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• Customize System Preferences •
I got this tip from the awesome team over at Cult of Mac so I thought I would share it with you. I can’t believe I never knew you could do this but I am glad I know kow to now.
This is a very easy tip just takes a few steps.
1. Launch System Preferences so you are looking at the a similar screen as the one below:
2. Click on the View menu, from the Top Menu Bar, and select Customize. You should then see check marks appear next to the icons, like you can see in the above screenshot. This allows you to uncheck the ones you don’t want or need there. Once you are finished. Click Done to save your changes and those icons disappear.
3. That’s it your done. Told you it was easy.
• If you want to find them again and add them back, simply select Customize again from the View menu and the now hidden icons will show up with a checkbox allowing you to select them if you choose so they can reappear in the System Preferences window.
• If you happen to not want the icons organized by Category then you can select Alphabetically and watch the icons shift around. Its actually a more minimal view.
Well that’s it for Quick Tip #3, if you have a better hint about this or we missed something make sure to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for checking out Tech Points by Checkpoint - Quick Tip #3
Here is a quick tip I was not even aware of, so if you’re like me this can be quite useful when downloading a lot of updates on your iOS Device. Thanks to Cult of Mac for the tip!
From Cult of Mac:
Yesterday, we showed you how to fix apps that get stuck “waiting” as you downloaded everything to your newly-restored iPad. That’s fine and all, but what if you really, really need to check your RSS reader of choice to read the latest Cult of Mac stories? With this incredibly simple tip, you can just tell the iPad to download that app right away.
To make your chosen app jump the line, just double tap it. That’s it. This simple gesture tells iOS that this app should be downloaded next. If you’re on a fast enough connection, it will seem to install right away.
I wish I’d known this last Thursday when I bought an iPod Touch and mistakenly restored it from an iCloud backup of my iPad and it started downloading almost 20GB worth of apps on the Apple Store’s Wi-Fi. Now all we need is a tip to just abort all of those downloads and start over. As it was I just panicked, reset the thing and started over.
[Via iPad Today]
• Change Audio Settings Quickly from the Menubar •
If your someone who happens to use external speakers (USB speakers) or maybe even an external mic, then you’re all to familiar with having to go to System Preferences to make changes to your audio or input settings. Well who wants to do that every time! Todays Tech Point will help you to easily change settings & have your audio blasting through you fancy new speakers in no time!
This tip is surely not obvious, but extremely simple! One of those hidden little tricks.
When you typically click on the sound icon in the menubar you get the volume slider like this:
Now try holding the Option key down and then click on the same volume icon, you’ll get the Input & Output options for your Mac. Like this:
You can now easily select the Input or Output option your looking for (I don’t have anything extra plugged in right now so I don’t see many options). So go ahead make the change you were looking for an your ready to go!
If you have any questions or need more instruction please feel free to let us know!
Thanks for checking out Tech Points by Checkpoint - Quick Tip #1
March Memory Upgrade Special!
To all our followers out there we have two service specials going on right now, one for external hard drives and another for upgrading your memory. The next two posts will have the ads for those, so make sure to stop in or give us a call if you are interested. Here are the highlights for the ads:
• External Hard Drives on SALE - 500GB for $99.99 and 1TB for $121.99. Great prices and as an added bonus if you purchase one of these drives for only $15 more we will set up Time Machine on your Mac & External Drive.
• Memory on SALE - With the purchase of qualifying memory will install and verify your memory for only $15. Memory prices vary but for some 2009, 2010 and 2011 MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini systems upgrading your memory to 8GB (2x4GB) is only $59.99. So make sure to drop by or call in!
Both of these deals are only good through March 31st 2012 so hurry in and take advantage of the extra savings!
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Apple has confirmed a Media Event on March 7th. Any one have a guess to what might be announced?
My guess is definiltey an upgraded or completely new iPad and possibly some announcement relating to a new AppleTV.
What do you think?
How do you take a screenshot or screen capture on a Mac?
Well there are actually a few ways you can do this and all are executed through a couple of key strokes.
Method 1 - Full Screen
Simply press these keys: Shift + Command + 3
• You should hear a camera shutter sound and a file named Screen Shot with the date and time should appear on your desktop. It will look similar to this:
Method 2 - Selection
Press these keys: Shift + Command + 4
• You should see cross hairs replace your mouse cursor, then you will want to click and drag to highlight what you want to capture and once you release the mouse, you will hear the camera shutter sound and the image will be automatically saved to the desktop.
Method 3 - Application Window Selection
Press these keys: Shift + Command + 4 + Spacebar
• Your cursor will then be replaced with a camera icon, and as your move the cursor over individual windows it will be highlighted blue. Once you are over the window you want to screen capture click and again your image will be saved to the desktop. The image captured will just be an image of the selected window, see the images below.
Saved image of the application window only.
Thats it. Pretty simple.
Pro Tip: If you add the control key to any of the above keystrokes the image will be saved to your clipboard, instead of the desktop so you can paste the screen shot into any application you want. Keystroke example: Control + Shift + Command + 4
You can also use the built in application called Grab for more screen capture options and tools. If you want extra tips on this let us know!
Thanks for checking out our 1st Q & A and keep checking back for more, if you any questions make sure send them our way!