From The Tips Box: iTunes Auto-Add, Dock Magnification, Shopping Lists

Readers offer their best tips for installing applications on OS X, organising your music library, and installing QuickTime on Windows without Apple Software Update.

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Symlink Your iTunes Folder to Auto-Add Music

Amoliski shows us how to easily create many "watch folders" in iTunes:

I was just fighting with iTunes' 'Automatically Add' folder, and I discovered a method of controlling it more easily.

Basically, you create a hard link to it, something easily Linux, but I did not know windows could do it.

This only works in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

1. Exit iTunes

2. Open the command prompt (Windows-Key R)

3. Type:

mklink /D "C:Users[Username] Desktopnew music" "C:Users[Username] MusiciTunesiTunes MusicAutomatically Add to iTunes"

4. Start iTunes back up. Now when you add a song to the folder 'new music', it will disappear and be added to your iTunes Library

On a Mac, you can open a Terminal window and type ln -s path-to-file-to-be-linked path-to-symlink to achieve the same thing.

Quickly Toggle Dock Magnification in OS X

Rick B shares a handy dock tip:

Holding Control+Shift while hovering over your Mac OS X dock will temporarily toggle between magnification settings.

For instance, if magnification is off, control+shift will magnify the dock icons until you let go of the key combination and move the cursor; if magnification is on, control+shift will temporarily disable it.

(If you click an icon with control+shift still held, a contextual menu will pop up as if you had second-clicked it. You can let go of control+shift to click normally and, as long as you don't move the cursor, the temporary magnification toggle will stay).

Create a Dedicated Home Shopping List to Stop Forgetting Things

Andrew Liptak shows us how he creates his shopping lists over time:

Here's something that I've found extremely helpful: A dedicated home shopping list. I walked around my house and wrote down everything that I could find that I needed to buy on a regular/semi-regular basis, and looked over the list to find what had to be purchased on a regular basis (perishables) and what I could stock up on when I came across things on sale (stuff that wouldn't go bad).

I've got a copy on my computer that I print off before I go shopping, look at what I need, then go get the essentials. If there's something that will eventually be needed, I'll buy it when/if it's on sale.

Here's my shopping list.

Use a Mini DV Case as an iPhone Stand

SandHammer shows us a good-looking, cheap smartphone stand.


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