Photo Booth

Need to take a quick Photo Booth picture without the 3-second delay?  Hit OPTION while clicking the shutter button below the picture.  Voila!

How to upload enhanced podcast

Having problems playing your enhanced podcast in your blog? Here’s the solution:

  • Create podcast in GarageBand, export *.m4a file.
  • Rename file extension to .m4v (e.g. mypodcast.m4v).
  • Write a post in blogs, and upload podcast file… pau!

Your newly created podcast will now play correctly, and even supports chapter navigation.

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.

Scrolling up or down in a web browser

Need an easy way to scroll down or up in a web browser without using a mouse?  Here’s the tip for you.  To scroll down in a web browser (ie. Safari and Firefox), press the SPACE BAR.  Continue to press the space bar to view the entire webpage.  To scroll up, press the SHIFT and SPACE BAR.

Volume Adjustment Without Sound

Have you ever needed to adjust the sound during a presentation but had to subject everyone to sound alerts when doing so? A great tip is to press the “Shift” key with the volume adjustments keys. This allows you to adjust the volume without the sound!

Command-Tab Part II

Thanks to Nate Javellana for this tip: When you use the Apple key and TAB key to scroll through applications that you have opened, you can also quit an application from the same menu. While continuing to hold the Apple key on your highlighted application, you can hit Q to quit.

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!