Make A Disk Image On A Mac

The nice thing about disk images is that you can encrypt them and password protect them.

First make your file or files and pop them in a folder. Then go to Disk Utility (it’s in the Utilities folder in Applications) and then find ‘Files’ in the top line, and choose ‘new image/image from folder.’ Find the folder you want to use and give it a name or keep the one that comes up. Then choose an encryption level and make a password. That’s it. The file will be saved as a .dmg.

If you lose the password you will not be able to recover it from anywhere.

M1 MacBook Pro Tiny Font

The downside of the high pixel count of the M1 MacBook Pro 16″ is the size of the font in the Apple Mail sidebar, the Safari sidebar and Safari Favourites Bar.

To increase the font size in the main body of Mail is easy enough, but how to increase the font size of the sidebar? The answer is System Preferences > General > Sidebar icon size: Large.

That does not increase the font size of the sidebar or the favourites bar in Safari, however.

I will add to this post as and when someone tells me how to do it.

Where Is The Stickies Database

This is for when you are transferring data manually from an old Mac, or in my case from a Time Machine backup. In my case it was because the logic board on the old machine died. It was easy enough to pull over my home folder and its contents. But where was the Stickies Database?

I had gone through the process about a year ago when I erased a disc and started over. But now I was doing it again and I couldn’t remember where the Stickies data is kept. Eventually after reading a couple of articles I decided to look in Containers, and that is where the data is kept.

Users/USER/Library/Containers/Stickies

From inside that folder, just drag the pList and the Data folder into the same Container on your new machine and you are all set.

Dropbox Smart Sync And Monterey 12.3

I received an email from Dropbox saying they were reaching out with an update about Dropbox on the upcoming macOS 12.3 release. They said that Dropbox doesn’t have full support for online-only files yet, and that some apps might have trouble opening Dropbox files while they’re online-only. They said though that I would still be able to open Dropbox files by double-clicking them in Finder.

I asked Dropbox Support about it and Support said that such files are identifiable by the download cloud icon. I said that any files I had un-synced didn’t show at all in my local Dropbox.

That was the clue, and Support then told me that the email had to do with the Smart Sync feature and files that are set to Online-only using the feature, and this will not effect files that have been selected using the Selective Sync feature.

“Smart Sync is a feature of the Dropbox desktop app that allows you to make files online-only so you can save hard drive space on your computer. You can choose which files to make online-only or let automatic Smart Sync choose for you.”

I didn’t know that ‘online-only’ files related to Smart Sync. Now I know.

I never use Smart Sync. I un-sync some files manually to save space on my local hard drive, but they are files (mostly images) that I only need to access very infrequently – as in maybe, never.

Copy and Paste Behaving Badly

Suddenly in OS Monterey, trackpad plus highlight the text to copy stopped working. It would think I was asking for a dictionary definition or something. Don found an article for how to stop pboard running, either in Terminal with killall pboard or in Activity Monitor and force quitting pboard.

The article that covers it is here on SetApp.

And then it occurred to me that the dictionary look-up that kept popping up might be interfering with copy/paste.

I found an article that showed how to stop it popping up. It’s just a matter of going to Apple Preferences, trackpad, Point and Click, and unchecking Look up and Data Detectors.

Problem solved

How to see hidden files on a Mac in the Finder

  1. In any Finder window that you think has hidden files in it.
  2. Press Command+Shift+Full stop.
  3. Your hidden files will become visible.
  4. Press Command+Shift+Full stop to hide them again.

Full stop is a dot – which is what hidden files begin with.