Monthly Archives: June 2015

Your Mac has a Dictionary

Dictionary

Macs come with a Dictionary app. It’s very handy. Find it in the Applications folder.

When you launch it, you get this:

Dictionary, in use

EVERY word in the Dictionary is clickable! So try clicking. Also, try the thesaurus and the Apple and Wikipedia sections.

How to change the size of the icons on your Desktop

icon size

There’s really nothing to it:

  1. Click on the Desktop
  2. Choose Show View Options from the View menu
  3. Use the slider to increase or decrease the icon size

 

How to make things bigger in Safari

Safari View menu

You can enlarge things three ways in Safari:

  1. Click the “Zoom In” button in the toolbar (if you’ve added it to your toolbar)
  2. Choose “Zoom In” from the View menu
  3. Use the keyboard shortcut ⌘+ (Command-plus)

I like #3.

⌘- (Command-minus) will make things smaller again.

Quickest way to access Displays preference pane

Brightness

If you hold the Option key while tapping the bright/dim buttons on the keyboard, the Displays preference pane pops up. There’s no quicker way to do it.

Easy way to remember four important keyboard shortcuts

Undo Cut Copy Paste

One could argue that Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste are the menu items that make a Mac a Mac. They are always in the Edit menu, and every program uses the same keyboard shortcuts for them:

  • ⌘-Z for Undo
  • ⌘-X for Cut
  • ⌘-C for Copy
  • ⌘-V for Paste

Guess what? The keys are right next to each other, in the bottom row of the keyboard. That should make remembering them easier.

I don’t know how they came up with the Z for Undo, but that’s OK. I do have some ideas for X, C, and V but only if you ask.