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6. Mac OS 9 Programs—and Windows Programs > Three Tricks for Faster Switching

Three Tricks for Faster Switching

It didn’t take long for the masses of Mac fans to grow impatient with fiddling around with System Preferences just to go back and forth between 9 and X. Here are three ways to reduce the number of steps.

The X Key Trick (from 9 to X)

If you have both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X on the same hard drive, use this sensational shortcut: Just hold down the letter X key while the Mac is starting up. (Hold it down until the Mac stops chiming.) You go straight to Mac OS X.

The D Key Trick (from X to 9)

The only downside to the X key trick is that it’s one-way. You can’t, for example, hold down the 9 key to start up in Mac OS 9 again—at least not if 9 and X are on the same drive.

If you’ve installed 9 and X on two different drives or partitions, though, you can enjoy the D key trick. It works as long as you’ve installed Mac OS 9 on the first partition.


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