When you login to your Mac for the very first time, you will likely see a number of application icons in the Dock that are unfamiliar. Sooner, rather than later, you’re probably going to want to add or remove applications from the Dock. Adding or removing items from the Dock is very easy. You essentially have two methods for doing so.
If the application you want to add to the Dock is currently open, just command click the icon and choose Options from the menu. In the Options menu, select “Keep in Dock”. You’ll see something similar to the screen grab below.
If the application is currently in the Dock and you want to remove it, perform the same actions as above. This time, the Options menu will have “Remove from Dock” as an option.
To easily add a closed application to the Dock, being by going to the Applications folder in the Finder. Once there, drag the application from the Finder window to the bottom of the Dock and hold. If you hold the application near the bottom of the dock, you’ll see the two closest icons move out of the way to “make room” for the new icon. Drop the icon where you want in the dock and it will fall into place.
To easily remove icons from the dock with dragging, just select and hold the icon and move it away from the dock. When a little cloud shows up just below the mouse pointer, let go of the mouse and watch the icon disappear in a puff of smoke.
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As with most computers, the Mac can often become slower to start up once you have been using it a while. One of the most common things to slow computer start times are those programs that open upon boot. It’s good to look every once in a while to see what programs open upon boot up and evaluate if you still need them to do so.
To see what programs start at boot up, we just need a quick visit to System Preferences. Open System Preferences -> Accounts -> Your User Account -> Login Items.
If you see applications that you no longer need to open at boot, just highlight the application and click the minus button. You can also add applications by clicking the add button and browsing to the application and choosing it.
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I’ve been using the Mac for just about two years now. For the longest time I missed my Windows delete key function. You know, the delete key by the insert, end, and home keys.
I finally decided I needed to find out if such a keystroke was possible. A quick Google search later and I found my answer. For those of you wishing to have a Windows like delete key on your Mac, use the following keys: fn + delete. So very simple. I’m mad that I didn’t look this up sooner!
If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you have installed more than one web browser on your Mac. I personally have four web browsers installed, Safari, Camino, Firefox, and Shiira. Using these browsers is easy, but how do you set or reset the default browser? The first place a beginner would logically look is System Preferences. You won’t find an option to set the default browser in System Preferences though.
To set the default browser you actually have to open Safari. Open Safari and click on Safari and then Preferences. Once you are in preferences, click on the General button. The first option you see should look like the below. Choose your browser from the list or click Select if the browser you want isn’t listed. Now that you know how to select your default browser, go out and try a new one.
One of the very first things I looked up when I first got my Macbook was how to install applications on OS X. Installing applications is incredibly easy for most users, but for new users it can sometimes be confusing. There are several different ways that applications on the Mac can be installed. We’ll discuss the main methods below.
Most Mac applications are downloaded as a .dmg file. The .dmg file is a disk image that contains the compressed application files. After downloading the dmg file, Safari will automatically open and mount the file in the finder and on your desktop unless you have changed the default preferences. If you are using another browser, just double click the file and the disk image will mount on your system.
From this point, application installation can vary a little. Some applications, like Adium, provide you with a pointer (alias) to the applications folder in the installation window. Just drag the application icon and drop it on the applications folder alias. The application will now be installed to your applications folder.