Friday, December 30, 2011

How to View Chinese Character in Mac Excel

  1. Close any open Office applications. 
  2. In the Finder, open Microsoft Office 2011/Additional Tools/Microsoft Language Register, and then double-click Microsoft Language Register to open the application. 
  3. On the Select the language to enable for Microsoft Office pop-up menu, click Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese, and then click OK.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hot to Sync Facebook Events to iCal

You can sync your Facebook events to iCal (Mac's default Calendar).
1. Login to Facebook and go to "All Events"
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Export Events".
3. Click that URL , then your browser may prompts you that it will launch your default calendar app.
4. Once your default calendar launch, you can click "subscribe".

Then it works.

You can't update the Facebook events on your calendar app in this method. It is an one way sync.
This is the same method to publish those events to your iPhone calendar from Facebook.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Managing Personal Folders - Apple Mail

For Mail 5.0
1. Click "Mailbox" and then select "New Mailbox ..."
2. Choose "On my Mac" in "Location"

Then you can move the mails from your "Inbox" to there !

How to use Search Tokens in Lion Mail?

To find a message, go to the search bar in the top right hand corner of Mail. Type in the search key about the message -- can be person or subject. While you are typing the search key, there is a list of options appear as the pull down manual like Spotlight. Then click on any of those search suggestions to add a token in the search field.
There are many other available tokens when you click on the small downward arrow besides your term.

To specify a date, just simply type in a month followed by 4-digit year then you can have "date" token.

Then you can enter as many different search terms after each token.

Furthermore, you can even save your search as a Smart Mailbox by clicking the save button which just below the search bar.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Find the Original Photos from iPhoto

If you want to get you photos (in file format) after you import them to iPhoto, you need to do the following

  1. Locate a "file" called "iPhoto Library". It should locate in "pictures"
  2. "Right" click and select "show Package Contents" 
  3. Photo files are located under "Data" folder.

Try it!

Mac Boot with Disk Selection

Hold the key "option" when your machine is booting, then you can enter the manually to select the boot disk!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Resource of MS Office for Mac

Here is a web for the help on MS Office in Mac. It seems quite useful for Mac guy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Total size of selected files/folders Mac

How to get the total size of selected files/folders in Mac ?

1. Select the files or folders as usual
2. Hold Alt/Option
3. "Right Click" and show the menu
4. Choose "Show Inspector" (it is "Get info" if you don't hold that button).

They will show you the information of your selection.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Force Eject a Stuck CD or DVD

1. Open Disk Utility and choose the disc you wish to eject in the left-hand pane, then click on the Eject button.
2. If your computer has an eject button on the keyboard, restart the computer holding down the Option key. When the startup disk selection screen appears, let go of the option key and press the keyboard's eject button.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Create a RAM Disk in Mac

Create a RAM Disk in Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 or above
It is a command to create a 550MB RAM disk, enter it after opening terminal

diskutil erasevolume HFS+ "ramdisk" `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://1165430`

Create a RAM Disk in Max OS X 10.4 or below

$ hdid -nomount ram://52428800
$ newfs_hfs /dev/disk1
$ mkdir /tmp/ramdisk1
$ mount -t hfs /dev/disk1 /tmp/ramdisk1

to ditch the RAM disk and unmount it, just type
$ hdiutil detach /dev/disk1

Here are some apps to create RAM disk
Esperance DV
Ram Disk Utility Pro

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mac Tips on Shortcut

open new winfow
 double click. -- open a new window
-- go to the rightest part of line -- like button
-- go to the head of line -- like button

Friday, May 27, 2011

Word 2010: How to Make One Page Out of Many Landscape

Create an separate landscape page:
  1. Move your cursor to the point where the landscape page will be the next page. If you are using the practice document from the above steps, go to the end of the last full paragraph on the bottom of the first page.
  2. In the Page Layout tab, Page Setup group, click the Insert Page and Section Breaks button, then click Next Page in the Section Breaks list.
  3. Enter once.
  4. Insert another Next Page Section Break, following the steps in Step 2. The landscape page will be between the section breaks.
  5. Make sure your cursor is in between the section breaks by turning on the paragraph marks. (Home tab, Paragraph group, ¶)
  6. In the Page Layout tab, Page Setup group, click Orientation and choose Landscape.
  7. Insert your table or whatever your landscape content is into the page. If it is longer than a page, a new landscape page will be inserted immediately after the one you just made.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Future Concept: Macbook 2020 & MacBook Touch

Image source: Tommaso Gecchelin’s Design, if you want to see more, about the design, please go to the above link.

iPhone Tips: Change color of Calendar

You cannot change the color of you calendar in iPhone directly.
But you can change that from iCal in your Mac. You just need to go to your calendar and select "edit" and then you can change the color of your calendar.
Then you sync your iPhone/iPad .

You will find the color of calendar is changed as the color of your calendar in your iCal.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Dozen Styluses Reviewed by Macworld

It is really useful article to have look if you are looking for a stylus !

Here is the full report from Macworld.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mac Excel 2011 (in Microsoft Office) -- Carriage Return in Cell

How to get enter a "Carriage Return in Cell" in Excel 2011 in Microsoft Office?

Windows: Alt + Enter
Mac: Control + Option + Enter

Friday, April 29, 2011

View HTML Source In Safari With Color Syntax Highlighting

The View Source command (Option-Command-U) in Safari displays HTML source code in plain text. You might get color envy when you view the nicely formatted, colored syntax highlighted HTML source using Firefox or Chrome. Here are three ways you can get colored syntax highlighting in Safari.

Using Web Inspector Under Developer Menu
HTML source code colored syntax highlighting is available in Safari Web Inspector under the Developer menu. This option is not enabled by default. Open Safari Preferences and select the advanced tab. Checked the tick box “Show Developer menu in menu bar” to enable the Developer menu.

You should see the addition of a “Developer” menu next to the “Window” menu. Open up Web Inspector from menu Developer->Show Web Inspector or using Option-Command-I. A new window will pop up occupied the bottom half of your Safari window, displaying the HTML source with colored syntax highlighting.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stop "delete file immediately" in Trash

How to stop showing "delete file immediately" when you drag your files in the Trash??

It is related to permission problem. You can try the following.

1.GO to Application -> Utilities, run (click) "Disk Utility" and run the "Repair Disk Permissions". Waiting for the process complete, you can restart your Mac and it should be fine.

If the above hints does not work fine, try the following.
Go to Application -> Utilities, run Terminal
type the following if you are administrator

rm -rf ~/.Trash
mkdir ~/.Trash

it will remove your existing Trash and recreate a new one which will fix the permission issue.

Monday, January 10, 2011

How to Uninstall Xcode??

It is quite easy.
Open a terminal window and type the following

sudo /Library/uninstall-devtools --mode=all

is the directory where the tools are installed. Typically the installation full path is the following


Easy enough ??

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

iPad with IOS 4.2 ..... Rotation Lock Button!

Recently, I have upgrade my mobile devices -- iPhone & iPad to IOS 4.2. My iPad was IOS 3.x and I loved it very very much.
Although I can't input Traditional Chinese by handwriting, it did affect me very much.

To be honest, I don't really like the multi-tasking in IOS4. It is very annoying to me that every time I need to "kill" the Apps which is running in background.

Now, I found another bad point in IOS 4 in iPad too.

It changed the rotation lock button to mute button !!!! WTF !!!!!

You know how inconvenient to enable or disable rotation lock !

WTF !!!!

If you find a way to change it back, please let me know.