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How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite On Your...
Performing a clean install of OS X Yosemite on a startup drive is possible, although it requires a few extra steps and the use of a bootable USB flash drive. This guide will take you through all of the required steps.
How to Zip and Unzip Files and Folders on Mac
The Mac has a built-in archiving utility that you can use to zip (compress) or unzip files and folders. This FAQ will show you how to use the Archive Utility included in OS X.
How to Resize an Existing Volume with Disk...
Disk Utility has the ability to add, delete, and resize hard drive partitions without erasing data. If you need to resize a partition, or split a partition, this guide will tell you how.
How To Copy The OS X Yosemite Installer To A...
One of the easiest ways to create a bootable OS X Yosemite installer is to use a USB flash drive and a simple Terminal command that Apple includes within the installer files. With this technique, you can use any drive as a bootable destination on which to copy the OS X Yosemite Installer.
How to Find Your iPods Hidden Folders with...
It's easy to copy media files, music, audio books, podcasts, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac. Focus on Macs shows you how.
If You Haven't Updated To OS X Yosemite Yet,...
Upgrade install of OS X Yosemite is the easiest and the most popular method of installation. This guide will take you through the process and options available.
Protect Your Data! How to Clone a Startup Disk...
You can create a clone of your Mac's startup drive that is not only an exact copy, but bootable as well. This is the ideal type of backup to perform before updating any system software.
How to Move Your Apple Mail to a New Mac
Moving your Apple Mail to a new Mac, or to a new, clean install of the OS, may seem like a difficult task but it actually only requires saving three items and moving them to the new destination.
Format a Mac Hard Drive in 8 Easy Steps
Disk Utility, a free application included with Mac OS X, is a handy tool for working with hard drives, SSDs, removable media, and drive images. Disk Utility is also a good choice for erasing and formatting drives for the Mac.
How Do You Eject a CD From a Mac?
Unlike many PCs, Macs don't have a manual eject button on their CD/DVD drives. You can eject a CD or DVD from a Mac using one of these methods.
Partition Your Mac's Hard Drive with This Free...
Disk Utility is the application of choice for partitioning a hard drive. Disk Utility is straightforward and easy to use, it provides a nice graphical interface, and best of all, it’s free. Disk Utility is included with the Mac OS.
How to Fix Mac Startup Problem - Blue Screen
When your Mac gets stuck at the blue screen, chances are you're having a startup drive problem. Luckily, these problems are usually easy to fix.
Does Your Mac Have What It Takes To Run OS X El...
The minimum system requirements for OS X El Capitan haven’t changed much since OS X Mavericks. Still, the devil is in the details; find out if your Mac will run the newest version of OS X.
Use Disk Utility to Repair Hard Drives and Disk...
Disk Utility, an included applications with OS X, allows you to erase, format, and partition a drive, but also to repair problems that may crop up from time to time.
How To Use The OS X Yosemite Migration...
Moving your data from a previous Mac to a new installation of OS X Yosemite doesn't have to be a chore. The Migration Assistant, an app included with all versions of OS X, can make the process a simple one.
Enable Safari's Develop Menu To Access...
Enabling the Safari Develop menu brings a wealth of tools to web developers. The Develop menu also has some helpful features for casual users.
Top 10 Must Have Apps for Mac
Whenever a new Mac shows up here, or for that matter, whenever I reconfigure a Mac or install a new OS, one of the first things I do is install this base group of 10 applications.
Stuck with a Spinning Pinwheel of Death? Here's...
You can fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death, you know, the multicolored pinwheel mouse pointer that means your Mac is waiting to finish for a process to finish. The fix involves a simple Terminal command and a little bit of time.
What You Need to Run OS X Yosemite (System...
The minimum requirements for running OS X Yosemite aren't much different than the minimum requirements for Mavericks. This means that just about all Macs that currently run Mavericks will be able to install and run Yosemite. You'll find a complete list of compatible Macs below.
How To Create an Emergency OS X Boot Device...
