OS X Mountain Lion: Tips

OS X Mountain Lion: Tips

Apple’s recently released operating system, Mountain Lion, has gotten a lot of great press. A common statement about it is that it’s very easy to use and powerful*. But as outlined by an article written by Mark Crump of for GigaOM, you may not be utilizing it to its full potential. The tips below are a few helpful ones that Crump highlighted. Hopefully, they will help you enhance your productivity if you are working in Mountain Lion.


Managing Mail


Crump sensibly tackles email in his story. This makes sense. Many of us are constantly overwhelmed by the level of email that clutters our inbox. If you’re like most computer users, the volume of your email that truly matters is relatively small. That’s where Mountain Lion’s Notification Center comes in. As Crump writes, the notification center allows you to create banner alerts when email messages come into your inbox. You can set the center to alert you, though, only when messages from senders that you have already deemed as important come in. This prevents messages from Groupon, Google News, and other less important senders from triggering a banner alert and distracting you from more valuable work.


The Power of Reminders


If we get too wrapped up in one project, the little things can slip our mind, like calling a customer or running an errand after work. OS X Mountain Lion solves this by letting you set reminders for yourself. It is a very simple app to use and it even permits you to check tasks off once they are finished.


Relying on Notes for Important Codes


Another very frequent problem most people experience is forgetting passwords and passcodes. Mountain Lion has a feature to help with this also. You can use the notes feature to provide you with quick access to your passwords. This is particularly handy if you have a long passcode you need to use for a conference call. You can set a reminder about your call and use the note feature to save the passcode. Additionally, it syncs with iOS Notes so you can gain access to it wherever you are.


*As IT folks, we get unfairly labeled as PC partisans, when in truth, we’re just fans of great technology, no matter the label.