Yosemite Full Screen View

Yosemite changed the behavior of the “stoplight” buttons in the upper left corner of the application window. It now expands the window to utilize the full screen. This is particularly helpful on a laptop.

In many apps, you can expand the window to fill your entire screen. While in full-screen view, swipe to see another app’s full-screen window, to see your desktop, or to to an other app running un full screen mode.

Expand to full-screen view: Click the green full-screen button in the top-left corner of an app window, or press Control + Command () +  F.

Move between windows in full-screen view: Swipe left or right on a trackpad or Magic Mouse. For more information, see Learn trackpad and mouse gestures.

Return to standard view: Move the pointer to the top-left corner of the screen, then click the green full-screen button again, or press Control + Command () +  F.

You can also double-click an app’s title bar to expand the app window to fill the space between the Dock and the menu bar. If the Dock is on the side of your screen, the window expands to fill the space below the menu bar and to the side of the Dock. You can also Option-click the green full-screen button in the top-left corner of an app window. To return to standard view, double-click the title bar, or Option-click the green full-screen button again.

If you double-click an app’s title bar, and the app minimizes into the Dock, the “Double-click a window’s title bar to minimize” option is set in Dock preferences. To instead expand the app window, choose Apple menu > System Preferences >  Dock: deselect “Double-click a window’s title bar to minimize.”

Move between spaces

  • Swipe left or right with three fingers on the trackpad or magic mouse
  • Open Mission Control, then click the space you want.
  • Press the Control key and the Right or Left arrow key
  • Press the Command () + tab key. Hold the () down while tapping the “tab” key to select the desired app and let go of the key’s

Power tip: Press Command () + Q to quit an application.

Posted on January 13, 2015 .

Upgrade to OSX 10 Yosemite and iOS 8

Apple recently released operating system upgrades for the Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad. I have taken my time to evaluate the changes and the chatter from the internet and can highly recommend to making the changes.

Apple took a different approach with the development and release of OSX 10  Yosemite. Rather than limiting the beta versions to a relatively small group of developers, Apple made the Beta available to the public, allowing a much larger group of actual users to test the software. Given that fact, there have not been any wide spread stories about bugs. I think this was a good decision by Apple.

Make sure to upgrade all your devices that use iCloud services otherwise you risk problems sharing the data and handing over tasks between your Mac’s and iPhone and iPad. Before you upgrade, make sure your Mac is capable of handling the new operating system. Besides the minimum requirements as stated by Apple, I strongly recommend you have at least 4GB of memory installed.

First verify if your applications are compatible

Verify with the vendor of your favorite applications that their Application is compatible with the new operating system. In particular for business critical software that you need to rely on. If you upgrade from 10.6 or older it is very important your legacy software can be updated or replaced by an alternative. Once you upgrade the Mac beyond 10.6 it is impossible to roll back.

Updating your Mac:

  1. Verify that the Time Machine Back-Up is up-to-date
  2. Create a 2nd back-up on a 2nd drive (Super Duper is a great tool!)
  3. Open the app store and download Yosemite (free!)
  4. Follow the instructions and enjoy the ride.

Best practice upgrading your iPhone / iPad to iOS 8.1:

  1. Connect with USB cable to the Mac that holds the iTunes library it is synced with.
  2. Allow iTunes to download iOS 8.1
  3. Back up the device to this computer (important!)
  4. Let iTunes finish the installation
  5. Restore from the back-up
  6. Disconnect the the device and update all your apps.

Alternatively I am happy to do this for you during a Mac Tune-Up in my lab.

Posted on October 23, 2014 .

Open favorite websites at once

You might have a collection of websites that you frequently want to visit. 
To open a collection of your favorite bookmarks at once when you open Safari you can change the presences:
Safari > Preferences > General: “New windows open with “choose a tab folder”

If you are researching the web and want to collect the links to the pages only for the duration of the project, you can create a quick link to a website by dragging the small icon at the beginning of the URL and to the desktop or folder.

To open the collected bookmarks at once, select one or more links and double click on one of the selected links top open them as tabs in your favorite web browser.

You can close all the tabs with the keyboard shortcut:

"Command + Option + W"

Posted on October 13, 2014 .