Download attachments from multiple messages at once in Mail
12/31/2010 | Mail
In Mail, to download all attachments from multiple messages at once, select them in your Inbox then choose File> Save Attachments.
Burn files or folders to CD or DVD in the Finder
12/30/2010 | macOS
In the Finder, to burn selected files or folders to a CD or DVD, Control-click them and choose "Burn X Items to Disc" from the pop-up menu.
Show tempo and key in the loop browser in GarageBand '11
12/29/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand '11, to show tempo and key in the loop browser, choose GarageBand> Preferences> Loops> Loop Browser> and select “Display original tempo and key”.
Keep black borders when cropping still images in iMovie
12/28/2010 | iMovie
When cropping a still image in iMovie '11, click the "Allow Black" button in the Viewer window to keep black borders in images when cropped.
Record an audio chat in iChat
12/27/2010 | iChat
To record an audio chat in iChat, start an audio chat with a buddy then choose Video> Record Chat.
Reload a widget in Dashboard
12/26/2010 | Dashboard
In Dashboard, to reload a widget that is open and refresh its data, click the widget to select it then press Command-R.
Confirm before closing multiple tabs or windows in Safari
12/25/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to be warned before closing multiple tabs or windows, choose Safari> Preferences> Tabs and select "Confirm before closing multiple tabs or windows".
Use a different status message for each account in iChat
12/24/2010 | iChat
In iChat, to use a different status message for each of your accounts, choose iChat> Preferences> General, then deselect "Use the same status for all accounts".
Quickly access music, photos or movies from an Open dialog box
12/23/2010 | macOS
From within an application's Open dialog box, to quickly access your music, photos or movies, browse the "Media" section at the bottom of the sidebar.
See detailed capacity info for attached devices in iTunes
12/22/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, when viewing info for an attached iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, click the capacity bar at the bottom to see the exact quantity for each item's category.
Create a Smart Album from Places in iPhoto
12/21/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to create a Smart Album from a region of the map in Places, zoom into an area containing pins then click the Smart Album button.
Prevent a track from being edited in GarageBand '11
12/20/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand '11, to prevent a track from being edited, choose Track> Show Track Lock, then click the lock button in the track's header.
Quickly add content to iMovie '11 directly from the Finder
12/19/2010 | iMovie
To add content to iMovie '11 directly from the Finder, drag and drop it into ~/Movies/iMovie Events/iMovie Drop Box, then reopen iMovie.
Move an event one week earlier in iCal
12/18/2010 | iCal
In iCal, select an event in Month view, then press Control-Up Arrow to move the event one week earlier in the month.
Position menu buttons anywhere in an iDVD theme
12/17/2010 | iDVD
In iDVD, to position menu buttons anywhere in the theme (instead of in a fixed grid), choose View> Show Inspector> Buttons> Free positioning.
Find and replace words within a selected block of text in TextEdit
12/16/2010 | TextEdit
In the Find window of TextEdit, to replace all occurrences of a word in a block of selected text, press Option then click the "In Selection" button.
See the TV safe area for a project in iDVD
12/15/2010 | macOS
In iDVD, to put a boundary around the area which will be viewable on most standard, non-widescreen televisions, choose View> Show TV Safe Area.
Collapse multi-page PDF documents in the sidebar of Preview
12/14/2010 | Preview
In Preview, press Command-Option-Left Arrow to collapse all multi-page PDF documents showing in the selected window's sidebar.
Show the location in the iTunes Library of the song currently playing
12/13/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, to show the location in your iTunes Library of the song that is currently playing, choose View> Go to Current Song.
Download a file linked on a web page directly from Safari
12/12/2010 | Safari
In Safari, press Option when clicking a link to a file (a URL ending in .pdf, .mov, etc.) to download the file directly, instead of viewing it in a web page.
Drag two pages in an iPhoto '11 book layout
12/11/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto '11, when dragging pages in a book to reorder them in the layout, press and hold Option to drag both pages of a 2-page spread.
Change the default duration for still clips in an iMovie project
12/10/2010 | iMovie
To change the default duration for all stills in an iMovie project, double-click any still and enter a duration, then select "Applies to all stills".
Show a floating notepad in GarageBand '11
12/09/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand '11, to show a floating notepad, useful for keeping text notes about a project, its lyrics, etc., choose Window> Notepad.
Put a picture frame around an object on a slide in Keynote
12/08/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to put a picture frame around an image, text box or shape on a slide, select it, then choose View> Show Inspector> Graphic> Stroke> Picture Frame.
Have your Mac announce the time of day
12/07/2010 | macOS
Have your Mac speak the time of day to you by enabling the "Announce the time" option in System Preferences> Date & Time> Clock.
View an iChat video chat full screen on a Mac with Multi-Touch
12/06/2010 | iChat
In an iChat video chat on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, do a 2-finger reverse pinch over the video window to view it full screen.
Decrease the volume in iTunes
12/05/2010 | iTunes
When playing an item in iTunes, press Command-Down Arrow to decrease the volume.
Copy a mailing label from an address in Address Book
12/04/2010 | Address Book
To copy a mailing label from a contact's address in Address Book, click its field label ("home", "work", etc.) then select "Copy Mailing Label" from the menu.
Reload all tabs in Safari
12/03/2010 | Safari
When using tabs in Safari, to reload all pages at once, press and hold Control then click any tab and choose "Reload All Tabs" from the pop-up menu.
Organize event clips in iMovie by the day they were recorded
12/02/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie, to organize clips within the Event Browser by the day each clip was recorded, choose View> Show Separate Days in Events.
Find and download free calendars to use with iCal
12/01/2010 | iCal
In iCal, find free calendars to download for US and international holidays, sports schedules, cultural events, etc. via Calendar> Find Subscriptions.
Quickly clear all flagged photos in iPhoto
11/30/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to clear all flagged photos in your iPhoto library at once, press and hold Option and choose Photos > Clear All Flags.
Do a one-measure count-in before recording in GarageBand
11/29/2010 | GarageBand
When recording in GarageBand, choose Control> Count In to set the metronome to play a one-measure count-in before recording starts.
Turn off automatic downsampling of images in Keynote
11/28/2010 | Keynote
To stop Keynote from scaling down images when placed on slides, choose Keynote> Preferences> General and uncheck "Reduce placed images to fit on slides".
Select a table in a Numbers spreadsheet
11/27/2010 | Numbers
To select a table in a Numbers spreadsheet, click any cell in the table to select it, then Command-click the selected cell to select the entire table.
Select non-continuous blocks of text in a Pages document
11/26/2010 | Pages
In Pages, to select multiple words or phrases that are not next to each other in the same document, press and hold the Command key while selecting them.
Email an article from Reader in Safari 5
11/25/2010 | Safari
When viewing an article in Safari 5 with Reader, move the pointer to bottom-center of the page and click the mail button to email the article via Mail.
Set a poster frame for a QuickTime movie in iTunes
11/24/2010 | iTunes
While playing a QuickTime movie in iTunes, Control-click it and select "Set Poster Frame" from the pop-up menu to set its poster frame.
Rearrange your iPhoto albums list in alphabetical order
11/23/2010 | iPhoto
To rearrange your iPhoto albums list in alphabetical order, Control-click one of them in the list and choose "Sort Albums" from the pop-up menu.
Duplicate the last title created in an iMovie '11 project
11/22/2010 | iMovie
In an iMovie '11 project, to duplicate the last title created so that it can be reused elsewhere in the same project, choose Clip> Duplicate Last Title.
Move an event to a different calendar in iCal
11/21/2010 | iCal
To move an event in iCal to a different calendar in your calendars list, Control-click the event then scroll to the Calendar menu item and choose a calendar.
Zoom in or out of an image using Quick Look
11/20/2010 | macOS
When using Quick Look to preview an image in the Finder, Option-click the image to zoom into it or Shift-Option-click the image to zoom out.
Export separate vCards for multiple contacts from Address Book
11/19/2010 | Address Book
In Address Book, to export separate vCards for multiple contacts, select them, then press and hold Option and drag them to your desktop.
Zoom in Safari
11/18/2010 | Safari
In Safari on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, pinch out to zoom in.
Automatically underline hyperlinks in Keynote
11/17/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to automatically underline hyperlinks as they are created, choose Keynote> Preferences> Auto-Correction> Underline text hyperlinks on creation.
