Category Archives: OS X Tips

Quitting an Accidentally Opened App

Do you sometimes click the wrong icon when choosing an application from the dock? Instead of waiting for the application to launch before quitting, use this handy shortcut. As soon as you the wrong icon, right click on it (or CTRL + click), and select force quit. This will allow you to kill it before it slows down your system. If you aren’t quite as quick and the application has started loading, sometimes the contextual menu will say QUIT instead of FORCE QUIT. To avoid this, hold the OPTION key and right click (CONTROL + OPTION + click), and FORCE QUIT will appear.

Get Rid of Duplicate Songs in iTunes!

Here is a really cool feature in iTunes that is often overlooked:  “Show Duplicates”.  This is especially good for people that download music from multiple sources and don’t take the time to check each song that will be downloaded.  (I’m guilty of this!)

To have iTunes display a list of all duplicates, go to VIEW > SHOW DUPLICATES. You can then choose what to do with them.   You can press SHIFT and CLICK to select songs in consecutive order or you can press COMMAND (APPLE) and CLICK to select songs not in a random order.  Then hit DELETE.  iTunes will then ask you to move files to the trash or keep them at your iTunes folder.  You can decide what to do.

Have fun organizing your music!


This keyboard command allows you to quickly access your open applications and documents. Simply click and hold the APPLE key, then click the TAB key to scroll through the window that appears. When you find the application you’d like to open, let go of the TAB and APPLE keys. Have fun using this new command!

Forcing An Application to Open a File

Use this tip when a file opens in the wrong application. For example, if I want a jpg file to open in Adobe Photoshop Elements instead of Preview.

Click on the file, hold, and drag the file to the icon in the dock that corresponds with the application you’d like to use to open the file.

With that said, here would be a solution to my example above:  instead of double-clicking my jpg file and it opening in Preview, I should click on the file and drag it to Adobe Photoshop Elements so I can manipulate the file.

Where did I save this?

If you’ve ever saved something in multiple locations and have difficulty recalling where you’ve saved it later, you’ll probably appreciate this tip. To determine where a file is saved when the file is opened, simply push the APPLE key and click on the name of the file name at the top of the file window. name_screen3.jpg

A menu will appear that will give you “cookies” to show you where the file is saved.drop_down_screen.jpg