Recall Windows When Restarting Safari

Want Safari to remember which web pages you had open so they will all appear when you restart the browser? If you do not have Private Browsing enabled, and you do not empty your Cache and History, you can easily recall all of your previously opened windows.

When browsing with several web page windows open, and/or tabs open, choose to quit Safari by right-clicking on the icon in the Dock or typing the shortcut
Command + Q.

Now, restart Safari. Go to the History menu, and choose Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

How To Always "Open With" One App

There are several kinds of file formats which you might prefer to always open in a specific Application. There's a way to natively set a file or set of files or all files to "Open With" one application. This seems to work uniformly on all formats, except when certain Applications override OS X associations.

To set one file to always open with one specific Application:

Select the desired file in Finder, and type Command + I. Under "Open With", choose the Application you want from the list, or choose "Other..." to browse for the file name.

To make a set of files always open with one specific Application:

Use the Spotlight search to find the files you would like to associate with one Application. Move them all to one folder, or go to the folder containing them all and select all of them together with your cursor. Type Command + I, and choose the Application you want under "Open With".

To make all files under one format open with one specific Application:

Select any file with the extension you would like to change to associate with one Application. Type Command + I, and choose the Application you want under "Open with", and this time, be sure to press the "Change All..." button.

How to Convert DOC to PDF

You might be wondering if you can easily turn your Microsoft Document files into PDFs on the Mac. But, it turns out that there's an easy way of converting your microsoft .doc files to the PDF format natively in OS X.

1: Open your Microsoft Document file with TextEdit.

2: Type Command + P, or go to File and select Print.

3: Look to the lower left of the Print pane and you will see a "PDF" button. Click on it to see a drop-down menu.

4: Choose "Save as PDF...".

5: Choose where you would like to save your new PDF file.

Hotmail Account and Gmail in Mail

As you probably already know, Hotmail accounts, for some unknown reasons, are not compatible with OS X Mail. I posted previously about a decent Hotmail plug-in for the Mac. But, I have been exploring another good alternative to accessing your Hotmail account with OS X Mail.

One way is to create a Gmail account (which has seamless integration with Mail), and use the Gmail Mail Fetcher. Once you have this feature active in your Gmail account, you will automatically receive any new mail from your Hotmail account. You will also benefit from Gmail's much better spam filter. And you can use IMAP in addition to POP3. And you will have several other nifty Gmail features missing from Hotmail.

A simple compromise to have the best of both worlds.

*Note: There are currently problems getting Hotmail servers to work with Mail in Snow Leopard.

Keep Application Position in Spaces

There's a way to retain your window's position when moving between different Spaces. This can be useful if you want the same window ratio without having to readjust or move in the next Space.

Press the shortcut key for the Spaces Overview.

Hold the Command key while pressing and holding a window when you drag-and-drop to another Space.

Simple! Easy!

Disable Volume Change Sound

Sometimes when listening to music or audio from a movie you might not want to hear the volume feedback sound when you go to adjust the volume on the audio. This can be especially annoying when you are trying to be a DJ, for friends or whomever they may be, and playing songs without disrupting the audio when adjusting the levels for each track. You can turn off the volume sound with a few clicks.

Go to System Preferences

Go to Sound

Uncheck the box that says "Play feedback when volume is changed"

Now you can change the volume noise-free!

*Note: You have the option turn off the sound temporarily by holding the Shift key before adjusting the volume. Also, conversely, if you have the feedback box unchecked in Sound under System Preferences, you can hold Shift to temporarily hear the feedback sound when adjusting the volume.

How To Change Icon Size

A quick easy way of adjusting your icon size is to select the icon for the file on your Desktop or somewhere in Finder, and type the key shortcut Command + J, in order to use the Show View Options command on the View menu in Finder. In this window pane you can adjust the pixel length-width ratio, space between file icons, Font Size, Label Position, and others.