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F5 Refresh On OSX, Key Combination To Refresh A Web Page On Mac OSX

One thing I do on a regular basis when using web browsers on Windows is to click the F5 button to refresh a web page. On a Mac running OSX this does not function by default however it is easy to add a key combination to simulate this so it functions as it would in Windows. Use the information below to set up a key combination configuration to allow you to click fn-F5 on your Mac running OSX to refresh web pages in Chrome. The function+F5 key combination already works in Firefox and Command+R refreshes web pages in Safari.

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Change Default Mail Client On OSX To Microsoft Outlook For Mac

When clicking on hyperlinks that are set to open a compose email message on OSX the Mail.app application will launch. Since it is likely that your preferred email application is something other than Mail.app such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Opera, Microsoft Outlook for Mac, Postbox, Sparrow, or something else then you will want to change the default email client to your preferred email application. In my case I use MS Outlook for the Mac so I needed to set the default email client to Outlook. Use the directions below to modify the default application that opens to compose email messages.

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X-Chat Aqua Freenode Error, Connection failed. Error: unable to get local issuer certificate.? (20)

When using X-Chat Aqua on OSX Lion it is possible to get various different errors when making SSL connections to different IRC networks. In this example I was attempting to make a SSL connection to the Freenode IRC network on port 6697. The connection terminated with a SSL error complaining that X-Chat Aqua could not get the local issuer certificate as shown in more detail below.

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X-Chat Aqua Rizon IRC Connection Error, Connection failed. Error: self signed certificate.? (18)

While getting my new Macbook laptop running OSX Lion running I decided to test X-Chat Aqua as my preferred IRC client. So far I like the interface and it reminds me of using X-Chat on Windows so many of the settings are similar. Also I have not found any functions that I require that the software will not accomplish. When making my initial connection to the Rizon IRC or Internet Relay Chat network using SSL I received an error as noted below. The error is easy to resolve using the information below.

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Page Down On Mac OSX, Page Up On Mac OSX

Again I am fairly new to using a Mac on a daily basis so I am coming across many tips and tricks as I become more familiar with my new laptop. One thing that was different on a Mac than on Windows was the fact that there is not a Page Down and a Page Up on the Mac keyboard. The good news is a simple key combination provides the functionality for both Page Down and Page up. Use the information below to page down and page up on your Mac OSX computer.

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