Tips and Tricks
From MorphOS Library
Originally published at: http://jpv.wmhost.com/morphos/tips/
Miscellaneous tips and tricks for MorphOS use. Some may even be hackish and not officially encouraged by MorphOS Team. Everyone is welcome to make additions and corrections here.
- 1 Basic Features
- 1.1 Modifying the System Directory
- 1.2 Keyboard Commands
- 1.3 Enabling/Disabling Icon Tooltypes
- 1.4 Browsing History in Ambient
- 1.5 Sync the Clock from Internet at Boot
- 1.6 Redirecting AHI Music Unit
- 1.7 Mime Type Configuration
- 1.8 Batch Renaming in Ambient
- 1.9 Don't Forget RMB/Long-LMB Gadget Menus
- 1.10 How to Use RMB with One-button Mouse
Modifying the System Directory
- Tip #1: NEVER modify anything in the MOSSYS: (SYS:MorphOS/) path! All the changes are lost in the system upgrade. If you need to add any 3rd party drivers or libraries, add them to SYS:. If there isn't a correct directory by default, make one.
- There's only one exception (of course there is one) to this: you can rename MOSSYS:Libs/rexxsyslib.library to MOSSYS:Libs/rexxsyslib.library_disabled when you copy 68k version of rexxsyslib.library to SYS:Libs/ in order to get the AREXX working.
- At first, check the default ones and define your favourites in System Settings -> IControl -> Hotkeys and in Ambient Settings -> Keyboard.
- Other keys:
- To zoom Ambient icons in icon mode: keep CTRL pressed and use the mouse wheel.
- To find and select files in Ambient windows by letter: start typing the wanted name when the window is active. Keep shift-key pressed for directories.
- To enter a path manually (for example for hidden dirs like .recycled): press the / key in an Ambient window and type in the path.
- Command-f activates the find function in most programs.
- The r-key rotates the pictures in Ambient's internal viewer and page up/down keys select previous and next images in a dir
- Check the keyboard commands of the shell, like by default, commands can be completed with CTRL-tab, devices with ALT-tab, history with shift-tab etc.
- Keeping the alt-key pressed while double clicking drawer gives you different ways to open drawers.
Enabling/Disabling Icon Tooltypes
- Double click single tooltypes to enable and disable them in the icon information window.
Browsing History in Ambient
- Clicking the parent button on an Ambient window (in browser mode) with the right mouse button gives you a browsing history popup menu for quick jumping between locations.
Sync the Clock from Internet at Boot
- Add this line to S:user-network-startup file:
- Run DETACH MOSSYS:C/SetClockNTP SAVE
Redirecting AHI Music Unit
- You can select Unit 0 as the Music Unit in AHI to be able hear audio output from multiple programs at the same time, with a slight decrease in quality.
Mime Type Configuration
- Learn to configure mime types from the Ambient settings. It really gives so much for your system and your user experience. Here is one example of how to configure MPlayer for all the video files.
Batch Renaming in Ambient
- Select files you want to be in the range of renaming.
- Hit rename button or command-r keyboard shortcut.
- Use pattern to rename. For example renaming all files which begin with "mod." to files which end with ".mod", use "mod.*" as source and "*.mod" as destination (quotation marks not needed).
Don't Forget RMB/Long-LMB Gadget Menus
- You get menus from zoom and depth gadgets with right mouse button or by holding left mouse button pressed on them.
- Right mouse button can be emulated in several different ways:
- SYS:Utilities/Commmodities/ShiftClick program lets your mouse button act as right mouse button if you hold a qualifier key pressed while clicking. Qualifier key can be configured for your preferences. Drag&drop it to WBStartup drawer for permanent use and save its settings or tune its tooltypes to avoid window pop-up.
- Press right alt and right command keys together. This probably doesn't work on systems with ADB keyboard, like on older Mac laptops. ADB keyboard doesn't make difference between left and right keys.
- With non-ADB laptops (PowerBook 5,6-5,9 and 6,7 (iBook)) you can also use two finger tap or two finger hold + button on touchpad for RMB.
- You can define a hotkey for menu launching on IControl preferences (default one is rcommand+space). It doesn't work exactly as RMB everywhere, but works if you're mostly using RMB for menus.
- Multi button USB mouse works always!