Hide certain categories in the iTunes sidebar
11/16/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, to hide the contents of the Devices, Genius, Playlists or Shared categories in the sidebar, move your pointer over them and click "Hide".
Add non-clickable text to an iDVD project
11/15/2010 | iDVD
In iDVD, to add non-clickable text (such as a title) to a project, Control-click in a blank area of the project and choose "Add Text Object" from the menu.
Add a new calendar group in iCal
11/14/2010 | iCal
In iCal, to add a new Calendar Group (instead of a new Calendar), hold Shift and click the "+" button in the lower left corner of the iCal window.
Change the origin of distortion effects in Photo Booth
11/13/2010 | Photo Booth
When using distortion effects such as Twirl, Light Tunnel, Squeeze or Dent in Photo Booth, click and drag in the effect's preview window to change its origin.
Always show AIM status as "available" in iChat
11/12/2010 | iChat
In iChat, to always show your iChat AIM status as "available" (and never "idle") choose iChat> Preferences> Accounts> Security, then select “Block others from seeing my status as idle”.
Jump to the previous page in a Pages document
11/11/2010 | Pages
In Pages '09 on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, swipe up using three fingers to jump to the previous page.
Always enlarge small fonts on web pages in Safari
11/10/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to always enlarge small fonts on webpages, choose Safari> Preferences> Advanced> Universal Access> Never use font sizes smaller than [font size].
Prevent iPods, iPhones or iPads from auto-syncing in iTunes
11/09/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, to prevent iPods, iPhones or iPads from auto-syncing, choose iTunes> Preferences> Devices, then select “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”.
Show a list of recently-defined words in Dictionary
11/08/2010 | Dictionary
In Dictionary, press and hold the left or right arrow buttons in the toolbar to show a pop-up list of recently-defined words.
Scroll to the beginning of the previous page in Preview
11/07/2010 | Preview
In Preview, when viewing a PDF, press Option-Up Arrow to scroll to the beginning of the previous page.
Quickly switch from month view to day view in iCal
11/06/2010 | iCal
In iCal, when viewing your calendar by month, double-click a day number to switch to day view for that particular date.
Use custom text for typeface previews in Font Book
11/05/2010 | Font Book
To customize the sample text seen in previews of typefaces and characters in Font Book, choose Preview> Custom, then type the text to be previewed.
Insert a date into a Pages document
11/04/2010 | Pages
To insert a date into a Pages document, choose Insert> Date & Time, then double-click the date to choose the date format and/or set it to automatically update.
Get info for the previous item in a list in iTunes
11/03/2010 | iTunes
When viewing the "Get Info" window for an item in iTunes, press Command-P to view info for the previous item in the list.
Extract an image from a slide in Keynote
11/02/2010 | Keynote
To extract an image from a Keynote slide, click the image to select it, then go to Inspector> Metrics and drag the image's thumbnail icon to your desktop.
Always open new windows in tabs in Safari
11/01/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to always open new windows in tabs instead of separate windows, choose Safari> Preferences> Tabs> Open pages in tabs instead of windows: Always.
Use the trackpad to straighten a photo in iPhoto
10/31/2010 | iPhoto
When using the Straighten tool in iPhoto on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, do a 2-finger rotate to straighten the photo.
Navigate through columns in the Finder using the keyboard
10/30/2010 | macOS
When viewing the Finder in Column view, press the up, down, right or left arrow keys to navigate quickly through each column.
Search for event invitees, locations or notes in iCal
10/29/2010 | iCal
In iCal, click the magnifying glass pop-up menu in the search field to search for event invitees, event locations or notes.
Move contents between cells in a Numbers spreadsheet
10/28/2010 | Numbers
To move contents of a selected cell in a Numbers spreadsheet into another cell, drag the cell by its border into the destination cell, then release.
Show floating controls over the album artwork in iTunes
10/27/2010 | iTunes
When viewing album artwork in its own window in iTunes 10, move your cursor over the artwork window to show floating iTunes controls.
Insert a line break into an iChat text message
10/26/2010 | iChat
While typing text into a message in iChat, press Option-Return to insert a line break.
Turn on Private Browsing in Safari
10/25/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to turn on Private Browsing, choose Safari> Private Browsing.
Quickly get details about a photo in the Finder
10/24/2010 | macOS
In the Finder, to get details about a photo including its size, camera model, focal length, etc., select it, choose File> Get Info, then look in the "More Info" section.
Show information for an event in iCal
10/23/2010 | iCal
In iCal, to show information for an event, select it in your calendar, then press Command-I.
Reshuffle a playlist in iTunes
10/22/2010 | iTunes
To reshuffle a playlist that is already shuffled in iTunes, Option-click the Shuffle button located at the bottom-left of the iTunes window.
Quickly search for files in the Finder by contents or by name
10/21/2010 | Spotlight
In the Finder, press Command-F to do a Spotlight search for the contents within files or, to search for files by name, press Shift-Command-F.
Export a Pages document to ePub format
10/20/2010 | Pages
To export a Pages '09 v.4.0.4 document to ePub format, which can then be viewed in iBooks on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when synced via iTunes, choose File> Export> ePub.
Set an alert for an individual buddy in iChat
10/19/2010 | iChat
In iChat, to set an alert for an individual buddy, select the buddy in your buddy list, then choose Buddies> Show Info, then click Alerts and set the alert.
Play a clip when double-clicked on in the iMovie browser
10/18/2010 | iMovie
To set iMovie to play, not edit, a clip when double-clicked on in the browser, choose iMovie> Preferences> Browser, and set "Double click to" to Play.
Loop a slideshow in an iDVD project
10/17/2010 | iDVD
To loop a slideshow in iDVD, select it in the project's menu or map view then choose Advanced> Loop Slideshow.
Have System Profiler speak your Mac's serial number
10/16/2010 | macOS
To have the System Profiler utility (located in /Applications/Utilities) speak your Mac's serial number aloud, choose File> Speak Serial Number.
Open photos in iPhoto from within the Media Browser in Keynote
10/15/2010 | Keynote
When browsing photos using the Media Browser in Keynote, to open a photo in iPhoto, Control-click it and choose "Open in iPhoto" from the menu.
Move backwards in larger increments in a GarageBand project
10/14/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, press Option-Left Arrow to move backwards in larger increments in a project.
Show online status of iChat buddies from within Mail
10/13/2010 | Mail
In Mail, to show the online status of your buddies in iChat, choose Mail> Preferences> Viewing, then select “Show online buddy status”.
Skip to the previous album in an iTunes list
10/12/2010 | iTunes
While playing a song in iTunes, press Option-Left Arrow to skip to the previous album in the list.
Use custom playlists for soundtracks in iPhoto slideshows
10/11/2010 | iPhoto
When creating a slideshow in iPhoto, to use more than one song for its soundtrack, click the Music button and select "Custom Playlist for Slideshow".
View icons in System Preferences alphabetically
10/10/2010 | macOS
In System Preferences, to view each icon alphabetically, instead of grouped by category, choose View> Organize Alphabetically.
Use shapes to show the status of buddies in iChat
10/09/2010 | iChat
In iChat, to use shapes instead of colored dots to show the status of buddies, choose iChat> Preferences> General, then select "Use shapes to indicate status".
Close a document in Preview and move it to the Trash
10/08/2010 | Preview
When viewing images or PDFs in Preview, press Command-Delete to close the current document and move its file on your hard drive to the Trash.
Edit individual objects within a group in Keynote
10/07/2010 | Keynote
When working with grouped objects on a slide in Keynote, double-click an individual object in the group to select it, resize it, move it, etc.
Open all URLs in a text file at once using TextEdit
10/06/2010 | TextEdit
To open all URLs in a text file at once, open it in TextEdit, choose Edit> Select All, then Control-click anywhere and choose "Open URL" from the pop-up menu.
Change icon sizes in the Finder using the trackpad
10/05/2010 | macOS
On a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad running Snow Leopard, use a two-finger pinch gesture to increase or decrease icon sizes in the Finder.
Import content directly into a drop zone in iDVD
10/04/2010 | iDVD
In an iDVD project, Control-click a drop zone and choose "Import" from the menu, to import a movie, slideshow or image directly into the selected drop zone.
Remove the footer on a web page made with iWeb
10/03/2010 | iWeb
To completely remove the footer on a web page made with iWeb, choose View> Show Inspector> Page Inspector> Layout and enter "0" for the Footer Height.