A bootable copy of OS X on a USB flash drive is a great emergency backup tool to have on hand. It allows you to be ready to go almost immediately should anything happen to your existing startup drive.
How to Move Your Safari Bookmarks to Another Mac
Back Up or Move Your Safari Bookmarks to a New Mac: Safari, Apple's popular web browser, has a lot going for it. It's easy to use, fast and versatile, and it adheres to web standards. It does, however, have one slightly annoying feature, or should I say it lacks a feature: a convenient way to import and export bookmarks.
What To Do If Your Mac Stalls on the Gray...
When your Mac stalls on the gray screen as it starts up, there's a wide variety of possible causes. This guide will take you through the process of troubleshooting the Mac gray screen startup issue.
Use Apple Hardware Test Over the Internet to...
When using the Internet to run the Apple Hardware Test, you don't need to have the correct testing DVD, or install the diagnostic files on your Mac's drive.
How to Customize the Finder View in Folders and...
One area where OS X leaves a bit to be desired is in the setting of Finder folder views. If you want every folder to open in one type of Finder view, you're all set. But if you want to set different views, then you're in for a headache.
How to Use Terminal to Split a Mac Fusion Drive
Fusion drives on a Mac can be deleted, split apart into their individual drive components. Although Apple doesn’t allow Disk Utility to split a Fusion drive, you can do it using Terminal. This guide will show you how, step-by-step.
How to Spice Up Your OS X Desktop with Custom...
Changing Desktop Icons: Your Mac’s desktop is a lot like your home; it needs to be personalized to make it seem like it’s your place. Changing desktop icons is one of the easiest ways to bring a touch of you to your Mac’s desktop, and it’s as easy as a few mouse clicks.
How (and why) To Reset Your Mac's SMC
Resetting your Mac's SMC can fix quite a few common problems, as well as some uncommon ones. See the entire list, and how to perform the reset.
A Quick Guide to Clean Installing OS X Lion on...
In this step-by-step article, we're going to look at installing Lion on a drive or partition, either internally on your Mac or on an external drive. For those of you who want to create a bootable USB flash drive with Lion installed, we have two methods you can use, which we will cover in a separate article.
How to Reset Your Mac's PRAM
Reseting your Mac's PRAM can fix quite a few problems you may being experiencing with your Mac. This guide includes a list of common problems that can be fixed by reseting the PRAM.
How to Use Mac Disk Utility to Create a RAID1...
In this About: Macs guide, we will take you through the process of creating a mirrored RAID 1 array using Disk Utility.
Mac App Download Didn't Work? Try This
If you accidentally delete an app, or something goes wrong during the installation process, you can re-download the app from the Mac App Store (assuming that's where you purchased it). You can re-download apps in a number of ways. This guide provides details about the most common methods, and answers a few FAQs about the Mac App Store.
Starting Up in Safe Mode Can Fix Things that...
Safe Boot can fix Mac problems caused by corrupt apps, data, fonts, preference files, even fix basic disk issues on your Mac's startup drive.
How to Set Up Your Mac With Multiple Administra...
Adding administrator user accounts to your Mac allows you to specify other individuals who can take on the administrator role. Administrators have an elevated set of privileges that allow them to install applications, change system preferences, and perform a variety of maintenance tasks.
How to Access Your (Hidden) Library Folder on...
Have you noticed something missing? OS X hides your Library folder. It's not clear why Apple decided to hide the users Library folder, but here is how to get it back.
How to Calibrate Your MacBook's Battery
MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air portables all use a battery with an internal processor designed to maximize battery performance. Calibrating the battery helps the processor gauge the battery's current performance, and make accurate predictions about the remaining battery charge.
How to Create a Bootable Flash Drive for...
Since we have valid reasons for wanting a bootable copy of the Lion installer, we're going to show you how to create one using a USB flash drive. If you would rather create a bootable DVD of the Lion installer, we've got you covered there, too.
How to Backup Your iPod Music Collection with...
