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How to disable Adobe Reader in Safari

Sometimes you have to install Adobe Reader because some pesky government agency forces you to use a pesky PDF file that only works with Adobe Reader. And once you install Adobe Reader, it will take over your whole Mac, even the default PDF preview in…...

July 31, 2014 · 1 min · François Planque

The power of the power button! (or eject key)

You might wonder what to do with that Eject key on your Mac keyboard, now that drives with ejectable media are gone... or you may not use your power key to its full potential... Personally, I've been using Ctrl + Eject or Ctrl + Power (depending on…...

July 21, 2014 · 2 min · François Planque

How to insert Tabs in a textarea (OS X)

Whenever you're on a web page with Safari, Chrome or Firefox and want to type a code snippet (or maybe just align what you type) you might be tempted to use the tab key... But no, luck it moves the browser focus instead of inserting a tab into your…...

July 20, 2014 · 1 min · François Planque

Mac OS X Lion: How to clean up the 'Open With' menu

When you right-click (or control-click) on a file in the Mac OS X Finder, you get a contextual menu with a nice "Open With" option, which lets you open the selected file with any Application that you desire to. That is pretty nice until that menu gets…...

June 6, 2012 · 2 min · François Planque

How to remove constantly launching services on Mac OS X

Even after you uninstall it, some Mac OS X software just won't quit nagging you or notifying you of updates or at the very least polluting the Console Messages......

August 19, 2011 · 7 min · François Planque

How to automatically start playing movies in QuickTime X

Apple has removed that features in Snow Leopard and QuickTime X has no preferences panel to enable this. So you need to go through the command line to get it back... In Terminal, copy/paste: defaults write MGPlayMovieOnOpen…...

January 20, 2010 · 1 min · François Planque

How to enable X-Ray folder previews in Mac OS Quick Look

In Terminal copy/paste this: defaults write QLEnableXRayFolders 1 Then relaunch the Finder. Press space on a selected folder and admire :)

January 20, 2010 · 1 min · François Planque

Make your mouse faster on Mac OS X

There’s 2 problems to mouse speed: The acceleration curve of the mouse mouvement which I’ve talked about before maximum mouvement speed The maximum speed can be set through the System preferences panel, but even when the slider is all…...

September 18, 2009 · 2 min · François Planque

How do I sync my macs?

If you have multiple macs (and an iPhone), is a must have, of course, but it only syncs so much... basically: Address book Calendar Mail (but I'm using IMAP anyways) Safari bookmarks System preferences does not auto-sync:…...

August 5, 2009 · 3 min · François Planque

How to open a Mac OS X sparsebundle when it shows up as a regular folder

What do you do if you have, say, an encrypted sparsebundle and some day you try to open it and you discover it shows up as a plain folder in the Finder instead as a bundle icon? Double clicking will just open the folder and show you the bands that mak…...

June 29, 2009 · 2 min · François Planque