How To Enable Text Copying In OS X’s Quick Look

mac-finder-logoQuick Look is a feature that was introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and has remained part of the operating system since, receiving a facelift in the latest release, Mac OS X 10.7.

If you’re browsing through your files in Finder and you’d like to preview a file before opening it, you can simply hit the spacebar and see it without opening a full program. You can’t, however, copy text from within that file. Not by default anyway. [Read more…]

Are You Running Out Of Hard Disk Storage Space? Check Your Cache Files!

CleanMyPC-LogoDigital storage space has become less of an issue in the past few years. You can pick up a 2TB hard drive for next to nothing and add it to existing collections of storage, with the potential of a RAID array consisting of enough space to hold an entire Blu-ray movie collection.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for solid state drives. Although these new storage drives are coming down in price compared to what they cost at this point a couple of years ago, they aren’t cheap enough for you to be truly frivolous with your data. [Read more…]

How To Remove Reverse Scrolling In Mac OS X Lion

lion-natural-scrolling-trackpadLove it or hate it, reverse scrolling looks like it’s here to stay – on Apple devices at least – with the feature being used not only on iOS devices, but also computers shipping with Mac OS X Lion.

If you don’t like the new scrolling direction in Lion, then you can still change it back to the way it was in Snow Leopard and earlier without any trouble through System Preferences. [Read more…]

How To Show The Path Bar In A Mac Finder Window

mac-finder-logoThere’s nothing more annoying than getting lost in a confusing hierarchy of files and folders and more files and more folders. After all, you’re just running a computer, not a battle cruiser.

If you ever find yourself lost whilst browsing files on your Mac, you may struggle to get back to where you want to be, because the path bar isn’t shown by default in your Finder windows. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to enable it. [Read more…]

How To Copy Files And Settings Between Windows PCs With Easy Transfer

Windows_Easy_Transfer_LogoMoving from one computer to another or upgrading your present computer is a laborious task at best. Going through each file manually to make sure you have all your documents, music and photos is just the start. What about all those bookmarks you have? What about your settings that have your PC running just as you want it to?

Under a regular backup, even when using a program such as Cloudberry or Carbonite, these things would often be forgotten, but if you’re moving from one Windows computer to another then you can make use of Windows Easy Transfer instead. [Read more…]

Lion In The Spotlight: How To Use Signature Capture In Preview

mac-preview-iconIf you’re creating a document to send to a lot of recipients, signing it can be a huge hassle. You could scan in a piece of paper with your signature written on it but that never works too well, leaving you with the option of signing each copy of the letter or signing one copy and then making a photocopy from the original.

Here’s a better idea: why don’t you take advantage of that FaceTime HD camera sitting comfortably at the top of that new Mac of yours? You can now use Preview in Lion to ‘scan’ in your signature from a piece of paper just by holding it over your webcam, and it works pretty well! [Read more…]

Lion In The Spotlight: How To Perform A Clean Install Of Mac OS X Lion From A USB Flash Drive

os-x-lionApple’s latest version of Mac OS X, Lion, was released on the App Store today where you can buy it for £25. For most people, this is a really convenient way to buy an operating system, providing you have a fast enough internet connection, as it saves you a trip to the Apple store to buy the boxed version, which can sometimes be a pain if there isn’t one near and you have to wait for it to arrive at your home.

For power users though, being restricted to an application for an OS install is somewhat restricting, as it means that you can’t install it on to a new hard drive without first installing Snow Leopard. Don’t you think that’s a bit… backwards? I did, so instead of upgrading I chose to find a way to install it without the need for any application file. Care to know how it’s done? Let’s check it out! [Read more…]

How To Manage Your Fonts In Mac OS X

font-book-logo-macFonts are often overlooked on our computers. We accept what we have, we keep what we don’t like, and more often than not we use a horrific Comic Sans like font for most of our documents. This is not the way things should be.

With so many fonts available on the internet and a really easy font manager in Mac OS X, it couldn’t be easier to get your documents looking great. If you have a spare 15 or so minutes, then consider taking a bit of time out from your day and getting things in order. Here’s how you do it! [Read more…]

How To Securely Empty Your Mac’s Trash

mac-trashDid you know that when you empty the Trash on your Mac, there’s still a chance that your sensitive data can be accessed? It’s the same when you delete something in the Recycle Bin in Windows: although it looks as thought the file has gone, someone with the right knowledge can still rescue it from the grave and find it lurking on your hard drive until it’s physically overwritten by new data.

If you are working on a sensitive project or want to delete personal information securely, then you will want to securely empty the Trash, which overwrites the data several times after “deleting” it. Fortunately, it’s easily done, so let’s take a look. [Read more…]

How To Speed Up iTunes In Windows And Mac OS X

itunes-10-logoiTunes, on it’s day, can be a great piece of software. It keeps your entire music collection tagged, monitored and art-worked – with a little help from you of course – and it also places a music store right on your computer that integrates with your library seamlessly when you download a track. You can manage playlists, create smart playlists and even get recommended songs, but do you need all of this functionality?

On a bad day, iTunes can be buggy and slow your computer down to a crawl if you aren’t running the latest hardware. With a few simple changes, though, you can have it running in the background without worrying about your CPU cycles too much! [Read more…]