Copy iPod music to your Mac: This guide will take you through the process of copying music, movies, and videos to your Mac using OS X Lion and iTunes 10 or later.
How to Use OS X as a Network File Server
Using OS X 10.5 as a File Server: File servers come in many forms, from dedicated computer systems like Apple’s Xserve, which has a base sticker price of $2,999, to NAS (Network Attached Storage) hard-drive-based systems, which can be found for as little as $49 (you supply the hard drives). But while buying a preconfigured solution is always an option, it’s not always the best option.
10 Ways to Fix Mac Startup Issues
Turning on your Mac only to discover that it won't start up correctly can be a nightmare. These troubleshooting tips should help you get your Mac up and running again, so you can get back to work or play, as the case may be.
Control The Startup Process in Mac OS X With...
These startup keyboard shortcuts come in handy if you need to troubleshoot your Mac, or you just want to boot from a different volume than usual.
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.
Make a Bootable OS X Mavericks Installer on a...
Create a bootable copy of the OS X Mavericks installer on a USB flash drive with this guide. Having a physical bootable copy of the installer lets you install the OS on any Mac you may own.
How to Use Terminal to View Hidden Folders
Your Mac has a few secrets, hidden folders and files that are invisible to you. You can use Terminal to force your Mac to reveal its secrets.
Safari Bookmarks Out of Control? Try This Easy...
Web browser bookmarks can quickly get out of hand, particularly if you tend to mark a lot of web sites for later perusal. Our guide to managing Safari bookmarks with folders can help you get and keep them under control.
The Many Uses for OS X Disk Utility
Disk Utility, a free application included with Mac OS X, is a multipurpose, easy-to-use tool for working with hard drives and drive images. Among other things, Disk Utility can erase, format, repair, and partition hard drives, as well as create RAID arrays. You can also use it to create a clone of any drive, including your startup drive.
How to Repair a Mac Even If It Won't Start
My Mac won’t start. How can I repair my hard drive? The Mac has three good options for emergency startup and repair: booting from a different device, Safe Boot, and Single User Mode. All three options allow you to run various types of disk repair utilities that should get your Mac going again.
How to Create an OS X Recovery Disk on Any Drive
You can use this step-by-step guide to create an OS X Recovery HD volume on any internal or external drive that's connected to your Mac.
How to Enable the 'Debug Menu' in Mac's Disk...
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. Disk Utilities Debug menu has became more useful with the advent of the Recovery HD volume.
Key Equivalents for Using a Windows Keyboard...
Windows keyboard that has a USB interface will work with a Mac. The catch is that some keys on Windows keyboards have different names than those on Macintosh keyboards. This FAQ covers the Windows equivalents for the Mac's command, option, control, delete, and return keys.
How to Get Started Using Time Machine to Back...
Backing up files using Apple’s Time Machine couldn’t be easier. All it takes is a few clicks to make your data safe and secure.
How to Enable Extensions in Safari
Safari now supports the use of extensions to increase functionality or change the basic behavior of Apple's web browser. This guide will assist you in enabling, installing and managing Safari extensions.
How to Change Your Mac's DNS Settings for...
Configuring your Mac's DNS (Domain Name Server) settings is a pretty straightforward. Even so, you can gain increased performance by testing and changing the DNS server.
Safeguard Your iPod Music Collection with This...
How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac: What? You don't have any backups, and you just accidentally deleted some of your favorite tunes and videos from your Mac? Well, all may not be lost, at least not if you've been keeping your iPod synced with your desktop iTunes library. If so, your iPod can serve as your backup. By following these instructions, you should be able to copy your music, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac, and then add them back to your iTunes library.
How to Setup a Gmail Account in Apple Mail
Apple's Mail is one of the most intuitive email applications currently available for Macs. It can easily handle Gmail and other web-based email accounts.
Is Your Mac Desktop Missing Drive Icons?
It's the Finder's job to display the desktop and all of its icons, including those for hard drives. The problem is that a default install of OS X renders the desktop without the drive icons.
Use OS X's Built-in Storage Map to Find Data...
