Tag Archives: OS X

Hide High Sierra Update

Recently I selected update all from the Mac Store which downloaded the latest version of OS X High Sierra. This is not an update I want or need at this time, issues abound which is enough said.

I found it tricky to remove the update from the list on the Appstore. It turns out there is a slight bug on the App Store app whereby Right Clicking in the description doesn’t always register. To reveal the hide this update it is sometime necessary to click in-between the characters, you may need to right click about a little to bring up the button.

To remove this update if you chose it mistakenly you first need to remove the downloaded package from you Application folder then right click (control click) on the description in the App Store listing and when it appears chose hide this update.

Apple in their wisdom seem to delight in us having to jump through hoops at the simplest of tasks.

Virtual Desktop Problem El Capitan

I recently noticed the virtual desktops or Spaces on Mac were not working as expected. They had become locked together and it was not possible to switch on one monitor without switching the second too.

The problem is fixed by ensuring the check box next to Displays have separate Spaces is on under the Mission Control pane in the System Preferences.


Change iCloud Date Format

I just checked the iCloud web reminders app and was surprised to see the dates listed in the quaint but uniquely US centric date format; even the US military don’t seem to use it.

At first I couldn’t see how to change it then I found it hidden under the Calendar app. Not very intuitive but there you go.

Here is a screenshot you need
to hit the Red Cog bottom left first though.

Users Folder Hidden after OS X 10.9.3

After updating Apple’s OS X to 10.9.3 you may find the /Users directory is hidden. This can be annoying but easy to fix and unhide it again just enter this command into the Terminal:

sudo chflags nohidden /Users

It will ask you for an administrators  password just enter it and the folders should be visible again.

While it may seem like a good idea to hide things in this case it is just a nuisance and of limited security benefit.

Using Hazel and loving it

Recently I got the Hazel.app for my Mac. I had heard good things about it and decided to give the trial a go. It didn’t take long to realise it is an amazingly useful tool. I have written actions now to move files all over the place and sort them in a sensible way.

For example I use [r] at the front of images to denote renders so in this action any image that isn’t a render or a screenshot is moved to a directory Assorted Pictures  and added to sub-folders using the domain name where I found it. For example an image downloaded from Wikipedia would end up in a subdirectory called Wikipedia.


hazel image action

If you are interested in trying the action you can download the Desktop.hazelrules just double-click and it should open with Hazel.

The more I use it the more I love it, so get the trial and see for yourself.