Hide Application Data Folders

Lots of applications--including Microsoft Office, Final Cut Express, and Steam--like to create their own User Data folders in your Documents folder. If you like...

Copy Math Results From Spotlight

File this hint from NaOH-Lye under "it seems so obvious, but did you know?":

View PDFs in Chrome

Reading PDFs in your browser, instead of downloading them and reading them in an app like Preview, is a nice convenience. But Safari is the only major Mac...

Shortcuts to Facetime

Now that FaceTime has been released for the Mac, you can video chat with friends to and from your desktop or laptop as well as your iPhone. If you regularly chat...

Automatically Shut off Airport

While Wi-Fi is great for connecting to the Internet on a laptop, keeping AirPort on all the time can drain your battery. If you have access to the Internet...

Rename Sequential Files in the Finder

Renaming a batch of files in the Finder can be hassle, if the new names change their position in the folder's alphabetical order. After you rename the first one...

Get Rid of the Ping Drop-down

In iTunes 10.0, most songs have a newly-added Ping drop-down button instead of the iTunes Store arrow links. Mac OS X Hints reader gid shares a Terminal command...

Restart Safari Plug-ins, Not Safari

Sometimes--especially when you have a lot of tabs open and a lot of pages running Flash--Safari can hang to the point where it needs a restart. Unfortunately...

Replace ITunes 10's Gray Color-scheme

In iTunes 10, the icons in the sidebar have gone from colorful to drab light-gray; to some eyes, that change makes the icons harder to distinguish. If you're one...

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Shorten URLs With an Automator Service

Twitter and other online services have made shortening URLs a regular chore; such URLs are handy not only on social networks, but anytime you need to share links...

Hide an App's Dock Icon

OS X's Dock is a great way to organize the apps you use most commonly (as well as any others you might have open). But it can get cluttered quickly...

Add Contact Info to IPhone Lock Screen

If you're worried about losing your iPhone, you can take out a bit of insurance by adding your contact information to its lock screen. That way, if you lose it...

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Symbolic Links Made Simple

Symbolic links are similar to aliases, in the sense that they are shortcuts that link to a specific file or folder. But symbolic links are often more useful than...

Autocomplete Folder Names in the Finder

Drilling through a succession of nested folders and subfolders in the Finder to find the one file or folder you want can be slow and inefficient. If you know the...

Toggle Hidden Files on and off

We've shown you how to reveal hidden files in the Finder from Terminal's command-line. But if you work with such files a lot, it can be a hassle to open up a...