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Get the Most Out of Your Mac

Tips and tricks for improving workflow and getting the most out of your Macintosh.
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  2. OS X Lion Tips & Tricks (19)
  3. Dashboard Widgets (2)
  4. Fantastic Tips and Fun-Filled Tricks (44)
  5. Backups and Archives (19)
  6. Reader to Reader (85)
  7. Working With RAID Arrays (3)
  8. Fonts (5)
  9. Cloud Services (16)

How to Set Up the Firmware Password on Your Mac
How to enable the firmware password on your Mac.

The Easy Way to Add a Printer to Your Mac
You can add a printer to your Mac using the OS's ability to automatically find and install all the necessary printer software.

Manually Install a Printer on Your Mac
Use OS X's manual printer installation system to get older printers working with your Mac.

How to Add Twitter to Your Safari Sidebar
Use Safari's sidebar to keep up to date with your Twitter feeds.

The 10 Most Popular Articles From About: Macs in 2013
About: Macs top ten articles from 2013.

How to Re-Download Apps From the Mac App Store
Re-downloading an app from the Mac App Store can be as easy as using the option key or as tough as deleting the installed app first. But either way, it is possible to re-download and install an app.

FileVault 2 - Using Disk Encryption With Mac OS X
Protecting your data from prying eyes can be as simple as turning on Apple's FileVault 2 full disk encryption system. FileVault 2 protects your data from easy access by data thieves.

Using Auto-Save and Versions in OS X
The Auto-Save and Versions features in OS X provide a great deal of control over working with and saving documents. This guide presents the nitty-gritty about using these features to save and manage your documents.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012
Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to discover new applications for your Mac. With software ranging from the simple to the complex, this list of Mac software is a great starting point for finding fun and useful Mac apps.

Mac Screen Sharing - How to Connect to Another Mac's Desktop
Mac Screen Sharing: Screen sharing capability is built in to the Mac. With it, you can access a remote Mac's desktop, and view and manipulate files, folders, and applications, just as if you were sitting in front of the remote Mac.

Enable Disk Utility's Debug Menu
OS X's Disk Utility has a hidden Debug menu that, when enabled, can give you access to a few more Disk Utility features than you normally see. While Disk Utility has had a Debug menu for quite a while, it became even more useful with the advent of OS X Lion.

Mac Screen Sharing Using the Finder Sidebar
Mac Screen Sharing: Using the Finder sidebar to access screen sharing has many benefits, including not having to know the IP address or name of the remote Mac. Instead, the remote Mac displays in the Shared list in the Finder sidebar; accessing the remote Mac takes just a few clicks.

Mac Screen Sharing
Mac Screen Sharing: Macs come with built-in screen sharing capabilities, which can be accessed from the Sharing preference pane. The Mac's screen sharing capability is based on the VNC (Virtual Network Computing) protocol, which means not only can you use another Mac to view your screen, you can use any computer that has a VNC client installed.

Change How Your Mac Sleeps - Pick the Sleep Setting You Want Your Mac to Use
Change How Your Mac Sleeps: Apple supports three main types of sleep modes for desktops and portables. The three modes are Sleep, Hibernation, and Safe Sleep, and they each work slightly differently.

Personalize Your Mac by Changing Desktop Icons
Changing Desktop Icons: Your Macs desktop is a lot like your home; it needs to be personalized to make it seem like its your place. Changing desktop icons is one of the easiest ways to bring a touch of you to your Macs desktop, and its as easy as a few mouse clicks.

QuickLook Window Opens Off Screen
How to Restore QuickLook Windows: QuickLook is one of the OS X features that is usually taken for granted. The ability to preview a document, view an image, or even see full-screen videos without ever opening the file is simply amazing. That is, until something goes wrong. You select a file, press the space bar, and nothing happens. You're left...

