I love to work with Mac OSX. Few days before, I came across the Tips and Tricks of OSX in Stack Exchange answers. It is mind blowing and has lot more stuff to learn. I like to share tips and tricks that I like and using regularly.
When you are in
Finder and wanted to check the content of a file, you typically double click the item. Instead you can hit the
Spacebar to have quick look. It is much faster than opening the file.
Spotlight Search can be opened by hitting
⌘ + space.
The Spotlight search can also handle simple mathematical expressions. You can type any simple math expression, it will give you the answer.
By default, The
Finder hide the hidden files which starts with .(dot). To set
Finder to show hidden files, run following command in the terminal
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE killall Finder
Finder. Now it will show hidden files.
You can use
⌘ + ⇧ + . that will show hidden files in any file-open dialog box.
In Finder window or Open/Save dialog,
⌘ + ⇧ + G - Get a location bar from which you can type ⌘ + I - Info window shows for the selected item. ⌘ + F - Cursor jumps to the Find text field ⌘ + R - Reveals the selected item in a new Finder window.
In Open/Save dialog,
⌘ + D - Selects the Desktop folder as a destination
When you do presentation or in meeting, you do not want others to see your desktop. You can use following commands to hide and show desktop icons.
To Hide Desktop icons
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder
To Show Desktop icons
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true && killall Finder
You can use following shortcuts to take screenshots. Kudos to screenshot-secret
⌘+⇧+3 - Capture entire screen and save as a file
⌘+ctrl+⇧+3 - Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard
⌘+⇧+4 - Capture dragged area and save as a file
⌘+ctrl+⇧+4 - Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard
⌘+⇧+4 then space - Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file
⌘+ctrl+⇧+4 then space - Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard
You may want to copy output of some command to clipboard, then use
echo "I am going to clipboard" | pbcopy
Save clipboard contents to file
pbpaste > myfile.txt
Start a quick web server by
python -m SimpleHTTPServer
It will start web server port 8000 and serve files in the current directory. To start in a specific port
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080
You can use
open command to open any application and any file.
open . # Open current folder in the Finder. open -a Firefox # To open application. Use -a option open ticket.pdf # To open a file. It will open PDF in default application.
For Non-English speaker like me, it always find difficulties in pronouncing the word :) You can use
say to know how to pronounce
say Hello World
⌥ while clicking menu bar icon will give you additional menu items.
Option ⌥ + Click Battery Menulet, it will show battery condition.
Have a nice day.