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Ctrl+F2 when the mouse isn't working. You can use arrow keys to navigate the menu bar and press return when you highlight the item you wanted.

 

Ctrl+F8 AFTER having pressed Ctrl+F2, it selects the right side of the menu bar. Why you can't get at it otherwise is a bit obtuse for me.

 

Unless you have discovered what key on a PC keyboard maps to "eject," the following aren't too helpful for you: Cmd+Ctrl+Eject = Reboot; Cmd+Alt+Ctrl+Eject = shutdown.

 

The "sleep" key on some PC keyboards will bring up a special dialog box on OS X by which you can select to sleep, restart, or shutdown (and cancel).

 

Cmd+Alt+Esc will force quit an app. If you do not see the force quit dialog, try choosing that from the Apple menu. If this still doesn't work, see if you can activate another application first by clicking a window or clicking an app in the dock that has a black arrow pointing up at it (this is a running/loaded indicator).

 

THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH FOR THIS INFO!!!! SOOOOO USEFUL!

My personal favorite as just a nice trick (although I haven't confirmed it in OSX86 yet) is to hold the Command Option and Control keys and hit 8. It will invert the colors on the screen.

Does this work for anyone with OSX86 ? I have JaS 10.4.8 running and it doesn't work for me.

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QUOTE(aitikin @ Dec 23 2005, 03:22 AM) *

My personal favorite as just a nice trick (although I haven't confirmed it in OSX86 yet) is to hold the Command Option and Control keys and hit 8. It will invert the colors on the screen.

 

Does this work for anyone with OSX86 ? I have JaS 10.4.8 running and it doesn't work for me.

 

 

you must press ctrl+cmd+opt key + 8 then it works fine for me

Hi!

 

Here is one cool secret setting :o

 

In almost every application which have a button like picture below

 

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you can press Option+Command and click on that button... Customize window will apear.

 

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Now you can just Drag&Drop icons you like into the menu

 

 

Cheers!

Maybe these are not new, and are commonly known, but for the new on OSX86...

 

Make any App Icon Transparent in Dock when it is hidden

In Terminal type defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true

then type killall Dock

 

After my 10.4.9 update my dock icons weren't behaving as well as they were in 10.4.8, this solved my "issue" with the icons not turning transparent when the app is hidden.

 

Glad I ran through this once more, I didn't even notice I had this problem after the 10.4.9 update.

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Well I try to put widget on desktop but that doesn't work.

Is it possible with osx86 version ?

 

osx is the same on intel or ppc, you're doing something wrong.

Well I try to put widget on desktop but that doesn't work.

Is it possible with osx86 version ?

 

 

osx is the same on intel or ppc, you're doing something wrong.

 

 

You can do this on both as long as you enable it. You can't drag them to the desktop by default, you have to do the following:

 

- Open a terminal

 

- Type defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

 

- Reboot to get Dashboard to load the new settings.

 

 

Then activate Dashboard by pressing F12 Begin dragging the widget. Press F12 again, before letting up on the mouse button.

 

- Drop the widget wherever you want it.

When you hold Command and clic the button at the right side of Finder folders you can switch across some premade customizations for the window, I think they are five but there's one not working, or I can realize what it affects.

I'm surprised that nobody put in OS X's hidden Tetris and Text Adventure

 

To play OS X's hidden tetris, you:

 

1. Open the finder

2. Open Applications

3. Open Utilities

4. Open Terminal

5. type "emacs"; click enter

6. Press ESC + X at the same time

7. Type "tetris"

8. Play Tetris! Use the arrow keys to move and rotate the blocks, and press the space to make the blocks fall.

 

To play the Text adventure, you just type Just type "emacs -batch -l dunnet" (without quotes) into the terminal and it will bring up and old school text based game.

 

I think the OS X developer's were REALLY bored when they made it.

 

interesting that dunnet is a game included on emacs code ;D

 

 

Welcome to dunnet (2.01), by Ron Schnell (ronnie@driver-aces.com).

Here is some useful information (read carefully because there are one

or more clues in here):

- If you have a key that can open a door, you do not need to explicitly

open it. You may just use 'in' or walk in the direction of the door.

 

- If you have a lamp, it is always lit.

 

- You will not get any points until you manage to get treasures to a certain

place. Simply finding the treasures is not good enough. There is more

than one way to get a treasure to the special place. It is also

important that the objects get to the special place *unharmed* and

*untarnished*. You can tell if you have successfully transported the

object by looking at your score, as it changes immediately. Note that

an object can become harmed even after you have received points for it.

If this happens, your score will decrease, and in many cases you can never

get credit for it again.

 

- You can save your game with the 'save' command, and use restore it

with the 'restore' command.

 

- There are no limits on lengths of object names.

 

- Directions are: north,south,east,west,northeast,southeast,northwest,

southwest,up,down,in,out.

 

- These can be abbreviated: n,s,e,w,ne,se,nw,sw,u,d,in,out.

 

- If you go down a hole in the floor without an aid such as a ladder,

you probably won't be able to get back up the way you came, if at all.

 

- To run this game in batch mode (no emacs window), use:

emacs -batch -l dunnet

NOTE: This game *should* be run in batch mode!

 

If you have questions or comments, please contact ronnie@driver-aces.com

My home page is http://www.driver-aces.com/ronnie.html

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How to boot from USB-Flash drive on intel-based MacBook ? ...and from ieee1394 connected HDD ( if it possible ) ?

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Just hold "Alt" at startup. The Efi will scan for any bootable device like Firewire and netboot drives.

 

Joshua.

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Maybe these are not new, and are commonly known, but for the new on OSX86

 

Make the Safari Debug Menu appear:

Quit Safari then in Terminal type

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

 

Make any App Icon Transparent in Dock when it is hidden

In Terminal type defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true

then type killall Dock

 

I like the second one!

Is there a way to undo it?

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Open finder, go to Applications, hit command+A, now hit command+down arrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BTW, don't really do this unless you have about a half hour and a lot of patients. use this as a practical joke

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does the "hold F12" work in osx86? suppose to eject the CD/DVD out of primary optical drive.. at least on the ppc platform it does :-) also, force eject of all removable media that support eject by holding left mouse button on bootup (cannot be usb mouse via hub as far as i know)..

 

also, if anyone was successful in hacking "front row" into osx86, command+esc :-)

 

 

HELL YES..i love it...just what i was loooooooking for

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Open finder, go to Applications, hit command+A, now hit command+down arrow.

BTW, don't really do this unless you have about a half hour and a lot of patients. use this as a practical joke

 

Sigh. Curiosity really did kill the cat. I never knew the Dock could shrink to that size...

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