Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade to OS X Sierra, and How to Hide the Upgrade from the App Store

Do Not Upgrade to Sierra macOS Sierra has just been released, and I’m sure you’re all getting bombarded with software upgrade messages. However, do not upgrade to Sierra—It’s a brand-new OS, which means lots of software bugs and problems. See the additional reasons not to upgrade below. Minimum System Requirements Are Not Enough Your computer […]

Cut and Paste on Mac

Cut and paste does exist on your Mac—it’s just slightly hidden. The copy function is the same: “Edit > Copy” from the Finder menu Keyboard shortcut: ⌘C (command–C) Now, instead of the paste function, select “Move Item Here” “Edit > Move Item” Here from the Finder menu (while holding the option key) Keyboard shortcut: ⌥⌘V […]

Spotlight Alternatives – Find Any File, EasyFind

Apple introduced Mac OS X’s Spotlight 11 years ago – and it still doesn’t work very well. Luckily, many third-party companies have released file-search/app-launcher alternatives that work better. Here are three alternatives that I highly recommend. Quicksilver Find Any File EasyFind  

Command Key – The Magic Button

The command key (similar to the control key on Windows) is the magic button for nearly all keyboard shortcuts. Want to copy? Press command-C. Want to paste? Press command-V. It’s easy – and much faster than using a mouse, or trackpad. The Apple menu bar always shows a list of available keyboard shortcuts. The Bowen knot is […]

Show Hidden Files in Dialog Boxes

I found a great keyboard shortcut over the weekend – it allows you to view hidden files in dialog boxes. It’s really quite simple – When an open/save dialog box is on-screen, use the following keyboard shortcut to view hidden files: Shift – Command – Period (⇧+⌘+.) Here’s a screenshot, with hidden files visible:

Make a Text List of Folder Contents

From the Finder menu, select Go > Applications Open the TextEdit application Make sure the text file is plain text, not rich text. Select all the contents in the desired folder. Drag and drop the contents onto the text file That’s it! You now have a text list of the folder’s contents.