Self Ser­vice

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

im­prove Yosemite OS X 10.11 El Cap­i­tan will soon be upon us, but there is still some juice to be squeezed out of Yosemite. If you dis­like translu­cent menus in Yosemite, they can be dis­abled by click­ing ‘Re­duce trans­parency’ in the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity pref­er­ences pane. Even though it says re­duce, this op­tion ac­tu­ally turns it off al­to­gether – and in win­dows, too. iTunes 12 mostly got rid of the old side­bar but you can still ac­cess a lim­ited ver­sion of it by se­lect­ing the Playlists view at the top of the win­dow. This is avail­able whether you are brows­ing mu­sic, movies, TV shows, pod­casts or au­dio­books. Sa­fari hides the full ad­dress of a web page, show­ing only the do­main by de­fault. If you want to be able to see it, you can just click the ad­dress field. To make it vis­i­ble all the time, tick ‘Show full web­site ad­dress’ in Sa­fari > Pref­er­ences > Ad­vanced. Re­strict the kinds of in­for­ma­tion that Spotlight finds by go­ing to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Spotlight > Search Re­sults. Just untick any cat­e­gory you don’t need, or drag more im­por­tant ones up the list. Dash­board is much more con­ve­nient if you con­fig­ure it to dis­play on top of your Desk­top, rather than as a sep­a­rate space. Go to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Mis­sion Con­trol and set the Dash­board pop-up menu to ‘As Over­lay’.

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