Category Archives: Tip

Create a Folder from Multiple Selected Items in Finder

New Folder with Item Screen Shot
You can create a folder from a selection of files, instead of creating a new folder first, then moving files in.

Here’s how: In the Finder, select any files you want to put into the same folder. (sleet multiple files by holding down the command button and clicking files to ad) You can do this in any Finder window, including the Desktop or from the results of a Spotlight search (not the Spotlight menu itself).

Right-click on any one of the selected files, and the top menu item is New Folder with Selection (number of Items). When you choose that, a new folder will be created, and the files literally leap into the folder. The new folder is called New Folder With Items, and you can change its name.

(This isn’t technically new, it was added in Lion. But it’s a nice feature to be aware of) I use this daily.

Works for:

  • OSX 10.7 Lion
  • OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Leave a comment

Filed under Mac Desktop, OS X, Tip

Assign a Launchpad Keyboard Shortcut

Launchpade OSX Screen Capture
After installing Mountain Lion on my mid-2011 iMac i realized that the launchpad key (F4) that my MacBook Air has, didn’t exist on my Apple wireless keyboard. No worries, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to open it.

Click on the Keyboard in System Preferences, then choose Keyboard Shortcuts tab along the top.

Keyboard System Pref Screen Capture

Click on Launchpad & Dock on the left side of menu. Click Show Launchpad, press Enter or Return, and enter your shortcut. Once you’re satisfied, you can click OK and close all windows.

Keyboard Prefs Screen Capture

All done. I set mine up to use F4, same as it is on my MacBook Air. Force of habit since I use it often.

1 Comment

Filed under Mac Desktop, OS X, Tip

How-To: Install iMac Memory

If you’re like me and really don’t appreciate a sluggish machine, then this walk through is for you. There’s instructions on Apple’s site on how to replace memory on any model iMac, but people usually have questions about how to do, was it hard, how long did it actually take, what memory did you end up with, etc. so I’ve summed it up with pictures and a how-to if you feel like you want to upgrade your iMac too!

27 inch iMac 4 GB MemorySo first off you need to check what you have – and then where you want to be. My iMac is Mid 2011 model (purchased in August 2011) but you can also check what model, by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left of your desktop and choosing About this Mac from the drop down menu. It’s also important to take notes on the speed and memory type from this menu before heading to a store and buying a few sticks of ram. Also read up on how much ram your machine can handle (per slot) and then you’re ready to buy. Mine started off at 4GB 1333 mhz DDR3 SDRAMM. (2 sticks of 2GB). If you need help figuring out what you have, tweet me and I’ll help you out.

Corsair 4GB Memory for iMacAfter researching that my iMac maxes out at 16 GB of ram, and that each slot can take up to 4GB, I was ready to purchase. Found Corsair at CanadaComputers at $19 CDN per 4 GB. I bought 4 sticks and headed back home. It’s also important to note that the memory you’ll be looking for is marked on the package as “Laptop Memory”, and as long as it’s the 204 pin (for my Mac) you’re ok to use. The 244 pin ram isn’t compatible and won’t fit if your specs don’t ask for it.

What You Need

  • 4 x 4 GB Corsair 204-pin memory sticks
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Flat Surface
  • Towel/rag/shirt/blanket

Step 1
iMac Flat Memory SlotAfter you shut down your iMac, unplug the power cord and lay your iMac flat, screen-down, on a towel/blanket/rag. You don’t want the screen to get scratched while you’re working on the ram. Lift the stand out to the highest position so that it’s out of the way and you can easily access the memory port along the bottom of the screen.

Step 2
Unscrew Memory Cover from iMacUse your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the 3 screws holding the memory cover in place, and remove. *Make sure you use the correct size Phillips and be sure it doesn’t slip and/or strip the head on the screw. They’re not changeable. If you strip the head, you’ll need to get a new cover.

Step 3
Memory Tabs on iMac
As soon as you have the memory cover off, you’ll notice there are 2 sides of memory slots and there is a film-like ribbon covering them. You pull down the ribbon from the top (it’s attached at the bottom) Pull the ribbons back to get access to the memory. This is the trickiest part of the old memory removal; Pull the tabs gently and firmly towards you. Make sure your fingers are dry and don’t worry about ripping the ribbons out from the iMac. They’re secured to the bottom of the ram pockets, and the only way to unseat the old ram is to pull on these tabs until you hear the memory click and it will slide out. *DO NOT use pliers or tweezers or any other tools to pull out the old memory, you will scratch the surface of your computer and could risk damaging the ram sticks. Patience is key when removing the old ram. It will come out – take your time.