Move Your Mac's Home Folder to a New Location
Move Your Home Folder to a New Location: Your home folder is always located on the startup drive, the same one that houses the OS. This may not be an ideal location for your home folder, however. Storing the home folder on another drive may be a much better choice, especially if you want to increase the performance of your Mac by installing an...

Finder Column View - Zoom Into a Finder Preview Image
Finder Column View - Zoom Into a Finder Preview Image: One nifty Finder feature that is often overlooked is the ability to zoom in, zoom out, and pan around an image when in column view.

Translucent Dock Icons
Translucent Dock Icons: You can use Terminal to create a visual clue about which applications are hidden, by forcing the Dock to display hidden applications with translucent icons.

Keeping Your Mac Clean and Trouble-Free - Cleaning Your Macs Display
Cleaning Your Macs Display: Cleaning a Mac's display is a very easy process, with only a few donts but a lot of dos to consider. We're going to talk specifically about Apple displays, but these cleaning instructions should work for most LCD displays.

Make the Mouse Pointer on Your Mac Bigger
Enlarging the Mouse Pointer: With both larger and high-resolution displays becoming the norm, you may have noticed your mouse pointer is getting smaller. On both the newer 27-inch iMacs and the new 27-inch LCD Cinema Display, the monitor’s native resolution is high enough that your mouse cursor can be difficult to locate as it scurries across...

Setting Finder Views for Folders and Sub-Folders
Setting Finder Views for Folders and Sub-Folders: One area where OS X leaves a bit to be desired is in the setting of folder views. If you want...

Force Quit an Application
Force Quit an Application: It happens to the best of them; an application simply stops responding to input. You may not be able to access the...

Keeping Your Mac Clean and Trouble-Free
Keeping your Mac's mouse, keyboard, and monitor clean is a basic task all Mac users should undertake. For some, a good cleaning only needs to be done a few times a year. For others, a more frequent cleaning schedule may be in order. No matter how often you clean your Mac, be sure you clean it the right way!

Keeping Your Mac Clean and Trouble Free - Cleaning Your Mac’s Keyboard ...
Cleaning Your Mac’s Keyboard and Mouse: The day you unpacked and started working with your new Mac was special; it marked the day when your Mac’s keyboard and mouse were working at their best. From that day forward, little bits of grime, dust, and dirt have been building up on these often-used peripherals. The buildup of gunk will slowly cause...

Automate Opening Multiple Applications and Folders
Use Automator to Open a Preferred Work Environment: In this step-by-step guide, we're going to show you how to use Apple’s Automator to create an...

Mac Performance Tips Remove Login Items You Dont Need
Mac Performance Tips Remove Login Items You Dont Need: Startup items, also know as login items, are applications, utilities, and helpers that run automatically during the startup or login process. In many cases, application installers add login items that an application may need. In other cases, the installers add login items because they assume you want to run their precious application every time you start your Mac.

Mac Performance Tips – Avoid Animated Desktops
Mac Performance Tips – Avoid Animated Desktops: This Mac performance tip is an easy one: Stay away from animated desktops, at least most of the...

Mac Performance Tips – Close Your Browser
Mac Performance Tips – Close Your Browser: This tip is all about browsers that don’t work quite the way they should. And as far as I can tell,...

Mac Performance Tips – Keep Plenty of Free Disk Space
Mac Performance Tips – Keep Plenty of Free Disk Space: OS X’s memory management system uses lots of virtual memory. Since virtual memory is actually space on your startup drive, having a startup drive that is almost full is sure to degrade your Mac's performance.

Change the File Format Your Mac Uses to Save Screenshots
Screenshot Format: Your Mac has the ability to take screenshots with just a keyboard shortcut or two. If you want a few more advanced capabilities, you can use the included Grab application to take screenshots. But neither of these screenshot options provides an easy way for you to specify your preferred graphics file format for screenshots. Luckily, you can use Terminal, an application included with OS X, to change the default graphics format.