Change the order of Spotlight search results
10/02/2010 | Spotlight
To change the order of categories shown in Spotlight search results, choose System Preferences> Spotlight> Search Results, then drag a category in the list.
Quickly create a vCard from Address Book
10/01/2010 | Address Book
To create a vCard for a contact from Address Book, drag their card from the Address Book window and drop it onto your desktop.
Auto-reply in iChat using your away status message
09/30/2010 | iChat
To have iChat reply back to a new chat with the text of your Away status, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Auto reply with my Away message.
Scroll up through your notes in Keynote
09/29/2010 | Keynote
When delivering a slideshow using the Presenter Display in Keynote, press "u" on your keyboard to scroll up through your notes.
View a PDF document as a contact sheet in Preview
09/28/2010 | Preview
In Preview, to view all page thumbnails of a multi-page PDF document as a contact sheet, choose View> Sidebar> Contact Sheet.
Toggle through all toolbar display options in an application
09/27/2010 | macOS
In applications with toolbar icons that can be resized, Command-click the top right button to toggle through all toolbar icon and text display options.
Add a still frame from an iMovie event to the project timeline
09/26/2010 | iMovie
To add a still frame from an iMovie event clip to the project timeline, Control-click the event's frame and choose "Add Still Frame to Project" from the menu.
Switch between applications from within Exposé
09/25/2010 | macOS
When using Exposé to view thumbnails of all windows, press the Tab key to quickly switch between each open application.
Assign keywords to a Pages document
09/24/2010 | Pages
To add keywords to a Pages document which can be searched by Spotlight, choose View> Show Inspector, then click the Document inspector then click Info.
Move an event to the next or previous day in iCal
09/23/2010 | iCal
In iCal, select an event then press Control-Right Arrow or Control-Left Arrow to move the event to the next or previous day in your calendar.
Jump to the next page in a Pages document
09/22/2010 | Pages
In Pages '09 on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, swipe up using three fingers to jump to the next page.
Combine cards in Address Book
09/21/2010 | Address Book
In Address Book, to combine information from multiple cards, Command-click each card to select them, then choose Card> Merge Selected Cards.
Show advanced AirPort network information
09/20/2010 | macOS
In Snow Leopard, press Option while clicking the AirPort menu to show the selected base station's MAC address, channel, signal strength, etc.
Place a title over a background in an iMovie project
09/19/2010 | iMovie
To place a title over a colored background in iMovie, drag and drop the title before the start, after the end, or in between clips in the project timeline.
Keep header columns visible in Numbers
09/18/2010 | Numbers
In a Numbers spreadsheet, to keep header columns visible when scrolling, choose Table> Freeze Header Columns.
Add a link on a web page in Safari to your bookmarks
09/17/2010 | Safari
To automatically add a link on a web page in Safari to your bookmarks, Control-click the link and choose "Add Link to Bookmarks" from the pop-up menu.
Automatically set an alarm when creating new iCal events
09/16/2010 | iCal
In iCal, to automatically set an alarm for all new events as they are created, choose iCal> Preferences> General> Add a default alarm to all new events.
Print a photo contact sheet from iPhoto
09/15/2010 | iPhoto
To print a photo contact sheet from iPhoto, choose File> Print then select Contact Sheet. Click the Customize button to change layouts, backgrounds, etc.
Change the default tags for exported GarageBand projects
09/14/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, to change your default tags for Playlist, Artist Name, etc. for projects exported into iTunes, choose GarageBand> Preferences> My Info.
Quickly switch between different views in the Finder
09/13/2010 | macOS
In the Finder, press Command-1, Command-2, Command-3 or Command-4 to switch between Icon, List, Column or Cover Flow window views, respectively.
Change the default background color in Preview
09/12/2010 | Preview
In Preview, to change the default gray background color behind images and PDF documents, choose Preview> Preferences> General> Window background.
Move an indented slide to the left in the Keynote slide navigator
09/11/2010 | Keynote
In the Keynote slide navigator, to move an indented slide left, select it, then press Shift-Tab.
Quickly find pages with new content in Top Sites in Safari
09/10/2010 | Safari
When viewing Top Sites in Safari, to see what pages have new content since your last visit, look for a star in the upper right corner of the page thumbnail.
Set the start and end location for maps in iMovie
09/09/2010 | iMovie
To set the start and end location for a map placed into the timeline of an iMovie '09 project, double click it to show its Inspector.
Decrease the size of the retouch brush in iPhoto
09/08/2010 | iPhoto
When retouching a photo in iPhoto, press the left bracket ([) key to decrease the size of the retouch brush.
Show a slideshow of images transferred in an iChat session
09/07/2010 | iChat
To view all images transferred during an iChat session as a slideshow, Control-click one of the images, choose "Quick Look Image", then press Play.
Add an item to the sidebar in the Finder
09/06/2010 | macOS
In the Finder, select an item, then press Command-T to add it to the sidebar.
Find duplicates in Address Book
09/05/2010 | Address Book
In Address Book, to find duplicate cards, or cards with the same contact name but different info, choose Card> Look for Duplicates.
Hide a page from a site navigation menu in iWeb
09/04/2010 | iWeb
In iWeb, to hide a page from the site's navigation menu, select the page then choose Inspector> Page and uncheck "Include page in navigation menu".
Quickly reset volume levels in GarageBand
09/03/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, Option-click a track's volume slider to quickly reset its value back to zero.
Add a Reply-To header in Mail
09/02/2010 | Mail
When composing a new message in Mail, press Command-Option-R to add a Reply-To header to the message.
View the iTunes Store as a full window
09/01/2010 | iTunes
To view the iTunes Store as a full window in iTunes 9, choose iTunes> Preferences> Store> Use full window for iTunes Store.
Load sites from the bookmarks bar in Safari using the keyboard
08/31/2010 | Safari
In Safari, press Command-1 through Command-9 to load the first nine bookmarked sites located in the bookmarks bar.
Reject suggested matches for Faces in iPhoto
08/30/2010 | iPhoto
In the Confirm Name screen of Faces in iPhoto, to reject suggested matches, press Option when clicking a photo to change the "Confirm" button to "Reject".
Send details about an iCal event via Mail
08/29/2010 | iCal
In iCal, Control-click an event and select "Mail Event" from the menu to send the event's details (with an attached .ics file) to a colleague via Mail.
Get detailed font info in Font Book
08/28/2010 | Font Book
In Font Book, to get detailed info about a selected font, including its hard drive location, font kind, usage license, etc., choose Preview> Show Font Info.
Get info on a found item in the Spotlight menu
08/27/2010 | Spotlight
After using the Spotlight menu to locate an item, to get info on it, select it with the arrow keys then press Command-I.
Rotate your buddy picture in iChat
08/26/2010 | iChat
When changing or editing your iChat buddy picture via the iChat> Change My Picture menu, Option-click and drag the image to rotate it.
Flip multiple snapshots in Photo Booth
08/25/2010 | Photo Booth
In Photo Booth, to flip multiple snapshots, Command-click them in your thumbnails to select them, then choose Edit> Flip Selected Photos.
Reopen all windows in Safari
08/24/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to reopen all windows from the last time you used it (even after a crash or restart) choose History> Reopen All Windows.
Add a hyperlink to a TextEdit document
08/23/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit, to make any word or phrase an active HTML link, highlight the text then choose Edit> Add Link and enter the URL in the "Link destination" field.
Zoom in GarageBand
08/22/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, press Option-Control-Right Arrow to zoom in.
Copy and paste Places location info in iPhoto '09
08/21/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto '09, copy and paste Places info between photos by copying one, Control-clicking on another, and selecting "Paste Location" from the pop-up menu.
Jump back to the beginning of a movie in Keynote
08/20/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, when playing a movie in a slideshow, press "I" to jump back to the beginning.
Keep toolbar buttons visible when resizing a window
08/19/2010 | macOS
Control-click a button in the toolbar of any application with customizable toolbars and choose "Keep Item Visible", to show the button even if the window is resized.
Freeze the playhead position when panning in iMovie
08/18/2010 | iMovie
To freeze the position of the playhead when panning over movie clips in an iMovie '09 project, press and hold the Control key.
Switch to the Mini Player view in iTunes 9
08/17/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes 9, to switch to the Mini Player view, click the green expand window button in the top left corner of iTunes, or choose View> Switch to Mini Player.
