Posts Tagged ‘osx’

Techie Tip of the Week: Mac Users – Change the Order of Icons in the Menu Bar

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Mac users – ever want to change the order of the icons of the applications in the menu bar? Want, for example, to move the date/time toolbar menu item to a different spot?

Here’s how!

  1. Log into your computer.
  2. Command-click and drag the icon from its current position to the desired position.

The icon will now be in the new spot!

Techie Tip of the Week: Show Hidden Files

Friday, September 21st, 2012

By default, your operating system hides certain files — generally related to the system operations, user preferences, and other files that most users would not need (or want) to see in a particular folder.

Suppose you DO want to view these hidden files. Maybe you want to edit the .htaccess file used to manipulate web servers (e.g., restricting access) on your Mac or Windows machine. Or you want to see or edit the library files used by the programs installed on your computer. Or you want to make sure that malicious users haven’t sneaked in a virus by making it hidden. How do you change your computer’s settings to allow users to view hidden files?

Windows Users

To view hidden files on Windows 7/Vista/XP:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. In Windows 7 or Vista, click Appearance and Personalization.
    In Windows XP, click Appearance and Themes.
  4. Click Folder Options.
  5. Click the View tab.
  6. In Windows 7 or Vista, in Advanced settings, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
    In Windows XP, in Hidden Files and Folders, click Show hidden files and folders.
  7. Click OK.

Mac Users

To view hidden files on a machine running Mac OS X (including Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion):

  1. Launch the Terminal application (Application >; Utilities >; Terminal).
  2. Enter the following command and press return:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
  3. Enter the following command and press return:
    killall Finder
Note: To re-hide hidden files, enter the following command and press return:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Techie Tip of the Week: Mac Users – Save Searches Using Smart Folders!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Mac OS X makes it relatively simple to save a search for later reuse.

Why would you want to save a search? Suppose you find yourself wishing to quickly and easily find all of the photos you took within the last week, or the MS word docs you’ve opened within the last 2 days, or you want to easily find every file your boss has written. By saving that search you’ll save time and energy the next time you want to find similar items.

Note: on a Mac, a saved search is known as a “Smart Folder”

To set up a Smart Folder:

  1. In Finder, click File, and then click New Smart Folder.
  2. Refine the criteria for your search by clicking the + button to add a criterion or the button to delete one
  3. Check Add to Sidebar.
  4. Click Save.

The smart folder appears in the sidebar (in any Finder window, on the left side). Click it to view the files on your computer that match the criteria you had entered.