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OK, so tell me some AWESOME things I don't know about my MBP and OSX...


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New MPB, new to OSX, running Lion, every DAY I learn a new, awesome thing I did not know before about one or both of these things, what awesomeness can y'all bestow upon me? Tips? Tricks? Hidden Easter Egg type stuff? GIMME SOMETHING! Fill this newbie up with the KNOWLEDGE! Thanks!



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I'm sure the people out here have lot of them, if you are looking for something specific we will be more than happy to assist you but a broad question does not help...

but I will give you one, try this...
command+shift+4 - you will see the crosshairs click and drag and the area selected is the screenshot which will be placed on your desktop.

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You can create a PDF from any app that will print. The PDF menu is in the bottom left of your print dialog, and as an added bonus, if you're working with text (Word, Pages, Text Edit, even text in web pages) the PDF will be searchable, so you can do keyword searches later.
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When you go to sleep at night the camera turns on and Steve Jobs monitors your room.
I thought he handed that responsibility over to Tim Cook?

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You can create a PDF from any app that will print. The PDF menu is in the bottom left of your print dialog, and as an added bonus, if you're working with text (Word, Pages, Text Edit, even text in web pages) the PDF will be searchable, so you can do keyword searches later.
THAT is the coolest thing I've found yet! I "play at" guitar, and get songs to play/learn from chord sites. I have always had to use Primo PDF to convert, then file in my music folder, and it was a PITA. The "in-bred" .pdf feature ROCKS. THANKS!
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You can make your Mac listen to you and do what you say through Speakable items. ATPM 15.11 - How To: Making Your Own Speakable Items

Check some of the recent issues of that magazine. There's a lot of information about things that can be done using software that's pre-installed on your Mac.

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You can make your Mac listen to you and do what you say through Speakable items. ATPM 15.11 - How To: Making Your Own Speakable Items

Check some of the recent issues of that magazine. There's a lot of information about things that can be done using software that's pre-installed on your Mac.
Well sweet Miley CYRUS! Ain't THAT something grand! Gonna configure THAT tomorrow on may day off! WOW!
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That feature can be a bit temperamental at times but it is interesting. I don't know if they are still there but at one time you could ask the computer to tell you a knock knock joke.

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To switch between windows in an application click command and tilde ~

Command tab switches between applications (you probably know this).
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To switch between windows in an application click command and tilde ~

Command tab switches between applications (you probably know this).
There's a couple other things you can do when switching between apps with Command + Tab:
  • After bringing up the app switching bar, Command + ~ allows you to move the selection box from right-to-left instead of left-to-right.
  • While the app switching bar is open, you can select an app and hit Command + Q to quit it. You don't even have to make the app active to do so.

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To keep Lion from opening the last page you were on when opening Safari hold down the shift key while clicking on Safari it will return to the home page.
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