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How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite On Your...
Before you can begin the OS X Yosemite installation process, you must first download the installer and create a bootable USB flash drive. Don't worry if you've never done this before; we'll explain each step of the process.
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.
The Easiest Way to Install OS X Yosemite: An...
Installing OS X Yosemite using the upgrade install method is the easiest and by far the most popular method of installation. This guide will take you through the upgrade install process and point out options and concerns along the way.
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Enable Safari's Develop Menu
Enabling the Safari Develop menu brings a wealth of tools to web developers, as well as some helpful features for casual users.
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.
Protect Your Data! How to Clone a Startup Disk...
You can create a replica of your startup disk 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.
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 (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.
How To Create an Emergency OS X Boot Device...
Most USB flash drives are formatted for use with Windows. Before you can install OS X on a USB flash drive, you will need to change the drive’s formatting to the standard used by OS X (Mac OS X Extended Journaled).
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.
How to Connect to Another Mac's Desktop
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.
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.
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.
Make a Bootable OS X Mavericks Installer on a...
The OS X Mavericks file you download from the Mac App Store contains a hidden installer image that can be used to create the bootable USB flash drive. Locating the installer image is the first of many steps.
Use Apple Hardware Test Over the Internet to...
When using the Internet to run the test, you don’t need to have the correct testing DVD, or install the diagnostic files on your Mac's drive.
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. This guide will take you through the process of getting your Mac up and running again.
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.
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.
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 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 Terminal to View Hidden Folders
Your Mac has a few secrets, hidden folders and files that are invisible to you. You can use Terminal, which is included with OS X, to force your Mac to reveal its secrets.
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.
Format a Mac Hard Drive in 8 Easy Steps
Disk Utility provides several options for formatting a hard drive. You can select the drive format, as well as the method of erasing and testing the drive, during the format process. Page 4.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. While Disk Utility has had a Debug menu for quite a while, it became even more useful with the advent of OS X Lion.
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 Back Up Your iPhoto '11 Library
If you've imported some or all of your photos into iPhoto '11, you should also back up your iPhoto Library on a regular basis.
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 Use a Mac's Safe Boot Option
Safe Boot can get your Mac running again when you're having problems caused by corrupt applications or data, software installation issues, or damaged fonts or preference files. It can even fix basic file problems on your Macs startup drive.
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.
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 Share Your Mac's Screen on Your Network
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Move Your Apple Mail to a New Mac
Moving your Apple Mail data is a pretty simple task, but before you do, you may want to take a bit of time to clean up your current Mail setup. This will save time in copying data, and make the transfer of information more likely to succeed.
Safari Extensions: Enabling and Installing...
Managing Safari Extensions: Once you start loading up on extensions for your Safari browser, you're probably going to want to manage their use, or uninstall the extensions you don't like or just never use. Page 3.
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.
10 Ways to Fix Startup Issues in Mac
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.
How to Use Terminal to Split a Mac Fusion Drive
Deleting a Fusion drive is accomplished by first removing the Core Storage Logical volume, followed by deleting the Core Storage Logical Volume Group.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
A Quick Guide to Clean Installing OS X Lion on...
You must have a disk or partition available that uses the GUID Partition Table and is formatted with the Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) file system.
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.
A Look at WinZip Mac Edition 2
In addition to zipping and unzipping files, WinZip Mac Edition 2 also offers zip file encryption, support for Quick Look, and the ability to view and work on files contained within a zip archive without decompressing the file first, something the folks at WinZip call In-Place Editing. That in itself can save a great deal of time when you don’t quite remember which files you compressed last year to save some drive space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Add Additional Image Libraries to iPhoto
Export Photos From iPhoto: There are a couple of options for exporting iPhoto images. You can export the unedited master of an image or the current version. I prefer to export the master, to ensure that I always have the original image from my camera in my iPhoto libraries. Page 3.
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?
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.
An Easy Guide to Customizing Safari's Toolbar...
It's easy to customize the Safari toolbar, as well as hide or show the bookmarks, tab, and status bars.
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.
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.
Troubleshooting OS X Log In Problems
Having a spare OS X admin account is always a good idea. If disaster strikes, and you haven’t yet set up a spare admin account, this guide will show you a way to create one, even when you can’t access your regular user account.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Pick the Sleep Setting You Want Your Mac...
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.
Apple's HomeKit Will Make Use Of An Apple TV...
HomeKit, Apple's home automation system, will make use of an Apple TV for remote access to your home's automation devices, allowing you to control lights, heating, cooling, and security when you're away.
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.
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.
How to Choose the Right External Hard Drive
Buying an external hard drive may seem to entail making difficult decisions, but once you understand the basic choices available, you'll find that selecting an external hard drive enclosure is a simple process.
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 Change the Drive Used for Time Machine...
Moving Time Machine to a New Hard Drive: Starting with Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x), Apple simplified what’s required to successfully transfer a Time Machine backup. If you follow the steps below, you can move your current Time Machine backup to a new disk. Time Machine will then have enough room to save a larger number of backups, until it eventually fills up the available space on the new drive.
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.
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.
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 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.
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...
Mac Performance Tips – Remove Login Items You Don’t 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.
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 Get Older Printers Working With Your Mac
Manually installing a printer is a viable option for getting older printers, or printers that failed the automatic install process, to work with a Mac.
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.
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.
The Quick Way to Set Up Apple Mail Rules
Apple Mail rules allow you to set up conditions and actions that tell Apple Mail how to process incoming messages. This guide will explore how to create Mail rules
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.
How to Change Image Format For Mac Screenshots
Taking screenshots on your Mac is pretty darn easy, but changing the file format for images captured requires a trip to Terminal and the commands we outline in this guide.
