Five Tip Friday! Getting your Mac to work how you want it to


1/ Get full web addresses back in Safari’s URL Bar  — Safari for Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite received an iOS-like habit of hiding the full URL from you in the address bar. Doesn’t matter – just go to Safari and choose Preferences from the Safari menu, click the Advanced tab and check the box for Show Full Website Address.

Yosemite offers batch file renaming in the Finder
Yosemite offers batch file renaming right in the Finder

2/ Yosemite got batch file renaming — Select some files in Finder, then right- or Control-click on your selected stuff and pick “Rename [number of] items” from the contextual menu.
You get three options in the upper-left of the window: ‘Replace Text,’ ‘Add Text’ and ‘Format’.
Pick that first option tosearch for a common element in your selected files and replace that with different text. Add Text means that you can insert text either before or after your filenames.
Format lets you append the date or a number (e.g. “File 1,” “File 2,” etc) to your filenames. Pick what number you want to start with on that screen, and again, you can select whether to put the new data before or after the name.

3/ Speed up adding album art in iTunes 12 — The rather contentiously redesigned iTunes 12  has an unintuitive interface. Apple made this? Anyway, among the changes you can no longer drag-and-drop artwork to albums and songs to tag them with their artwork.
Actually, the old tried-and-true method is still there, but it’s been hidden: hold the Option key before you select Get Info to bring back the old GUI that lets you drag and drop your album art right into iTunes.

More control over what sounds emanate from where
More control over what sounds emanate from where

4/ Better Sound options — System Preferences’ Sound pane gives you access to controls that are useful when you have multiple audio devices attached. I really like that on Sound’s Effects tab you can choose which device should play system alerts. While you might consider using the Selected Output Device (the default option) for playing sound effects, you might not want to do so if you’ve connected your Mac to a large home-entertainment system for music out of; in that case, a warning Ping, Pop, or Purr sound can be really be intrusive – and really loud! To get around this, you can use the Sound Effects tab to make these sounds play only on the system’s internal speakers or headphones, while other audio is piped out the USB port to your home theatre. You can also set the volume level for this independently of other device volumes. Excellent!

5/ Dark Dock, light menus — This is one for those not afraid to use the Bash terminal in Mac OS X: If you have enabled the new, pro-looking ‘dark mode’ in OS X Yosemite simply by going to System Preferences>General and checking the ‘Use Dark Menu and Dock’ box, good-oh. But what if you love the dark Dock, but don’t like the look of white letters on a dark background in the menubar, launch Terminal, type in (or, better – for no dangerous mistakes – copy and paste) the following:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleInterfaceStyle Dark
Press the Return key on your keyboard. This sets your Mac to Dark Mode.
Now at the Terminal prompt, type or paste:
killall Dock
Press Return again. This will relaunch the Dock in its Dark mode.Finally, type in (or paste):
defaults remove NSGlobalDomain AppleInterfaceStyle
Press Return again. This turns off dark mode, but the Dock ignores the command … at least until the next time you reboot your Mac. Voila, you have your dark Dock and light menubar.
[This tip from TUAW.]