From The Tips Box: Twitter For Mac, HTTPS Shortcuts

Readers offer their best tips for getting extra features in Twitter for Mac, navigating to the HTTPS version of fickle websites, and merging multiple Chrome windows into one.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in — the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Email it to tips at

Show Full Names in Twitter for Mac with a Terminal Command

@notasausage shares a hidden feature in the newest version of Twitter for Mac:

Want real names, not usernames, in your Twitter for Mac timeline? Run defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ShowFullNames 1 in Terminal.

Navigate to HTTPS Sites with an Address Bar Shortcut fixes sites that won’t automatically navigate to HTTPS versions:

For those of you Chrome/ium users who frequently need to add https to the beginning of a url, you can create a custom search engine for it. Right click on the Omnibar and click “Edit Search Engines”. Name it whatever you want, make the keyword “s” or “ssl” or something similar, and the URL is (without quotes) https://%s Not sure if I was the only one who didn’t know this, but I discovered it a few days ago and wanted to share.

You can always change your bookmarks too, but if you’re a heavy user of address bar shortcuts, this is a nice way to always get to the secure version of a site. Note that you can do this in Firefox too.

Merge Multiple Chrome Windows Into One with an Extension

Jon shares a handy Chrome extension that will combine your open windows:

Ever wanted to merge all windows into one single window in Chrome like you always have been able to do it Safari? The Merge Windows extension does the job until this feature makes it officially into Chrome.

Я Ξ √ Ω ℒ Ⓤ Ṯ ↑ ☼ א $ notes that Firefox users can get this functionality in Tab Mix Plus.

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