Step 4
New iMac Memory InstalledWith the old ram out, unpack your new ram and remember to place it in label-side up (or follow the old memory orientation). In order to seat the ram correctly, you press in firmly until you hear the memory click. *Remember to hold the removal tab so that you don’t crush it when installing the new ram. Repeat this step for all of the memory sticks you want to install. My mac has 2 slots on each side. It’s important to note that you should stick the same brand and size of memory for every pair of sticks. Don’t mix and match. Install memory in even numbers of two.

Step 5
iMac Memory Tabs ReplacedNow that you’ve got all your memory in and seated, make sure you put the tab ribbons back into their original position, and tuck on top of the stop memory stick. The tabs shouldn’t interfere with the installation of the memory cover at all. See my pic for an example of how it should look before you attempt the re-install of the memory cover.

Step 6
Replace the memory cover using the Phillips, and remember not to over tighten. If you strip the head of the screw or tighten too much, it won’t hold. Hand tighter is good enough.

Step 7
You’re now ready to re-connect your iMac to a power source and power it on. If you hear the standard start-up mac sound, you know that your memory was received and read correctly – and the computer will power up normally. If you don’t hear a sound while power up and the screen doesn’t come on, you have to go back and check that you seated the memory correctly and that it’s pushed it all the way. Done.

Let’s Check
iMac 16 GB Memory InstalledAfter your iMac boots up, click on the Apple icon in the top left and choose About This Mac from the drop down menu, and you should now see the GB of ram as per what you installed/wanted.

If you want to go deeper, click on More Info and then choose Memory tab along the top. You’ll now see how many slots have been used and how much memory is in each slot. Any questions or comments, leave them here or tweet me.



Filed under Mac Desktop, Tip

Tip Tuesday: Upload Your iPhone Contacts to iCloud

When transferring my MobileMe account to iCloud, I found that my contacts didn’t transfer to iCloud when accessed through the website even after repeated syncs through iTunes.

Settings iCloud Contacts Sample

To help anyone else with this issues, here’s a quick work-around I’ve found to get it to sync. Do the following:

  1. Make sure your iPhone iCloud account is setup. (I’m using my email address.)
  2. Turn off ‘Contacts.’
  3. When prompted, choose to save the contacts on the iPhone.
  4. Turn ‘Contacts’ back on.
  5. When prompted, choose to merge the contacts.

All of your MobileMe contacts should now be available through iCloud.

1 Comment

Filed under OS X, Tip

Install OS X Lion on Multiple Machines

OS X Lion IconIf you’re a diehard Apple fan, like I am, you’ll likely have to install OS X Lion on more than one Mac. Since I just picked up my 27″ iMac on Friday, I figured it was time to update the OS on it and my MacBook Pro at the same time. I downloaded Lion through the Mac App Store, but then thought about how I didn’t want to pay another $29.99 when I installed it on my MacBook.

Lucky for me, I didn’t have to.

So I did a little digging and found out that as long as you have the Mac App Store authorized with the same Apple ID on each of your machines, you only need to pay once. Here’s how:

1. Download Lion

Launch the Mac App Store on the first machine. Buy the app and confirm your purchase by entering your Apple ID and password, then just wait for it to download the 3.5 GB installer.

OS X Lion Install Option

2. Install

After the download is complete, follow the instructions and begin the install process. (It took about 25 minutes on my i5 2.7 GHz iMac)

OS X Lion Install Progress

3. Download on Another Machine

Launch the Mac App Store on the second machine that needs the update and make sure you’ve logged in with the same Apple ID as you used for the first one. Follow these steps:

Click “Purchases” along the top of the App Store browser window

App Store Purchases Screen Shot

You’ll see a complete list of all Apps that have been purchased in the App Store with this account and the option to download each of them. In this case, choose OS X Lion and let the download begin (Again the size of the download is 3.5 GB)

Purchased List App Store Screen Shot

4. Install

Leave a comment

Filed under Mac Desktop, OS X, Tip