OS X has the ability to display how much space various file types are taking up on your drives. This guide will show you how to make the System Profiler spill the details.
This Terminal Trick Will Eject a Mac's Stuck...
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.
How to Setup a Fusion Drive on a Mac OS X...
Creating your own performance-driven Fusion drive on your Mac is easier than you may think; it even works on older Macs. This guide will take you through the entire process using Terminal, an app that's included with OS X.
How to Organize Your Apple Mail With Mailboxes
The first step to taking control of your email is to organize it. We'll show you how to organize your email messages in Apple Mail by creating mailboxes.
How to Fix Magic Mouse Disconnect Issues
Fix Magic Mouse Disconnects: There can be numerous reasons for a Magic Mouse to drop the Bluetooth connection, but in my experience, the most common reason is a loose battery terminal contact in the Magic Mouse.
How to Install an Internal Hard Drive in Your...
Adding an internal SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive to a Mac is a fairly simple task under any circumstances, but it's particularly easy with a Mac Pro, because it doesn't require any special tools. The Mac Pro's hard drive sleds are easy to pull out and then pop back into place.
Mac Screen Sharing: Use the Finder to Connect...
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.
Get More out of the Mac Finder with These Easy...
The Finder sidebar is a handy place to store frequently used files, folders, and applications. It's also easy to customize.
The Easy Fix for Magic Mouse Tracking Errors
Magic Mouse Tracking Error: There are two common reasons for the Magic Mouse to exhibit hesitant tracking behavior. I addressed the first reason in the 'Magic Mouse Disconnects' article. The second reason is dirt in the optical tracking system.
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard - Erase and...
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard using the Erase and Install method gives you the ability to create a clean, fresh install with no leftover debris from any previous OS you may have had installed.
How to Share Windows 7 Files With OS X 10.6...
Sharing files between a PC running Windows 7 and a Mac running OS X 10.6 is one of the easiest cross-platform file sharing activities, primarily because both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard speak SMB (Server Message Block), the native file sharing protocol Microsoft uses in Windows 7.
Apple Diagnostics Can Troubleshoot Problems In...
Apple Diagnostics can be used to troubleshoot hardware problems on Macs from 2013 and later. This guide shows you how to run AD, and what the error codes mean.
How to Install Windows on Your Mac Using Boot...
Boot Camp Assistant 4.x allows you to partition your Mac's drive and install Windows 7. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process, and point out a few pitfalls to avoid along the way.
5 Features Of OS X El Capitan I'm Looking...
Here's my top 5 list of OS X El Capitan features. Many of these features didn't get a lot of publicity at WWDC, but they will probably get the biggest workout on my Mac in day-to-day use.
How to Use Boot Camp Assistant to Partition...
Boot Camp Assistant, part of Apple's Boot Camp, is the primary application for getting an Intel-based Mac ready to run Microsoft Windows. Using Boot Camp Assistant, you can create two partitions on your hard drive, one for Mac OS X and one for Windows.
How to Organize Your Top Sites in Safari
The Top Sites feature in Safari provides a visual representation of, and easy access to, the web sites you visit most often. In this quick tip, we show you how to manage Safari's Top Sites feature.
Understanding Mac's 'FINDER'
Using the Finder on a Mac isn't very difficult, but there are a few quirks and secrets that all Mac users should know about. Learn how to use the Finder and simplify your daily activities with your Mac.
What to do When Your Browser Won't Display a...
My browser is not displaying web sites. When I use my browser to visit a web site, it sometimes fails to load a web page or only displays part of the page. Sometimes I see timeout errors, yet at other times the site loads fine. What’s going on and how can I fix this problem?
Is DNS Prefetching Slowing Down Your Safari...
DNS prefetching will usually make web site browsing faster, but sometimes it can have the opposite effect. If Safari seems to stall on certain web sites, this guide may help you resolve the problem.
How to Run Widgets on Your OS X 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.
Mac Backup 101: Using Time Machine With...
