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I'm relatively new to Macs and there are very few Mac users in my area. I am interested in your favorite tips or hints, such as keyboard shortcuts, Safari hints, etc. I've learned several by reading but am sure there are more out there I'm not aware of. My favorite e-mail shortcut is Shift-Command-D to send mail.
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apple+tab to switch programs, by far! and f9 f10 f11 for expose with lots of windows open.
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If you haven't yet, in Safari open the Safari menu and click block pop up wonderful
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My personal favourite shortcuts are
Command+Shift+A to open applications folder
Command+Shift+U to open utilities folder

note that these will work when u have finder active in the toolbar(on top). So just click on the desktop and use these commands. Really useful.
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I like Command+Q to quit programs quickly, and Command+W to close a window.
I tried creating my own custom apple script tt run by voice activation too so they open up Safari, Mail, Sherlock, ICQ, iTunes with one word 'Connect' hehz.. pretty cool so have fun!
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My favorite command is Command+S, which saves things. It's very useful when you're writing a ten gazillion page paper.

"Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted" - John Lennon.
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you gotta love the screen shot short cuts

shift + apple + 3 = whole screen shot
shift + apple + 4 = allows you to select an area

and the best 1

shift + apple + 4 + space = this turns the cursor into a little camera and lets you highlight individal windows

laters.
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Command + Option + "Close button" will close all open windows for the active application. (The Finder is an application, too.)
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Correction to my last post!!!!
No "Command" key.
Option + "Close button" will close all open windows for the active application. (The Finder is an application, too.)
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cmd w, close window....cmd option w, close all windows of a program

cmd h, hide all window of a program....

cmd shift n, new folder....

cmd delet...... send selected obj. to trash
cmd shift delete....empty trash
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Here's a good one...

Hold down Command+click on a dock item. The finder will open to the location of the item you clicked on.

Another is to Command+Click the title of a window for a program and a drop down menu will display the path to the item. Clicking it will open the finder to it.

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This thread is just what all switchers need. All the useful information is then centred in one thread and thus should be the first port of call for any switcher.

Problems with Quicktime and playing other file types
Quicktime unfortunately cannot play .wmv and some .avi files. Download and install another media player, for example MPlayer.

There are lots of alternatives out there on the Internet but for sake of ease I am only listing one.

Once installed find the .wmv or .avi file you wish to play. When the file is highlighted press Command + I.

In Open with: change the defualt Quicktime to MPlayer. Then press Change All.

Your .wmv and .avi files should now open with MPlayer.
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Yeah great thread and more commands here And if anyone wants me to I'll post the manual cron task here
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Command + T in Safari opens a new tab. That's always nice. Also, Command + +/- keys change font size in Safari.
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Also in Safari, hold down the APPLE (Command) key while clicking a web link and it will open in a new tab or window, depending on if you have tabs enabled.

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