OS X Tips

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OS X screen capture keyboard shortcuts

  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

Keyboard Shortcuts

I just got a MacBook Pro on March 21, 2006. I've been mostly a Windows User for the past ten years. Sure I use a Linux & Solaris, but not for my desktop. The closest thing I've used to a Mac was my old Apple IIGS. So, there is quite a bit to learn, or maybe unlearn. I went to a 'Switch at Six' presentation at the Apple store, which was a HUGE waste of time. I learned virtually nothing, and the presenter had never used Windows, and really didn't know the Mac that well. So, when I figure out something that I do often as Windows user, and figure it out on the Mac, I'll add it to this page.

Operation Windows Mac Notes
Cut, Copy, Paste ctrl-x, ctrl-c, ctrl-v Command-x, Command-c, Command-v Pretty much everywhere you need to use Command instead of Ctrl
Foreign Characters (ú £) alt-0258, alt-0163 option-e u, option-3 See keyboard shortcuts
÷ (divide) alt-0257 option / See http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/172
Task Manager ctrl-shift-escape option-command-escape Pretty much the same for killing applications. Probably have to use the terminal to kill processes. Also I'm not sure how to view the processor utilization

rsync

$rsync -avz -e ssh --rsync-path=/usr/bin/rsync --progress brianegge@lc.tzo.com:"/Users/brianegge/Pictures/Yelp/TGI*.jpg" .
$rsync -avz -e "ssh -p 572 " --rsync-path=/usr/bin/rsync --progress carbon egge@theeggeadventure.com:/home/egge/www/gallery/themes/

X11

When I launch OpenOffice it starts up X11, and that causes an xterm to start. I don't need the xterm, so it's anoying for it to open. I found some details on X11 on Apple's support site.

To fix this, I just had to comment out the xterm line out of the rc file.

$ sudo vim /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
...
< xterm &
> # xterm &

IntelliJ

You can have IntelliJ reference the Java source & Docs, by pointing them to

/Library/Java/Home/src.jar
/Library/Java/Home/docs.jar

I think I also had to install the JDK off from Apple's site.

Character Palette

The character palette does the same thing as Microsoft's charmap utility. I usually get to it by clicking on the internationalization flag near clock on the menu bar.

Character palette.png

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