Mac OS X Tip: Enable Tab Key On All Dialog Box Options

Mac Tips For iOS Developers

You know the drill to get your new Mac (or iPhone, or iPad…) configured to work the way you do: install everything you can think of, tinker, install some more, tinker, repeat…

When it’s time to get some work done that’s when you run into the subtle little things you forgot you adjusted the last time you setup a new machine.

Here’s one such example. By default, Mac OS X dialog boxes do not allow you to use the tab key to move between all the options in said dialog. And just why that is, is beyond me.
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Mac OS X : Set Help Window So It Is Not Always On Top

Mac Tips For iOS Developers

I don’t recall in which release of OS X Apple decided it was a good idea to always keep help windows in front. What I do know is that I find this change anything but intuitive.

Good news is, you can change the default setting so a help window is treated like any other, allowing you to move between applications and windows without having to close a help window first.
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Mac OS X : Display Library Folder in Finder

Mac Tips For iOS Developers

Beginning with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) the Library folder folder is hidden by default. As a developer there are times that accessing this folder is necessary. For example, ~/Library/MobileDevice contains folders for iOS applications, devices and profiles – there have been any number of times I’ve found it helpful to clean up the profiles folder so Xcode isn’t overloaded with options for code signing.

To reset the Library folder so it is no longer hidden, from a terminal enter the following:

chflags nohidden ~/Library/

Should you choose to send the folder back to a hidden state:

chflags hidden ~/Library/

Go To Library Folder

On a similar note, here are a few ways to get to the Library folder:

– From Finder hold down the Option key when viewing the Go menu, the Library folder will be shown.

– When Finder window is active, press Shift-Command-g and enter ~/Library in the dialog.

– If you are in a terminal, you can enter: cd ~/Library.

All three options above will work regardless of whether or not the Library folder is hidden.