Create a Spare User Account to Assist in Troubleshooting
Mac Troubleshooting Tip: One of my standard practices when setting up a new Mac or installing a new version of OS X is to create a spare user account. A spare user account is just an administrator account that you set up but never use except when you need to troubleshoot problems with the Mac OS or applications.

Add Keyboard Shortcuts
Add Keyboard Shortcuts: Adding a keyboard shortcut to a menu item is a simple task thanks to Apple's Keyboard preference pane. I'm going to show you how to add a keyboard shortcut in OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), but the process is the same in earlier versions of OS X, with just a few minor differences in names.

Capturing Screenshots of Individual Elements
Capturing Screenshots of Individual Elements: There's a screenshot keyboard combo that's often overlooked, yet it's by far the most powerful. This keyboard combo lets you capture a screenshot of a particular window element. When you use this keyboard combo, each window element will be highlighted as you move your cursor over it. Click the mouse and you can capture just that element. The beauty of…

Find Files Faster Using Spotlight Keyword Searches
Find Files Faster Using Spotlight Keyword Searches: Keeping track of all of the documents on your Mac can be a difficult task. Remembering file names or file contents is even more difficult. And if you haven't accessed the document it's in recently, you may not remember where you stored a piece of valuable data.

OS X Memory Usage
Using Activity Monitor to Track Memory Usage: It can sometimes be difficult to get your head around OS X memory usage, especially when it comes time to consider upgrades for your Mac. Will adding more memory provide a significant performance increase? That's a question I often hear, so let's discover the answer together.

Eject Stuck CD/DVD: Use Your Mouse or TrackPad to Eject Stuck Media
Eject Stuck CD/DVD: CDs or DVDs that become stuck in your Mac's SuperDrive can be a pain in the media. You not only want to get the media out of the drive, you want to do it without damaging either the CD/DVD or the drive.

Eject Stuck CD/DVD: Use Terminal to Eject a Stuck CD/DVD
Eject Stuck CD/DVD: Having a CD or DVD stuck in your Mac or an optical drive isn't a fun situation. And while there are a number of ways to force the media to be ejected, most require you to shut down. If that presents a problem, you can use Terminal to force eject the CD or DVD, without shutting down your Mac.

Eject Stuck CD/DVD: Use OS X Boot Manager to Eject a Stuck CD/DVD
Eject Stuck CD/DVD: CDs and DVDs can become stuck in your Mac's optical drive for many reasons, most of which seem to have to do with the phases of the moon. When this happens to you, don’t spend all evening howling about the problem; instead try a nifty trick that usually will eject stuck media.

How to Calibrate Your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air Battery
MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air portables all use a battery with an internal processor designed to maximize battery performance. In order to make accurate predictions about remaining battery charge, the battery and its processor needs to undergo a calibration routine. The calibration routine helps the processor gauge the battery's current performance, and make accurate predictions.

Enable XRayFolders for a Preview of a Folder's Contents
Enable XRayFolders for a Preview of a Folder's Contents: When you invoke Quick Look on a folder in pre-Snow Leopard versions of OS X, the folder's contents are revealed, with individual thumbnails of each file in the folder displayed in an animated slide show within the selected folder's icon. Pretty nifty, huh? Apple chose to disable this functionality in the shipping version of Snow Leopard.

Display Calibration: Use the Display Calibrator Assistant
Mac Display Calibration: Getting photos on your Mac to match the colors of the original images starts with calibrating your display. The Mac's built-in Display Calibrator Assistant provides reasonably accurate results.

Overflowing Open With: Remove Duplicate Applications From the
Remove Duplicate Applications From the 'Open With' Menu: Resetting the 'Open With' menu will remove duplicates and ghost applications (ones you have deleted) from the list. You reset the 'Open With' menu by rebuilding the Launch Services database your Mac maintains. There are multiple ways to rebuild the Launch Services database; in this guide, we will use Terminal.

