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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Monday, August 13, 2007

Saved or not?

This is something that isn't well known but it is so useful. When you have a document loaded in any Mac application, you can quickly see if it is saved or not. The red button used to close a window has more use than it looks at first. It actually has a dark red dot in the middle when a document is not saved and a lighter red when it is. In an application that the save feature doesn't apply, it is always the lighter red color.

Saved, lighter red:


Not saved, darker red:

20 Comments:

Blogger Henry said...

that is common sense

August 12, 2007 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

I never knew that was a signifier of anything. =0

Thanks for the tip.

August 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Valentin Baca said...

This has been added to Safari 3 beta. When filling out a form the close button goes to "unsaved" until the form being edited is submitted.

August 12, 2007 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

Also, the icon in the top bar of the window will be whited over. Read more here.

MacTipper
My Mac-Tipping Blog

August 12, 2007 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Rohit said...

I did not notice the icon to be darker red, but I have noticed that when it was saved there is a cross and when not saved there is a circle!

August 13, 2007 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger alonking said...

that's not fair, it was known to everybody! i have a new mac and i figured it out right away.

that's really not fair! please post another tip today =(

August 13, 2007 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Chantelle said...

A fun tip... I never knew that. But I prefer to look in the centre to see that the icon has faded out.

August 13, 2007 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger THE photography said...

Thanks for this tip! I've learned something new :-)

August 13, 2007 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger kwells said...

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August 13, 2007 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger C├íssio said...

Never noticed that before... :O
The details are the best, I love Apple =D

August 13, 2007 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

never knew that thanks!

August 13, 2007 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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August 14, 2007 at 2:43 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

JEEZ! Stop complaining about a free tip! I have used Macs since the LISA and did not catch that one. THANKS!

August 14, 2007 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger BJM said...

Ditto, Liza!

August 14, 2007 at 4:07 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

lol, i've had my Mac for a while, i can't believe i never noticed that. Thanks for the tip!
- S. Frank

August 14, 2007 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Mac user for over a year now, but didn't know that! Thanks

August 14, 2007 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Bebbs said...

I've used Macs since 1991 and the sheer number, inventiveness and continued emergence of the tricks within the software and firmware never fails to amaze me. There are far too many for one person to discover and remember, so long live the collective knowledge that provides these tips. We all know something, so if you already found a trick yourself, consider seeing it published as a tip here to be a pat on the back for you!

August 15, 2007 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

I can only imagine how much I don't know after reading this.

August 15, 2007 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Clinton said...

For everyone who figured this out themselves: what exactly is the point of your braggadocio? Get a life - I'm pretty new to the Mac OS and I thought this was the most useful daily tip I've seen!!!

August 17, 2007 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

great tip! i never noticed that before

August 21, 2007 at 7:29 AM  

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