Do a Google search from text highlighted in Safari
08/16/2010 | Safari
In Safari, highlight a word or phrase then press Command+Shift+L to do a search for the highlighted text in Google.
Reply to a message in Mail via iChat
08/15/2010 | Mail
When reading an email message in Mail, choose Message> Reply With iChat to reply to the sender via iChat (if they are currently available).
Change icon size and label position in dialog boxes
08/14/2010 | macOS
In any Open or Save dialog box, press and hold the view as icon button to show a pop-up menu for changing Icon Size and/or Label Position.
Insert a column before a cell in Numbers
08/13/2010 | Numbers
In Numbers, press Option-Left Arrow to insert a new column before a selected cell.
Update your Facebook profile when you publish your iWeb site
08/12/2010 | iWeb
In iWeb, to update your Facebook profile when you publish your site, select “Update my Facebook profile when I publish this site" in the Site Publishing Settings.
Take photos in Photo Booth without the flash
08/11/2010 | Photo Booth
To temporarily disable the "flash" when taking a photo with Photo Booth, press and hold the Shift key while clicking the Shutter button.
Switch to standard layout in iDVD
08/10/2010 | iDVD
In iDVD, when working on a DVD project in widescreen (16:9) layout, press Command-Option-A to switch to standard (4:3) layout mode.
Switch to widescreen layout in iDVD
08/10/2010 | iDVD
In iDVD, when working on a DVD project in standard (4:3) layout, press Command-Option-A to switch to widescreen (16:9) layout mode.
Trim a clip to the playhead in an iMovie project
08/09/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie, to trim a clip from the point closest to its nearest border, Control-click the clip in the project timeline and choose "Trim to Playhead”.
Record a video chat in iChat
08/08/2010 | iChat
To record a video chat in iChat, start a video chat with a buddy then choose Video> Record Chat.
Open an iPhoto event in its own separate window
08/07/2010 | iPhoto
When working in Events in iPhoto '09, press the Command key while double-clicking an event to open it in its own separate window.
Quickly show previously-visited web sites in Safari
08/06/2010 | Safari
In Safari, press and hold the Back button to pop up a list of previous web sites visited in that browser window's history.
Mute audio feedback when adjusting Mac volume level
08/05/2010 | macOS
Hold down the Shift key while pressing the volume buttons on your keyboard to mute the "quack" sounds you normally hear when the volume is adjusted.
Delete songs from within playlists in iTunes
08/04/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, select a playlist and press Option-Delete, to delete the playlist AND all of the songs contained within it from your iTunes library.
Hide the mouse pointer in a Keynote slideshow
08/03/2010 | Keynote
When playing a slideshow in Keynote, press the "C" key on your Mac's keyboard to hide the mouse pointer if it is showing.
Split a clip in an iMovie project
08/02/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie, to split a project clip into two separate parts, Control-click on the clip where you want the split to be and select "Split Clip" from the pop-up menu.
Create a hyperlink in Pages to open a new email message
08/01/2010 | Pages
In Pages, to create a hyperlink which, when clicked, will open a new pre-addressed email message, choose Insert> Hyperlink> Email Message.
Zoom out in Places in iPhoto
07/31/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, Control-double-click anywhere on the map in Places to zoom out.
Place a timestamp into an iChat text chat
07/30/2010 | iChat
While in an iChat text chat on a Mac running Snow Leopard, choose Edit> Mark Transcript to place a timestamp into the text transcript at that point in the chat.
Enable autosave in TextEdit
07/29/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit, to enable autosave to automatically save modified documents, choose TextEdit> Preferences> Open and Save> Autosaving.
Transpose notes down one octave in a GarageBand musical score
07/28/2010 | GarageBand
In score view in GarageBand, click a staff note to select it then press Shift-Down Arrow to transpose the note down one octave.
Automatically add songs to a playlist created in iTunes
07/27/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, select some songs then Shift-click the "+" button in the lower left corner to create a new playlist with those songs automatically added.
Quickly move an iMovie project clip within the timeline
07/26/2010 | iMovie
When running iMovie '09 on a Mac with a multi-touch trackpad, do a 3-finger swipe across a selected project clip to move it within the timeline.
Open an address from Address Book in Google maps
07/25/2010 | Address Book
In Address Book, click the label ("home", "work", etc.) next to an address and choose "Map this Address" from the pop-up menu to open its location in Google maps.
Record your voice delivering a Keynote presentation
07/24/2010 | Keynote
To record your voice delivering a Keynote presentation, choose Play> Record Slideshow. Once recorded, to play it back, choose Play> Play Slideshow.
Copy the URL for an item downloaded in Safari
07/23/2010 | Safari
In Safari, Control-click an item in your Downloads window and choose "Copy Address", to copy the exact URL from where it was originally downloaded.
Delete iPhoto album photos from the main iPhoto library
07/22/2010 | iPhoto
When browsing an album in iPhoto '09, Control-Option click a photo and choose "Move to Trash" to delete it from your main iPhoto library.
Open one application while hiding all others
07/21/2010 | macOS
Press Command and Option while clicking an application's icon in your Dock, to open the application and simultaneously hide all others.
Quickly change the view options for an iChat window
07/20/2010 | iChat
To change the view options for an open iChat chat window, simply Control-click anywhere in the window and select the options from the pop-up menu.
Duplicate a slide in a Keynote slideshow
07/19/2010 | Keynote
To duplicate a slide in a Keynote slideshow, press and hold Option while dragging the slide's thumbnail in the Navigator, Outline or Light Table.
Easily fit slideshow photos to music in iPhoto '09
07/18/2010 | iPhoto
In an iPhoto '09 slideshow, time the photo's delivery to match the music's length by clicking the Settings tab and turning on "Fit slideshow to music".
Delete all backups of a file or folder in Time Machine
07/17/2010 | macOS
When in Time Machine, to permanently delete ALL backups of a file or folder, Control-click the item then choose "Delete All Backups" from the pop-up menu.
Make a new Mail message by dragging and dropping text
07/16/2010 | Mail
Drag and drop selected text from any program onto the Mail icon in your Dock to instantly put that text into the body of a new email message.
Quickly add a URL to the bookmarks menu in Safari
07/15/2010 | Safari
In Safari, hold Shift when doing Bookmarks> Add Bookmark to add the webpage to the bookmarks menu, instead of to the bookmarks bar.
Show the condition of the battery in a Mac notebook
07/14/2010 | macOS
When running Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a Mac notebook computer, Option-click the menu bar's battery icon to show the condition of your battery.
Reduce the file size of a Keynote slideshow document
07/13/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote '09, to make a slideshow document a smaller file, compress the media contained within it by doing File> Reduce File Size.
Reveal in the Finder a clip from an iMovie project
07/12/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie, to go to the location on your Mac where a clip in a project is stored, Control-click the clip in iMovie and choose "Reveal in Finder" from the pop-up.
Embed URL links in PDF documents in Preview
07/11/2010 | Preview
To embed a URL link in a PDF document opened in Preview, highlight some text then choose Tools> Annotate> Add Link, then select Link type: URL and type the URL.
Include location info when publishing from iPhoto '09
07/10/2010 | iPhoto
To publish photos from iPhoto '09 with their Places info included, enable "Include location information for published photos" in iPhoto> Preferences> Web.
Save all attachments in a Mail message at once
07/09/2010 | Mail
When viewing a Mail message with multiple attachments, Option-click the Save button to save all attachments to your Downloads folder at once.
Go to the city of "Nowhere" in the Weather Dashboard widget
07/08/2010 | Dashboard
Command-Option-click the Weather Dashboard widget to go to the imaginary city of "Nowhere". Keep clicking to see all possible weather graphics.
Create a new folder from within the Save dialog box
07/07/2010 | macOS
From within an expanded Save or Save As dialog box in any application, type Shift-Command-N to create a new folder into which the file can be saved.
Quickly jump to the beginning of the timeline in GarageBand
07/06/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, to quickly jump to the beginning of the timeline, press the Z key.
Swap the primary and presenter displays in Keynote
07/05/2010 | Keynote
While delivering a Keynote presentation with your Mac connected to, but not mirroring, an external display, type "X" to swap the primary and presenter screens.
