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This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 

 

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Savescreenie 2.0

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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)


 

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Comments about Savescreenie 2.0
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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