Every new operating system that is released brings with itself a new set of convenient features which you will find absent in its predecessors. But sometimes these features are not as clear to all users. For example, when people started using Windows 7 very few of them realized that the desktop could be displayed right away by clicking the right corner of the taskbar.
Similarly there are quite a number of advantages to the newly released Mac OS X Mountain Lion. While many of these might be apparent to the average user, some of these cool features might not be as obvious. Our post is here to show five of the most useful of these unobvious useful features. Check out these tips and tricks below.
Tip 1: Prevent Your Computer from Sleeping
Mountain Lion comes with a bunch of energy saving options among which regular sleeping is a prominent feature. You will find that even after disabling the sleep option in the regular way, your computer will still fall asleep if left alone for a while. To actually keep the system awake, you will need to specify how long you want your computer to remain awake through a Terminal command. This command is “caffeinate -t 86400” where the number represents the number of seconds your computer will remain awake.
Tip 2: Removing an App from the Mac Desktop Dock
In Lion, to remove an app from the Dock, all you had to do was drag it out and let go. Mountain Lion users might have noticed this simple step to not work. This is because when you drag out the app, you need to wait for the smoke image to appear on the dragged icon before you let go. This is a failsafe protecting the app from accidental removal from the dock.
Tip 3: Looking Up Words in the Dictionary
If your computer has a multi touch track pad connected to it then you can look up the meanings of words within Mountain Lion in a very easy way. All you have to do is tap a word with three fingers. Its meaning will appear in a new menu that is opened.
Tip 4: Quickly Open Accessibility Options
Enabling / disabling zoom, enabling / disabling VoiceOver, changing the display’s contrast, and more functions can all be performed through the Accessibility Options. All of these can be easily and quickly access by a hotkey shortcut: Command + Option + F5.
Tip 5: Bringing Back “Save As”
Instead of “Save As,” Mountain Lion gives you the default option to Duplicate a file when you use the Command + Shift + S hotkey shortcut. People who want the old settings back can ‘fix’ this by clicking Keyboard in the System Preferences and in the Shortcuts Tab, clicking Application Shortcuts to add a new shortcut with the title “Save As” and with the shortcut Command + Shift + S.
There you go. If you have any tips of your own regarding Mountain Lion, share them in the comments.
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