How do I turn off the volume sound on my Mac?

sound preferences paneI just came across a really neat tip that solves a problem that kind of drives me crazy. When you adjust the volume of your Mac using the keyboard it makes a little doink sound as the volume goes up or down. I’ve rarely found this useful although I guess is you weren’t sure if your sound was working it’s nice to get a little confirmation. Basically though, I think it’s kind of annoying.

You can silence the sound two ways.

Your first option is to hold down the Shift key while adjusting the volume with the keyboard. The second option is through the System Preferences Sound Preference Pane. Launch the Preference Pane and click Sound Effects. Then, de-select “Play feedback when volume is changed.” Doink is now gone.

Once you’ve turned off the sound effects in the Preference pane holding shift while adjusting the volume will play the sound.

Keep Mac Yosemite Up to Date Automatically

From time to time software developers will release updates to their applications. In the past you’ve needed to periodically check the App Store in order to get those updates. In Yosemite you can turn on automatic updates which will make sure all of the applications you’ve purchased through the App Store are kept up to date.

App Store System Updates

To enable automatic updates, open your System Preferences and choose the App Store preference pane.
System Preferences Choose App Store

When it opens you will find a list of options for auto updates. 

OS X App Store System Preferences 2 (1)If you want everything to update automatically, check all of the options.

There you have it, a simple way to keep your Mac system running with all the most current versions of your installed applications.


Hide Old App Purchases in iTunes

Over the years I’ve downloaded a lot of apps. A… Lot… Of… Apps… I realized this just the other day when I switched over to my new iPhone.

When I looked inside my iTunes library I saw the hundreds of apps that were in my library. Most, I downloaded, tried once and never messed with again. It sucks that it clutters up my account. I started poking around and found a way to easily hide these apps so they don’t show up again. As a bounus this works when you are browsing your purchased apps from inside the App Store on your iDevice.

Here’s what to do.

  1. Open up iTunes, click the App Store and select the Purchased menu.

  2. From the list of purchased apps, hover over an app that you wish to remove. When you do, an X will appear over the app icon.2014-12-28 at 10.12 AM


  1. Click on the confirmation dialog and the application is now hidden from your purchased list in the app store.
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There you have it, an easy way to hide applications from your purchases in the App Store.

Using Font Book to Manage Fonts on Your Mac

Using Font Book

Font Book is an application included with OS X that lets you view and organize the fonts installed in your system. With Font Book, you can preview, add and remove fonts. In the video below, I show you how you can use Font Book to organize the fonts on your Mac.

Why would you need to add new fonts? There are thousands of free and paid fonts available on the Internet. Font Book makes them available for your to use in your applications

Starting Font Book

You can find Find Book in the Applications Folder on your Mac. Go to Go->Applications from the Finder or use your favorite application launcher to start Font Book.

Font Book is organized into three panes. The Collections pane, the Font pane and the Preview pane.

The Collections Pane shows you all of the fonts installed in your system grouped into collections. By default you can see an All Fonts Collection.

The Font pane shows a list of all the fonts in the selected Collection.

The Previvew pane shows you what the selected font looks like.

Installing a Font

Fonts are available from a number of paid and free resources. When you download a font it will typically end up in your “Downloads” folder. Open a Finder window and go to the Downloads folder. Double click on the font name and a preview of the font will open on the Desktop.

The preview window will show you what the font looks like. From here, you can click on the Install Font button to add it to Font Book. Once you add it to Font Book the font becomes available to other applications on your system.

Removing Fonts

You can remove the font by right clicking on it in Font Book and then selecting the Remove Font menu. When you do this the font is no longer available to the applications on your system.

Organizing Fonts

In addition to adding and removing fonts, you can also organize your fonts into collections.

From the File Menu select New Collection. This creates a folder in the Collections Pane. You can drag fonts from the Font window into this collection.

Another way to organize fonts is to create a Smart Collection. A Smart Collection will automatically organize fonts based on searches. For example, if you want to see all of the italic fonts installed on your Mac, create a Smart Collection that searches for the Style Name italic.

Disable Fonts

You can hide fonts from your system with Font Book too. This is a useful way to pair down the Fonts menu in your application by removing fonts that you’ll never actually use. Simply highlight a font, right click and select Disable.

Finding Fonts

There are a number of great font resources online. Here are some of my favorites

Adding Items to the Dock

The OS X Dock is used to launch applications and switch between the currently running applications. The Dock is pre-configured with a number of Mac applications. However, you are not limited to the applications that are placed in the Dock by default.

You can add new applications to the Dock by dragging the application icon into the Dock area.

The video below shows you how to add an item to the Dock.