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OS X Lion Tips & Tricks thread

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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:


[b]Disable Resume on a per-app basis[/b]
You can disable resume on an per-app basis by locking the folder inside [i]~/Library/Saved Application State[/i] (~ = 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.


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

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

[code]chflags hidden ~/Library[/code]


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

[img]http://i55.tinypic.com/33p93za.png[/img]

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

[i]2.[/i] 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.

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

End result:
[img]http://i55.tinypic.com/33mx7h2.jpg[/img]

[b]Remove Finder sidebar items[/b]
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.

[color="#FF0000"][b]Hide apps from Launchpad[/b][/color]
You can use this tool to hide apps from Launchpad.

http://chaosspace.de/dev/launchpad-control-hide-apps-from-launchpad/

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[b]Quick Close full Screen Apps:[/b]
very simple, its just command+w

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[b]Get QuickTime Player 7 Pro back[/b]
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 [i]/Applications/Utilities[/i]

[img]http://i54.tinypic.com/amco68.png[/img]

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[b]Quickly launch an app without its saved state[/b]
Hold down shift before clicking its dock icon

[b]Disable new window animations[/b]
In Terminal:

[code]defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO[/code]

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

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

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/mBt5o.png[/IMG]

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

[img]http://i.imgur.com/DnWOD.png[/img]

[img]http://i.imgur.com/WnKdz.png[/img]

[b]Always show full conversation view in Mail[/b]
Preferences -> Viewing

[img]http://i.imgur.com/VapwF.png[/img]

[b]Enable the archive feature in Mail[/b]
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.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/YtF8v.png[/img]

[b]Improve font smoothing on secondary third party LCDs[/b]
In Terminal:

[code]defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2[/code]

Before/After

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/ZrlKn.png[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/aWjAt.png[/IMG]

[b]Use the "arrange" Finder toolbar button to "sort" instead[/b]
Hold down option before clicking

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/u7kMs.png[/IMG]

[b]Quickly access the now hidden library directory[/b]
Hold down option in the "Go' menu

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/ofYKy.png[/IMG]

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

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/ugyZa.png[/IMG]

[b]"Application window" dock expos

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

[attachment=295040:Screen Shot 2011-07-20 at 20.30.57 .png]


[attachment=295042:Screen Shot 2011-07-20 at 20.32.31 .png]


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

[attachment=295044:Screen Shot 2011-07-20 at 20.33.33 .png]


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

[attachment=295046:Screen Shot 2011-07-20 at 20.33.38 .png]


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

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

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[quote name='ObiWanToby' timestamp='1311219975' post='594176414']
Application Window Dock Expose, I do not get it. I can't get it to work. Two finger tap right?
[/quote]
Two finger double tap, sorry.

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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.

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

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[quote name='Nidoking' timestamp='1311219627' post='594176400']

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

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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?

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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

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[quote name='offroadaaron' timestamp='1311223733' post='594176478']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.[/quote]
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.com/app/menu-eclipse-2/id420041409?mt=12 - this version does not support it yet)

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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.

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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?)

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Useful information. Thanks. :)

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[quote name='migo' timestamp='1311246992' post='594177072']
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?)
[/quote]
I couldn't figure out how to make apps launch in a user-defined space (or Desktop, as they're now known) without actually launching it first. Once I did, though, you can secondary click on the Dock icon, go to Options -> Assign To:

[attachment=295208:Screen Shot 2011-07-21 at 12.00.29 .png]


The only thing I preferred in the older Spaces preferences was you could simply drag and drop app icons, without even opening them, onto whatever space you wanted. This seems impossible to do in Lion.

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So it seems that full screen apps go into their own desktop, sadly hovering over the desktop just takes you straight to it rather than having the opportunity to preview it, so you've just got a thumbnail to work with.

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Hi,

What was the conclusion and perhaps solution on using a locale like danish or dutch on the login screen despite the OS itself being in the english language? I'm seeing US English locale for the time on the login screen and I'm using a danish keyboard layout and danish metrics. The Language is set up as Denmark - Danish.

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Use the Maximiser app by chpwn to add Full Screen functionality to all apps, works great in Chrome - [url="http://chpwn.com/apps/maximizer.html"]Maximiser[/url]

[attachment=295244:Screen Shot 2011-07-22 at 12.50.45.png]

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Since we are asking questions, is there a way to get Rosetta back on Lion? I want to be able to play the Sims Complete Collection!! :'( lol

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[b]Quick Look Spotlight search results[/b]
Hover over a search result in the Spotlight menu to get a Quick Look pop-up window.

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[quote name='mattking' timestamp='1311241110' post='594176904']
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.
[/quote]

I haven't been able to figure this one out.. I did find out that you can drag your hard disks to the favorites section and eliminate the Devices section - Optical drives, I think, will still show up. The Computer device can't be moved up into Favorites - or can it? You try it out :)

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[quote name='allan.nyholm' timestamp='1311340588' post='594180768']
I haven't been able to figure this one out.. I did find out that you can drag your hard disks to the favorites section and eliminate the Devices section - Optical drives, I think, will still show up. The Computer device can't be moved up into Favorites - or can it? You try it out :)
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This is pretty much the only thing I want to do to Lion.

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Awesome tips. Keep 'em coming!

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