Update preview images in Top Sites in Safari
07/04/2010 | Safari
When viewing Top Sites in Safari, to update the page thumbnails choose View> Update Preview Images.
Show audio ducking settings for images in iMovie
07/03/2010 | iMovie
When viewing the Inspector settings for an image which overlays audio in iMovie '09, press "a" to show the image's audio ducking settings.
Quickly select an effect in Photo Booth
07/02/2010 | Photo Booth
When previewing effects in Photo Booth, press 1 through 9 on your keyboard to quickly select an effect, or press Escape to go back.
Always send Windows-friendly attachments in Mail
07/01/2010 | Mail
In Mail, to make files attached to outgoing messages Windows friendly by default, choose Edit> Attachments> Always Send Windows Friendly Attachments.
Quickly change your sound input and output settings
06/30/2010 | macOS
In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Option-click the volume slider in the menu bar to change sound input and output settings without opening System Preferences.
Show group membership for a contact in Address Book
06/29/2010 | Address Book
After selecting a contact in Address Book, press the Option key to highlight all of the groups in which they are a member.
Draw a line connecting two objects in Keynote
06/28/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote '09, to draw a line connecting two or more objects on a slide, select each object you want to connect, then choose Insert > Connection Line.
Open multiple Inspector windows in Keynote
06/27/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, Option-click any button on the top of the Inspector to open a new Inspector window for that button.
Quickly sleep or restart your Mac
06/26/2010 | macOS
To quickly sleep or restart your Mac using just your keyboard, press once on its power button then type "s" to sleep, or "r" to restart.
Rewind a song by five seconds in iTunes
06/25/2010 | iTunes
When playing a song in iTunes, press Command-Option-Left Arrow to rewind five seconds.
Change a scheduled event to an all-day event in iCal
06/24/2010 | iCal
To change an event scheduled for a specific time in iCal to an all-day event, Control-click it and select "Make All-Day Event" from the pop-up menu.
Enable proofreading in Pages '09
06/23/2010 | Pages
In Pages '09, to enable the options for proofreading your writing, to check for grammar, formatting and context errors, choose Edit> Proofreading.
Rename a region of a GarageBand project
06/22/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, to rename a selected region, choose Control> Show Editor then double-click the region's name at the top of the Editor.
Quickly locate an item downloaded in Safari
06/21/2010 | Safari
In the Downloads window of Safari, click on the magnifying glass to the right of a completed download to go to that item in the Finder.
Rewind a movie in Keynote
06/20/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, when playing a QuickTime movie inserted on a slide, press "j" on your keyboard to rewind the movie.
Show iMovie projects in full-screen
06/19/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, press Command+6 to show the currently-selected project in full-screen. To exit full-screen, press the Escape key.
Convert any document to PDF and send it via Mail
06/18/2010 | Mail
In any program's Print dialog box, click PDF > Mail PDF, to convert the document to a PDF and attach it to an outgoing Mail message.
Use the Spotlight menu as a calculator
06/17/2010 | macOS
Instead of launching Calculator when you need to solve a math problem, simply type your equation into the Spotlight menu to get the answer.
Quickly rotate a photo in iPhoto
06/16/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to rotate a photo, click on it to select it then type Command-R. To rotate it in the opposite direction, type Command-Option-R.
Use Easy View mode in a GarageBand piano lesson
06/15/2010 | GarageBand
In a GarageBand '09 "Learn to Play" piano lesson, press "E" on your Mac keyboard for "Easy View" mode, showing the note names in the score and on the keyboard.
Open all links in a bookmarks bar folder in Safari
06/14/2010 | Safari
In Safari, Command-click a folder in your bookmarks bar to open all of its bookmarks, simultaneously, as individual tabs.
Show the Search sidebar in Pages
06/13/2010 | Pages
To show the Search sidebar in Pages, allowing you to search throughout a document for all occurrences of words and phrases, go to View> Search.
Put your Mac to sleep using just your keyboard
06/12/2010 | macOS
To instantly put your Mac to sleep, without touching your mouse, simply press Command and Option and the Eject key on your keyboard.
Quickly add iMovie event clips to the project timeline
06/11/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, click on an event clip to select it, then press "e" on the keyboard to automatically place the clip into the project timeline.
Make text lower case in TextEdit
06/10/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit, to make text lower case, select it and choose Edit> Transformations> Make Lower Case.
Use Spotlight to search for exact phrases in documents
06/09/2010 | Spotlight
In the Finder, use Spotlight to search for an exact phrase within documents by putting the phrase in quotes when doing a Spotlight search.
Quickly edit the title of an event in iCal
06/08/2010 | iCal
To quickly edit the title of an existing event in iCal, press the Option key while double-clicking the event, then enter its new title.
Email a PDF document from Preview
06/07/2010 | Preview
When viewing a PDF document in Preview in Snow Leopard, you can email the file to a colleague via File> Mail Selected PDF Document.
Turn off the yellow alignment guides in Keynote
06/06/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote '09, press and hold the Command key while dragging an object to temporarily turn off the built-in yellow alignment guides.
Pair your Mac to a specific Apple Remote
06/05/2010 | macOS
To configure your Mac to respond only to a signal from a specific Apple Remote (vs. any of them), go to System Preferences> Security> General> Pair.
Do a Spotlight search for names from Address Book
06/04/2010 | Address Book
In Address Book, Control-click a contact and choose "Spotlight" from the pop-up menu to search for files containing their name on your Mac.
Change the playback speed of a QuickTime movie
06/03/2010 | QuickTime
When playing a movie in QuickTime Player on a Mac with a multi-touch trackpad, do a two-finger swipe across the movie to change its playback speed.
Adjust the date and time of a photo in iPhoto
06/02/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to change the date and time when a photo was taken, select it and choose Photos> Adjust Date and Time.
Examine files in the Trash before emptying it
06/01/2010 | macOS
To examine a file in the Trash before you empty it, click once on the file to select it then press the Spacebar to preview its contents using Quick Look.
Show or hide columns in the iTunes list view
05/31/2010 | iTunes
When viewing your iTunes library in list view, Control-click on any column heading to select which columns will be displayed.
Unsolo all tracks in GarageBand
05/30/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, to unsolo all tracks, Option-click any track's Solo button.
Convert a styled text document to plain text
05/29/2010 | TextEdit
To convert a styled text document to plain text, removing any formatting, colors, images, etc., open it with TextEdit and choose Format> Make Plain Text.
Edit iPhoto photos with a different editing application
05/28/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, Control-click on a photo and select "Edit in External Editor" to edit it in a different application, such as Photoshop.
Zoom out of a PDF in Safari
05/27/2010 | Safari
When viewing a PDF in Safari, to zoom out of the document, move the pointer to the bottom-center of the page, then click the "Zoom out" (-) button.
Use Quick Look to preview print jobs
05/26/2010 | macOS
In Snow Leopard, use Quick Look to preview a print job listed in your printer's queue by first selecting it and then pressing the space bar to preview it.
Adjust the size of thumbnails in the Keynote Theme Chooser
05/25/2010 | Keynote
In the Theme Chooser in Keynote '09, to increase or decrease the size of the thumbnail preview, adjust the slider at the bottom of the window.
Resize from a corner in Faces in iPhoto '09
05/24/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto '09, when resizing a box around a new face, hold the Option key to resize from a corner, instead of from the center.
Use a tabbed window for multiple chats in iChat
05/23/2010 | iChat
To configure iChat to use a single, tabbed window for multiple chats, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Collect chats in a single window.
Quickly open the Sound system preference
05/22/2010 | macOS
To quickly open the Sound system preference, hold down the Option key and press any of the sound controls (volume up, volume down, mute) on your keyboard.
Change the number of Top Sites shown in Safari
05/21/2010 | Safari
When viewing Top Sites in Safari, click the Edit button in the bottom left corner, then click Small, Medium or Large to change the number of thumbnails shown.
Convert a Pages document to Word format and send it via Mail
05/20/2010 | Pages
In Pages, to convert a document to Word format and attach it to a new Mail message, choose Share> Send via Mail> Word.
Show older animations in Keynote
05/19/2010 | Keynote
To make older animations such as "Confetti" and "Droplet" available in Keynote, choose Preferences> General> Include obsolete animations.
Use GarageBand to tune your guitar
05/18/2010 | GarageBand
When taking a Learn to Play guitar lesson in GarageBand '09, click the "Tuner" button in the upper right corner of the window to show the built-in guitar tuner.
