There’s no doubt that the default icons used throughout Mac OS X are indeed very eye pleasing. However looking at the same icons for months or years on end can get repetitive and old. In this article we’ll go over a few ways to spice up the look of the folder, file, application and dock icons.
Tag / finder
Tags was a feature added to Finder in Mavericks, and when used properly it’s a great way to trying to keep all your content organized and easy to find. The problem however, is that the tags themselves are not organized. You can tag something with the color red, but what does the color red represent?
Changing the name of the tag helps you remember what’s actually being tagged. Changing the color can emphasize the tag, for example; red is attention grabbing so maybe it would work well as the “Important” tag or deadline tag.
Occasionally problems can arise with search results in Spotlight. This is caused by the search index getting corrupt. When searching for something, Spotlight doesn’t search every file on your computer, that would take way to long. What happens instead, is that all the contents on your computer is added to an index, the Spotlight Index. This includes meta tag data, every word inside your documents, emails… and pretty much everything else.
It’s not unheard of for Spotlight to have some issues, and keeping track of the constant ever changing data on your computer has been known to trip it up every now and then. Sometimes when search for something, Spotlight may refuse to acknowledge it’s existence, even if you’re blatantly staring at in on your desktop.
Also, if you’re having issues with it taking a long time, these methods will also speed up Spotlight search.
Changing the default applications that opens when opening a file in Mac OS X is a definite must know, and can save you time as well as a headache.
Maybe you’ve downloaded a new app that you want to set as the default, or opening a picture could default to an app that takes a long time to load, such as Photoshop.
Until a little while ago the .DS_Store file was well hidden from my eyes. During my daily work process, I started to realize this DS_Store file was appearing almost everywhere. Soon its presence became a question of its occurrence and need. I tried opening this strange file but couldn’t do so.
When I tried to open the DS_Store file I was presented with an error saying, “There is no application set to open the document “.DS_Store”.
My overall experience with DS_Store file made me scratch my head and dig deep into its occurrence & behaviour.
.DS_Store file? What – Why – Where – How?
The toolbar in most apps are where all those handy icons are located for easy and quick access. If you haven’t yet taken the chance to check into what the toolbar options are, you could be surprised at how much more accessible and useful you can make it.
Not all apps have a customizable toolbar. Most browsers let you modify the layout and a few of the native Mac OS X apps are supported. Some of the applications you should definitely have a look at are your most used apps like Finder, Safari, Mail and whatever else falls into your category of most used apps.
Having multiple duplicates of apps in the “Open With” menu in Mac OS X can get very annoying and quickly make things look messy. This is a problem I run into quite often as I’m constantly installing and uninstalling apps. Fact of the matter is that an app doesn’t need to be listed multiple times in the right-click (control-click) menu.
Inside this article are 2 ways to remove the duplicates that always seem to sneak in.