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Mac Keyboard Symbols & HTML Entities

Note: to display these characters on your web page has the character set defined, such as:

<meta charset="utf-8" />

The most popular of them all? The Apple. 

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Symbol Description HTML Entity Code Point Unicode Name
Apple &#x63743; U+2318 Apple Logo
Command &#x2318; U+2318 PLACE OF INTEREST SIGN
Option (alt) &#x2325; U+2325 OPTION KEY
Control (ctrl) &#x2303; U+2303 UP ARROWHEAD
Shift &#x21E7; U+21E7 UPWARDS WHITE ARROW
Caps Lock &#x21EA; U+21EA UPWARDS WHITE ARROW FROM BAR
Return &#x21A9; U+21A9 LEFTWARDS ARROW WITH HOOK
Enter &#x2324; U+2324 UP ARROWHEAD BETWEEN TWO HORIZONTAL BARS
Delete &#x232B; U+232B ERASE TO THE LEFT
Forward Delete &#x2326; U+2326 ERASE TO THE RIGHT
Escape (esc) &#x238B; U+238B BROKEN CIRCLE WITH NORTHWEST ARROW
Menu Item &#x25B8; U+25B8 BLACK RIGHT-POINTING SMALL TRIANGLE
Eject &#x23CF; U+23CF EJECT SYMBOL
Power &#x233D; U+233D APL FUNCTIONAL SYMBOL CIRCLE STILE
Tab &#x21E5; U+21E5 RIGHTWARDS ARROW TO BAR
Page Up &#x21DE; U+21DE UPWARDS ARROW WITH DOUBLE STROKE
Page Down &#x21DF; U+21DF DOWNWARDS ARROW WITH DOUBLE STROKE
Home &#x2196; U+2196 NORTH WEST ARROW
End &#x2198; U+2198 SOUTH EAST ARROW
Left Arrow &#x2190; U+2190 LEFTWARDS ARROW
Right Arrow &#x2192; U+2192 RIGHTWARDS ARROW
Up Arrow &#x2191; U+2191 UPWARDS ARROW
Down Arrow &#x2193; U+2193 DOWNWARDS ARROW
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Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard
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Mac Screenshots Shortcuts, Folder & Options

Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard

Mac Screenshot Keyboard ShortCuts

Copy to Clipboard

Full Screen—to copy & paste, but not save as file!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 3

Selectionmy favorite shortcut!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4 and then Spacebar

Save as File

Full Screen

⌘ Command + Shift + 3

Selection

⌘ Command + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Shift + 4 and hit Spacebar

Customize Mac Screenshot Folder

  1. Create or locate the folder you’d like to save screenshots to. I use a folder in my Home Directory called Screenshots.
  2. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal, but—wait!—don’t hit enter yet! Be sure to include the space that is at the end of the line.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location
  4. Now, drag and drop the folder you wish you save screenshots to onto the Terminal window. This will insert the folder location into the command line.
  5. Click Enter to submit the command.
  6. Finally, copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  7. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Screenshot Default File Name Prefix

By default, Mac screenshots are saved using the prefix “Screen Shot”. You can change the default screenshot file name prefix:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace ScreenShot with whatever prefix you prefer.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture name ScreenShot
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Default Screenshot File Type

By default, Mac screenshots are saved as .png files. You can change the default screenshot filetype:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace png with whatever filetype you prefer.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Help! Where are my screenshots? Where is my screenshot folder? My screenshot folder is missing!

Note: If you ever delete your screenshots folder you must reset the folder location using the above instructions.

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Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar & iCal

I live and die by my calendar, so when Facebook Events weren’t showing up in my calendar I wasn’t showing up at Facebook Events… Here’s how to get Facebook Events to sync with your Google Calendar. Be sure to also check out how to sync your Google Calendar, iCal, and iPhone. Continue reading

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Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.
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How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync

Are you a PC?

Sorry hon, but this post isn’t for you, but go check out O2g to sync Microsoft Outlook or Palm to Google and Google Sync to sync to your phone.

Google Sync for your iPhone

If you haven’t already, be sure to read Google Sync for your iPhone.

Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

Mac Address Book & Google Contacts Sync

You can sync contacts in your Mac Address Book with your Google Contacts.

If you sync your address book with multiple Mac computers, use just one of those computers to sync with Google Contacts. You can’t sync contacts from an Exchange 2007 or Mac OS X Server account with Google Contacts.

  1. Choose Address Book > Preferences, click Accounts, choose On My Mac in your list of accounts, and then click Account Information.
  2. Select the “Synchronize with Google” checkbox.
  3. Read the advisory information and then click Agree to continue.
  4. Enter your Google Account information (such as yourusername@gmail.com or, for Google Apps customers, yourusername@yourcompanyname.com) and password, and then click OK.
    • You can sync only one Google account.
    • When the account name and password you entered are confirmed, the dialog disappears. You can close Address Book preferences now if you want.
  5. To do a manual sync, click the Sync menu in the menu bar and choose Sync Now.
    • To add the Sync menu to the menu bar, open iSync, choose iSync > Preferences, and then select “Show status in menu bar.”

If you change your Google account name or password, click the Configure button to use the new account name or password to sync your contact information.

If lots of changes are detected during syncing, an alert is displayed and you can choose to continue or cancel the sync.

