Hide Content in Mac Preview Screenshots

I was looking for a quick way to blur out sensitive information in a screenshot using Preview on a Mac. While I didn’t find an actual blur tool, something can can accomplish the same thing is simply drawing a box around the area you want to hide and pressing delete – see screenshot below where my Access Key ID is whited out:

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This seems to only work in image files, not pdfs.

Source:

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/is-there-a-way-to-blur-text-in-preview.1744916/

https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/72971/tool-to-quickly-hide-blur-redact-text-in-screenshot

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Open Embedded Visio Flowcharts in Word on Mac and Windows

For some reason, on a Mac using Parallels Desktop to run Word and Visio in Windows, I cannot right click on an embedded Visio flowchart to open it in Visio. Usually, when you right click on an embedded Visio chart, you get the “Visio object” option, which includes an option to “edit”. But mine doesn’t have that option!!

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However, I figured out that a simple keyboard shortcut can let you open the Visio for editing.

In Word running in Windows, use alt+double click (or option+double click) to open the embedded Visio chart in Visio for editing. When you hold down the alt/option key while double clicking on the embedded flowchart, it will open in Visio. Sweet!

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Make Hidden Apps Translucent in Mac Dock

I had no idea that you can make your dock icons transparent when you hide an app. In fact, I didn’t even know you can ‘hide’ apps….I always just either used ‘alt+tab’ to switch between apps, or minimized them.  So I learned something!

To make your hidden app icons turn translucent in the Dock, all it takes is a simple Terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES

Then, you need to restart the Dock, which you can do using

killall Dock

To reverse this setting, simple run “No” instead of yes

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool NO

Oh, and also the keyboard shortcut for hiding an app is “cmd+H”

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Sync Notebooks on OneNote Mac

I annoyingly had a OneNote notebook I used at work on a PC, but I couldn’t get it to sync into OneNote on my Mac.

Here’s the secret – it won’t automagically appear, you have to manually open the notebook.

Click on the plus sign in the Notebook dropdown.

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In the popup window that opens, click “Open”, then select OneDrive or wherever your Notebook is synced, and then choose the Notebook you want to open.

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That’s it! Kind of weird why Microsoft would not just make all Notebooks sync automagically, but well, its Microsoft.

Add Git Autocomplete to Terminal

A nifty edition to the git command line is autocomplete. First, get the git completion script:

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/git/git/master/contrib/completion/git-completion.bash -o ~/.git-completion.bash

Then edit your ~/.bash_profile file to add the following code:

if [ -f ~/.git-completion.bash ]; then
  . ~/.git-completion.bash
fi

(go here for help on editing your .bash_profile)

That’s it. Now you can type git and press Tab twice to get an autocomplete list of commands.

credit:

http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/55875/git-auto-complete-for-branches-at-the-command-line/55886#55886

http://code-worrier.com/blog/autocomplete-git/

Open URLs and Applications from Terminal and Ruby Scripts

Did you know you can open applications directly from the command line in Terminal?  The command is open

To open a url in the browser from the command line, use

open http://www.apple.com/

You don’t need quotes around the url. This will use the default browser on your machine.

The line

open /Applications/

will open the Applications folder in Finder.

To open a specific application, use the path to that application followed by the .app extension.

open /Applications/Airdroid.app

(Airdroid is a great application for transmitting files from your computer to phone wirelessly.)
If you want to open Sublime Text from the terminal, you can use the command subl

subl .

Will open the current directory in Sublime Text.

If you’re writing a ruby script, use these commands instead:

system("open", "http://stackoverflow.com/")
system("open", "/Applications/Adobe\ Illustrator\ CS6/Adobe\ Illustrator.app")

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Double Press Tab in Terminal for List of Options

I accidentally found a really cool Terminal keyboard shortcut yesterday.  You may already know that Terminal will autocomplete a file name or method name if you press tab after typing a portion of the word.  For example:

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You can see I typed ls to list the files and folders in the current location. Then I started typing cd Fi to change the directory to “FiveMinuteChinese”. As a shortcut I can now press the Tab key, and Terminal will autocomplete the folder name:

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Now what I just learned was that if you press the Tab key twice, Terminal will show you a list of possible options. See the screenshot below:

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Here I typed cd C, then pressed Tab twice, and Terminal gave me a list of all files or folders that start with the letter “C”. Pretty cool huh? If you’re using irb or another console type environment, you can use this same shortcut to give you a list of possible methods or autocomplete method names.

Hope this is useful!