Using an iMac As an External Display: How to Use Target Display Mode
The 27-inch iMacs introduced in late 2009 have many exciting features, but one thats been a little overlooked is the ability to use the 27-inch iMacs display as a separate monitor for video devices. These instructions will guide you through the use of Target Display Mode.

The Proxy Icon: Using an Application's Proxy Icon in the Toolbar
The proxy icon is that little icon located in the center of an application's window. The proxy icon has been around since, well, since OS X was first introduced. But many of us have no idea what its function is, or even where it is.

Apple Partition Types and How and When You Can Use Them
Partition types, or as Apple refers to them, partition schemes, define how the partition map is organized on a hard drive. Apple directly supports three different partition schemes: GUID (Globally Unique IDentifier) Partition Table, Apple Partition Map, and Master Boot Record. With three different partition maps available, which one should you use when you format or partition a hard drive?

Snow Leopard Tip: QuickTime X Autoplay
QuickTime X is missing the Autoplay feature found in earlier versions of QuickTime. You can use a Terminal command to restore Autoplay to QuickTime X.

Snow Leopard Tip: Screen Shots in Preview
Preview, the PDF reader application that Apple includes with OS X, has gotten some nice upgrades with Snow Leopard. One upgrade you may find helpful is the new ability to take screen shots from within Preview.

Snow Leopard Tip: View All Docked Finder Windows
View All Docked Finder Windows: In case you didn’t already know this, option-clicking the minimize button in a Finder window will collapse all open Finder windows to the Dock. This has been the case with OS X as far back as I can remember. I can’t confirm it, but it may have been a shortcut as far back as the public preview of OS X 10.0.

Snow Leopard Tip: Select Audio In and Out From the Menu Bar
Your Mac has multiple audio inputs and outputs. If you’re using more than one, you may find it inconvenient to launch System Preferences just to select a new input or output. Use the volume item in your Mac’s menu bar instead. Here’s how.

Snow Leopard Feature: Quick Look for Disk Space
Use Quick Look to quickly divine the size and available free space on any hard drive or volume on your Mac.

The Hidden Features of Snow Leopard
Apple intended Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) to be a version of the Mac OS that concentrated on stability, as well as the future, not the past. Snow Leopard was supposed to focus on Intel multi-core processors and abandon previous technologies. Lucky for us, the engineers at Apple couldn’t completely suppress their desire to toss in a few new features, some of which have gotten more press…

Snow Leopard Feature: System-Wide Text Substitution
Snow Leopard has a new system-wide text substitution feature that lets you create text shortcuts for phrases you use frequently. Once you type a text shortcut, it will automatically expand to its associated phrase. This works in any application, not just a word processor.

How to Enable the Hidden Single-Application Mode in Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard still supports single-application mode, Mac OS X’s ability to switch between running applications and display only the currently active application’s windows. You can enable single-application mode in Snow Leopard with Terminal.

Hidden Features in Snow Leopard: Exposing Expose’s Hidden Features
Hidden Features in Snow Leopard: Snow Leopard adds new functionality to Expose, Apple’s windows management system. Besides letting you view all open windows as thumbnails on the desktop, Expose now also works from the Dock, displaying only the windows associated with a particular Dock icon. For example, if you click and hold the Microsoft Word icon in the Dock, Expose will display all open Word…

Spotlight Search: Setting the Finders Search Box Preferences
Spotlights search preferences in Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) now allow you to set the default behavior for searches performed in a Finder window.

Preference Panes: How to Remove Preference Panes From Your Mac
Removing preference panes from your Mac can be as simple as clicking your mouse once or twice. Instead of searching for the installation location of a preference pane, use this tip to remove it quickly and easily.

Recent Items: Find Out Where Recent Items Are Located
In Snow Leopard, the ‘Recent Items’ entry in the Apple menu can show you where applications and files are actually stored on your Mac. Let the mouse cursor hover over the ‘Recent Items’ entry, hold down the command key, and the Finder will reveal all.

