By Jon Tidey • May 3, 2013 This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine. Inspector—Use “Inspector” instead of “Get Info.”—RT-click finder item then hold alt, and “Show Inspector” will appear. Or use shortcut CMD+Option+i. This is like the “Get Info” window but it will not clutter up the screen and will show combined data for selections. Resizing Windows—Shift-drag will scale height and width of the window—Alt-drag will re-size opposite sides at once with same center point Cycle Options In Dialog Boxes It’s a pain in the arse to move the mouse to click Cancel or other buttons in those pop up option windows. Hitting Return/Enter will do the default action. Use the Tab key to cycle the options, then hit the space bar. Hiding Apps The Hide function works how minimize should.—CMD+H will hide the active window.—Alt+click the desktop (or the will also hide).—Alt+CMD+click the desktop will hide all windows except finder.—Alt+CMD+click dock icon will hide all apps except the one clicked (and open it if it’s not already open). Close All Windows To quickly close all windows for an app, hold Option and click the X in the top left of the window. New Folder With Selected Items I love this featured added in OS X Lion. Instead of making a new folder, giving it a name, grabbing items, and dragging them to the new folder, just select the items, rt-click and choose New Folder With Select Items right at the top. CMD+Shift+N makes a new folder. Hidden Audio Controls There are several “hidden” functions with a Mac’s audio options:—Hold shift to avoid the annoying click when changing the volume (or disable it completely in Sound>Sound Effects prefs).—Alt + any volume button on the keyboard will open the sound preferences.—Alt + shift provides finer resolution on the volume control.—Alt + click the volume control in the menu bar to bring up a menu for quick input and output changes. Moving Files One thing that confuses many new OS X users is the lack of Cut function for files to cut and paste to a new location. On the system drive, dragging a file to a new folder will move it, but dragging to a second drive will duplicate it. Sometimes you don’t want a second copy. In OS X, you copy the selected file, and use the Move command, CMD+Option+V.—If you prefer drag + drop, just hold CMD.—In case you didn’t know the other files for dragging files: Option +drag will duplicate (and append a number to the file name starting at 2). Read the rest of this post 1 2 About Jon Jon Tidey Producer/Engineer, EPIC Sounds Jon Tidey is a Producer / Engineer who runs his own studio, EPIC Sounds, and enjoys writing about audio on his blog AudioGeekZine.com. http://AudioGeekZine.com Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Tagged with: Computers Jon Tidey Mac Recording Software Techniques · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.