Access additional reference material in Dictionary
05/17/2010 | Dictionary
In Dictionary, choose Go> Front/Back Matter to access additional reference material such as language guides, history timelines, chemical element info, etc.
Embed a file into a TextEdit document
05/16/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit in Snow Leopard, embed a file (another text file, an image, a spreadsheet, an application, etc.) into a document via File > Attach Files.
Show the date when events in iMovie were recorded
05/15/2010 | iMovie
Show the date when clips in your iMovie Event Library were recorded, via iMovie> Preferences> Browser> Show date ranges in Event list.
Quickly print a group of files in the Finder
05/14/2010 | macOS
To quickly print a group of files without pausing to manually print each one individually, select the files in the Finder and choose File> Print.
Empty the trash in iPhoto
05/13/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to empty the trash, choose iPhoto> Empty iPhoto Trash, or Control-click the Trash icon in your Source List and choose "Empty Trash" from the pop-up.
Zoom out in Safari
05/12/2010 | Safari
In Safari, press Command-Minus (-) to zoom out.
Quickly rewind in iTunes
05/11/2010 | iTunes
When playing items in iTunes on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, scroll down with two fingers over the progress bar to rewind.
Clean up your list of previous recipients in Mail
05/10/2010 | Mail
In Mail, to clean up the list of all recipient's addresses to which you previously sent email, choose Window> Previous Recipients.
Select related loops in the GarageBand timeline
05/09/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, after placing a loop into the timeline, click the arrows next to the loop's name to select from other loops in its family.
Test the iChat video and audio capabilities of your Mac
05/08/2010 | iChat
In iChat, test the video and audio capabilities of your Mac and the network it is connected to, via Video> Connection Doctor> Show Capabilities.
Take a photo immediately in Photo Booth
05/07/2010 | Photo Booth
In Photo Booth, to immediately take a photo, without waiting for the countdown timer, press the Option key while clicking the Shutter button.
Display today's date next to the clock in the menu bar
05/06/2010 | macOS
To display today's date next to the clock in the menu bar, open System Preferences, then click Date & Time> Clock and select Show date.
Extract a still image from a video frame in iMovie '09
05/05/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, to extract a still image from a video frame, Control-click the frame in the project timeline and choose "Add Freeze Frame" from the pop-up.
View the original version of an edited photo in iPhoto
05/04/2010 | iPhoto
When editing a photo in iPhoto using the enhance, red-eye, retouch tools, etc., press the Shift key to temporarily view the original, unedited image.
Unsubscribe from a podcast in iTunes
05/03/2010 | iTunes
To unsubscribe from a podcast in iTunes but not actually delete it from your iTunes library, Control-click it and select "Unsubscribe Podcast" from the pop-up.
Create bookmarks for image or PDF files in Preview
05/02/2010 | Preview
In Preview, bookmark image files or individual pages in a PDF file, allowing quick access to them at any time, via Bookmarks> Add Bookmark.
Quickly show a white screen in Keynote
05/01/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, press “w” on your keyboard while delivering a presentation to pause the presentation and show a white screen.
Change to a different calculator mode in Calculator
04/30/2010 | macOS
In Calculator, click the green zoom button in the upper left corner to toggle between Basic, Scientific and Programmer calculator modes.
Select a vertical block of text in TextEdit
04/29/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit, to select a vertical block of text (such as a column of words or numbers), press and hold the Option key then select the text.
Increase the size of your cursor
04/28/2010 | macOS
To make your mouse pointer larger, open System Preferences> Universal Access> Mouse (or Mouse & Trackpad) and adjust the Cursor Size slider.
Print a catalog of all fonts installed on your Mac
04/27/2010 | Font Book
To print a catalog of all fonts installed on your Mac, open Font Book, then choose Edit> Select All, then choose File> Print.
Easily navigate back through a web site's URL in Safari
04/26/2010 | Safari
In Safari, Command-click on a window's title bar to pop up the hierarchical pathway back through the entire URL address for that page.
Select an entire clip in the Event Library in iMovie
04/25/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, Option-click on a clip in your Event Library to select the entire clip all at once, instead of just selecting a part of it.
Find out what iPhoto event a photo belongs to
04/24/2010 | iPhoto
To show what event a photo in your iPhoto Library is associated with, Control-click the photo and choose "Show Event", to open its event.
Lower a note by one semitone in GarageBand
04/23/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, when viewing the musical score, to lower a note by one semitone, click the note in the staff then press the Down Arrow key.
Move an event’s start time up by 15 minutes in iCal
04/22/2010 | iCal
In iCal, in Day view, select an event and press Control-Up Arrow to move the event’s start time up by 15 minutes.
Show the hard drive location of an item in iTunes
04/21/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, Control-click on an item in your library and choose "Show in Finder" to go to the exact location on your hard drive where the item is located.
Temporarily turn Dock magnification off if it is on
04/20/2010 | macOS
To temporarily turn Dock magnification off if it is on, press and hold the Shift and Control keys while moving your pointer over the Dock.
Send an email to a buddy in your iChat buddy list
04/19/2010 | iChat
In iChat, Control-click a name in your buddy list and choose "Send Email...", to open Mail and create a new message addressed to them.
Scroll up a screen in Safari
04/18/2010 | Safari
In Safari, press Shift-Space bar to scroll up a screen.
Hide slide numbers on all slides in Keynote
04/17/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to hide slide numbers on every slide in your presentation if they are showing, choose Slide> Hide Slide Numbers on All Slides.
Go to an item's location from the Spotlight menu
04/16/2010 | Spotlight
Hold down the Command key while clicking on a found item in the Spotlight menu to go directly to the item in the Finder, instead of opening it.
Increase the size of the software keyboard in GarageBand
04/15/2010 | GarageBand
When using the software keyboard in GarageBand (via the Window> Keyboard menu), click and drag the keyboard's lower right corner to increase its size.
Assign a keyboard shortcut for a style in Pages
04/14/2010 | Pages
To assign keyboard shortcuts for styles in Pages, show the Styles Drawer, select a style, then choose "Hot Key" from the pop-down menu next to its name.
Magnify a specific area of an image or PDF in Preview
04/13/2010 | Preview
To magnify into specific area of an image or PDF file opened in Preview, lasso the area with the Select tool, then choose View> Zoom to Selection.
Create a Smart Album for a person's face in iPhoto '09
04/12/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto '09, drag and drop any face from the Faces corkboard onto your album list to create an automatically-updating Smart Album for that person.
Easily add attachments to new Mail messages from the Finder
04/11/2010 | Mail
To automatically add a file or folder in the Finder as an attachment to a new, outgoing Mail message, simply drag and drop it onto the Mail icon in your Dock.
Set a song or album to never be played when shuffling in iTunes
04/10/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes 9, to set a song or album to never be played when shuffling, select it, then choose File> Get Info> Options> Skip When Shuffling> Yes.
Show detailed info about a clip in iMovie
04/09/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, to show detailed info about a clip as you pass the playhead over it, choose View> Playhead Info, or press Command-Y on your keyboard.
Export an image from Safari directly into iPhoto
04/08/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to export an image from a webpage directly into iPhoto, Control-click the image, then choose "Add Image to iPhoto" from the pop-up menu.
Exclude silent portions of QuickTime movies when trimming
04/07/2010 | QuickTime
When trimming a movie using QuickTime Player in Snow Leopard, choose Edit> Select All Excluding Silence to exclude beginning or end portions containing no sound.
Select all occurrences of a word found in TextEdit
04/06/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit, to select every occurrence of a word found in a document, do a Find (Command-F), type the word, press the Control key and click "Select All".
Reduce the file size of a PDF document in Preview
04/05/2010 | Preview
To save a PDF document as a smaller sized file, open it in Preview then choose File> Save As and select the "Reduce File Size" option from the Quartz Filter pop-up menu.
Open "Learn to Play" lessons in GarageBand as projects
04/04/2010 | GarageBand
When taking a Learn to Play lesson in GarageBand '09, click the "Open in GarageBand" button to open the lesson as a new, fully-editable GarageBand project.
Do a Spotlight search for a buddy's name from iChat
04/03/2010 | iChat
In iChat on a Mac running Snow Leopard, select a buddy then choose Buddies> Search in Spotlight, to do a search with Spotlight for that buddy's name or email address.
