Sharon ZardettoMacworld

Find several of long-time Mac author Sharon Zardetto's current ebooks at Take Control Books.

Five Secrets of Open and Save Dialog Boxes

It’s easy to never go beyond the basics of Open and Save dialog boxes, despite their being perhaps the most-used feature of the Mac interface. Instead of simply...

Eleven Ways to Get Back to a Web Page

Where was it that you read that insightful analysis of the latest politico peccadillo? Where did you see that nifty mockup of the Next Great Thing from Apple? We...

Eight Ways to Save Time With Proxy Icons

Have you ever noticed the miniature icon that sits next to a window’s name in its title bar? It’s more than just a decoration. In many instances, you can work...

Six Unexpected Uses for Tooltips

Tooltips--those little yellow rectangles of information that pop up when you hover your cursor over something--do more than just describe the name and function...

Five Secrets of Open and Save Dialog Boxes

It's easy to never go beyond the basics of Open and Save dialog boxes, despite their being perhaps the most-used feature of the Mac interface. Instead of simply...

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Ten Quick Calculator Tricks

The lowly Calculator sits there in your Applications folder. It's so unassuming you barely notice that it has menus and little interface details that make it not...

Five Unexpected Uses for Copy and Paste

Sure, you copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) all the time. But did you know you can copy and paste a whole lot more than just text and graphics? When you...

Five Unexpected Uses for the Control Key

If you’re like me, you’ve nearly worn out your Mac’s Control key (often labeled CTRL), using it to open contextual menus. It’s true that Control-clicking on...

Five Unexpected Uses for the Esc Key

The Esc key has long been the "get me outta here" panacea for many things: canceling a dialog box, getting rid of a button-less splash screen, closing a menu...

Five Unexpected Uses for the Option Key

The Option key is the unsung hero of the keyboard. Since the earliest days of the Mac, it has provided access to special font characters; revealed alternative...

Five Unexpected Uses for the Spacebar

Ancient Greek and Latin writings had no spaces between words; you just had to be familiar with where words started and stopped in order to read textlikethis. But...

Five Favorite Excel Tips

Whether you're using Microsoft Excel 2008 ($400 as part of Office 2008) or 2004, you need some tricks up your sleeve for easing day-to-day tasks, such as...