5 Tips & Tricks For OS X Lion

OSX Lion was released on Wednesday along with 250+ new features. With all those features to go through, you might just miss a few. Check out a few fun tips and tricks that you might have overlooked, after the jump.1. Change your iCal and Address Book skin. The updates to Address Book and iCal take a realistic approach that some people don’t seem to be particularly fond of. If you aren’t a fan of the new leather skins, Codeus over at Macnix created a clean aluminum skin for both applications that you can download and install yourself, following his simple installation instructions.

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2. Capture your signature in Preview. In Lion “Preview” has the ability to capture your signature using your iSight camera. Simply write your signature with black ink on a white piece of paper, then go to Preview/Preferences and click on Signature. Hold your signature up to the camera and it will save the image so you can easily sign PDFs electronically.

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3. Three finger/double tap dictionary look up. Snow Leopard already had the ability to look up a word in the dictionary by highlighting the text and pressing Command + Control + D, which was a useful feature but difficult to remember. In Lion you can now double tap on a word with three fingers to look up the word in the built-in dictionary as well as Wikipedia. You can find this feature in System Preferences/Trackpad.

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4. Hold down a key to bring up accented characters. Ever wonder how to type a ñ or è quickly without having to open up the character map? Accessing accented characters in OS X Lion is a breeze. Just hold down the letter and a dialog box will appear that lists all alternative and accented characters.

5. Hold Shift when launching Launchpad. This little trick is an oldie but a goodie. Hold down the Shift key and click on Launchpad from your dock. The apps will slowly fade in from the background. This trick shows off the OS X aqua effects and also works when minimizing windows. Although it may not be the most useful feature, it’s a fun way to open up Launchpad.

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