Get word and character counts for any selection in OS X

AutomatorIconXIf you regularly need to count the words in text that you are composing or otherwise managing, then there are several approaches for doing this. A common oneĀ is to simply copy whatever text you are interested in and paste it in a Word or Pages document, and then use the word counting features in there to count your words; however, if you find yourself doing this frequently then you can create a special service for counting words. Continue reading

Manage applications that use your location in OS X

compassSome apps you use in OS X may handle location information to bring you directions, weather, or other details about your location without you needing to enter zip codes or other details manually. While it may be no question that some applications like Maps will need to use your location information, at times seemingly unrelated programs may attempt to access your location and you might wish to know what they are and be able to disable them, if desired. Continue reading

Organize Spotlight searches for better results

SpotlightIconXThe Spotlight searching system in OS X is not only good for finding files, but because it includes applications and access to services like the dictionary on the system it can be useful as an application launcher, and a quick dictionary reference, among other uses. All of these can be accessed from any application by pressing Command-Space or selecting the Spotlight menu in the menu bar, and then entering a search query. Continue reading

Five hotkey shortcuts you might not know about

FinderIconXThe hotkeys available in OS X allow you to quickly have common commands at your fingertips, and with practice you can greatly speed up your workflow with them. While common hotkeys like Command-Q to quit, and Command-W for closing windows, may be well-used, there are a number of hidden hotkeys in OS X that can sometimes be exceptionally useful. Continue reading

Address bugs and problems with the Yosemite beta

YosemiteInstallerIconXAs suggested previously, Apple today released the public beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite operating system, and people who previously signed up should now be able to download and install it. However, a few who have jumped on board have found a few problems when setting up Yosemite on their systems. If you plan on grabbing the beta, then as with any test software, do so with caution and be prepared to run into these and other problems. Continue reading