouse to improve efficiency and productivity. Well, there’s a new shortcut in Leopard just for sleeping the display (I did have a hot corner setup, but this is faster and easier): Shift+Control+Eject

Move Mail Messages to Folders in Hyperspeed Using MsgFiler

If you’re like me, you organize your Mac Mail into folders (aka Mailboxes). I like to keep my Inbox as close to empty as possible — that means, when I get new messages I move them out of the Inbox and to their appropriate folder immediately. Since I have 5 IMAP e-mail accounts all with […]

Get Full Keyboard Support (Shortcuts, App Switcher) in Screen Sharing

When using Screen Sharing or Remote Desktop to control another Mac on my local network, my biggest complain has always been the inability to use several important keyboard shortcuts. Things I frequently rely on, like toggling dock visibility, opening spotlight, and force-quitting applications, don’t work. Although all those functions can be accessed through other means, […]

A few important Mac text-related shortcuts

When working with text, there are a few crucial shortcuts to know. You should already know these • Command + A : Select All • Command + C : Copy • Command + V : Paste You may not know these • Option + Arrow – Left : Jump to beginning of previous word • […]

Newbie Tip: Crucial shortcuts you NEED to use

There are a few shortcuts every mac user needs to remember. They will make your mac experience much smoother and your workflow more efficient. The main reason to use shortcuts is so you can spend more time with your hands on the keyboard instead of the mouse or trackpad. Forgoing the mouse or trackpad completely […]

Sleep, Restart, and Shutdown with no confirmation alert

Just when I thought I knew every crucial keyboard shortcut, I can across these gems the other day and have been putting them to good use: Sleep: option+apple+eject Restart: ctrl+apple+eject Shutdown: ctrl+option+apple+eject The best part is that these shortcuts bypass any pop-up window or alert, such as: And don’t worry, the computer will still ask […]

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