While we wait for Apple to pull its finger out and get Mail working reliably again, I thought it might be fun to put together a half dozen cool Mac tricks some readers may not have seen before.
Make onscreen video
If you're making a tutorial you don't need to spend cash getting software to record how you do things on your Mac -- you already have QuickTime.
If you don't understand this then watch most of the steps take place in the appalling video below. (You can even share clips you create direct to YouTube using the Share icon).
Slow stuff down
All those animated effects on your Mac when you minimize windows or use Mission Control can be slowed down. Try it yourself, just hold down the Shift button while clicking the Amber button to the top left of any active window.
You've been able to sign documents using Preview on your Mac since OS X 10.7. Launch the app, open Preferences and select the Signatures pane. To create a signature click the + button and follow the simple instructions -- you'll be asked to write your name on a piece of paper and wave it in front of the camera while you system grabs a picture.
Two features I use a lot
To close lots of windows quickly: Press Option + Command + W. All windows from the currently active app will be closed.
To hide apps fast: Press Option + Command + H and all open apps other than the one you are in will disappear. Or click the desktop while holding Command+Option and you'll hide all the app windows bar the Finder. You'll find many more shortcuts in System Preferences>Keyboard>Shortcuts.
If you can't find an Apple application feature, try using the application Help menu. Just begin typing the name of the feature and you'll see options appear in the menu. Drag your mouse pointer over one of these and Help should show you where to get that function.
I'm not certain anyone really uses Dashboard, but you can make your own widgets by clipping from Web pages containing active information you need-- weather reports or scoreboards, for example.
Mavericks Tips and Tricks
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