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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
I'm not a particularly tidy person, but the one sloppy habit I simply can't develop is slathering my monitor with sticky notes. Fortunately, thanks to Lion Stickies I don't need to. As its name implies, Stickies is an application for creating virtual sticky notes. You type directly into one of the example notes or press Command+N and you create a new one. So let's look at that. You've seen things like this before in a paper equivalent. So, again, you can just type into the example note or Command+N and you can create a new sticky.
If you want, you can change the color of your sticky note. Blue, pink and purple. So this is one way of prioritizing stickies. You make the really important stuff bright pink and other one can be kind of a dull looking color. You can also change the font if you like. I mentioned this before, right? Command+T, here is your Fonts palette, choose your font. It's going to be a fancy sticky. And close that up. If you like, you can also add a link.
So go up to the Edit menu, Add Link, and OK. Here is our link. Click on it and Safari will launch and it'll take you that website. Now when creating a sticky note, you don't have to create simply text. You can also add images to it. So I could go in the Documents folder. Here is my Sticky, grab a picture, drag it in.
Again, this a very large picture so it fills up this sticky, but you see, it can expand the sticky to accommodate whatever you've dragged in. You can also put PDF files in here if you like. Goodbye, crab. And save you... Now if you want to keep a sticky note front and centre, just choose Note and Floating Window. So now if I go into another application, you see the sticky stays in front.
So it really is in that case like a paper sticky note. it just stays there until you move into the background. So you can take the note, take out Floating Window, and then you can go back to your other application, activate the window and it floats above your sticky note. Now if you think it's too much trouble to launch stickies every time, you want to make a note, you can be in an application and sometimes create a sticky note. So I'm in TextEdit, I select my text, go to Services > Make New Sticky Note, and here's my sticky.
And again, I can make that a floating window and it's always going to be in front of whatever else I'm doing. So put TextEdit, and goodbye sticky, and goodbye sticky, and that's it. Simple, efficient and easy to use. That's stickies.
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