Aimee (firedawn) wrote in win_to_mac,
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A post of handy tips.

I converted to Mac earlier this year and spent months figuring out the quirks of it, and trying out (and deleting) a million apps, before I got a work environment I felt was optimal and got the most out of my Macbook. Here I've written a quick guide to tips for handy apps on your Mac, whether you are a new user or not. Hopefully, this will help you and introduce you to some apps you didn't know about before.

This is part one. Part 2 to come later.

In this post: text editing options, basic optimizing, school work organizing, deleting Apps cleanly, and more.

Download Quicksilver.

Quicksilver is a wonderful, wonderful app, and no one should be without it. I and many others swear by it---it's a handy little app, and you can set its little window to boot up with a certain key command (say, ctrl-space). Once you boot up, you can type anything you want, whether it be "Microsoft Word," or looking up any given file name. This is like Spotlight here, only on crack.

Once you have found your file through Quicksilver you can choose from a series of options on the lower half of your little window---you can move the file or resize it, or rename it, or open an email file/draft with the file as attachment, all from Quicksilver and without a single mouse click.

If you are an addict of the keyboard like me or have back problems and want to minimize your mouse usage, this is the app for you. Even if you don't mind using the app, this is great. You can search through iTunes artists, play with shuffle or skipping songs and so on, all without really leaving your current work environment, whether that be a school paper on Word or your financial accounts on Excel. You're also not limited to just one file----if you want to move a bunch of files into one folder, from different directories, simply type in all the file names (or part of them, enough for QS to find the app), separated by comma, and you can do whatever you want with it.

This app has a pretty steep learning curve---I'm still getting used to it myself. But rest assured, there are plenty of tips and guides available online.

Other little things:

- If you hate Dashboard as much as I do (you cannot turn it off unless you turn off the Dock process and reboot that), you'll be happy to know that QS comes with a handy little calculator.
- QS was a bit buggy in previous Mac versions, but it runs fine on my most recent Tiger OSX.
- There are any number of open-source, user-created plugins (hey, just like Firefox!) that can help you make your life easier on your computer.

( And the rest are under this handy fake cut. )
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