Show informational overlays in iPhoto
04/02/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to show the date, title, or ratings over your photos as you scroll through them in Events or Photos view, choose iPhoto> Preferences, then click Appearance and select "Show informational overlays".
Copy the link to an item in the iTunes Store
04/01/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, to copy the direct URL to any item in the store, Control-click the item in the iTunes Store and choose "Copy Link" from the pop-up menu.
Reveal the Finder location of an item in your Dock
03/31/2010 | macOS
To reveal the location on your hard drive of an item in your Dock, Command-click on the icon to jump directly to its location in the Finder.
Adjust the playback speed of a QuickTime movie
03/30/2010 | QuickTime
While playing a movie in QuickTime Player, click the reverse arrow to play it backwards at 2X, 4X or 8X speed.
Quickly jump to the first thumbnail in Photo Booth
03/29/2010 | Photo Booth
In Photo Booth, to quickly jump to the first snapshot or video clip in your thumbnails, press Fn-Left Arrow.
Change a scheduled event to an all-day event in iCal
03/28/2010 | iCal
To change an event scheduled for a specific time in iCal to an all-day event, Control-click it and choose "Make All-Day Event" from the pop-up menu.
Minimize windows into their Dock application icon
03/27/2010 | macOS
To minimize windows into the Dock application icon that made them, choose System Preferences> Dock> Minimize windows into application icon.
Quickly create a new tab in Safari
03/26/2010 | Safari
When loading web pages using tabs in Safari, to quickly create a new tab, simply double-click in any empty region of the Safari Tab Bar.
Resume playing a hidden presentation in Keynote
03/25/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to resume playing a hidden presentation, click the Keynote icon in your dock.
Print sheet music from GarageBand
03/24/2010 | GarageBand
To print sheet music notation from a Software Instrument track in GarageBand, view the track in the Track Editor, click the Score button, then print.
Preview an entire photo in Faces in iPhoto '09
03/23/2010 | iPhoto
When passing the mouse over a face in the Faces corkboard of iPhoto '09, press the Option key to preview the entire photo in the thumbnail.
Show info about a Pages '09 document
03/22/2010 | Pages
To show the number of words, pages, lines, paragraphs, etc. in an open Pages '09 document, click the "Info" tab in the Inspector>Document inspector.
Quickly see what iTunes playlist a song is in
03/21/2010 | iTunes
When browsing songs in your main iTunes Library, to see which playlist(s) a song is in, Control-click the song and select "Show in Playlist" from the pop-up.
Extract pages from multi-page PDF files in Preview
03/20/2010 | Preview
In Preview, click and drag a page thumbnail from the sidebar of a multi-page PDF to your desktop, to make that page into its own separate PDF file.
Arrange thumbnail windows in Exposé
03/19/2010 | macOS
In Snow Leopard, when using Exposé to show thumbnails of all windows, press Command-1 to arrange them by name or Command-2, by application.
See when messages were transmitted during an iChat
03/18/2010 | iChat
Hover your mouse over any text balloon in an iChat chat session to show the exact date and time that text passage was sent or received during the chat.
Easily extract audio from an iMovie movie clip
03/17/2010 | iMovie
To separate the audio from video in a movie clip in iMovie '09, Control-click the clip and choose "Detach Audio" from the pop-up menu.
Create a PDF with text that cannot be copied
03/16/2010 | macOS
To create a PDF with text that cannot be copied, choose Print> PDF> Save as PDF> Security Options, then check on "Require Password to Copy Text".
Set a Keynote presentation to automatically start playing
03/15/2010 | Keynote
To set a Keynote presentation to automatically start playing when it is opened, choose Inspector> Document> Automatically play upon open.
Configure iCal to open events in separate windows
03/14/2010 | iCal
Configure iCal to open events in their own window when you double-click on them via iCal> Preferences> Advanced> Open events in separate windows.
Quickly duplicate items in the GarageBand timeline
03/13/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, press the Option key while dragging any item in your project to automatically duplicate the item within the project’s timeline.
Hide your video display in iChat
03/12/2010 | iChat
During an iChat video chat session, to turn off the small display of yourself seen in the corner of the chat window, choose Video> Hide Local Video.
Preview a Pages template before opening it
03/11/2010 | Pages
In the Template Chooser in Pages '09, hover your mouse over the thumbnail of a multi-page template to preview all of the pages contained within it.
Show detailed photo info in iPhoto
03/10/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto '09, to show more details about a selected photo such as exposure settings or camera model, choose Photos>Show Extended Photo Info.
Send a Safari web page as a Mail message
03/09/2010 | Safari
To send the entire layout of a Safari web page (including all images, links, etc.) as a message in Mail, choose File> Mail Contents of This Page, in Safari.
Do "Get Info" on multiple items simultaneously
03/08/2010 | macOS
In the Finder, to show a “Get Info” summary of all selected items, vs. each item individually, press Option and choose File> Show Inspector.
Hide or show the Apple the logo watermark in iDVD
03/07/2010 | iDVD
To hide or show the Apple logo watermark in an iDVD project, choose iDVD> Preferences> General and select or deselect “Show Apple logo watermark”.
Split regions of tracks in GarageBand
03/06/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, to split a region of a track, click on the track to select it, slide the playhead to where you want the split to occur and then choose Edit> Split.
Add attachments to Mail messages via the Dock
03/05/2010 | Mail
Drop any files (or folders) onto the Mail icon in your Dock to automatically add them as an attachment to a new, outgoing email message.
Jump ahead to the end of a movie in QuickTime Player
03/04/2010 | QuickTime
In QuickTime Player, press Option-Right Arrow to quickly jump ahead to the end of a movie.
Customize the iMovie Font Panel
03/03/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, customize the default fonts and font colors displayed in the iMovie Font Panel by changing the settings in iMovie>Preferences>Fonts.
Move an object by 10 pixels in Keynote
03/02/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to move an object by 10 pixels, select it, then hold Shift and press an arrow key.
Launch System Profiler from the Apple menu
03/01/2010 | macOS
To quickly launch System Profiler, hold the Option key and click the Apple menu. The first item, “About This Mac”, turns into “System Profiler”. Select it to launch.
Adjust print size of Numbers spreadsheets
02/28/2010 | Numbers
To print large spreadsheets from Numbers '09 onto a single page, choose View> Show Print View then slide the Content Scale, at the bottom, to adjust print size.
Find exact duplicates of songs in iTunes
02/27/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, press the Option key while doing View>Show Duplicates, to find songs that are exact duplicates (all song info matching, not just song names).
Show the number of items in the iPhoto source list
02/26/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to show the number of photos in each category in your Source list, choose iPhoto> Preferences, then click General and select “Show Item Counts”.
Move an event’s start time down by 15 minutes in iCal
02/25/2010 | iCal
In iCal, in Day view, select an event and press Control-Down Arrow to move the event’s start time down by 15 minutes.
Change your default printer
02/24/2010 | macOS
To change your default printer, open the Print & Fax system preference, Control-click the printer’s name and choose "Set Default Printer”.
Reformat font settings for incoming messages in iChat
02/23/2010 | iChat
In iChat, to override your buddies' font settings on all incoming messages, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Reformat incoming messages.
Toggle on or off font previews in Pages
02/22/2010 | Pages
In Pages, to toggle on or off font previews in the Format Bar font menu, hold the Option key, then click the menu.
Quickly open the Displays System Preference
02/21/2010 | macOS
To quickly open the Displays System Preference, hold down the Option key and press either of the brightness controls (F1 or F2) on your keyboard.
Easily export pics from Mail into iPhoto
02/20/2010 | Mail
To export pics in a Mail message directly to into iPhoto, press and hold the Save button in the Mail message and select "Add to iPhoto" from the pop-up menu.
Require password to exit a running Keynote presentation
02/19/2010 | Keynote
To require a password to exit a running Keynote presentation, choose Inspector> Document> Require password to exit show.
Print specific pages in a multi-page PDF document
02/18/2010 | Preview
In Preview, to print only certain pages of a PDF file, Command-click each page in Preview’s sidebar and then choose File> Print Selected Pages.
Set a key photo for Events in iPhoto
02/17/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, when moving your pointer over photos in Events to preview them, press the space bar to automatically set the previewed photo as the key photo.
