Tips to Convert Currency in Mac OS X with Calculator App

September 29, 2014

Unit Converter Widget is a clean little Dashboard widget for currency conversion but perhaps, you are thinking of something even simpler – something that’s built right into Mac OS X?

Calculator is your answer.

The Calculator app actually has options that let you use it as a currency converter right on the Mac OS X.

Convert Currency in Mac OS X with Calculator App:

  1. Open the Calculator app (from Applications or through Spotlight)
  2. Enter the value you want to be converted
  3. Head over the options → Choose Covert.
  4. Select Currency
  5. You will be shown the options now. Choose the conversion currencies.
  6. Click Update once. This, you can do, even if the update is recent. This fetches the latest currency results from Yahoo!
  7. Now click Convert and there you go. You have your result.

There are also other widgets customized for the Dashboard on Mac OS X like Currency Converter.

How to Get The Best Out of Mission Control in Mac OS X

September 27, 2014

Mission Control in Mac OS X is a great tool with lots of possibilities to enhance productivity. Here are some tips to get the best out of Mission Control in Mac OS X.

  1. Change Mission Control Wallpaper Tired of seeing the same old Mission Control Wallpaper everytime? Here’s a way to change that. Head over to the mentioned location: /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/ Here, you’ll find a file called “defaultdesktop.png” – take a backup of this image (copy it somewhere else or rename it) and then place your own choice into the folder and name it as defaultdesktop.png. Once you’re done, the Mission Control Wallpaper will be the new one you pasted.
  2. Speed Up Mission Control Animation It’s funny how, when you reduce the animation duration, the Mission Control looks like it has sped up real fast. Run this code in the terminal: defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0.15;killall Dock
  3. Activate Screen Saver Immediately Hot Corners can help you activate Screen Savers instantly. You can change the Hot Corners or activate them by heading over to System Preferences → Mission Control.
  4. Shuffle Windows Between Desktops Moving windows between different Desktops is actually easier than the drag that we usually do. All you need to do is click and hold a window, and then press Control+2 (or which ever number) to move to the particular desktop. If you want a Window to be moved to Desktop 4, it’s Control+4 with the Window clicked.
  5. Close Desktops & Spaces On the Mission Control, if you press the Option key, you will be able to close Spaces. Active apps on a space that was just closed will be moved or merged with the adjacent Desktop.
  6. Stop Spaces Automatically Rearranging Based on Use If you’re not comfortable with the way Mission Control rearranges your spaces based on your app use, you may want to open Mission Control from System Preferences and uncheck Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use.
  7. Show All Windows Belonging to Single App Just hover over the app icon on the Dock and swipe down – this will reveal all the windows that are active belonging to that particular app. Helps in switching over easily and smoothly – and also in closing unwanted open windows.
  8. Assign Apps to Desktop Spaces This option can be enabled when you have at least 2 spaces open. Choose the space you want your app to be assigned to, and then (while on that Space), right click on the app icon from Dock, choose “Options” and then “Assign to Desktop.” Next time you open this app, you will automatically be shifted to the assigned space.
  9. Rearrange Desktops & Full-screen Apps Once in Mission Control, you can actually drag and drop your Windows to spaces easily and change the apps on your Space. This is a simple and straight-forward feature that helps in fast rearrangement of the windows.