How to Take a Screenshot of a Selection in Mac OS X Lion

Taking a screen capture of a selection of your screen is very easy in Mac OS X Lion. This takes only a few steps.

Take a screenshot of a selection using an easy keyboard shortcut.

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Where Are My Default Desktop Pictures Located on Mac OS X Lion?

On a Mac, you can use your own photos as your desktop background or use art or photos you’ve downloaded from the Internet. You may be wondering, though where the default pictures are stored. Where do you find the default desktop photos on Mac OS X Lion?

Where do you find the Desktop Pictures folder in Mac OS X Lion?

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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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Top Three Free Epub Readers for Mac OS X

Well I’ve written and ranted before about free epub readers for Mac OS X. There are few such apps and those that are available seem to me to be limited as ebook readers. While I’d love to repeat and expound on my complaints, right now, I’d like to present you with a small list of epub readers I’ve found for Mac OS X.

Those looking for an epub reader for Mac OS X might want to try one of the free apps mentioned below.

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How to Take a Screenshot of Your Mac OS X Desktop

Some switchers from Windows are probably wondering where to Print Screen button is on the Mac keyboard. That’s a button on the left-hand side of the keyboard used to take screenshots in Windows. In case you’re wondering, on the older DOS system, the Print Screen button will print the text on your screen.

But how do you take a screenshot if you are using Mac OS X? More after the jump.

Taking screenshots in Mac OX can be done using a keyboard shortcut.

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Microsoft Releases Patches for Office 2011 for Mac OSX

While we wait for the official release of Microsoft Office for Mac OSX Lion, Microsoft came out with an update for Microsoft Office 2011. Microsoft Office 2011 is the latest version of the office suite of applications. While it runs well on Mac OSX Lion, officially, it supports only up to OSX Snow Leopard.

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac OSX. Microsoft Office with Lion support is expected to come out in 2012.

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How to Install the Kindle Ebook Reader App for OS X

Do you have a Kindle ebook reader? Neither do I. Lucky for us Mac users, we can read ebooks from Amazon on Mac OSX.

Now you can enjoy Kindle books on Mac OSX. Kindle for Mac works on Intel Macs running OSX 10.5 and later.

Amazon released Kindle for Mac OSX in 2010. It complements a Kindle ebook reader if you have one. But you don’t have to have one. It complements Kindle apps for Windows, the iPhone, and Blackberry, but you don’t have to have any of those devices to enjoy reading Amazon ebooks on Mac OSX.

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How to Find Duplicate Songs in iTunes

Do you feel that the universe is eternally recurring across time and space? Do you sometimes feel that time is not linear but cyclical? Do you believe in deja vu? déjà vu? Didn’t you just ask me that?

Perhaps like me, you feel having duplicates songs in iTunes is annoying as hell.

Or did you just suddenly realize that iTunes is playing a song it just played 10 minutes ago? It may be that your iTunes library contains duplicates that you need to get rid of. You could accidentally imported an album twice or a song belongs to separate collections that you both added to your library.

You might not want to have a song appearing more than once in iTunes. Probably you feel that it’s taking up too much disk space on you computer or in the iPod your iTunes syncs with. Or you just don’t want it playing over and over, devouring its own tail for all eternity. Whatever the reason, the duplicates just annoy the hell out of you.

How do you remedy the situation, this Nietzschean dillema? You may want to manually check your song list for duplicates or you can try a simple command you can access from the iTunes menu bar.

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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.

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