Make External Display the Primary Monitor

When  you connect the external monitor to an Apple Macbook, the external monitor will display as secondary monitor.

In order to make the external monitor the primary one, go to System Preferences -> Displays.

Select Arrangement. You will see two rectangles - each representing a monitor (internal & external).

You will also notice there is a small white bar at the top of the smaller rectangle. Drag the bar to the bigger rectangle (indicating that you want to make the external monitor the primary one).

I Forgot My Admin Password – How Do I Reset It.

This morning I got and e-mail from the site.  Doug has forgotten his Admin password for his make ( or it was changed by mistake) and he needed help figuring out how to reset it. Bellow are the instructions for Snow Leopard. If you need the instructions for a different version then scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the apple support articles on this subject.

This is a 2 step process because your user password and your keychain password will both have to be reset. The first step is to reset the user password from your OS boot disk. (more…)

A Better Way to Use Active Corners

I really enjoy the availability of "Active Corners" . Active Corners is the ability to use each corner of the screen to perform and action. You can control the settings for Active Corners in System Preferences -> Expose and Spaces on the Expose tab. (as seen in the picture below) You can ask any of the 4 corners of the display to launch any of the following.

  • All Windows
  • Application Windows
  • Desktop
  • Dashboard
  • Start Screen Saver
  • Disable Screen Saver
  • Sleep Display

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Switch Between All Open Windows

Over at The Mac Tipper Blog they have posted a great tip for using your keyboard to cycle through all of the open windows. The short cut is called "Move focus to the active window or next window" in the Keyboard Shortcuts area of the Keyboard & Mouse System Preference Pane. According to the post the default is "Control + F4" but, if you are like me and on a macbook and just hit the "Control +F4" all it does is change the volume (some newer Macbook keyboards are different). For the default to work for me I also have to hit the "FN" key and to hit all of those keys its not a comfortable [...]

Use Spaces More Efficiently

With Spaces, Mac users can finally enjoy what Linux users have had for years: virtual desktops. However, Leopards implementation has a neat trick that I have yet to see in any Linux distro. You can now perform “window dragging” between the desktops without having to use the multi-pane view (ie. 4 screen view).
Simply click on a window as though you were going to drag it. While continuing to hold down the mouse button, press control+<an arrow key> to move that window to another space. Then let go when you are done. Isn’t that a much easier way to manage window clutter?

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Make the Expanded Print Dialog the Default View

If you are anything like me, when you print you want to look at all the options that may or may not have been set. Well in Leopard I have gotten very frustrated by having to hit the blue arrow in the print dialog box every time I want to see the settings. My problem have been solved by a real simple Terminal hack. Per the nice folks over at Mactips.org all you need to do is type: 

  • defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE

This will make the default print dialog show up as the one with all the options. If you don't like it and want it changed back then all you need to do is [...]

Stop Asking me if i want to Join an Open Wifi

Our friends over at the Mactipper.com have put together a quick tutorial on how to get your mac to just join the best open Wi-fi Available.Go to the network system preference pane.Open the Airport section by changing the “Show:” menu to “AirPort”.Click on the “Options...” button in the lower left hand corner.Change the menu at the top of the Options window to “Automatically join an open network”.Hit “OK”. Then, click on “Apply Now” in the lower right hand corner.If you want to see him walkthrough this in a screen cast jump over to his Mactipper.com and check it out.

Change the Default Aplication with RCDefaultApp

I was not able to write anything better than the web site states its self. Here is the excerpt from the home page.

RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or higher preference pane that allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, MIME types, and Uniform Type Identifiers (or UTIs; MacOS 10.4 only). MacOS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file (such as an [...]