5 useful and hidden things in Leopard that are helpful

There are a couple of things that I’ve stumbled upon this week while looking for some leopard secrets. Some of these things might not be native to leopard, but have to do with the applications that came packaged in leopard. Hopefully, some of these may be helpful to you.

Enable The Web Inspector

To enable the Web Inspector, open up Terminal (located in Applications/Utilities), type the following line and press return:
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

This lets you use the Web Inspector in Safari. Essentially, you right click on an element on a webpage and select the web inspector. It will tell you the exact formatting for that element. It’s a thing of beauty.

Put Full Paths Into The Finder Window

One really annoying thing with OS X is the lack to full path indicators in the finder windows. I know you can ctrl+click on the finder title and it will show you a path, but this isn’t helpful enough for most of the work I do. Spending a lot of my time in the terminal trying to track down files, can be a pain in the ass. Essentially this lets you put the full path into the header of the finder window:Problem solved!

Type this into the terminal:
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

Collect All Windows In One Space.

I’ve been using spaces more and more on my mac pro, sadly, my G4 iBook just can’t handle the memory and cpu cycles needed to keep alot of applications open. Sometimes while using spaces I want to collect all of my applications into the same window, and until recently I’ve been doing this manually…talk about annoying! Well apparently, while you are in the over view of the windows by hitting F8, hit the C key.

F8, then C. C Again To Put It Back Again.

Put A Mouseover Graphic In Your Stack

This is more eye candy than it is functional, but I don’t see why I wasn’t included in the Leopard build. Essentially this will all you to put a mouse over effect into your stacks. The stack item that you put your mouse over will highlight. Pretty fun, and kind of handy.

Type this into the terminal.
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YES
killall Dock

note: We are not responsible if you mess up your machine. This things have been tested on my machine, but unless you know what you’re doing, do not mess with these settings… you’ve been warned.

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