Tips: OS X Mountain Lion

September 21st, 2012


Apple’s most recently released operating system, Mountain Lion, has gotten a lot of positive press. A typical statement about it is that it’s very easy to use and powerful*. But according to 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. Ideally they will help you enhance your productivity if you are working in Mountain Lion.

Managing Mail

Crump wisely tackles email in his story. This makes sense. So many of us are simply overwhelmed by the quantity of email that clutters our inbox. If you’re like most computer users, the amount of your email that matters most is pretty 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 stops messages from Groupon, Google News and lower-priority messages (jokes, virus "warnings" or obnoxious 'fwds' from that relative on the opposite side of the political fence, anyone?) from triggering a banner alert and distracting you from more valuable work.

The Power of Reminders

Sometimes when we get too involved in our work we neglect the little (but *big*) things such as picking up a prescription on our way home from work, grabbing a pizza for a tableful of clamoring kids, or following up last-minute with a client at 4pm. Mountain Lion has a very simple app that will help. The reminder app lets you set reminders for these things, and completed tasks may be checked off.

Relying on Notes for Important Codes

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

*Although we love Microsoft, we are fans of great technology, whatever the label.