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Use WebDAV on a Mac to Manage Your UDrive and SPARK Files

WebDAV (World Wide Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a quick and easy tool for managing your files in UDrive and on SPARK. On a Mac, you can mount your UDrive or your SPARK File Manager directly onto your desktop, allowing you to easily drag & drop (or copy & paste) files between your computer and your UDrive or SPARK course. Here’s a quick tutorial on how it works:

Mac Tips: Hot Corners

Make the corners of your Mac screen work for you!  Customize your Mac’s “Hot Corners” to allow you to quickly engage useful desktop commands by moving the cursor into the corners of your computer screen.

These moves parallel some of the function commands discussed in our post, Mac Tips: Driving Around the Desktop.  While function commands are great when you are typing, Hot Corners really shine when you are browsing on the Internet or working mostly with your mouse.  Hot Corners are particularly helpful if you want to use cool Mac functions like Exposé and Dashboard but want to reserve your function keys for other uses (volume, screen controls, etc.).

Setting Up Hot Corners

  1. Click on the Apple menu icon.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on Exposé and Spaces.
  4. In the Exposé tab, customize your Hot Corners using the drop-down menus under Activate Screen Corners (see picture at right; click to enlarge).  

You will have several options for customization, including: 
All Windows:  lets you see all open windows
Application Windows: lets you see all windows in the active application
Desktop: clears your screen of all windows so you can see your desktop
Dashboard: brings up the Dashboard

 

This post is part of a series of “Mac Tips” about the latest Mac operating system (Mac OS X).  You can find these tips and a lot more in the category “Technology Survival Guide.

Mac Tips: Screenshots

Taking pictures of your desktop is as easy as pressing Command, Shift, 3.  In your Mac, you can take a picture of your entire desktop or just a selection.  This is useful if you would like to provide illustrated instructions for your students or for class presentations.

  • Command+Shift+3:  captures the entire desktop.
  • Command+Shift+4: gives you a cross-hair cursor.  Click and drag to select the area you want to capture; then release. 
  • Command+Shift+4, then spacebar: takes a picture of the active window (see picture above).  To change the selection, move the camera icon over the window or icon you want to capture. 

All images are saved automatically to the desktop.  If you prefer to save them to clipboard for pasting, hold down the control key while you take the image.

This post is part of a series of “Mac Tips” about the latest Mac operating system (Mac OS X).  You can find these tips and a lot more in the category “Technology Survival Guide.