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7 Hidden Features Of Mac OS X Lion

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Today, 40Tech is pleased to present a guest post from Dwarka Rao.

With a Mac operating system, the more that you use it, the more you will explore it. There is so much to do with a Mac that this exploration process looks unending. In this post, I have compiled a list of some of the top hidden features of Mac OS X Lion. These secret Mac OS X Lion features are less popular than other well-known features, which is why I’ve labeled them as hidden features. But this does not imply that these features are any less useful than other features.


1. Migrate From Windows to Mac

When I switched from Windows to Mac, I wanted a tool to help me migrate my files and folders from Windows to Mac, but I never took the time to look for one. But there is such a tool, as long as your PC and Mac are on the same network. Download the Windows Migration Assistant installer on your Windows system and install it there.

Now, on your Mac, navigate to Hard Drive  >  Utilities  >  Migration Assistant and start transferring all your data from Windows to Mac. You can either do this on a wireless network or on a wired network. This is a useful feature for Mac users switching from Windows.


2. Sign PDF Documents

You can use your actual signature as a digital signature on a Mac. All you need to do is sign a piece of paper, and capture it using your Mac’s camera.

To do this, go into the Preferences in the Preview app. Click on the Signatures tab, and then click the “+” button to add a signature via the camera. To add a stored signature to a PDF, open the PDF with the Preview app, and make sure that the Annotation toolbar is open. To open it, click on the pencil icon in the Preview toolbar. Then click the Signature drop down menu to select your signature and place it in the document.


3. Control Which Applications Can Determine Your Location

With Lion, you get greater control over your applications, including the ability to decide which apps can use your location. Go to System Preferences and then check out the Security And Privacy section. Then click on the Privacy tab, where you can see which apps have requested your location. From there, you can grant and deny access.


4. Screen Sharing

With Lion OS, you need not look for any third party tool to share your screen, as Lion has built-in Screen Sharing capabilities. You can find this in the Sharing section of System Preferences. Once you enable Screen Sharing there, you’ll see instructions on how to connect.


5. Advanced Search

Suppose that you want to search for a file that has the name IMAGE. If you type IMAGE in the search option, it will not only look for the files named IMAGE, but will also return any files that are images – creating quite a messy search. On Lion, you can create search tokens to refine your search and get better results. Tokens like Kind (file type), Name (file name) will let you get better search results in Finder.


6. Easy Dictionary Use

Enable this feature by navigating to System Preferences > Trackpad > Point & Click. Make sure that the “Look up” box is checked, and then you can look up a word in the Mac dictionary by double tapping on that word using your three fingers.


7. Move Multiple Files at Once Into A New Folder

Hold the Command button and choose all those files that you want to move into a new folder. Once you do that, right click on any of the selected files and click on “New Folder with Selection.”


And there you have it – seven lesser now features of OS X Lion. Do you have a favorite trick that isn’t well know? If so, share it in the comments.


Guest author Dwarka Rao is editor at PcsPlace – A Tech Blog and Review Unit – A Gadget Blog.