Tips: OS X Mountain Lion

Apple’s 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 as outlined by 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. Hopefully they will help you enhance your productivity if you are working in Mountain Lion.

Managing Mail

Crump sensibly tackles email in his story. This makes sense. Many of us are constantly overwhelmed by the quantity of email that clutters our inbox. If you’re like most computer users, the volume of your email that truly matters is relatively 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’ve already deemed as important come in. This prevents messages from Groupon, Google News, and other less important senders from triggering a banner alert and distracting you from more essential work.

The Power of Reminders

If we get too wrapped up in one project, the little things can slip our mind, like calling a client 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 permits you to check tasks off once they are complete.

Relying on Notes for Important Codes

Another prevalent problem most people experience is forgetting passwords and pass codes. Mountain Lion has a feature to help with this as well. You can use the notes feature to give you quick access to your passwords. This is particularly convenient if you have a long pass code you need to use for a conference call. You may set a reminder about your call and use the note feature in order to save the pass code. In addition, it syncs with iOS Notes so you can have access to it wherever you are.

*We love Microsoft but as IT people we are admirers of well-designed technology, regardless of the label.