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Hello my freinds. I'm a newbie here. Looks like some very smart individuals on here, so I picked this forum for advice. I have a couple or more quick questions I'll post in this thread.

1. I screwed my Stickies up. I have the icon with 3 stickies, but I cant do anything with them...no new ones, can't resize or edit text,..ect. How can I re-set them?

2. I downloaded Google Earth, and have used it, but during the download, it asked me to drag Google Earth to my hard drive How can I do that? Every time I go to use it, the 2 icons keep coming up that say...Drag Google Earth to hard drive / double click the plug in to install it.....I don't want the Google Chrome that is offered on the same box.

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Number One
First, copy this file
HD/Users/YourUserName/Library/StickiesDatabase
to an external drive or storage device to preserve the content of any saved Stickies. (I think!)

Then move this file
HD/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Stickies.plist
to your Desktop.

Now open Stickies. If it works, but you don't have your saved Stickies, close it, and copy the first file back to that location. Try again.

Hope this helps.

Number Two
I don't know. But, it sounds like you're running it from the downloaded disk image, and you haven't installed it. You should drag the one you want to the Applications folder. (HD/Applications)

HD=root level: the icon in the upper right corner.
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1. I didn't save the first file you posted because I don't have anything in Stickies I needed to save.
I highlighted the second file and dragged it to my desk top, but it won't open for some reason. Arrrg. I need stickies to keep my notes.

2. Google Earth seems to be working now, but how do I keep the icon in the bottom at all times so I don't have to go into apps to get it?

PS: I've only had my mac for 3 days now, so I'm basically starting from scratch. That will explain my inability to do simple things here. I think I'll take off with it onceI get a start. Thanks for being patient.
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Drag the Google Earth icon from your applications folder to your dock, then right click on the icon and choose 'Keep in Dock
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I have nothing on my right click on the mouse.
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You have to enable right clicking in System Preferences, which is found under the Apple menu at the top left of your menu bar, or it might still be in your Dock at the bottom of your screen and to the right. In System Preferences go to Hardware>Mouse and choose "Secondary Button" from the drop down menu that corresponds with the right button. You can also enable the trackpad to "double click" by enabling Two Fingers>Secondary Tap.

To add an application, folder or anything else to your Dock, just drag its icon from the Finder to whatever position you want it to be in. Or as mentioned you can open the application, right click on its icon in the Dock and choose "Keep In Dock".

If you're new to Mac, I would recommend exploring System Preferences so you can customize things exactly the way you want them to be. For instance, you don't have to have the Dock showing all the time. You can turn hiding on so that it only appears when you move the mouse pointer near the bottom of your screen. Things like that.

Another good place to start customizing things is in the Preferences of almost every application menu. With an application open, click on the application name in the menu bar at the top and there should be a Preferences option that will control how the application behaves. And of course, don't forget to actually quit the application when you're done, as opposed to merely closing the window.
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Wow, it worked! Thanks so much, you have helped me a lot. Now if I could just get my stickies working again. Any advice on that?
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Now if I could just get my stickies working again. Any advice on that?
Is Stickies in your HD/Applications folder?

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Drag the Google Earth icon from your applications folder to your dock, then right click on the icon and choose 'Keep in Dock
That combines two methods. First one: stop after Drag... to your dock.

Second one, this:

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you can open the application, right click on its icon in the Dock and choose "Keep In Dock".
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I found my stickies database here in my users / library, but I tried opening it and it doesn't open.
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I found my stickies database here in my users / library, but I tried opening it and it doesn't open.
Try right clicking on it and select Open with Other, and then open it with TextEdit.

Good luck!

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I found my stickies database here in my users / library, but I tried opening it and it doesn't open.
Your not trying to open the StickiesDataBase.

You want to follow these instructions
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HD/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Stickies.plist
to your desktop. Now leave it there and dont touch it. Go and now click on the Stickies icon in the Dock/Applications folder and open it. You should see it open now in the dock with a indicator under it letting you know its open. If it does open then the .plist you put on your desktop you can trash it as Stickies generated a new one once it launched

It wont automatically open the Sticky either. Now go to the TOP menubar and it should say Stickies ?? If it does cmd>N (keyboard Shortcut) and a new Sticky will appear . . .

HTH

PS you seem very NoOB so if you have a read this post of mine, it should help you with the Mac 101 things and more

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Hi and welcome to M-F Kobe

Have a look at these for starters .....
Mac Switching 101

Mac 101

MacTricksAndTips ~ 100 Essential Mac Apps

Mac OS Menu Bar Items


So there is a bit of reading there. As i goes for Apps we dont know what you are into, but ill list a few that most people have and you can look them up in the 100 Essential Apps URL i gave ...

Adium ~ Chat Client
Growl Notifications
SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner ~ Both make bootable copies of your HD
HandBrake ~ Video Converting
Burn ~ As it says A Burning App
Transmission ~ p2p client
Skitch ~ Screen capture and more
VLC ~ Video player that plays most codecs and does a lot more
Perian and Flip4Mac Makes watching certain codecs easier ... This is Essential IMHO
Audacity ~ Play with Music App
CandyBar ~ Mods all your icons, and dock
MainMenu or Oynx ~ Does the same as Disk utility only more thorough
Quicksilver ~ Works like Spotlight but way way better and does so much more
StuffitExpander ~ Opens Zip and rar files and more
Lil Snitch ~ Firewall type App that looks at your incoming and outgoing traffic
and last but certainly not least .....
AppTrap ~ Once installed it sits in System Preferences and deletes all associated files of anything that you put in the trash ...

Should keep you busy for a while lol
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OK, I did all that, and this is my screen now. Now the status is:
Stickies open from the bottom menu bar (Yellow seen on left) They are functional now.
The other stickies icon to the right of the big stickies.......So I'm just wondering why the icon is even there if I already have one in the bottom menu. It won't let me delete it.
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Well done.

You need to get your terminology right here. The bar at the far top is called "MenuBar and the *bottom menubar* is called the Dock

Now everything in the Dock down the bottom is basically a shortcut. They are all aliases of what you have in your Applications folder. Now if you click and drag one OFF the dock it will disappear in a puff of smoke *poof* . . . Dont fret though as you havnt trashed it or put it in the bin. If you want something back in the dock, goto Applications and drag something there. When there it will part other Apps for you and then release it. It is now back in the dock

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The "bottom menu" is called the Dock. It has shortcuts, that's all. Those things are not "real" - not the applications (on the left) or files (on the right). They are just a quick way to get to those things. So, having an icon there does not mean you have the item twice.

Now, you're saying you can't delete the icon on your Desktop? Now, maybe you don't want to, but it should be possible. Just hear this advice: Don't delete anything unless you are sure, have confirmed with a veteran Mac user, what it is!

Edit: You beat me mate! I was interrupted.
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The "bottom menu" is called the Dock. It has shortcuts, that's all. Those things are not "real" - not the applications (on the left) or files (on the right). They are just a quick way to get to those things. So, having an icon there does not mean you have the item twice.

Now, you're saying you can't delete the icon on your Desktop? Now, maybe you don't want to, but it should be possible. Just hear this advice: Don't delete anything unless you are sure, have confirmed with a veteran Mac user, what it is!

Edit: You beat me mate! I was interrupted.


Great advice to from toMACsh with dont delete anything from your Mac unless you know what it is.

Now re-reading your thread i believe the **other** icon of stickies near the real Stickie will be OK to trash. I think when you clicked the Stickies DataBase icon in a previous post that it has just created another alias.

Get info on it and see what it says. cmd>i once you have highlighted it

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