OS X Lion is the seventh version of Mac OS X. It packs a bunch of new features that might be confusing to upgrading users.
Some are as small as changing preferences while other feature’s are a bit harder to access. We want your transition to run as smooth as possible.
By giving you 5 tips you’ll be on top of Lion as soon as it’s available on the Mac App Store.
Dude, where’s my Hard disk?
Apple made a strange move by hiding your hard disk from your desktop in Leopard, but we got used to it. Something most of us won’t get used to is not being able to access our hard disk at all, so hiding the hard disk from within the Finder was a dumb decision. Lucky for us, you can easily put it right back where it belongs.
First, go to your Finder’s Preferences (Finder -> Preferences). Go to the Sidebar menu and click Hard disks under Devices. Now you should see a “v” instead of a “-”. This means that all hard disks will be shown in your Finder.
Now you can check your Finder again and you’ll see that you hard drive is back! It’s at the bottom of the Finder now instead of at the top, at least you can access it now.
How can I see how much space I have left?
Another thing Apple hid by default is the Finder’s Status Bar, you know, the little bar on the bottom of the Finder window showing you how much space you have left or how many files there are. You’re just two clicks away of bringing it back, so you can keep on monitoring all your space.
Simply click View and Show Status Bar and it should be back!
I can’t find the Library in my user’s folder.
If you’re used to doing a lot of things yourself in your system, you often use the Library in your user’s folder. In Lion it’s hidden by default, but lucky for us you can easily access it from anywhere in the Finder. Simply clock Go -> Go to Folder and you’ll see a little screen popup in your Finder Window.
And press enter, this will take you directly to your Library in your User’s folder.
Why is my Mac scrolling backwards?
To be accurate, it’s not scrolling backwards, it’s scrolling like the iPad (the content tracks your finger movement). If you don’t like the different scrolling, you can easily turn it off. Just open System Preferences and go to the Trackpad pane. Now go to Scroll & Zoom and uncheck “Scroll direction: natural”.
That’s it, scrolling is back the way it was!
I downloaded OS X Lion, can I get it on a Optical Disc, USB or SD card?
Some of us might want to do a clean install of OS X Lion, or want to install Lion on a new, empty Hard Disk. This seems to be impossible if you don’t let Apple do it, at least that’s what they want you to believe. We’ll tell you how to get it on any storage device so you can do a clean install or install Lion on an empty disk.
- Purchase and download Lion from the Mac App Store on any Lion compatible Mac running Snow Leopard.
- Right click on Mac OS X Lion installer and choose the option to Show Package Contents.
- Inside the Contents folder that appears you will find a SharedSupport folder and inside the SharedSupport folder you will find the InstallESD.dmg*. This is the Lion boot disc image we have all been waiting for.
- Copy InstallESD.dmg to another folder like the Desktop.
- Launch Disk Utility and click the burn button.
- Select the copied InstallESD.dmg as the image to burn, insert a standard sized 4.7 GB DVD, and wait for your new Lion Boot Disc to come out toasty hot.
*ESD stands for Electronic Software Delivery
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