Display Hidden Files in OS X Open and Save Dialog Boxes
Have you ever needed to edit or view one of the many invisible files on your Mac? There is now a simple keyboard trick that allows hidden files and folders to display in any Open or Save dialog box.

Safari 4 Debug Menu: Enable Safari 4’s Debug Menu
Safari 4 Debug Menu: You can enable Safari 4’s debug menu by changing a hidden preference within Safari, using the Terminal application.

Safari 4: Safari 4 Complete Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts
Safari 4 Shortcuts: Safari 4 has a large number of keyboard and mouse shortcuts. So many, in fact, that it would take quite a few pages to list them all here. I thought you might like to know how you can view or print out your own, guaranteed-to-be-current list of all Safari 4 shortcuts.

Safari 4 Troubleshooting: Use Safari 4’s Re-render Menu to Refresh a Web Page
Safari 4 Troubleshooting: Safari 4’s Debug menu includes a Repaint command that will re-render the currently loaded web page, instead of taking the time to download a fresh version of the page. Re-rendering saves time and ensures the content of the page doesn’t change.

Command Key: Use the Command Key to Control Background Windows
The command key has many uses with OS X. One that is often overlooked, and in my opinion, one of the most productive, is using the command key to work with background windows without bringing them to the front.

Add a Dock Spacer to Your Mac
Dock spacers allow you to organize your Macs Dock by creating a blank Dock icon that you can place wherever you wish on the Dock. You can use Dock spacers to create a separation between groups of Dock icons. Dock spacers work with OS X 10.5 Leopard and later.

Duplicating Files: Option-Drag Duplicates Files by Adding Version Numbers
Duplicating files and adding version numbers is just an option key away. Starting with OS X 10.5, Apple added the ability to create incremental version numbers when duplicating files.

Basics: Using Your Mac - A New User’s Guide
Mac Basics is a good place to start when you’re new to the Mac or just need a refresher. You will find guides, tips, and a few revelations that will have you both enjoying your Mac and being more productive.

Use Terminal to Remove Leopard’s 3D Dock Effects
If you like things better the old way, you can remove Leopard’s 3D Dock and return to the 2D dock used in Tiger. Changing from a 3D Dock to a 2D Dock just takes a few simple Terminal commands. Learn how to perform this easy Terminal trick.

Widgets on Your Mac Desktop
You can make Dashboard widgets appear on your Mac desktop by using Terminal to invoke Dashboard Development mode. Once you enter development mode, you can drag individual widgets from Dashboard to the desktop.

Adding Startup Items to Your Mac
Startup items, also known as login items, are applications, documents, or other items you want to automatically open every time you start up or log in to your Mac.

Terminal Tricks: Access Hidden Features
Hundreds of hidden preferences and features are available within OS X and its many applications. Most of these hidden preferences are of little use to the end user, because they’re intended for developers to use during debugging. That still leaves plenty of preferences and features for the rest of us to try out.

Use Terminal To Clean Up Your Desktop
Clean up your Mac desktop using Terminal. With a simple Terminal command, you can sweep all of your Mac desktop debris out of sight. Bringing all of your Mac desktop icons back into view is just as easy.

The Finder Path Bar - Using the Finder Path Bar
The Finder Path Bar is a nifty feature thats new in OS X 10.5. Using the Finder Path Bar is easy, but first you have to make it visible.

Mac Backup - Backup Applications, Products, and Guides for Your Mac
Most people dont think about backing up their Mac until after disaster strikes; by then, its too late. Dont let this happen to you. Instead of waiting for that sinking feeling when you realize your Mac isnt going to boot, or the terrifying sound of your hard drive screeching to a halt, be proactive. Check out the possibilities, make a...

The Finder Toolbar - Add Items to the Finder Toolbar
You can easily customize the Finder toolbar by dragging and dropping new items onto it.

