How To Find iChat Sound Files

Ever wanted to use the sounds you hear in iChat for text messages on your iPhone? Maybe make them ringtones? Or use them for some other purpose on your Mac?

Well, the process for finding these .aiff files is fairly simple. Although you can't find them through a normal search in the Finder or Spotlight, you can get to the folder containing these sound files another way.

First, just use Spotlight to find

Once you see the application icon appear in the Finder. Right-click on the app and choose Show Package Contents. Then go to Contents, then Resources. Presto!

On a side note, after you complete this process, for your own convenience, you can now type .aiff in the Finder and tap Search: Resources to list only the sound files in this folder for iChat so that you can select and copy them easily in a group to another folder.

Bring Back Screen Zoom in Lion

If you have upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion or Mountain Lion, you may have noticed something is missing. The ability to zoom in and out of the screen on the fly using your mouse or two finger gesture on the track pad while holding down Control isn't present right out of the box.

You can bring this feature back by going to System Preferences, Universal Access, and under Zoom select Options. Now check the box that says "Use scroll wheel with modifier keys to zoom". You have the option of assigning a key other than Control which is nice.

I'm not sure why Apple has chosen to unselect screen zooming by default as it is a useful feature to have, but at least it is still available, albeit buried within System Preferences panes.

View Application Windows Easier in Lion

When you are in Mission Control (OS X Lion or later), and you have several windows open in a particular program or several (as I often do), and you want to view more of the windows overlapping each other, if you have access to a trackpad on your laptop or desktop you can do so very easily.

Just move your cursor over the group of windows and use your thumb and three fingers in an outward motion to activate the gesture. You can also reverse this process to bring the windows back. This might not show you everything in the windows, but it can let you have a better look.

If that is not enough, and you want to view your application windows another way, you can go to System Preferences, and go to Desktop & Screen Saver, then choose Hot Corners. From a dropdown menu you can choose Application Windows. Now when you activate this corner with your cursor you will automatically see most if not all of your windows (depending on how many you have open) and not have the issue of your view being obscured by overlap. Alternately, you can choose the option of left clicking the application icon in the Dock and selecting Show All Windows to achieve the same result.

Ways to jump to the bottom of a web page

In case you were wondering, there's a way to move all the way down to the bottom of a web page without having to manually use the scroll bar all the way there. Just holding Command + Down Key will do the trick, also Command + Up Key will do just the reverse. Additionally, just tapping the Space bar will slightly scroll down the page if you do not wish to go all the way to the top or bottom.

Interestingly enough, if you are using the track pad you have the option of using a three finger upward or downward gesture to go all the way to the top or bottom, but this will only work in Firefox, Chrome, or Opera browsers. For some unknown reason Safari is missing this helpful feature.