Have Your Dashery 2: Make an En Dash on a Mac Keyboard

“A hyphen is a hyphen, and a dash is a dash,” says Bill Walsh. He doesn’t do en dashes, sorry.

But just in case you need to know, there is an easy keyboard shortcut for making an en dash.

How do you make an en dash on a Mac keyboard?

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How to Show / Hide Bookmarks Bar in Safari in Mac OSX

Apple’s Safari is a nifty Web browser with a clean look, a nice RSS reader function, and powerful bookmarking options. One of the things I like is the convenient Bookmarks Bar (found right below the Address Bar) where you can add bookmarks that you can move around simply by dragging the bookmarks.

But have you ever looked at Safari and wondered where the Bookmarks Bar went?

Or do you have a Bookmarks Bar that you wished would disappear for whatever reason? Okay, so maybe Safari’s Bookmarks Bar does not appear or disappear randomly. However, you might want to show or hide it and you suddenly you can’t figure out how to.

The Bookmarks Bar is a useful feature of Safari. You can show or hide Safari's Bookmarks Bar in Mac OSX using the Mac toolbar or with a keyboard shortcut.

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How to Launch an Application Using Spotlight

There are many ways to launch an application in Apple OSX. Double click the app in the applications folder. Click an app icon on the dock. In Mac OSX Lion, you can start Launch Pad to open an iOS-like icon grid that you can use to start an app with one click.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to launch any application.

But there’s a keyboard shortcut that can be used by those running OSX Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion. It’s quick, convenient, and actually, easy to remember.

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Crop an Image Using Preview

What do you use to crop an image in Mac OSX? There are plenty of powerful image editing tools for Mac OSX, some free, some ridiculously expensive.

Included with every Apple Macintosh since 2002, iPhoto has a modest set of photo editing options, such as red-eye removal and adjustment of exposure, contrast, and saturation. Effects (sepia, matte, black and white, etc.) can also be added with one click. It also has an easy-to-use crop tool.

The drawback is that you need to add a photo into your iPhoto library to be able to edit pictures. If you’re using powerful image editing tools like Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Seashore, and Acorn, the drawback is that they may take a while to load. If you merely need a quick fix for cropping a photo, there has to be a quicker way, right?

You can use Prevew to crop photo.

Good thing there’s another option. And it only requires an app that already comes free and preinstalled in every Mac. The app we’re talking about here is Preview. Yup, Preview, that ever reliable photo and PDF viewer for Mac OSX can also be used to crop just about any type of image it can open.

See how after the jump.

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How to Hide a Window in Mac OSX

Want to hide an active window? There’s a keyboard shortcut for that.

Want hide all windows except for your currently active window? There’s a keyboard shortcut for that.

You Can Hide Active or Inactive Windows Using a Keyboard Shortcut.

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How to Put the Tilde on the Eñe on Mac OSX, iOS-Style (Lion only)

Placing a tilde on an “n” is a cinch when you’re writing by hand. All it takes is a flick of the wrist to add the tilde on top of the n.

On a typewriter, it was easy if it had the eñe built in. On a Spanish-style typewriter keyboard, the eñe will typically appear between the L and the comma, so no problem there. Otherwiese, you type the “n,” press backspace, rotate the carriage halfway up by hand, and type the tilde (or hyphen if the keyboard doesn’t have a tilde). That took a little more work, but it was a straightforward process that was obvious enough.

On computers, on Macs, Windows, and others, the fastest way is to rely on a keyboard shortcuts. The problem is, memorizing so many shortcuts can be a pain. To bypass the need to memorize or look up a shortcut, some people took to keeping an eñe on their clipboard. Or when they needed the eñe, they’d look up “España” on the net and add it to the clipboard from there. These were roundabout methods and really just a little bit crazy.

Memorizing keyboard shortcuts to call up the eñe on a computer keyboard can be a pain.

There must be an easier way to type words like “señores” and “señoras,” “señas” and “baños.” On a Mac running OSX Lion there is an easier, less confusing way to write eñe.

Learn more after the jump.

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How to Cycle through Safari and Chrome Tabs Using a Keyboard Shortcut

Tab browsing has been a blessing for people who want multiple web pages open at the same time. Before, computer desktops could get quite messy with so many windows open, and in the bad old days of pop-up ads, really really annoying.

There's a keyboard shortcut for cycling through tabs in Safari and Google Chrome

Nevertheless, browser tabs, combined with the power of Exposé in Mac OSX, desktops have become a little less confusing. There are ways to control the browsers to give you greater control of your browing. One is by cycling through tabs using a simple keyboard shortcut.

It’s fairly easy to click on tabs in browsers such as Safari, and Google Chrome in Mac OSX. But you can also cycle through browser tabs: There is a keyboard shortcut for that.

Find out what it is after the jump.

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How to Make an “n” with a Tilde on Top Using the Keyboard of your Apple Mac

Señores and señoras, do you know how to make an “n” with a tilde on top? Specifically, how do you make an “ñ” using a Mac keyboard?

How do you type an eñe on a Mac keyboard?

What I used to do, when I needed special characters was to open the keyboard viewer and look for the character from there. (I kept the keyboard viewer icon active on my menu bar.)

An even more roundabout way of finding an eñe was to search for “malacanang” or “jalapeno” on the Web and then copy-paste the word or the eñe from there. Yep, I did that sometimes. It was a pain.

Learn how to do it on a Mac keyboard after the jump.

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Have Your Dashery: Make an Em Dash on a Mac Keyboard

Ever wondered to to create an em dash using a keyboard shortcut on Mac OSX?

Ah, that pesky em dash. In ye olde days of the typewriter, you would simply type two hyphens.

But how do you make ‘em on a Mac keyboard?

Here’s how:

• On your keyboard, press Option+Shift+Hyphen all at the sam time.

That’s it. Just one step. It’s not as difficult as love, as Rilke would say.

And the fruits of your labor after the jump.

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