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 Customize the Finder View in Folders and...
Finder windows can open in one of four different views: Icon, List, Column, and Cover Flow. You can set the default view you wish to use for the Finder.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's How Much Drive Space a Mac Needs to...
How Much Free Drive Space Do I Need: My Mac is starting to operate slowly, taking a long time to boot or to launch an application. It also seems unstable, sometimes giving me the rainbow cursor for very long periods of times, even locking up completely.
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.
Did You Know There Are 6 Ways to Eject a CD/DVD...
Ejecting CD/DVD: The Mac doesn't have an external eject button on its CD/DVD drive. Instead, it offers several options for ejecting a CD or DVD. Most of the eject options are for routine day-to-day use. But what do you do when a CD or DVD becomes stuck? Take a look at our guides to ejecting CDs and DVDs.
How to Configure Your Apple Email in 7 Simple...
Troubleshooting Apple Email and a Dimmed Send Button: A dimmed 'Send' button in Apple Mail means there isn't a correctly configured outgoing mail server (SMTP) associated with the Mail account.
How to Use Activity Monitor to Track Memory Use...
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.
Get AirDrop Working Over 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.
How to Display Hidden OS X Files in Open/Save...
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.
An Easy Way to Perform an Upgrade Install of OS...
The OS X Mavericks upgrade process is relatively straightforward, but there are some preparations to undertake first, and a few twists here and there. This guide will walk you through the upgrade process.
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 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.
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.
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.
3 Simple Ways to Eject a DVD From Your Mac
There are several ways to eject a CD or DVD from a Mac, including dragging its icon to the Trash, and using the right-click pop-up menu.
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 Clean Install OS X Mavericks on a...
We'll use the bootable version of the Mavericks installer you created to erase your Mac's startup drive and then install the new OS.
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 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.
How to Configure Mac to Automatically Start...
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.
Mac App Store Part of Mac OS X Lion
Mac App Store Included in OS X Lion: The Mac App Store is already available in the latest edition of OS X Snow Leopard. You can actually think of the Snow Leopard version of the Mac App Store as a preview. Sure, it works fine, makes it easy to buy software, and provides a one-step download and installation process, but with Lion, the Mac App Store will get a few new features.
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 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 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.
How to Install Windows on Your Mac Using Boot...
The Windows support software from the Apple web site contains all the drivers and software you need to ensure that Windows can work with all of your Mac's native hardware. Page 4.
Tom's Mac Software Pick For 01/17/2015: Default...
Default Folder X is the open and save dialog box system that Apple should have invented. This app offers so many capabilities, such as favorite folders, recent folders, and search within a dialog box, that you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
Before Upgrading to Mac OS X Lion, Make Sure...
Lion Minimum Requirements: To install Lion, you will need at least an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, Internet access, and Snow Leopard already installed on your Mac.
An Easy Guide to Creating a Bootable Installati...
Using Apple's Disk Utility, you can burn the OS X Mountain Lion installer onto a blank DVD, creating a bootable copy for later use.
Trick iCloud Into Letting You Store Files
In addition to using iCloud to sync data between your Mac and your mobile device(s), you can also use it as a general cloud-based storage system. All it takes is a little bit of time to set up a few aliases on your Mac.
What Does a Flashing Question Mark Mean When I...
If your Mac displays a flashing question mark after you turn it on, it may be a temporary hiccup or it may mean your Mac can't find a bootable operating system.
Understanding Apple Partition Types and How to...
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?
Resizing Your Mac's Windows with New Tricks
OS X Lion and later offers new methods of resizing windows. You can now not only resize a window by dragging from any edge or corner; with modifier keys, you can control the window's aspect ratio as well.
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.
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.
How to Restore Closed Tabs in Safari 5 (Mac OS X)
One of Safari 5's features is an Undo system that goes beyond the basic undo function of previous versions of Safari.
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.
The Easy Way to Back up Your Mac with Time...
Backing up my Mac starts with Time Machine. The beauty of Time Machine is the ease of setting it up, plus the ease of recovering a file, project, or entire hard drive should something go wrong.
8 Tips to Get The Most out of Your MacBook
Getting the best usage out of your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air may be just a matter of knowing the right tip or trick. This ever increasing list of tips will get you going on getting the most out of your portable Macs.
Create Notes or To-Do's in Apple Mail
You can use Apple Mail Notes and To-Do's to keep reminders of appointments and tasks just a click away. You can also integrate notes and reminders with iCal.
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.
4 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With OS X...
Four OS X Yosemite Finder tips you may not know about that can make working with Yosemite much more enjoyable.
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.
Give a Wayward App The Heave Ho With a Force Quit
OS X has a built-in Force Quit capability that can allow you to terminate an application that has stopped responding. You can send the Force Quit command by utilizing this guide.
Tips For Troubleshooting Apple Mail
Troubleshooting Apple Mail: Apple's Connection Doctor can help you diagnose problems you're having with Mail. The Connection Doctor will confirm that you're connected to the Internet and then check each mail account to ensure you can connect to receive mail, as well as connect to send mail. The status for each account is then displayed in the Connection Doctor window. Page 2.
Wondering if Your Mac Can Be Upgraded to Snow...
Thinking about upgrading to Snow Leopard and wondering if your Mac can take it? The quick and dirty answer is, if your Mac uses an Intel processor then you can upgrade to OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). However, there is much more to know before you make a final decision.
Tips and Tweaks to Make Your Mac Run Like New...
Is your Mac slowing down? This collection of Mac performance tips will keep your Mac running in tip-top shape and all it takes is a few minutes of your time.
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.
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.
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