Tips: OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth version of the operating system running Macintosh laptop and desktop computers, has received mostly rave reviews. This isn’t shocking. The operating system is both dynamic and easy to use*. But are you getting the most from your Mountain Lion experience? There are several tricks you can use to boost your productivity while using OS X Mountain Lion, and Mark Crump, a writer for GigaOM, has the goods.

Managing Mail

Crump sensibly tackles email in his story. This makes sense. Many of us are constantly overwhelmed by the amount of email that clutters our inbox. If you are like most computer users, the volume of your email that truly matters is pretty small. That’s where Mountain Lion’s Notification Center comes in. As Crump writes, the notification center lets you 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’ve already deemed as important come in. This keeps messages from Groupon, Google News, and other less important senders from triggering a banner alert and distracting you from more important 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 lets you check tasks off once they are finished.

Relying on Notes for Important Codes

If you are constantly forgetting your passwords, you can use Mountain Lion’s Notes feature. This lets you have quick access to your passwords or dial in codes for your meetings. It also syncs with iOS Notes so you may have your passwords wherever you go.

*As IT folks, we get unfairly pegged as PC partisans, when in reality, we’re just fans of great technology, whatever the label.


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