How To: Change Mac Icons
Nothing says “Hands off! This is MY Mac” like a highly customized desktop.
Once you’ve chosen a Icon Set (or six,) unpack them to a folder on the desktop.
Right click then Get Info on the new Icon. At the top will be a picture of the Icon, highlight this then use to copy the Icon to your clipboard.
Go back to the folder you’d like to change, IE, your hard drive’s Icon. Right click on it, the go to Get Info. Highlight the Icon at the top, but use this time.
Close the Get Info window, and the Icon should change!
How To: Force Spotlight on OS X to re-index
From the command line:
sudo mdutil -E /
sudo mdutil -i on /
The amount of time this will take depends on how many files are on your hard drive.
How To: Use Equation editor in Office 2008 (for Mac)
Equation Editor in Office 2008 should be installed by a default install of Office. If for some reason it is not, you’ll need to find your Office Disc and reinstall Office 2008 for Macintosh.
To check if Equation Editor is already installed, look in /Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Office. The Application, Equation Editor, should located there. But you don’t need to launch it from here or you’ll get error messages saying fonts are missing. Equation Editor is meant to be used inside of Word, and other Office applications.
To use Equation Editor, first step is to launch “Word” from your toolbar, or from Applications.
In Word, click on “Insert” in the menu bar, then at the bottom choose “Object.”
Choose “Equation Editor” from the list of Object Types.
Type in the required equation using the buttons at the top of the Equation Editor to get the Mathematical Operations needed.
Once you have your equation, click the red button in the upper left hand corner to close the Equation Editor. This will automatically insert the equation you just entered into the Word document at the cursor location.
Keep in mind this is for MS Office 2008 for Mac only. If you know how to do this in Office 2011 for Mac, please comment below!
How To: Tweak OS X “Spaces”
Spaces is OSX’s cool virtual window program that allows “multiple” desktops to be setup. The thought is that it allows you to group programs together by task and thereby increasing your workflow productivity.
Apple has a great tutorial on how to really maximize it’s usefulness.
But some of us want to tweak it’s usability. For instance to disable the “teleport to another space feature” in terminal (as root)
defaults write com.apple.Dock workspaces-auto-swoosh -bool NO
To switch back:
defaults write com.apple.Dock workspaces-auto-swoosh -bool YES
To remove the animation between spaces:
defaults write com.apple.Dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES
Please comment and add any other tricks you have.
How To: Find OSX Server Serial Number
Here is the command via terminal to find the Serial Number for OS X Server.
sudo /System/Library/ServerSetup/serverserialnumberutil -get
Out put will be the serial number, the name and company that it’s registered too.
This only works on OS X Server 10.6 or higher.