Category Archives: Average Joe’s Tips

Customizing Your Mac’s Trackpad

Tapping the track pad in order to click has become a very popular way for selecting application or texts when using a Macintosh. Its popularity comes from the convinces factor of not having to press down completely on the trackpad every time. However, tap to click tends to be annoying for new users, who may find themselves selecting texts or applications when not desired. Other than tap to click, the trackpad has many other potential capabilities like secondary click, zooming, rotating, and a multitude of gestures. To find these trackpad customizations locate your System Preferences application, then open the Trackpad pane under Hardware. From there you are free to explore. Bellow is a quick overview of my most commonly used trackpad click and hand gestures.

Tap to Click

As described above, tap to click gives the user the connivence of being able to tap their trackpad (instead of pressing down to select) in order to select text or apps.

Secondary Click

This allows the user the ability to secondary click (a.k.a. right click), instead of pressing control + click.

Zoom and Rotate

Found in the Scroll & Zoom section, zoom and rotate is a quick way to zoom into or rotate photos in selected applications like iPhoto.

Swipe Between Apps

In my opinion this is the best gesture ever created. Although it is simple this gesture enables you to four finger swipe between your desktop screens.

The Basics and More: Terminal

 

Basics

            Terminal to most people seems very complex, but there are ways that the average Joe can have fun on it too.  Simple commands like “man” which is used as a manual are easy to do. The basic way to type something in on Terminal is by typing your command and after it if there is further typing needed like if you use the command “man”  just press the spacebar once and type in what you want Terminal to explain to you.

 

Commands

  • Touch

            Using the command Touch may seem hard at first, but once you do it for a while it will become easier. To start, open terminal and type in “cd Desktop/” and press enter (Desktop/ can be interchangeable depending on where you want your file), doing this allows you to change directories so that you can choose the destination of where you want your file. After that type in “ls” to list all of the items on your desktop. Then type “touch (name of your file)” and it will automatically make a Text Edit file or if you want you can make a folder by typing in “mkdir (name of your folder)” and selecting Enter. For files if you want to write in them all that you have to do is type in “vim (name of your file)” and select Enter. Then you can start writing, but first select “a” on your keyboard. After you are done writing click “esc” and you should not be able to type anymore, and from there type in a “:wq.” The “w” in the command is to save it and the “q” is to quit it.

 

  • Man

            This command is very easy and helps you out because it is a Terminal manual. The way to use this command is to type “man” then a space and after that type in the command you want to learn about like “ls” or “cd.”

 

Conclusion

Obviously, Terminal is great for anyone. It can be very simple or complex depending on how you use it. Also, it can make you more productivewith commands like touch that allow you to write files in Terminal not to mention the many other Terminal commands.

 

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How To: Place a Web Page Bookmark in the Dock

You may not know this, but you can fill the dock with more than just applications and folders. It can also hold web pages stored as bookmarks in your dock. This allows you to have quick access to your favorite sites. Todo this, first find the webpage you would like to use. Then goto the URL and on the left should be an icon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you have found that, drag the icon to your dock. Now with a single click, you can access your favorite webpages right from your dock. To add more bookmarks to your dock just repeat the step. Each Bookmark will have the name of each site when it is hovered over.

 

 

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How To: Save Web Pages/ Reading Lists in Safari

If you are like me then you keep tabs open and use them as a list. But this leads to clutter, confusion, and very slow internet. Thank goodness for Safari, because it allows you to save your web pages very neatly and uncluttered. Saving the web page is very easy, to do this just scroll up to Bookmarks. Then click on Add to Reading List. To view your list go to View and select Show Reading List.Then on the left side of Safari will apear the web pages you have saved. When clicking on one of your Reading List items it will automatically load the web page. Also to delete an item just scroll to the top right of the pane. This has tremendously helped me keep keep my computer uncluttered and I hope it helps you.

How To: Input AutoFill Information for Safari

AutoFill enhances a users efficiency and overall saves a lot of time. Whether you are ordering something from amazon, or signing up for a new account, AutoFill will make your life much easier. AutoFill can automatically fill in your name, shipping address, login information, or even credit card information.

How To: Input AutoFill Information for Safari

  1. First make sure that the application Safari is open
  2. Click on “Safari” in the Menu Bar, and select “Preferences”
  3. Then select the AutoFill pane
  4. From here you will be able to edit your personal information
  5. Click the edit button to start the process (Each process to edit will be slightly different

By far the most important AutoFill web form will be “User names and passwords.” Located inside of this section will be every login information you specified to have saved. Unfortunately, you are unable to add user names and passwords from here, but you can remove them. So when you have an account with outdated information, you will be able to remove it from here. As for AutoFilling your name, phone number, and address, the information under your name within your address book will be the info automatically filled in. AutoFill is a great tool for productivity and efficiency, hopefully you will put it to good use!

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