Customize the Dock: Add a Recent Applications Stack to the Dock
Customize the Dock in Mac OS X by adding a Recent Items stack that can display Recent Applications, Recent Documents, Recent Servers, Recent Volumes, and Favorite Items.

Using Spotlight - Refining Spotlight Searches With Boolean Operators
Spotlight, the Mac’s built-in search service, supports using the three Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT within a query.

Make the Most of the Finder Sidebar
The Finder sidebar is a handy place to store frequently used files, folders, and applications. It's also easy to customize.

Spring-Loaded Folders Can Make the Trash Spill Its Secrets
The spring-loaded folder feature works as well on the Trash as it does on folders. You can use it to peek inside the Trash without double-clicking its icon.

Configure Spring-Loaded Folders
Spring-loaded folders let you drill down through a hierarchy of folders, and drag and drop items as needed.

Speed Up the Installation of Most Applications
Software installers are prone to searching all of your hard drives for older versions of their software to update, which can waste time.

Use Finder Labels to Organize Your Files and Folders
Finder labels are colored tags that you can use to organize items in Finder windows by assigning the same color to related files and folders.

Customize the Finder Toolbar
The Finder toolbar, a collection of buttons located at the top of a Finder window, is easy to customize.

Opt-Out From iAd Data Collection
Opt-Out From iAd Data Collection: When Apple introduced iOS 4 for the iPhone and iPod touch (it will also be supported on the iPad in the very near future), the company also introduced a new advertising system that allows apps to host advertising. This may be good or bad, depending on your point of view. It will allow application authors to get some or all of their revenue for a particular app fr…

About Macs Top Ten For 2010 - The Top 10 Mac Articles

With 2010 coming to a close, it’s time once again to list the top ten most popular articles at About: Macs.

These articles range from guides and DYIs to tips and FAQs. But they all have one thing in common: They were the most often read by the readers here at About: Macs.


How to Validate Fonts With Font Book
If you're having trouble opening a document, or a font isn't displaying correctly in a document, it's possible that the font file is damaged. You can use Font Book to validate font files before, during, and after installation.

How to Manage Fonts With Font Book
It's difficult to resist accumulating fonts, but a large collection of fonts can easily get out of hand. We'll show you how to use Font Book to create and manage libraries and collections of fonts.

Install and Delete Fonts With Font Book
There are several ways to install and delete fonts on your Mac. One of the easiest is to use Font Book, an application that's included free with OS X 10.3 and later. We'll show you how to install and delete fonts using Font Book.

How to Preview Fonts and Print Font Samples
Selecting the perfect font for a project can be a difficult task. You can make the task a little easier by using Font Book to preview fonts and print font samples.

Setting Up an iCloud Account on Your Mac
Using your Mac to access iCloud services requires the correct version of OS X and a few minutes to follow these basic instructions.

Create Your Own OS X Lion Recovery HD on Any Drive
You can use this step-by-step guide to create a Lion Recovery HD volume on any internal or external drive that's connected to your Mac.

Using OS X Lion's Recovery Disk Assistant
Secrets to using the OS X Lion Recovery Disk Assistant. The Recovery Disk Assistant is a welcome utility for OS X Lion users, but it has limitations that can get in the way of its use. This guide provides tips for the best use of the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant.

Getting iCloud's Mail Working on Your Mac
Apple Mail and iCloud Mail can work hand-in-hand. With these instructions, you'll be able to access your iCloud mail from your Apple Mail app.

Apple's Year in Review 2011
Apple's year in review: Looking back at 2011, we see remarkable new products and services, as well as the passing of Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs.

Web Hosting With Mountain Lion
The Web Sharing feature didn't make the cut in OS X Mountain Lion, but with a few tweaks, and possibly a download or two, you can still use your Mac as a web server.