Read more information on Google Sync for Contacts.

iCal & Google Calendar Sync

You can set up your Google calendar as a calendar account in iCal. Then you can use iCal to access and manage your Google Calendar.

To set up a Google Account in iCal:

  1. Choose iCal > Preferences and click Accounts.
  2. To add a new account, click the Add (+) button in the lower-left corner.
  3. Enter your Google email address and password, and then click Create.

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com/sync.
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com.
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g., YourDomain.com).
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
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Google Sync for your iPhone

Have you ever wished you could just have everything automagically kept in sync, between your iPhone, your computer, and your Google account? Yup, me too.

That exactly what Google Sync with Exchange is. Setup is fast and easy, and you get to keep your entire world in sync, for free.

MobileMe is similar, but not free. However, it’s important to note that the $99/year MobileMe subscription includes a feature to help find your iPhone in case it’s stolen. Handy.

I have my iPhone setup with Google Sync. On my Mac, Address Book & iCal are also set to sync with Google as well. That means my iPhone, Mac Address Book and Google are always up-to-date. I can add a contact or appointment to my iPhone and it shows up everywhere.

Interested? Here’s how to setup Google Sync for your iPhone. (Here’s Google’s official instructions, but mine are better!)

Getting Started

First, you should back up your iPhone. It’s not required, but it’s not a bad idea.

To ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iPhone are backed up to your computer, perform a sync with iTunes. You can learn more about backing up your contacts and calendars from Google.

    Create an Exchange Account

    On your iPhone, open the Settings application, and Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone’s home screen.
  2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Microsoft Exchange.

  4. Tap Add Account…
  5. Select Microsoft Exchange.
  6. Enter Account Information

    Enter Your Account Info Verifying. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.

  7. Enter your Account Information, and tap Next.
    • Email: Enter your full Google Account email address. (e.g. yourusername@gmail.com)
      • If you use an @googlemail.com address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step.
    • Domain: Leave this field blank.
    • Username: Enter your full Google Account email address. (e.g. yourusername@gmail.com)
    • Password: Enter your Google Account password.
    • Description: Enter Google Sync.
  8. Enter the Server

    When the new Server field appears, enter m.google.com. Press Next to continue.

  9. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
  10. Server: Enter m.google.com. This field seemingly appears out of nowhere. 🙂
  11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.
  12. Select Google Services to Sync

    Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

  13. Select the Google services—Mail, Calendar, and Contacts—you want to sync.
  14. Keep or Delete & Replace iPhone Contacts?

  15. Choose whether to Keep or Delete & Replace your existing iPhone contacts.Are all your contacts saved in Google Contacts already?
    • If yes, choose Delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars and they will be replaced with your Google Contacts. (See note)
    • If not, select the Keep on My iPhone option when prompted. This choice will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes (which we are replacing with Google Sync, so it’s not required at all).

    Google My Contacts vs. Google All Contacts

    Google Contacts contains “My Contacts” (contacts you added yourself), and “All Contacts” (both My Contacts and the contacts Google suggests for you from your email). There are also three default groups which you cannot delete, but do not sync to your phone—Friends, Family, Coworkers.

    • If you want to sync only the Google My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts.
    • If you choose Keep on My iPhone to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the Google All Contacts group.
      • If there are no contacts on your phone, the contents of the Google All Contacts group will be synced.

      Return to reading about the choice to Keep or Delete existing contacts.

    To Keep or Not to Keep, that is the question...

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com/sync.
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com.
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g., YourDomain.com).
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.

Congratulations!

You’ve successfully set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your iPhone. You can also open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Be sure to check out How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync.

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Full Screen Size Images for Contacts on iPhone

Update 6.2010: I'm testing out Ensoul for Mac by Macpaw, a free download, for full screen iPhone contacts and more!

 

I set images for a few of my contacts using MobileMe’s web interface (www.me.com). I was terribly disappointed to see that they showed up as just tiny thumbnails in the top right corner! Where were the full screen sized gorgeous photos like on the commercial?!

A little digging and I figured it out. Find the glamorous photos of each of your friends (from sites like Flickr or your own personal collection) and then follow the instructions below.

How to get Full Screen Size Photos for iPhone Contacts

Full sized images come from assigning a photo to a contact on the iPhone. To do this…

  • In iPhoto set up a new album. I named mine “Contacts”. In this album put all the photos you’d like to use for your contacts. I suggest 1200×1600 sized photos because that’s what the iPhone photos are (so you’ll get a consistent experience).
  • In iTunes, sync this album to your iPhone.
  • On the iPhone, go to Photos, and select a photo and push the button on the bottom left of the screen. Select “Assign to Contact”.

After you’re finished assigning the image to the contact, you can remove (by not syncing the image/album through iTunes) the photo while it still leaves your contact image intact.

…or, if you’d prefer…

Small Thumbnail Photos for Contacts

To have just thumbnails, set up all your images for contacts using your email client on the Mac, or the MobileMe website.

From Small to Full Size Contact Photos in iPhone
What if you have small thumbnails from syncing from Outlook or MobileMe and you want to make them big? Easy—well sort of, it’s one-by-one!—you just have edit each iPhone contact by following these steps…

  1. Go to “Edit” the contact
  2. Tap on the contact’s photo
  3. Tap “Edit Photo”
  4. Tap “Set Photo”
  5. Tap “Done”
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