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Fix Mac Mail Problems With These Troubleshooting Guides
If your Mac's Mail app is having problems, you'll be pleased to know that this guide is full of troubleshooting tips and ways to fix most Mail issues.
What to Do When Mail Fails to Auto-Complete Email Addresses
If Mountain Lion Mail is having problems with auto-completing email addresses, this tip may help you get the feature working again.
AppDelete: Tom's Mac Software Pick
AppDelete is a universal app uninstaller for the Mac that can search for files related to apps you wish to uninstall, and then get rid of them.
Target Display Mode Lets You Use Your iMac as a Monitor
Target Display Mode can turn your 2009 or later iMac into a monitor for use with other Macs. Find out how to do it, and what limitations exist.
How to Get Surround Sound From Your Mac
The Mac supports playing surround sound via the optical outputs, AirPlay, or USB-based surround speakers. Find out how to configure your Mac for surround.
How to Back Up Your Photos or iPhoto Library
Three ways to back up your Photos or iPhoto Library. If you combine two of the methods, you can create an archival backup system for your images.
How to Change Your Mac's DNS Settings
Configuring your Mac's DNS settings is a pretty straightforward. Even so, you can gain increased performance by testing and changing the DNS server.
Copy the OS X Lion Installer Image to Your Flash Drive
The OS X Lion installer application that you downloaded from the Mac App Store includes an embedded bootable image that the application uses during the install process. In order to create our own USB flash-drive-based bootable Lion installer, we simply need to copy this embedded image to the flash drive.
Create a Bootable Flash Drive With OS X Lion Installer
OS X Lion does not come with a bootable installer. But with the help of this guide, you can create your own bootable Lion installer on a USB flash drive.
Prepare Flash Drive for OS X Lion Installer
The flash drive you're using to create a bootable Lion installer must be erased and formatted to use the GUID Partition Table and the Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) file system.
System Monitor: Tom's Mac Software Pick
System Monitor keeps track of your Mac’s performance, displaying the results in real-time in your Mac’s menu bar.
How to Reset a Mac's Administrator Account's Password
Forgotten your Mac’s administrator account password? This guide to how to reset a Mac’s admin account password is just what you need.
Can't Log In to Your Mac? Create a New Admin Account
If you can’t remember your Mac’s login, you can create a new administrator account by using the single user mode of your Mac.
How to Perform an Upgrade Install of OS X Yosemite on a Mac
Upgrade install of OS X Yosemite is the easiest method of installation. This guide will take you through the steps and point out any issues to be aware of.
OS X Yosemite Setup Process
When the installation of OS X Yosemite is complete, it's time to walk through the setup process, where you'll be able to personalize how OS X Yosemite will work for you.
How to Download OS X Yosemite and Start the Upgrade Install
Begin the upgrade by downloading a copy of the OS X Yosemite to your Mac. Once the download completes, the install begins. This guide will walk you through the install from start to finish.
How to Fix a Mac That Stalls on the Gray Screen at Startup
If your Mac stalls at the gray screen during startup, it can indicate a number of different problems. This troubleshooting guide can get your Mac running.
Transfer Your Apple Mail to a New Mac
Transferring Apple Mail data to a new Mac or a new clean install of the OS is not difficult, especially with the help of this guide.
Copying Your Apple Mail Folder and Preferences 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.
Moving Apple Mail - Troubleshooting Keychain Issues
If something can go wrong, it usually will, and moving Keychains around can cause a problem. Luckily, it is easy to correct.
Moving Apple Mail - Troubleshooting Mail Issues
Moving mail files between systems can cause permission problems. Fortunately, these problems are easy to correct.
When Moving Apple Mail Copy Your Keychain Data
Moving Apple Mail to a new Mac or a new installation of OS X involves moving your Keychain and Mail folder, and the Apple Mail preferences file.
How to Manage Safari Bookmarks and Favorites
Safari bookmarks and favorites can quickly get out of hand. You can keep them under control by using folders to create a tidy bookmark system.
Make the Mouse Pointer on Your Mac Bigger
Mouse pointer too small? Enlarge the Mac’s mouse cursor permanently, or use the Shake to Find feature to enlarge the cursor only when it's lost.
Fixing Time Machine Errors - Backup Volume Is Read Only
A Time Machine Backup that has failed with a read only error is scary. But don't reset the backup drive's file permissions; use this tip instead.
Disk Utility - Delete Existing Volumes
Disk Utility can delete any existing volume, allowing you create additional space for another volume to expand. When Disk Utility deletes a volume, all data on that volume will be lost.
