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Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

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Finder Preferences

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The following are Finder-specific preferences stored in the Finder Preferences file. Note that some preferences affecting portions of the user interface extend to other applications, such as window title shading.

  • (25) Font used for Finder views (Views Control Panel)

default: Geneva 9
  • (26) Icon Alignment Settings for Finder (Views Control Panel)

default: straight grid, "Always snap to grid" not selected
  • (27) Icon List View Settings for Finder (Views Control Panel)

default: smallest icon; display sizes, kinds, labels,
and dates; "Calculate Folder Sizes not selected;" and "Show
Disk Info in Header"
  • (28) Trash warning dialog (setting in Get Info for the Trash)

default: "Warn before emptying"
  • (29) With the exception of virtual memory, these parameters may be reset by deleting the Finder Preferences file, which is located in the Preferences folder inside the System Folder. Since System 7 will not allow this file to be modified if it is on the startup disk, you may need to disable by dragging it out of the Preferences folder and restarting. System 7 will automatically create a new Finder Preferences with default values. You may then delete the old Finder Preferences file.

  • (30) Note that the Virtual Memory, File Sharing and Window Color settings are stored with their respective Control Panel files and cannot be reset using this method. Virtual Memory and File Sharing can be temporarily disabled, however, by pressing the Shift key while starting the Macintosh. Hold the key down until "Extensions Off" appears in the "Welcome to Macintosh" screen.

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>