Time Machine supports multiple backup drives. Learn how to set up and use multiple drives for a more robust backup system.
Getting The Most Out of the Finder Pathbar
The Finder Path Bar is a nifty feature that’s new in OS X 10.5. Using the Finder Path Bar is easy, but first you have to make it visible.
5 Free Mac Backup Apps
These 5 free Mac backup apps can save you from a disaster that's just waiting to happen. If you don't already back up your Mac on a regular basis (or even if you do), take a look at this collection, pick one of the apps, and start backing up your data right away.
How to Perform a Clean Install of OS X Snow...
The Snow Leopard installer has no option for performing any type of installation other than an upgrade, but with a few extra steps, you can get it to perform an 'Erase and Install' for you.
How to Use OS X Disk Utility to Create RAID...
RAID 0, also known as stripe or striped. This Mac guide take you through the process of creating a striped RAID array using Disk Utility.
An Easy Guide to Customizing Your Mac's...
Safari allows for a great deal of customization, including tweaking the Safari toolbar, as well as hide or show the bookmarks, tab, and status bars.
Don't Wait, Change iCloud Keychain's Security...
You can change your iCloud Keychain's security code or associated phone number using the iCloud preference pane and these instructions.
An Easy Guide to Installing Basic Upgrades in...
The default installation method for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) is an upgrade from Leopard. If you prefer, you can erase your hard drive and start fresh with a clean install (in fact, I highly recommend that method), but in this step-by-step guide, we’ll perform the basic upgrade installation.
How to Setup Your Mac to Share a Windows 7...
Printer Sharing: Sharing your Windows 7 printer with your Mac is a great way to economize on computing costs for your home, home office, or small business. By using one of several possible printer sharing techniques, you can allow multiple computers to share a single printer, and use the money you would have spent on another printer for something else, say a new iPad.
What to do When You Can't Log In to Your Mac
Having a spare OS X admin account is always a good idea. This guide will show you how to create one, even when you can't log in to your account.
Want to Move Your Mac's Home Folder to a New...
Your home folder is always located on the startup drive, the same one that houses the OS. 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 SSD.
How to Move Your iTunes Library Without Losing...
Move your iTunes Music folder, to another location without losing playlists or other iTunes information with the help of this guide.
Customize Your Signature in Apple Mail With...
You can save yourself at least a few minutes a day by creating a signature to use in your email messages in Apple Mail. You can even create multiple signatures and switch between them.
Do Macs Need Anti-Virus Protection?
The Mac has a longstanding reputation as a secure operating system, with no known successful virus attacks in the wild. With a rich history of being virus free, do Macs need anti-virus protection?
Forgot Your Password? How to Reset Your Mac's...
You can reset a forgotten OS X administrator account password using a few different techniques. In this guide, we look at three methods of regaining access to an admin account.
What Are Aliases, Symbolic Links, and Hard...
Learn the differences between aliases, symbolic links, and hard links in Mac OS X and how to know which type of shortcut link is best for finding files.
Boost Your Mac's Performance by Removing Login...
Startup items, also know as login items, are applications, utilities, and helpers that run automatically during the startup or login process. Removing startup items can help you manage your Mac's use of resources and could increase overall performance.
Want to Hide the Dock in Mac When You're Not...
If you want to free up a little screen real estate, you can set the Dock to disappear when you're not actively using it.
Keep Your Kids Safe: Know How to Setup Parental...
On the Mac, Parental Controls are Apple's user management system for controlling which system functions and applications are available to a managed user. Parental Controls also offer content filtering, web site filtering, iChat and Mail approval lists, and time management, to prevent your children from using the computer when they should be doing something else.
How to Use the Mac's Hidden Archive Utility
This guide will show you how to use the Archive Utility, a hidden app built-in to your Mac. It supports many file types for expansion, and three very popular file types for compression.
How to Install OS X Lion via Bootable DVD
I'm going to show you how to create a bootable version of the OS X Lion installer. I'll also show you how to use the bootable DVD to erase a hard drive, and then install OS X Lion on it.
