Mac tip: UN-minimize a window from the App Switcher

Yet another new one to me!  And such a useful little nugget too…  If you already have command-tab hardwired into your muscle memory then you may just love this tip for pulling minimized windows out of the Dock.  Directly from the Application Switcher (cmd + tab heads-up display).  Using only the keyboard.

Snippets make TextExpander amazing

TE_logoIf you re not familiar with TextExpander, it’s a utility which runs in the background on your computer all the time and does nothing, until you type out a predefined string of characters.  It then leaps into action, replacing those characters with a preset block of […]

Quicktip: Zooming in Microsoft Excel

This tip from Rob Griffiths at Mac OS X Hints was news to me, and SUPER-helpful:

If you’ve got a scroll wheel mouse … you can zoom the active worksheet in Excel by holding Control and Command and then moving your scroll wheel up (increase zoom) or down (decrease zoom).

Works with the two-finger scroll on your […]

[SPAM] Easily mark messages as junk

junk iconNeil asks:

Hey Joel,
Would it be possible to set up another key (spam) that we can
click on and the checked items, or the item we are reading
and they go into the spam folder, probably along the top with
the, Expunge,Read, etc. Might be a little easier for some
folx ?….Thanx/Neil

Yeah, definitely! I […]

Mac tips: Navigate and highlight text using the keyboard

Apple Modifier Keys

We spend a lot of time on the computer in text-based applications like Mail and Word. Switching your right hand back and forth between the keyboard and mouse to select things or move the cursor can really slow you down when you are feeling the flow. So for […]

Basics: The Application Switcher is your friend.

app-switcherOftentimes, while deep in the throes of working at the computer, you may look up at your screen to find you have 12 emails open, 3 Word documents, an Excel spreadsheet or two, 4 web browser windows, 88 stickies all plastered willy-nilly and goodness knows what else! This can make […]

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