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#1 .Neo

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:26

Since Apple officially released Mac OS X Lion today I thought it would be nice to have an official thread that contains all Tips & Tricks, rather than having to skim through tons of pages in different threads.

I'll start off with a few of my own:


Disable Resume on a per-app basis
You can disable resume on an per-app basis by locking the folder inside ~/Library/Saved Application State (~ = Home folder) that corresponds with it. You guys might find this useful if you're looking after disabling resume for - let's say - TextEdit only, rather than system-wide.


Make the ~/Library folder visible again
Launch Terminal located in /Applications/Utilities or via Spotlight, type in the below command and hit return.

chflags nohidden ~/Library
Alternatively you can hide it again by typing in

chflags hidden ~/Library


Get Drag Lock back when using a trackpad
Apple moved the Drag Lock preference from the Trackpad preference pane to Universal Access. Go to System Preferences > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options...

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Change the Dashboard space background pattern
What to do:
1. Replace pirelli.png in /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources with a desktop picture of choice. Be sure the image matches the exact resolution of your screen and has a dpi of 720.

2. Make a second version of the desktop picture only this time 256 x 144 pixels in size (might depend on your Mac though) and replace mini_pirelli.png also located in the same directory as above. That way the background in Mission Control also gets changed.

3. Restart Dock.app using Activity Monitor or Terminal and repair disk permissions afterwards with Disk Utility.

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Remove Finder sidebar items
In Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.7 you now have to hold down the command key on your keyboard in order to remove items from the Finder sidebar.

Hide apps from Launchpad
You can use this tool to hide apps from Launchpad.

http://chaosspace.de...from-launchpad/


#2 The Protagonist

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:40

Quick Close full Screen Apps:
very simple, its just command+w

#3 OP .Neo

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:52

Get QuickTime Player 7 Pro back
Insert your Mac OS X Snow Leopard disc, go to the Optional Installs folder and double-click the Optional Installs installer. In the "Customize..." section you can select QuickTime 7. Alternatively you can also go to the below link and download the installer directly from Apple.

http://support.apple.com/kb/dl923

After installing the package you'll find QuickTime Player 7 in /Applications/Utilities

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#4 vetgiga

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:24

Quickly launch an app without its saved state
Hold down shift before clicking its dock icon

Disable new window animations
In Terminal:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

Remove items from the Finder sidebar
Hold CMD and drag them out. Or go to Finder preferences.

Move downloaded items directly from Safari
In the Downloads popover, click and drag the icon of the downloaded item

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Show file name and location information in Quick Look popovers
Hold CMD (file name) or CMD+OPT (file location).

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Always show full conversation view in Mail
Preferences -> Viewing

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Enable the archive feature in Mail
Right click the toolbar, click customize, and add the archive button. A folder named "Archive" will be created and your messages will be kept there and out of your inbox.

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Improve font smoothing on secondary third party LCDs
In Terminal:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Before/After

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Use the "arrange" Finder toolbar button to "sort" instead
Hold down option before clicking

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Quickly access the now hidden library directory
Hold down option in the "Go' menu

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"Cut and paste" with the keyboard
After a CMD+C, use OPT+CMD+V to "paste"

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"Application window" dock exposé
Two finger double tap on the dock icon.

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Access the lookup pane
Triple tap or use CTRL+CMD+D on a word. View the full list by clicking inside the appropriate section.

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Expand grouped application windows in Mission Control
Scroll up with your mouse or trackpad

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#5 +Quillz

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:40

You can hide System Preferences icons you don't use often or ever...

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(NOTE: You can also click and hold on the "Show All" toolbar button in the actual app window.)

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(Just check off the ones you want to hide...)

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Reverse the steps to bring them back, or just use the menu or the "Show All" button.

#6 ObiWanToby

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:46

Application Window Dock Expose, I do not get it. I can't get it to work. Two finger tap right?

#7 vetgiga

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:48

Application Window Dock Expose, I do not get it. I can't get it to work. Two finger tap right?

Two finger double tap, sorry.

#8 Shadrack

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:07

Wow! Great tips guys! Anyone know of a way to enable pinch-to-zoom on my magic mouse? I kinda want to trade in my magic mouse for a trackpad...blah. oh well.

#9 hyphyy

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:23

Wow wow wow! This makes me want to download Lion ASAP. Just got to wait for the paycheck this Friday… :D

#10 Shadrack

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:36

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Reverse the steps to bring them back, or just use the menu or the "Show All" button.


You kinda have to click-and-hold on the show all for the other hidden pref panes to be listed. I was really confused at first because the button appears to be greyed out. But I figured it out :D.

#11 offroadaaron

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:48

I know this is a bit much to ask but ever since I have used Mac OS I have wanted to have an autohide menu bar - I would love if it functioned like when you're using full screen apps.

Anyone know if there is any way to get this happening?

#12 Bad Booster

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:14

Excellent tips, some of them will make the transition from Snow Leo to Lion much more easy.

Only wish if Mission Control would keep apps more well organized like Expose in Snow Leo

#13 Miuku.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:22

I know this is a bit much to ask but ever since I have used Mac OS I have wanted to have an autohide menu bar - I would love if it functioned like when you're using full screen apps.

In Snow Leopard (according to Menu Eclipse developer) this was a no go for some reason - he might implement that in the next version since Lion supports it ( http://itunes.apple....420041409?mt=12 - this version does not support it yet)

#14 mattking

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:38

Here's one to figure out, how do you reorganise the finder's sidebar so you can get shared and devices above favourites as in Snow Leopard.

#15 migo

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:16

Since we're asking questions, any easy way to make applications launch in a new space (or automatically organise them so it's one application per space?)