Disk Utility - Add, Delete, and Resize Existing Volumes
Disk Utility can add, delete, and resize drive partitions without erasing data. If you need to change a partition, this guide will tell you how you.
Disk Utility - Definitions of Partitioning Terms
Disk Utility has many capabilities and understanding the difference between erasing and formatting, between partitions and volumes, will help you keep the processes straight.
Disk Utility - Resize an Existing Volume
Disk Utility allows you to resize existing partitions. It can expand or shrink a volume without losing any of the existing data on the volume.
Disk Utility - Add a New Volume
Disk Utility allows you to add a new volume to an existing partition. It can add the new volume without losing the data on any existing volumes.
Add Disk Utility to the Dock
Disk Utility is such a versatile application that I keep it in my Dock at all times, for easy access. Adding Disk Utility to the Dock is very easy to do.
Photo Management Apps to Replace Aperture and iPhoto
Photo management replacements for Aperture and iPhoto are hard to find; that's why I've gathered a list of the best apps to replace these popular Mac apps.
Using Disk Utility to Repair a Hard Drive in a Mac
Disk Utility's Repair Disk function can work with any drive connected to your Mac. And it can take care of many common drive problems.
Using Disk Utility to Repair Permissions
Disk Utility's Repair Permissions may be one of the most overused services included with OS X. Never the less, it can fix many common issues with your Mac.
Using Disk Utility to Repair Hard Drives & Permissions
Disk Utility, included with OS X, can repair drive and volume issues, as well as fix file permission issues on your Mac.
What to Do When Time Machine Is Stuck on "Preparing Backup"
If Time Machine becomes stuck on preparing a backup, you can fix the problem by turning Time Machine off and following the tips in this guide.
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is a free storage system benchmarking tool you can use to measure how fast your Mac's drives are.
How to Fix OS X Bluetooth Wireless Problems
Here's the fix for a common Mac Bluetooth wireless problem. Removing the Bluetooth preference file, can resolve many common connectivity issues.
Use the Apple Hardware Test to Diagnose Problems
The Apple Hardware Test (AHT) can troubleshoot your Mac's hardware issues. AHT over the Internet can run the test without needing local media.
Copying Tunes From iPod to Mac: View Hidden Folders
An iPod stores music, podcasts, audio books, movies, and videos in hidden folders. Before you can recover data from an iPod, you must be able to see these normally invisible folders. Page 3.
Copy Music From Your iPod to Your Mac
It's easy to copy media files, music, audio books, podcasts, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac. Use your iPod to restore music to your Mac.
Prevent iTunes From Syncing
Before you connect your iPod to your Mac, you must prevent the automatic syncing of iTunes data.
Locate the Media Files on Your iPod
Your iPod stores your music, podcasts, audio books, movies, and videos in strangely named folders and files, but you can find them if you crack the code.
Add the Recovered Music Back to iTunes
You can restore media files you recover from your iPod to your iTunes library.
Adding Smart Search Items to the Finder Sidebar
Use this image gallery to see the exact search criteria we used to recreate the lost Search For section from the OS X Lion Finder Sidebar.
2016 MacBook Review: More Power, Longer Battery Life
The 2016 MacBook improves on performance with a faster Skylake CPU and graphics, but leaves the USB-C port unchanged.
Zen Pinball 2: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Zen Pinball 2 is likely the best pinball engine available for the Mac. With the completely free Sorcerer’s Lair table, you should give this game a go.
Back Up or Move Your Safari Bookmarks to a New Mac
Safari's import and export bookmarks options are limited at best, but thankfully there are other options for backing up, moving and syncing your bookmarks.
Wunderlist: An Essential To-Do and Task List Manager
Wunderlist is a to-do list and task manager for the Mac, iOS, and other devices that allows you to assign and share tasks with other users.
What You Should Know Before You Buy an iMac
Thinking about buying an iMac? Find out everything you need to know, including features, expandability, display quality, and much more.
What Really Happens When You Put Your Mac to Sleep?
Which sleep system is your Mac using? Get the scoop on your Mac's Sleep modes, including security issues and how to change your Mac's method of sleep.
Using OS X's Disk Utility
Disk Utility, a free app included with the Mac, can erase, format, repair, partition, and resize your Mac's drives. And that’s just the beginning.
Using OS X's Disk Utility
Disk Utility, a free app included with the Mac, can erase, format, repair, partition, and resize your Mac's drives. And that’s just the beginning.
Skitch Screen Capture App: A Must-Have for Your Mac
Skitch is a screen capture app and editor rolled into one. You can easily mark up your screenshots and share them with others, all from a single app.