Aperture 3 Troubleshooting Guides
Aperture Troubleshooting: Aperture is robust and easy to use, but there are times when you can run into problems. When that happens, one or more of our Aperture 3 troubleshooting guides may be just what you need to get back on track.

OS X Lion Can Map Your Hard Drive Space Usage by File Type
OS X Lion has the ability to display how much space various file types are taking up on your hard drives. When you want to know what's taking up the most room on a drive, this new System Profiler capability will be helpful.

OS X Lion Is Hiding Your Library Folder
Have you noticed something missing? OS X Lion hides your Library folder. It's not clear why Apple decided to hide the users Library folder, but there are two ways to get it back; one provided by Apple and one by the underlying file system. The method to use depends on whether you want permanent access to the Library folder, or only when you need to go there.

Adding Accent Marks in OS X Lion
OS X Lion supports the same method of adding diacritical marks to characters that is found in iOS devices. Now when you need to add an umlaut, trema, or other glyph to your writing, you no longer have to use a font character viewer to gain access to the appropriate diacritical mark.

OS X Lion Scroll Bars
OS X Lion changed not only how scrolling works, but if and when scroll bars appear. You don’t have to live with Lion's scroll bar defaults; you can change them to meet your needs or preferences.

Change the Finder and Mail Sidebar Display Size in OS X Lion
If you find that OS X Lion's sidebar font and icon size is a little too large, as it is for me, it's easy to change it to one that's a better fit for you.

Force an Application to Open in All Spaces
OS X Lion offers a new, easy way to set up an application to open in all of your desktop spaces.

iPhoto Tips and Tricks
iPhoto is one of those applications that are simply must-haves. Yes, there are more robust image management applications, such as Aperture and Lightroom, but iPhoto is included with every new Mac. It's easy to use, and it can meet the needs of most users, including aspiring professional photographers. This, then, is a collection of iPhoto...

How to Use iChat to Share Your Mac's Screen
iChat Screen Sharing: iChat, Apple's instant messaging client, has a unique feature that allows you to share your Mac desktop with an iChat buddy. iChat screen sharing lets you show off your desktop or ask a buddy for help with a problem. It also allows you to take control of a buddy's desktop to help him or her out with a problem.

Reload Safari Top Sites
Reload Safari Top Sites: Safari's Top Sites feature can get bogged down if you lose your Internet connection, even for just a brief time. Whether the cause is your home network router, DNS issues, or your ISP going offline due to a severe storm in your area, an interrupted connection can sometimes cause the thumbnails in Safari Top Sites to either stop updating or display error messages.

How Do I Install Apple OS X Updates From the Mac App Store?
Apple changed the way software updates are performed, but don’t worry; you can still perform a combo update, as well as the quicker basic software update, through the Mac App Store.

Restore Closed Safari 5 Tabs
Restore Closed Safari 5 Tabs: Safari 5 takes the pain out of accidentally closing a tab. When you make this common mistake, you can simply select the Safari 5 Edit menu. Instead of seeing a grayed out Undo command, you'll be greeted by an accessible Undo Close Tab, in the same spot in the menu.

How to Remove Safari Plug-ins
To remove Safari Plug-ins, you must delete or move the appropriate plug-in files from the Internet Plug-ins folder.

OS X Lion Scrolling
OS X Lion changed the default behavior of scrolling within a window or application. Scrolling is now performed using what Apple calls a "natural" scrolling method. You can change how Lion scrolls using the system preferences.

Using the Archive Utility - Gain Control of Your Mac's Compression Options
Archive Utility is the app behind the Finder's ability to zip and unzip files. But it does more than just zip and unzip files. This guide will show you all that the Archive Utility can do.

Keep Your Desktop Clean or Risk Getting Bogged Down
OS X's Live Preview feature, displays thumbnail images of a file's contents. This can cause severe slowdown if your desktop is cluttered. Luckily fixing the problem is just requires a bit of housekeeping.

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