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

Friday, November 23, 2007

Customizable grid spacing on the Desktop!

This is a Leopard only tip. If you bring up the View Options with "Command - J" or by choosing "View" and "Show View Options" in the Finder, you will find out that it got many new features in Leopard. One of them, when you are on the desktop, is Grid Spacing. I think that is really cool because it has always been something that bothered me (I used to think the way icons are displayed is better on Windows, not anymore!). I think the way it is by default puts the icon on the desktop not close enough to the edge. When you have multiple rows, I think the spacing is a bit too large. By adjusting the grid spacing, you will also be able to have more icons on the desktop before it looks cluttered. Here is an example:


Blogger BigBird said...

thanks for all the great Leopard tips! I love them, but I have a question for you: Do you know of a hack for my Powerbook G4's trackpad? (1.25GHz, 15", 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive) I have tried iScrol 2, and sidetrack, but neither of them work in Leopard, just in Tiger.


November 22, 2007 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Yeah, thanks for the tips, but I wish you could adjust the size of the grid in stacks... I how you have to open the finder when you have more than 30 apps...

November 22, 2007 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Simone said...

Unfortunately STACKS have some problems. If you put your APPLICATION folder as stacks in you dock you can't view all your apps if you have more than 30 of them. I've the same problem. It let you see the firsts and the lasts but not all the apps. I solved the problem by using alisases. Some alias for the graphic apps, some for the utilities, etc etc.

November 23, 2007 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Alessandro Perin said...

it is not possible that now all your tips are for Leopard only. Otherwise change your blog name: A New Leopard Tip Every Day

November 23, 2007 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Oliver said...

This also works in the icon view of finder windows. Just open a new window (Cmd-N), Switch to icon view (cmd-1) then, hit Cmd-J.

As far as these being all Leopard tips, Leopard is the latest OS from Mac, and thus, there are lots of tips available for writing. While I am (desperately) trying to do both Leopard/Tiger, not all people can do that. Also, if you only have one computer running Leopard, then testing out tips on Tiger is not the easiest thing.

My Mac-Tipping Blog

November 23, 2007 at 3:10 PM  
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November 23, 2007 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Sam&Brit said...

If you still have Tiger, and don't want Leopard tips, stop reading! Or...Keep up with the world!!

November 23, 2007 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Alessandro Perin said...

If you are so philanthropic, why don't you buy a copy of it for me, dear I-dont-know-who-you-are?

November 23, 2007 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

No more Mac tips 4 Tiger users I take it. Bummer.

November 23, 2007 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

I have always said that I would continue to cover both Leopard and Tiger. There is however a lot of new stuff about Leopard and nearly nothing new about Tiger. I will continue to have Tiger compatible tips in the future, but most of these tips will be in separate applications such as iLife, iWork, Office, etc (not dependent on the OS). Check back later today, the next tip is for both Tiger and Leopard.

November 23, 2007 at 6:52 PM  

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