Browse photos from a specific timeframe in iMovie
02/16/2010 | iMovie
In the iMovie photo browser, check on the "Show photos within" option to only display photos taken around the same time as your selected events.
Open a Microsoft Word document with TextEdit
02/15/2010 | TextEdit
In TextEdit, to open a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) document, drag and drop it onto the TextEdit icon in your Dock.
Specify Spotlight's default seach location
02/14/2010 | Spotlight
To set Spotlight's default search location (search this Mac, the current folder, or the previous search location) chose Finder> Preferences> Advanced, then select an option for “When performing a search”.
Access Front Row using just the keyboard
02/13/2010 | macOS
To launch Front Row without an Apple Remote, press Command+Escape. Use the up/down arrows, and Return to browse and play media and Escape to exit.
Quickly adjust the Viewer window size in iMovie
02/12/2010 | iMovie
In iMovie '09, use the keyboard shortcut Command-8, 9, or 0 to make the Viewer (preview) window small, medium or large; or use the menu, Window>Viewer.
Zoom more in Places in iPhoto
02/11/2010 | iPhoto
When viewing Places in satellite or hybrid view in iPhoto '09, click the + to the right of the slider to zoom in 4X more than the slider's maximum magnification level.
Easily put files back that were accidentally moved to Trash
02/10/2010 | macOS
In Snow Leopard, an item put in the Trash can be returned to its original location by Command-clicking it and choosing “Put Back” from the pop-up menu.
Quickly name files in any Save dialog box
02/09/2010 | macOS
In any Save dialog box, click the grayed-out name of a file listed in the expanded view to use that name for the file you are currently saving.
Quickly find word definitions in Safari
02/08/2010 | Safari
In Safari, to quickly find the definition of a word, hover over the word and press Control-Command-D to pop up its definition.
Edit and preview multiple photos in iPhoto
02/07/2010 | iPhoto
Command-click on multiple photos in iPhoto, then click the Edit button in the toolbar, to edit and preview all of them, at once.
Teach the Mac OS X dictionary new words
02/06/2010 | Dictionary
To teach the built-in Mac OS X spell checker new words (such as proper names), Control-click the word and choose "Learn Spelling".
Resize photos inserted into Mail messages
02/05/2010 | Mail
When composing a Mail message with photos, click the Image Size pop-up in the lower right corner to automatically resize them.
Open an iTunes playlist in its own window
02/04/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes, to open a playlist in its own floating window, double-click its icon.
Preview themes in Keynote '09
02/03/2010 | Keynote
When browsing themes with the new Theme Chooser in Keynote '09, hover your mouse over one to preview all slides in that theme.
Share files using iChat Theater
02/02/2010 | iChat
In an iChat AV video conference drag and drop any file to the bottom half of the video window to share it using iChat Theater.
Move to the first item in the previous category in Spotlight
02/01/2010 | Spotlight
In the Spotlight menu, press Command-Up Arrow to move to the first item in the previous category of found items.
Move an object by 1 pixel in Keynote
01/31/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to move an object by 1 pixel, select it, then press an arrow key.
Change the position of the icons in your Mac’s menu bar
01/30/2010 | macOS
To move one of the icons (known as "menu extras") in your menu bar just click and drag it while holding down the Command key.
Customize your toolbar buttons in iPhoto '09
01/29/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto '09, to add or remove buttons from your toolbar, choose View> Show in Toolbar, then select what buttons are displayed.
Re-scan for missing faces in iPhoto '09 photos
01/28/2010 | iPhoto
Control-click a photo in iPhoto '09 and choose "Detect Missing Faces" to rescan it for faces which were previously not identified.
Add a column before another column in a table in Keynote
01/27/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to add a column before another column in a table, select any cell, then Control-click the cell again and choose "Add Column Before" from the pop-up menu.
Quickly save receipts from online purchases as PDF files
01/26/2010 | Safari
When printing a web receipt from Safari, click PDF>Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder, to save it into that folder in your Documents folder.
View images in Mail as a slideshow
01/25/2010 | Mail
When viewing a Mail message containing images, Option-click the Quick Look button in the header, to view them as a slideshow.
Import photos from an iPhone or camera directly into Preview
01/24/2010 | iPhoto
Use Preview in Snow Leopard to import images directly from a connected iPhone or digital camera via File>Import from Camera.
Use Exposé inside of Spaces
01/23/2010 | macOS
When viewing all of your Spaces, you can use Exposé to show every window within each space by pressing Fn-F9 on your keyboard.
Turn font previews on or off in Keynote '09
01/22/2010 | Keynote
When using the Format Bar in Keynote '09 press the Option key then click the font list to toggle the font previews on or off.
Adjust the duration for all photos in an iMovie project
01/21/2010 | iMovie
To adjust the duration of every photo in an iMovie project all at once, choose File> Project Properties> Timing then Photo Duration.
Quickly select or deselect calendars in iCal
01/20/2010 | iCal
Command-click on any calendar (either stored on your Mac or subscribed to) in iCal to select or deselect all of them at once.
Use the Tab key and Spacebar to navigate through dialog boxes
01/19/2010 | macOS
In a dialog box, press the Tab key to jump through each button choice. When desired button is selected, press Space to activate.
Bypass automatic login into iChat when it opens
01/18/2010 | iChat
If "Log in automatically when iChat opens" is on in iChat> Preferences> Accounts, hold Shift & open iChat, to temporarily turn it off.
Combine multiple Events in iPhoto into a single event
01/17/2010 | iPhoto
In iPhoto, to combine multiple events together into a single event, Command-click on each event then choose Events > Merge Events.
Change a button in the Loop Browser in GarageBand
01/16/2010 | GarageBand
In GarageBand, to change a button in the Loop Browser to a different instrument or genre, Control-click it and choose an option from the pop-up menu.
Take a picture of a window in Preview
01/15/2010 | Preview
In Preview, to take a picture of a window, choose File> Take Screen Shot> From Window.
Change an item's media kind in iTunes
01/14/2010 | iTunes
To change an item's media kind (audiobook, podcast, etc.) in iTunes 9, select it, choose File>Get Info then choose Options> Media Kind.
Quickly look up the spelling of words
01/13/2010 | macOS
In most Mac apps, if you cannot remember how to spell a word type a few letters then press Esc for a pop-up list of suggestions.
Add iTunes radio station streams to playlists
01/12/2010 | iTunes
To save a stream from the list of radio stations in your iTunes Library>Radio simply drag it to your Playlists in the sidebar.
Quickly empty locked items in the Trash
01/11/2010 | macOS
Hold down the Option key while emptying the trash to automatically empty everything in it, including items that may be locked.
Create a free-floating table in Pages '09
01/10/2010 | Pages
Option-click the Table button in Pages '09 to create a free-floating, custom-sized, table (instead of the default-sized one).
Password-protect a slideshow in Keynote
01/09/2010 | Keynote
In Keynote, to add a password to a slideshow, show the Inspector, click the Document inspector, click Document, then select "Require password to open”.
Move all similar documents in Spaces
01/08/2010 | macOS
When setting up your Spaces, hold the Shift key and drag a document window to move all similar documents into a space at once.
View photo GPS metadata in Preview
01/07/2010 | Preview
If you open a photo containing GPS metadata in Preview, view its GPS coordinate info via Tools>Show Inspector>More Info>GPS.
Use Quick Look to show a photo slideshow
01/06/2010 | macOS
To show a full-screen slideshow of photos in the Finder, select them then type Command-Option-Y to do a Quick Look slideshow.
Quickly resize columns in iTunes
01/05/2010 | iTunes
In iTunes list view, Control-click on a column heading and choose "Auto Size All Columns" to resize all of the columns to fit.
Convert a Pages document to plain text format
01/04/2010 | Pages
To convert a Pages '09 document to plain text, removing any text formatting, choose File> Export and click the Plain Text button.
Quickly jump to the last thumbnail in Photo Booth
01/03/2010 | Photo Booth
In Photo Booth, to quickly jump to the last snapshot or video clip in your thumbnails, press Fn-Right Arrow.
Show audio when trimming video with QuickTime X
01/02/2010 | QuickTime
When trimming a video clip with QuickTime X in Snow Leopard, press the Option key to show the audio waveform in the timeline.
Quickly duplicate items in the Finder
01/01/2010 | macOS
In the Finder, to duplicate a file (or folder), hold Option while dragging it from one location to another, on the same drive.