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Take Control of Customizing Tiger
Jun 13, 2005

Take Control of Customizing Tiger

It’s Day 2 of Tiger, and you’ve played with the new features. But you can become even more productive if you customize Tiger for your needs. Turn to Matt Neuburg for a road map on how to start using new features in Tiger. Matt shows you how to configure and use Spotlight efficiently for finding files on your hard disk, and once you’ve found them, he helps you set up smart folders that automatically organize your files.

Matt also helps you make the most of Dashboard, which gives you instant access to mini-applications. In other parts of the ebook, you’ll learn how to manage the status menus in your menu bar, how to customize keyboard shortcuts (and even disable the Caps Lock key!), and how to get started with Automator. Matt also covers how to work with Exposé, the sidebar, the toolbar, Finder windows, Font Book, Unicode, and more. Additional help for those new to Mac OS X: 150 basic ways to customize your Mac!

More Info

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • I’m overwhelmed by all of Tiger’s new features - where should I start?
  • Did I install the right stuff?
  • How do I use Spotlight to find information on my hard disk?
  • Can I configure Dashboard widgets?
  • How do I use Automator, and what’s it good for?
  • My Font menu is huge, and my fonts are a mess. What should I do?
  • Can I assign keyboard shortcuts to menu items?
  • Where did Apple hide the options for <insert your favorite feature here>?
Update Plans

We have no plans to update the 10.4 Tiger edition of this ebook, but there are new editions that cover Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion.

Posted by Adam Khan

  1. Helping Your Apple Laptop Fall to Sleep

    The sleep function in newer Apple laptops is meant to protect against data loss in a new way from earlier Apple laptops, but for some folks, this new design means waiting too long for sleep to begin. If you’d like to change the way your laptop sleeps, check out a two-part article, written by Take Control author Joe Kissell in TidBITS about how he solved this problem on his Mac Book Pro. Three caveats: one —read both articles before customizing anything on your laptop, two—this customization is best performed by people who feel comfortable going under the hood of the operating system [and three, check out SmartSleep as noted below].

    Article #1: Stewing Over Safe Sleep
    Article #2: Safe Sleep Revisited

    [August 2009 – Another way to get your Mac to fall asleep faster is with the SmartSleep utility. In fact, in the Snow Leopard edition of this ebook, author Matt Neuburg recommends it!]


    p>Pleasant dreams…

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

The Author

Matt Neuburg is a TidBITS contributing editor and the author of several books about Apple software, including Programming iOS 4. He has been programming computers for 45 years, and has written popular Mac and iOS freeware such as MemoryStick and the TidBITS News app.