Feb 26

One of the most popular posts on macintoshhowto is this 6 year old article on how to clean an Apple mighty mouse. It’s had over 200 comments!

Here’s a video so you can see what it looks like.

Apple recommend rubbing a piece of paper over the top of the scroll wheel, but I find turning the mouse upside down and running it round in circles is much more effective. The paper must be new and clean. An old piece of paper doesn’t work.

I’ve been using this method 2-3 times a year for 6 years and my Apple Mighty Mouse with scrollwheel is still going strong.

 

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Sep 10

Adding a folder to the toolbar

This is the top of a Finder window.  Those icons along the top are called the toolbar.  I find it really handy to put items that you use a lot into this toolbar so that they are available from every Finder window.

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Jan 15

usb

Here is how to charge your iPhone from your MacBook Air battery. (It  will work for a MacBook Pro as well.)

  1.  Plug the phone into the MacBook Air USB port.
  2.  Open the lid and power up the MacBook Air.
  3.  Close the lid, putting the MacBook Air to sleep and the iPhone  will continue to charge!

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Jul 15

safari

When you see a Jacki Chan movie, his hands move so fast you can barely see them. With a couple of tricks, you can search the internet so fast you’ll be a Safari Surfer Ninja. Here’s a quick way to open a new tab and start a new google search for any word or phrase on a webpage. Continue reading ⟩

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Jun 26

textwrangler

I had a list of email addresses but some of them were duplicates that I wanted to remove. My first port of call was Apple Numbers but it was too complicated. I had to sort them, then write a function to detect duplicates, then filter the results.

Good old textwrangler can do it in one go. Here’s how.

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