MicroMacTips part 4

Ready for 5 more quick Mac tips? John Espirian continues the #MicroMacTips series with some more useful nuggets of information.

MicroMacTips part 4

1. Check which typefaces are in use on a website

If you browse the web with Google Chrome, it’s easy to check which typefaces are in use on any website you visit. Just check out my super-quick video:

Here are the steps to see the fonts in use on any web page:

  1. Right-click anywhere on a web page and then click Inspect (or just press Cmd-Alt-I).

Right-click | Inspect

  1. Click Computed.

Computed tab

  1. Look at the Rendered Fonts section.

Rendered Fonts

Other browsers also show information about the typefaces the site will try to use, but only Chrome currently confirms the typefaces the site is actually using.

Bonus: this tip works on the Windows version of Chrome, too.

2. Copy filenames as text

Imagine you want to grab a list of all the files in a folder. You could type them all out, but that’s not much fun. Try this instead:

  1. Select a group of files in the Finder and press Cmd-C to copy them.
  2. Press Cmd-V to paste the list of filenames anywhere that accepts text input – in a text file, in an email, etc.

Copy and paste file names

3. Replace a folder icon with any other image

There are plenty of times when you might want to replace a default folder icon with something more interesting. Perhaps you have client logo you’d like to add to a project folder. My video shows you how to change a folder icon in under 30 seconds.

Here are the steps to replace a folder icon with an image:

  1. Double-click the image you want to use as a folder icon.
  2. Press Cmd-A to select the image.
  3. Press Cmd-C to copy the image.
  4. Click the folder you want to edit.
  5. Press Cmd-I to bring up the info panel.
  6. Click the folder icon at the top of the info panel.
  7. Press Cmd-V to paste the image.

4. Maximise two windows

In El Capitan (Mac OS 10.11), click and hold the green maximise button on a window and you’ll be able to enlarge it to take up half of a normal fullscreen view. You can then click another window to get that to take up the other half. This is great if you want to have two documents side by side but don’t want to fiddle with manually resizing each.


5. Keep your Mac from sleeping

If you know your Mac’s in the middle of doing something and you don’t want it to go to sleep automatically, the easiest fix is to install Caffeine.

It’s a free app that lets you force the display to stay awake whenever you want. I’ve lost count of the number of times this has been useful over the years.

Got any Mac tips?

I’m always looking for useful Mac tips to share. If you’ve got some, please let me know. Either use the hashtag #MicroMacTips on Twitter or leave a comment below.

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Who wrote this?

John Espirian freelance technical copywriter

John Espirian – the relentlessly helpful technical copywriter

I write B2B web content, blogs, user guides and case studies – all aimed at explaining how your products, services and processes work. I also offer LinkedIn profile critiquing and rewriting.

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