OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth version of the operating system powering Macintosh laptop and desktop computers, has received generally rave reviews. This isn’t surprising. The operating system is both robust and easy to use*. But are you getting the most from your Mountain Lion experience? There are a couple of tricks you can use to improve your productivity while using OS X Mountain Lion, and Mark Crump, a writer for GigaOM, has the goods.

Managing Mail

Crump wisely 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 amount of your email that actually matters 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 notify you, though, only when messages from senders that you have already deemed as important come in. This keeps 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 allows you to check tasks off once they are complete.

Relying on Notes for Important Codes

How many phone meetings today require you to enter a long meeting code after dialing in? It can be easy to misplace those codes, whether you write them on paper or type them on your computer screen. Mountain Lion’s Notes feature, though, gives you quick access to all your important dial-in codes and passwords. Simply key in your dial-in meeting codes on the Notes feature. Now you’ll always know how to get at them when those phone conferences are ready to start.

*Although we love Microsoft, we are fans of great technology, no matter the label.

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