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Mac Dock folder tip - How to move a folder to the Mac Dock

Mac Dock FAQ: How do I move a commonly used Mac folder to the Dock so I can access it easier?

When you first buy a Mac, the right side of the Dock (the right side of the highway stripe on the Mac Dock) will have just the basic items on it, such as the Applications and Downloads folders. What a lot of people don't know is that you can put links (shortcuts) to your own folders there as well. In fact, this is a great place to put shortcuts to your most commonly used Mac folders.

How to recover lost (deleted) system items in the Finder

There are some very interesting things you can do with the Mac Finder. Unfortunately one thing you can do is mess up the left side of the Finder (the Sidebar). Anyone with a Mac and a small child has had the "What happened to my Finder?" experience, as items on the left side of the Finder, particularly in the "Places" section, are suddenly missing.

How to bookmark a directory in the Mac Finder (Part 2)

A very important warning: When you drag your folder over to the PLACES section of the Finder, make sure your image looks like the image shown above, where the folder is clearly going to be placed between two existing folders. If you drag your folder over to the left side, and you're highlighting another folder in the PLACES section, you're going to end up moving your folder to that other folder. That's a great technique for moving your folder from one place to another, but it's not what I'm trying to describe here.

Creating Mac Finder bookmarks (Part 1)

One of the cool things about the Mac Finder is that you can create shortcuts, or bookmarks, to folders that you visit frequently. This is cool, because instead of clicking around to get to your commonly used directories, you can get to them with just one mouse click. That's as fast I can think to make it.

How to type the name of a directory in the Mac Finder

Problem: You're using the Mac Finder, and you're in one directory, and you need to move to a directory/folder that is somewhere else in the system hierarchy. It sure would be easy if you could just type in the name of the folder you want to move to, but you don't know how to do this.

Solution: Whenever you're using the Mac Finder, or other Finder-related components in Mac OS X applications, you can use this magic keystroke to let you type in the name of a directory/folder that you want to move to:

[Shift][Apple][g]

scp home directory - A shortcut to refer to your home directory

I learned a shortcut the other day about how to use the scp or pscp commands to securely copy files between computer systems using SSL. I used to always type an scp command like this to copy a file named myfile.tar from my local computer to my home directory on a remote system:

Mac Finder FAQ: Is there a simple way to jump to a folder using the Mac Finder?

Mac Finder FAQ: Is there a simple way to go to a folder when using the Mac Finder?

If you're using the Finder on Mac OS X, and you know the path of the folder you want to open, you can do this quickly using the "go to folder" command. With a Finder window open (or, you can just click on the Desktop), press the [Shift][Command][G] key sequence, and you'll see this window displayed:

Mac Firefox URL shortcut - keystroke to select the Firefox URL field

For a while on the Mac I kept finding myself always clicking on the URL/location field in Firefox and Safari. Then one day I noticed this, and wondered why I was doing that instead of using the keyboard command/shortcut to highlight the field and then typing. That answer was easy -- I didn't know what the keyboard command was. It's not the same as it was on Windows.

Turns out it's very simple: [command][L] does the trick.

Mon, Mar 7, 2005 (Don't take programming shortcuts)

Note to self: Don't *ever* take shortcuts when writing code, even prototypes. Every time an application gets to a certain size, you'll regret those shortcuts, because you won't be able to do what you want to do in a timely manner.

There's something good to be said about "the simplest thing that could possibly work", but don't take that to mean "taking really dumb shortcuts is okay".