Highlight Items in Grid View of Stacks

17 07 2008

In OS X Leopard, we have something called a “stack”. Basically, this is just a quick, accessible way to specific folders in the dock. Within this there are a couple view options including a list or grid. In the grid view, you are greeted with a plethora of chaotic info thrown at you (assuming you have a large amount of files in that folder) and its hard to find the exact thing you want.

Apple has included a highlight feature that works when you use either the arrow keys or press command and the letter the item begins with. To turn on this feature permanently to use with your mouse, all that is required is to open up the OS X Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type the following italic words: (note they are two separate lines)

defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean yes

killall Dock

That’s all there is to it. Check out your stacks and see the newly-added highlight feature in grid view.

To undo this feature just type the same commands as above in the terminal and replace “yes” with “no”

[Via TUAW]


RSS Feeds!

19 04 2008

I love RSS (Really Simple Syndication), plain and simple. To explain RSS really easily, it basically collects posts from a blog and collects them in a list that is easily viewable – like an email. I find it very handy because I enjoy reading up on the latest tech, but I’d rather not visit all of those sites in my browser – so instead I use my RSS aggregator, which sorts them into neat little folders for me. OS X has some great RSS aggregators [Wikipedia article] such as its own Mail.app, NetNewsWire and Vienna (my personal favorite). Also, pretty much every modern web browser supports RSS feeds such as Internet Explorer, Safari and Flock. If for some reason, you don’t have the option to or would rather not use one of the built-in RSS aggregators in the browsers, I would recommended Google Reader. The RSS aggregator I use for Windows is Windows Live Mail, simply because I liked the user interface and how it mixes with MSN as well. To subscribe to my website via RSS, either click the RSS button in your search bar at the top of your browser or add https://techblogger08.wordpress.com/feed/ to your list of subscribed RSS feeds.

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