The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Gain a lot of screen real estate!

For productivity, one of the best but often overlooked feature of Mac OS X is the possibility of hiding the Dock. The Dock is a quick way of loading application or seeing what programs are running but it does takes up a lot of screen space. I used to reduce the size to the minimum but even then, the icon were microscopic and it still took an appreciable amount of space. Dock hiding can be turned on by choosing "Automatically hide and show the Dock" in the "Dock" section of "System preferences". You then only see the Dock on demand when you bring your mouse where it used to be but to the lowest point possible (if it's at the bottom). One of the only downside of this is that it sometimes gets in the way when you resize applications.


Blogger Michael said...

Need (or want) even more space? Hide the menu as well. You cannot do this directly from within Mac OS X, but using the nifty $5 tool MenuFela, you can. I am not affiliated with Ninja Kitten, just a happy user.

January 29, 2007 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger Jim Thompson said...

does anyone know how i can download micro cassette audio tapes to my imac

January 29, 2007 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Jim Thompson: That depends on what Mac you have. For the Mac models that don't have an audio-in, you would need an iMic. It is available here from Griffin. MacGeek.

January 29, 2007 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Jane Carter said...

You can also temporarily hide the dock by pressing Command, Option, D keys.
I do this when I am running Terragen, as we need all the space we can get.
Then to get the dock back, hit the same key combo.

January 29, 2007 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Nice shortcut Jane Carter, I didn't know about that but what it actually does is it changes the same thing as the screenshot on the front page.

January 29, 2007 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

I really like this quick key combination Jane Carter. It is very useful when you want to change on the fly. MacGeek

January 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

Your comment about the Dock annoyingly interfering with sizing/scrolling activities is well taken. Play around with the Dock location and size as well. Personally, I find the left side is the location where the Dock is least likely to be invoked accidentally.

January 29, 2007 at 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Another quick timesaving tip, is when I am ready to put all my Macs to bed for the night, I hit the Command and Tab keys, and go thru them and Command Q all the multitude of programs which Ive got running. Then when I get down to the last thing, the Finder, I hit Command Option Delete, and they go to sleep.
Quick and easy.

January 29, 2007 at 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a wonderful utilit by Marcel Bresnik called TinkerTool which allows you to place the Dock in some otherwise unavailable positions (e.g., Start position (bottom left), end position (bottom right)). There are also a number of other preferences you can set which are not available in the System Prefs or Finder prefs which are very handy.

Check it out!


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