Tips For Troubleshooting Apple Mail
Apple Mail is easy to setup, but more important, it comes with built-in troubleshooting utilities designed to help you when something isn't working.
Troubleshooting Apple Mail
Troubleshooting Apple Mail: Troubleshooting Apple Mail can at first seem like a difficult process, but Apple provides some built-in troubleshooting tools that can help you get your Mail application up and running quickly. When you're having trouble with Apple Mail, check out our Apple Mail Troubleshooting guides, which we've gathered in one place for quick access.
How to Copy DVDs to Your Mac Using VLC and...
Copying DVDs to your Mac using HandBrake can be a great idea for many reasons. First, DVDs can be easily damaged, especially if a DVD is one your children like to watch over and over and over. By creating a copy that can be loaded into your iTunes library, you can easily use your Mac to watch a DVD without any wear or tear on the DVD itself.
Guide to Backing Up Your Mac
There are many Mac backup software programs available. With so many products to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. About: Macs takes a look at some of the software and hardware that can help you with your Mac backups.
Are You Using The Number 1 Performing Mac...
The 2014 Mac browser benchmark test pits four top browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) against the clock to determine who will come out on top.
A Look at WinZip Mac Edition 2
Review - WinZip Mac Edition 2 offers a full range of zipping and unzipping capabilities, also offers zip file encryption, support for Quick Look, and the ability to view and work on files contained within a zip archive.
The Apple Hardware Test (AHT) Can Help You...
The Apple Hardware Test (AHT) is a bootable utility that can check your Mac's hardware to see if it is in working condition. AHT can be used to help solve many different issues that are sometimes incorrectly thought to be software related.
An Easy Guide to Creating a Bootable Installati...
OS X Mountain Lion may not be distributed on bootable media, but that doesn't mean you can’t create your own bootable Mountain Lion DVD or USB flash drive.
How to Get Your Mac Working With iCloud
Setting up iCloud on your Mac requires the correct version of OS X and an Apple ID. With these two key components in place, the process of turning on the iCloud services is a piece of cake.
Have a Mac Application That's Not Starting?...
You can use Disk Utility's Repair Permissions feature to fix a problem with applications that fail to launch, or have features that seem to have stopped working.
The Easy Way to Back up Your Mac with Time...
Backups are one of the most important chores for all Mac users. And there is nothing wrong with combining more then one backup method to ensure your Mac data is safe.
Time Machine Stuck Preparing a Backup? Give it...
If Time Machine is taking a very long time preparing a backup, or appears to be stuck, this guide can help you resolve the problem and get Time Machine working correctly again.
Here's How Much Drive Space a Mac Needs to...
Your Mac needs free space on your drive to perform well. But just how much is needed? We took a look and came up with minimum space requirements for OS X.
Upgrade Install of OS X Mountain Lion
There's more than one way to install OS X Mountain Lion. In this guide, we look at the most common method: the upgrade install. This step-by-step guide will take you through the entire upgrade install process.
Experiencing a Mac OS X Kernel Panic? Here's...
When your Mac unexpectedly tells you that you have to restart, that's a kernel panic. Use this troubleshooting guide to resolve OS X kernel panic issues.
Open Archived Files With The Unarchiver: Tom's...
You can open 60 different types of compressed files with the Unarchiver, including Mac, Windows, Linux, and Amiga archive file formats. With support for current and obscure compression types, the Unarchiver is the best choice for accessing old files you archived.
How to Move the OS X Recovery Disk to a New...
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.
You May Not Need to Defragment Your Mac's Drive
Do you need to defragment a Mac's hard drive? About: Macs explains how your Mac is capable of defragmenting your hard drive on its own, without any intervention by you.
Configure Your Mac to Automatically Start Tasks...
You can easily add startup (login) items to your Mac. This allows applications, documents, or other items to start up automatically whenever you log in.
How to Manage Auto Correct in OS X
OS X spelling and grammar options, including the auto-correct spelling system, can be enabled and disabled both system-wide and at an application-by-application level. This guide will show you how to set the options to meet your needs.
