By modifying this small setting, you can make the Dock show which applications are hidden by displaying them as a semi-transparent icon. To do this, open up the Terminal (Applications/Utilities) and type the following:defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool yesFor this change to take place, you have to relaunch the Dock, using Activity Monitor. Do this by loading up Activity Monitor (Applications/Utilities) and typing dock into the search field. Quit the process named dock.To cancel this change, and return the icons to normal, repeat the above command in the terminal, but replace yes with no.
You can make Finder quit-able by issuing the following command in Terminal window:defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem 1You’ll need to option-click and hold on the Finder’s Dock icon, and then relaunch the Finder to see your changes take effect. The new Finder process will have a Quit menu option which allows you to quit Finder whenever you don’t need it (this even saves a few Mb’s of RAM).
By default, Mac OS X’s Finder keeps system files – which generally start with a dot, like .bash_profile – out of your sight. But that makes editing one of these files extremely difficult if you, say, want to customize your Terminal prompt.Execute the following in terminal (to undo the change set TRUE to FALSE):defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUEYou’ll need to option-click and hold on the Finder’s Dock icon, and then relaunch the Finder to see your changes take effect.
In a Terminal window, type:defaults write -g AppleICUTimeFormatStrings -dict-add 2 "MMMM d, y hh':'mm':'ss' 'a"Press Return and then type:killall SystemUIServerPress Return again and the menu bar will disappear -- click anywhere on the desktop to reload it, if necessary. Bingo...Long format clock.
The Finder uses visual feedback to let you know what it’s doing. For instance, when you double-click on a folder to open a new window, you get a subtle zoom-out effect. This helps you understand what your machine is doing, but they can also make a not-so-powerful machine feel slower than it is. With a little help from Terminal, you can disable some or all of the Finder’s animations.Launch Terminal and type the following command:defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool trueThis command disables the animations, but to see the changes, you need to restart the Finder. The safest way to do this—to log out and log back in—is also the most time-consuming. Instead, just hold down the option key and then click and hold on the Finder’s Dock icon. When the…