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productivity

How to change the name of lots of files in OSX

I discovered this little application a while ago called ‘namechanger’.  It allows you to automatically change the name of a large number of files in one go.  It has lots of options. You can add something to the start of filenames or to the end. You can do search and replace of filenames. You can remove characters, add in a date or add in a sequence of numbers. It’s very handy.  You can download it from here: https://mrrsoftware.com/namechanger/

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productivity

How to get a new file menu inOS X using right click

Summary: This great little app (costs $2.99) allows you to right-click in any folder and make a new document.

Windows users will be used to the ability to right-click anywhere and make a new file. Unfortunately you cannot do this on a Mac.  For many years I have had a quicksilver shortcut which allows me to do this, but ‘New File Menu’ is a new app that is a lot simpler and has more options. After you install it whenever you right-click your mouse it adds an extra option to the contextual menu that allows you to create a new file.  As you can see in the example above I have two choices available “text file” and “pages document” but you can choose how many documents you want available in the menu.

To customise the menu you need to run the application. The you just select the files that you’d like to have in the menu. I only have 4 selected – A text file, Pages, Word and rtf. This keeps the menu nice and small.

New File Menu

 

Click here  to go to the App Store and download the  New File Menu App.

 

 

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publishing

How to type the copyright symbol “©” on a Mac

To type the copyright symbol simply hold down the option key and press the ‘g’ key. Option-g will type the copyright symbol in any program. This works in Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word, Keynote etc.

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internet

How to bookmark lots of tabs at once in safari

safari

Have you ever searched the internet with lots of webpages open at once? You could be doing research or booking a holiday, you might even have ten pages open at once. Then, all of a sudden, you get interrupted and have to do something else. Don’t worry, you can bookmark all of your tabs at once to have them saved and ready to go for next time.

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tips

Safari Surfer Ninja

safari

When you see a Jacki Chan movie, his hands move so fast you can barely see them. With a couple of tricks, you can search the internet so fast you’ll be a Safari Surfer Ninja. Here’s a quick way to open a new tab and start a new google search for any word or phrase on a webpage.

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productivity

Make your own keyboard shortcuts

keyboard

Here’s how to customise your own Keyboard shortcuts for any OSX application menus.

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OS X

How to edit or remove your menu bar items quickly

Menu Bar

If you hold down the APPLE (COMMAND) key while you click on an icon in the menu bar,  you can move it.

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beginners

Getting Started: The Control Key

On a Macintosh the control key has two main uses.

Firstly, when using the mouse, if you hold down the control key while you click the mouse it gives you a contextual menu – a mini menu related to what you are doing at the time. Try it now – hold down the control key and click somewhere in this window. A menu will appear! This is exactly the same as a right-click with the mouse. The control key was more important in the days when Apple computers just had a one button mouse.