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How To disable applications (Skype) to auto-start on login

Skype
Skype

One common problem that user face after installing applications like Skype is that they start automatically as soon as you login to your Mac. In most cases user wants to be in control of what application should start when one logs in or when the Mac starts.

I consider it as a bad software promotion practice. One that I highly recommend to keep away from if you are a developer as it is the right of the user to decide how he wants his machine to behave. There should at least be a prompt during installation that suggests that the software will get activated on login and a small process step that shows how to disable in case the user does not want it to be activated on login.

Anyways, thats not the point of this article. This is a “how to” to help you manage the auto start up issue with Skype on your Mac. This process is similar for most applications that start up automatic on login.

Mentioned below are two methods by which you can disable Skype from auto starting-

Method-1

  1. Start the application. (In this case Skype)
  2. Hold ‘cmd’ and click on the application(Skype) icon in your Dock. You can use right click if you have activated it on your mouse
  3. Click on Open at Login to uncheck the tick
  4. That’s it. The application(Skype) will not start up on login any more.

Method-2

  1. Go to system preference
  2. Select the Accounts optionSelect your login id from the list of logins that appear in the left hand side pane
  3. Click on the ‘Login Items’ tab
  4. You’ll see a list of Applications here that start up when you login. To disable applications from auto starting on login you need to select the application and then click ‘ – ‘In this case select Skype and then click ‘ – ‘
  5. The selected application (Skype) is not disabled to auto start at Login

How to add Album Artwork through iTunes

iTunes

Follow these steps in iTunes to filter to all songs without Album Artwork
1) Go to File Menu
2) Select “Create Smart Playlist”
3) Select “Kind” in first cell, “is” in second cell and type “Music” in third cell
4) Click on + besides the third cell. This should add another row below the first row
5) Select “Has Artwork” in first cell or second row and “is false” in second cell
6) Click on “ok”

You’ll now get a list of all songs/albums that do not have an album artwork assigned

To update Album artwork through iTunes

1) Select advanced menu then click on “Get Album Artwork”
Note: 1) You can also select Song/Album and right click then click get Album Artwork to get for individual song/album
2) You’ll get a notification asking “Are you sure you want to get Album Artwork” Click “Get Album Artwork”
3) On completion you’ll get a notification stating “Could not get artwork for some albums”
Click on the plus sign to check which albums artwork could not be found

It would have found album artwork for a large number of albums but there would be few that it would not be able to find. The ones for which Album artwork is found would be automatically removed from the list you created.

You can manually update album artwork for the rest of them. You can either do this by individually selecting songs or by selecting a group of songs that you want to have a similar Album artwork. To do this
1) Sort by Album
2) Select all songs in an Album
3) Right click
4) click “get info”
5) search for google image / wikipedia to get image of the album
6) drag and drop the image from google image/wikipedia in to the album artwork space
7) click “OK”

Now, if you are left with a bunch of songs that are individual songs like free downloads/DJ mixes/Self compilations etc. then you can select them all and add one common image for all in the album artwork space

If you want to further group them and add albums based on a different grouping like artist/Genre/Year then sort them by the group you want to create and select all songs you want to group together and add album artwork to them by the manual process mentioned above.

How to burn ISO image on Mac

Disk Utility
Disk Utility

Creating an ISO is a very common task that you carry out with help of your DVD drive on your machine. But, if you have newly moved from PC or Linux to Mac, you’ll find the the option is not available in iDVD and will struggle to find how to do it on Mac. This is because it is very natural for a Linux/PC user who has used a CD burn tool(application) with a simple and easy to use option of burn an iso to find it a bit confusing.

In case of Mac how it works is that instead of starting a program to create an iso and then following steps to choose file/s you actually select the file first and then tell disk utility to burn your selected file/s.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

1) Insert a blank CD/DVD

2) It should give you application options to open the DVD with. Choose disk utility from the list. If not, open disk utility application

3) In disk utility – go to file menu and select Open Disk Image

4) Select the ISO file that you want to burn and click open

5) ISO will appear as a new volume under disk utility

6) Select the ISO

7) Click burn button and follow instructions

It sure is simple but the only difference is that it is just a bit different and give you more control of the process.

Burn iso on Mac

How to move from Tab to Tab in Safari using keyboard

Apple Safari
Safari

I’ve always preferred keyboard control over my application more than mouse. May be, just becuase I am too lazy to move my hand away from keyboard to hold the mouse or may be becuase just using keyboard is fairly quicker. I had posted an article on Quicksilver under Mac Essentials that help you open any file or start any application using keyboard. If you liked that tool you’ll surely like this.

To move between tabs you can use the following options.
1) “cmd + shift + arrow key” (Safari)
2) “ctrl + tab” to go to right side tab and “ctrl + shift + tab” to go to left side tab (Safari, Firefox, Chrome)
3) “cmd + 1-9” (Firefox)
4) “cmd + }” for right and “cmd + {” for left – (Safari)