Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

Submitted by
John W Baxter

 

 

Related Articles

 

 

Savescreenie 2.0

Send Article to a Friend

Long ago, our article "How to Change Screen Capture Formats" (27 June 2005), prompted Christian Franz to create a small utility called Savescreenie to ease the process of changing Mac OS X's default screenshot format. Five years later, Christian's cf/x Software has released the free Savescreenie 2.0. It now supports a number of additional file formats (10 in all), and enables you to set the default location and base name for screenshots. Savescreenie 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later and works on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. So if you prefer a screenshot format other than Mac OS X's default of PNG, or would prefer that your screenshots end up somewhere other than on the Desktop, give Savescreenie a try. (Free, 1.0 MB)


 

Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS!
Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of
savvy, committed Apple users who actually buy stuff.
More information: <http://tidbits.com/advertising.html>
 

Comments about Savescreenie 2.0
(Comments are closed.)

Bob Battles  2010-09-22 02:28
I tried this savescreenie 2.0 on my home computer running 10.6.4 and it worked great!! Installed it on my work computer running 10.5.8 and not only did it not work, but it disabled the keyboard shortcut for capturing selected area and my menu clock disappeared and system preferences cannot bring it back! Any way to reverse it?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-22 05:58
That's very odd, since I wouldn't think that Savescreenie would even have the capability of affecting those settings. I'll ask Christian about it. I presume you've restarted to make sure everything is starting fresh?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-22 11:50
After talking with Christian, it seems likely that something else happened at roughly the same time, since many of these settings are simply unrelated. To undo everything that Savescreenie does, issue the following command in Terminal:

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist

and then reboot the Mac.
Bob Battles  2010-09-23 02:44
Will give it a try and report back. Thanks.
Bob Battles  2010-09-23 09:54
The command in Terminal brought everything back to normal - menu items, keyboard shortcut - everything seems back to normal. Problem machine: iMac 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - Model Identifier: iMac6,1 - will email more info later.
Thanks,

Bob