Save As in Mountain Lion

Yesterday TUAW published a method to return the ‘Save As’ command to the File menu in Mountain Lion.

Get Save As back on Mountain Lion’s File menu easily and without hacks.

The controversy began with the appearance if the Duplicate command in Lion.

Use the Keychain to find passwords

We all forget passwords or they momentarily elude memory.  To find a password  open Keychain Access.app in the Utilitiesfolder nested in the Applications folder. Once there, scroll through the list of keys until you find the one that you’re looking for. Double click on it and check the box that says, “Show Password.”

You will have to authenticate with your user credentials, your forgotten password will be displayed in the text box.

ref. Mac 101: Retrieve your Keychain passwords, TUAW Sep 25th 2008

Locked file error in Mac OS X Lion?

New Lion user’s quickly discover an odd aspect of the Lion versioning system that means that files that haven’t been recently edited require an extra step before work can be done on them. The fix is fairly simple. Continue reading Locked file error in Mac OS X Lion?

Mastering the iPad keyboard

A recent Cult of Mac article (Michael Steeber (May. 29, 2011)) entitled Unlock The Potential Of Your iPad’s Keyboard [Video How-To] illustrates a number of very useful keyboard shortcuts for the iPad virtual keyboard. Continue reading Mastering the iPad keyboard

iPad Troubleshooting (iOS device)

In particular, this May. 06, 2011 Cult of Mac (D.W.Martin) article addresses recovering from bad update experiences, but it is useful in sorting out aberrant iOS behaviour whenever it occurs. ‘Force quitting” apps, hard and network resets are discussed. This is the equivalent of understanding the concept of a “clean” install. Refreshing the system can cure a lot of minor niggling ills and is worth doing once in a while.

iPad “Tab” key in Pages app

This is another one of those iPad tips that seems to be something of a weird kind of secret…… Continue reading iPad “Tab” key in Pages app

Setting up a Mac

This Macworld article offers some useful setup suggestions. Continue reading Setting up a Mac

iPhoto & Trackpad: two finger crop and rotate

In iPhoto “you can drag two fingers on your MacBook’s touchpad (or your Magic Trackpad) to control the various edits with better precision than just dragging around a mouse. (TUAW, 11-02-241)
Continue reading iPhoto & Trackpad: two finger crop and rotate

Set up a backup drive or a drive for external use.

Basic requirements for “Mac compatibility”:  Do not pay extra for so-called “Mac compatibility”!  You should be able to find a 1T drive – this is for backup so get a 3.5 inch drive in a case with an external power supply – for less than $100.  USB2 is fine.  The drive may come with a disk of software or software preinstalled. We are going to ignore these proprietary “Mac setup” softwares (that may open the first time you plug the drive into your Mac).  I G N O R E!  All the software needed to do this properly came with your Mac – it is called Disk Utility and can be found in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder.  We are going to make the drive “Mac compatible” in the following steps. Continue reading Set up a backup drive or a drive for external use.

A#1 iPad power tip: Multi-tasking bar

Learning the power of double-tapping the Home button has changed my iPad life. Why have I only just heard about it? Continue reading A#1 iPad power tip: Multi-tasking bar