It's useful to know the dimensions of an image (in pixels). For a given picture, more pixels generally means higher quality, higher resolution, and an ability to be printed larger without looking all pixelated. Almost every graphics program has a way of showing you an image's dimensions but you can find that info without even... Continue Reading →
When you're looking at a Finder window, and you want to climb up one level, hold the ⌘ key and type the up arrow. Up you go. For example: let's say you're looking at Finder window with a bunch of icons in it. Across the top of the window it says "My Favorite Photos." Now you're... Continue Reading →
If you want to delete a file or folder (on the Desktop, or in a window), and you want to do it from the keyboard, just click ONCE on that item and then hold the ⌘ key down while you press the Delete key. The file or folder will fly into the Trash. This is easier than dragging... Continue Reading →
One of the best things about the Mac is consistency. That lets you take something you know about one app and use it in another app. There's no better example than the Mac's Edit menu, and its stalwart menu items Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste. The keyboard shortcuts for those are always the same, regardless... Continue Reading →
You know that you can press Tab on the keyboard and move to the next field in a form, or the next cell in a spreadsheet, or the next part of a Print… box etc. Yes you knew that. But did you know that holding the Shift key down while you press Tab moves you... Continue Reading →
This one is courtesy of my friend Andrea, whose cat manages to press the wrong keys when it steps on the keyboard. There's an option to invert the screen on a Mac (as shown above). You can invert the screen by going to the Apple menu, then System Preferences, then Accessibility (unless you have an older system, in... Continue Reading →
If your Mac starts talking out loud, telling you which menu you've clicked on and which button is under your mouse, maybe the cat sat on the keyboard and pressed ⌘-F5. Try it yourself: press ⌘-F5 once to toggle it on, and do it again to toggle it off. For some reason, cats seem to be able... Continue Reading →
You can "click" the Cancel button in any dialog box by pressing the Escape key on the keyboard. The key might be labeled "esc" on your keyboard. Try it!
If you do a Spotlight search in Yosemite, and then you click on one of the things you found, but now you wonder where that thing is on your hard disk, just press and hold the ⌘-key and look at the bottom right of the Spotlight window. See the picture here.
Some keyboard shortcuts are so useful, and show up so many places, that you owe it to yourself to use them. ⌘-A for "Select All" is one of them. It works in the Finder, Safari, Mail, Notes, Messages, Pages, Numbers, Word, Excel, and many, many more. Look for "Select All" in the Edit menu-- then notice... Continue Reading →