Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th May 2009 09:58 UTC
Apple Since it's weekend, which usually equates to no news, we figured we'd follow in Engadget's footsteps by asking you, our dear and loving readers, what you would change about Apple's current Mac Pro. Engadget readers already had a few things to say - this is the internet after all. And since this is OSNews, we add a question of our own: what would you change about Mac OS X?
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RE[2]: Finder, Dock
by henrikmk on Sat 9th May 2009 17:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Finder, Dock"
henrikmk
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Wholeheartedly agree with you. I'm no "Mac user" by any means, but I use one periodically throughout the week, and the finder is my biggest qualm. It's so hard to go to any given location on the hard drive (on any hard drive), and what if you want to launch an application you don't use frequently enough to put on the dock?


Use the Spotlight search menu to get to it. Press cmd-Space and type the app name. Spotlight may be slow at times, but it has its moments. For application launch, it's usually way faster than digging through Applications. Also it can be used to find an open application, if you have so many open in the dock that you have a hard time finding its icon.

It's possible, but only just. I always forget that I have to "File > Exit" every stinking program if I want to really exit (I assume Apple+Q works for that, though), and that's just plain annoying.


OK, but then try this trick, when you have to quit a bunch of apps: Press cmd-Tab to bring up the application switcher. Hold cmd and tab or shift tab back and forward to move to a different application. When you've reached the desired application, release tab and press Q, still while holding cmd. Then you can tab to a new app and quit it the same way very quickly, never leaving the application switcher. When you are done, you can tab back to the program you were working in, not dropping cursor focus, without interrupting your workflow. This is actually very well thought out.

The dock, too-- it's nice to have for launching programs, but it's a piece of garbage for minimized windows. I can never tell which window is the one I want to open (say, if I have multiple instances of the same program). I'm really hoping this will vastly change in the upcoming versions. But then I'm not an avid OS X user, so whatever.


The dock has behaved the way it does since 10.0.0, so it's not likely to change. Minimized windows aren't well implemented with the dock. A solution is using Exposé with F10 and while in that view, press and hold the Option key. Then you can see the window names as well.

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