Getting tired of Spotlight in Yosemite being useless in comparison to Mavericks? Edit its shortcut to pop the Finder search bar instead. Bit of a poor cousin to Spotlight in earlier versions of OSX which were much better: didn't block the screen, allowed you to open the enclosing folder, and more.
Apple Menu > System Preferences > Spotlight. Change the keyboard shortcut you are familiar with to open the Finder Search window instead.
Now it'll open like below instead, and the results are easier to deal with...
Also consider replacing Spotlight functionality with Alfred. The freeware version is okay, I haven't yet been keen on splashing oout £17 for the PowerPack...
You can use Apple's scripting language for some very useful tasks. Here I am gathering all of the mess in my Downloads folder into one folder and labelling the folder with today's date. Select the following text:
setfoldernameto ("Downloads " & short date stringof (current date))
movefolder (docsfolder & foldername) to (path todownloads folder)
Open the Script Editor from your Utilities folder and paste the text into the 'untitled' window. Click "Compile" and then click Run if you would like to test it directly. You can save the script as an application, placing that somewhere convenient to run when your downloads folder clogs up again. Choose File Menu... Save, and from the File Format menu choose Application. The script works by first creating a folder in the Documents folder, then moves all the contents of the Downloads folder there, then moves that folder back into Downloads.
Like many others I've been frustrated that the DropBox contextual menu has disappeared in OSX Yosemite 10.10 and doesn't seem to be getting updated in a hurry. Here we can duplicate the DropBox contextual menu's action and even improve on it at the same time, by using the Automator application to create an OSX service, which will have the function of moving a file or folder to your DropBox and then reveal the item for further action.
Open Automator from the Applications folder
Choose to create a new Service
Choose the options Service receives selected:Files or Folders in Finder
Drag the Move Finder Items action from the middle column into your workflow window at right
Select your DropBox folder for the Move Finder Items To: option
Drag the Reveal Finder Items action from the middle column into your workflow window at right
Save the workflow from the File Menu, naming it Move to DropBox. The file when saved ends up in your user's Library/Services folder. You can edit it if you want to change the way it works, or duplicate it and target specific project folders.
Then test it out: right-click a file or folder in the Finder, and choose Move to DropBox from the Services sub-menu. Note that if a file with the same name already exists at the destnation no action will occur.
Please leave a comment if it's helped you. Thanks!
My 20" Cinema Display failed, the LED giving the short long short flashing error message with the white LED. I had read on the net of a solution which involved messing about with tiny bits of tape to isolate the centre pin of the connector to the screen, and reckoned that repair would not last more than a few insertions of the connector before it would fail again.
I took apart the power supply by sawing through the shell on the three clear edges carefully
so I could then crack it open.
After lifting out the board I removed the two screws holding the internal connector and on turning it upside down noticed that the centre pin was not isolated due to a surface mount resistor in there connecting to one of the other terminals. Follwing the idea of isolating the centre terminal, I desoldered the resistor, and bingo! the screen works perfectly now, and it is a proper fix.
Tap top of display (where time is displayed) to go to top of page or top of long list
Access single character from other keyboard by hold down on "123" and slide to desired character. After typing it flips back to original keyboard
Keyboard shortcuts for common phrases or typos in Settings.. General.. Keyboard.. Shortcuts. Great for changing "peter" the verb to "Peter" the name automatically, and autocompleting long email addresses, or pasting complete paragraphs of text.
Shake to undo typing or dictation
Quick access music from lock screen by pressing home button twice
Reader button in Safari to give large readable version of web page and option to email whole page
"Do not disturb" option to silence phone at night—allows favourites to break through
Reminders can be location-aware, say where you want to be reminded as well as when
Camera exposure and focus by tap on screen
Second shutter release with volume controls
Headset shutter release with its volume controls
Switch from photo browse to camera by pressing volume keys
Quick access camera from lock screen by sliding camera icon
Change panoramic photo rotate direction with double tap
Swipe to delete emails
Quick access to draft emails by holding down on 'new message' button
Separate signatures for email accounts
Make email text larger in Accessibility preference
Phone and SMS
Reply to phonecall with SMS by tapping white phone icon on incoming call, and choosing quick response SMS
Two taps on 'off' button to divert call to voicemail, one to just silence the ringer while you exit room to take the call.
"Send as SMS" option in Messages allows to send either as iMessage or regular SMS
SMS text too small? Make SMS text larger in Accessibility preference
If your Time Machine drive is running out of space and you want to keep a nice long backup trail, you can migrate the data from a smaller disk to a larger one with Carbon Copy Cloner using the "block copy" method. It works a treat, and allows to you to keep a nice long backup history instead of older backups being removed due to lack of space. The process takes a good while as in my case I was cloning over 400Gb to the new drive.
For important, albeit technical reasons, Carbon Copy Cloner will avoid backing up a Time Machine backup set in a file-level copy. It is possible, however, to clone a Time Machine volume with CCC using a block-level copy:
Enable the "Block copy" button in CCC's preferences: choose "Preferences..." from the Carbon Copy Cloner menu and check the box to "Indicate when a block-level clone is possible"
Choose your source and destination volumes in CCC's main window
Click the "Block copy" button to require a block-level copy
Click the Clone button
Carbon Copy Cloner has saved the day for me in many situations and is very well worth the $25.