A Look at Memory Compression in OS X
Memory compression is now built into OS X . Understanding how the OS manages memory compression, and how it affects your Mac's performance, can help you decide whether you need more RAM or the current amount is adequate for your needs.
How to Get iTunes to Play Purchased Music
Are you stuck in an iTunes authorization loop? This guide will help you find your way out of this problem, as well as help you discover what’s causing it.
Color Accuracy for Your Mac Using Display...
Getting photos on your Mac to match the colors of the original images starts with calibrating your display. This guide will use your Mac's built-in Display Calibrator Assistant to produce fairly accurate color calibration for your monitor.
AirDrop Works Over Wi-Fi and Wired Ethernet...
AirDrop is designed for use over a wireless connection, but with a bit of a tweak, you can get it working on your wired Ethernet network as well.
Resetting User Account Permissions Can Fix Many...
Resetting your Mac's home folder permissions can be the key to fixing a number of annoying problems you may encounter, including the inability to copy files or move items to the trash, or always being asked to provide an administrator password.
An Easy Guide to Clean Installing OS X Mountain...
OS X Mountain Lion supports performing a clean install of the OS, but the process may not be self-evident. You can perform a clean install on a startup drive, a second internal drive, or an external drive. The process of performing a clean install on a startup drive is a little different than performing a clean install on another internal drive or an external drive. In this guide, we'll take you through performing a clean install of Mountain Lion on a startup drive.
Share Your Mac's Printer With Windows 7 Users
Printer sharing is one of the most popular uses for a home or small business network, and why not? Mac printer sharing can keep costs down by reducing the number of printers you need to buy. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will show you how to share a printer attached to a Mac running OS X with a computer running Windows Win 7.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your...
Cleaning Your Mac’s Display: Cleaning a Mac's display is a very easy process, with only a few don’ts but a lot of do’s to consider. We're going to talk specifically about Apple displays, but these cleaning instructions should work for most LCD displays.
How to Tweak Safari for Better Performance in...
Safari Tune Up: Optimizing Safari's performance is an easy way to ensure that you browse the web at the highest possible speed. Safari uses a collection of caches, a history list, and other techniques to help keep things speeding right along, but sometimes these performance techniques can lead to a slow down. Learn a few tricks to keep Safari humming along.
How to Get the Best Performance out of Parallels
Optimize Parallels Desktop: Optimizing Parallels Desktop for Mac for the best performance of a guest OS may seem to be largely a matter of customizing the performance of the guest OS itself, such as turning off visual effects in various Windows OSes. But before you start fine-tuning your Windows or other guest OS, you should first give the Parallels guest OS configuration options a tune-up. Only then can you get the best results from a guest OS.
How to Share Files Between OS X Leopard and...
File sharing between a Mac running OS X 10.5 Leopard and Windows XP is fairly easy. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of file sharing using the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol.
Wishing You Had a Bigger Mouse Pointer? Here's...
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 and larger displays, the monitor's native resolution is high enough that your mouse cursor can be difficult to locate as it scurries across the screen. There is, however, a way to make the mouse pointer larger, so it's easier to spot.
How to Use Migration Assistant to Move OS X...
Migration Assistant makes it easy to migrate user account data, home directories, applications, files, and computer settings from your old version of OS X to your latest installation of Leopard.
5 Photo Management Replacements for Aperture...
Five possible replacements for Aperture and iPhoto. With Apple announcing the end of Aperture development, and its plans to replace iPhoto with a new photo app, it may be time to look at other photo management apps that can meet the needs of pro and amateur photographers.
How to Restore Your iTunes Music Library
Easily restore your iTunes library using your iPod. These instructions will take the worry out of discovering your iTunes Library has been involved in a disaster.
A Guide to Upgrade Your Intel-Based iMac
When is it time to buy a new iMac? When is it time to just upgrade your iMac? Those are difficult questions, because the right answer varies from individual to individual, depending on needs and wants. The first step in making the right decision about whether to upgrade or buy new is to become familiar with the upgrades that are available for your iMac.
How to Port Your OS X User Files and Data to a...
Mac to Mac Transfer: Your Mac contains tons of personal data, from your saved emails to your calendar events. Backing up this data, whether just to have a backup on hand or to move the data to a new Mac, is actually pretty easy. The problem is it's not always an intuitive process. I’ve gathered detailed instructions on moving this important info to your new Mac, as well as how to create backups of individual application data.
How to Make an OSX Lion Installer on Bootable DVD
You can create a bootable copy of OS X Lion once you download OS X 10.7.x to your Mac.
How to Turn Your iMac into an Extra Monitor
Ever since the late 2009 iMac brought support for target disk mode it has been possible to use your iMac's display as a separate monitor for video devices. These instructions will guide you through the use of Target Display Mode.
How to Backup or Move Your Address Book...
Back Up or Move Your Address Book Contacts to a New Mac: You’ve spent a long time building your Address Book contact list, so why aren’t you backing it up? Sure, Apple’s Time Machine will back up your contact list, but it’s not easy to restore just your Address Book data from a Time Machine backup.
How to Add Additional Image Libraries to iPhoto
An iPhoto library can hold up to 250,000 photos. That's a lot of images in one library. Instead, you can break your images up into multiple libraries.
How to Make use of Microsoft's OneDrive with...
Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based storage and syncing service that you can use to keep documents and files up to date, as well as easily share them with multiple computers and mobile devices.
Access Secret Mac Settings With Terminal
There are hundreds of hidden preferences available within OS X and its many applications. And Terminal is the app That you can use to access these hidden features.
Finder Views, Which is the Best?
Finder views offer four different ways of looking at the files and folders stored on your Mac. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each Finder view.
New to a Mac? How to Launch Applications
Launching an application on a Windows PC and launching an application on a Mac are surprisingly similar processes. In both cases, you just click or double-click the application's icon. The tricky part is finding where applications are stored on the Mac, and figuring out where the comparable OS X application launchers are kept and how to use them. In this tip, we'll look at the similarities and differences between the Windows Start menu and the Mac OS X Dock.
Perform a Clean Install of OS X El Capitan on...
With the help of this guide, you can perform a clean install of OS X El Capitan on your startup drive, or a volume that doesn't contain a version of OS X.
Show Hidden Files in OS X using a Contextual Menu
By combining the Terminal commands for showing and hiding files and folders with Automator you can create a simple menu item to show or hide those files.
How to Use 'Recovery HD Volume' to Reinstall or...
The Recovery HD volume, can start up your Mac in an emergency and provide access to troubleshooting utilities, as well as allow you to reinstall OS X. This guide will help you make the best use of the Recovery HD volume in an emergency.
Automator Can be Used to Rename Files and...
Using Automator to Rename Files and Folders is an excellent way to introduce new Mac users to the Automator application, while building a custom workflow that can be used over and over.
An Easy Fix For Your Mac's Bluetooth Wireless...
Here's the easy fix for a common Mac Bluetooth wireless problem. This simple solution, which involves the Bluetooth preference file, can resolve many common connectivity issues.
How to Use a Multi-Button Mouse With Your Mac
Turning on multi-button mouse support in OS X is a simple task, one that will allow you to easily perform right-clicks and access shortcuts via a pop-up menu.
How to Fix the Dreaded Time Machine Error - The...
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Is an iMac Right for You?
The Apple iMac is a superb desktop computer that combines the power of an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or Intel Core 2 Quad processor with your choice of a 21.5-inch or 27-inch display, plus a large helping of Apple's well-deserved reputation for style. The result is a gorgeous, all-in-one desktop Mac that has been setting industry trends since its debut in 1998.
How to Install Fonts in OS X
The Mac comes with a built-in collection of fonts, but you'll probably want to add more to your collection before long. You'll find a wide variety of free and low-cost fonts available on the web. Here's how to install them.

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