Speed Up Safari With These Tune Up Tips
Speed up Safari with this bag of tricks and tips. Delete caches, delete history, check DNS, and rid yourself of plug-ins and extensions you don’t need.
Enable Disk Utility's Debug Menu
Disk Utility has a hidden Debug menu that can list hidden volumes on drives attached to your Mac. Use this terminal command to enable the debug menu.
Setting Up an iCloud Account on Your Mac
Turning on iCloud for your Mac only requires a trip to the system preferences, an Apple ID, and a desire to expore all of the iCloud services.
Use The Dock Preference Pane to Customize The Dock
The Dock preferences pane allows you to customize how your Mac's Dock looks and behaves. You can adjust size, position as well as how app windows behave.
Change How Your Mac's Scroll Bars Work
Change the way the scroll bars in OS X or macOS work. You can control visibility, what happens when you click within them, and the scrolling direction.
Mac Performance Tips: Remove Login Items You Don't Need
Removing login items (also called startup items) you don’t need can improve your Mac’s performance by freeing up resources such as RAM space.
Install OS X Lion Using a Bootable DVD
Create a bootable DVD version of the OS X Lion installer. This allows you to perform a clean install of Lion, as well as have an emergency bootable disk.
Run Windows With Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is a popular virtualization app for the Mac. With Parallels, you can run Windows, Linux, and other OSes on your Mac.
How to Set Up Apple Mail Rules
Apple Mail rules uses conditions and actions that tell Apple Mail how to deal with email messages. This guide will explore how to create a new Mail rule.
Minimum Free Drive Space You Need on Your Mac
Need to know the minimum drive space required for the Mac operating system? We have the answer for Macs with hard drives, Fusion drives, or SSDs.
How to Launch Applications on a Mac
Moving from a Windows PC to a Mac may leave you wondering where the start menu is. We show you how to use the Dock and Launchpad to launch apps on the Mac.
GraphicConverter 10: The Swiss Army Knife for File Manipulation
GraphicConverter 10 is a must-have image processing app for photographers. Its ability to perform graphic conversions is legendary.
How to Prepare Your Mac for Using macOS Public Beta
Installing the macOS Public Beta isn't difficult, but there are important precautions to take to ensure your day-to-day Mac environment is protected.
Mac Operating Systems
Learn more about Macintosh operating system features and get the best from your OS.
OS X Mavericks
OS X 10.9, better known as OS X Mavericks, is the first version of OS X to abandon the familiar cat-themed names and replace it with a location-themed name. Mavericks is a surfing spot on the northern coast of California, not far from Apple's home town of Cupertino.In this category you'll find tips, tricks, and guides to help you get the most out of OS X Mavericks.
Lion - Mac OS X 10.7
OS X Lion offers many iOS GUI elements, grafting them onto the more traditional Mac operating system. Along with the new core features, Lion defiantly roars.
Lion Server is a low-cost but extremely complete server OS that can be added to a Mac that's running the OS X Lion client. Lion Server is easy to set up and administer; it could be just the server you're looking for.
Mountain Lion OS X 10.8
OS X Mountain Lion, first released in the summer of 2012, brings over 200 new features to the Mac. We have guides to installing Mountain Lion, as well as guides to using its features, old and new.
OS X El Capitan: Tips, Tricks, and More
OS X El Capitan (OS X 10.11), available first as a public beta in July of 2014, and then released as a free upgrade in the fall of 2015, continues to expand on the abilities of OS X. It increases stability and performance, and brings new features and capabilities to the Mac. This is where you'll find tips, tricks, and guides to working with OS X El Capitan.
Change Mac Sleep Settings for Better Performance and Battery Life
The Mac supports multiple methods of sleep; some can extend battery life, while others can make entering and leaving sleep faster.
Add a Recent Applications Stack to the Dock
Customize you Mac's Dock and add a Recent Items stack that displays Recent Apps, Recent Docs, Recent Servers, Recent Volumes, and Favorite Items.
New to Mac
Beginner's guides, glossaries, and tutorials, plus tons of information to help you get to know your new Macintosh system.
Using VMware’s Fusion to Run Windows
VMware’s Fusion allows you to simultaneously run Windows and Linux on an Intel-based Mac. Learn the ins and outs of setting up and using Fusion to run Windows on a Mac.
Mac Product Rumors for WWDC 2016
The WWDC 2016 keynote event will occur at the Civic Auditorium. Find out which Mac rumors may become reality.
macOS Sierra and Other Announcements From WWDC 2016
macOS Sierra announced at WWDC 2016, with a boatload of new features. Expect the public beta in July and the full release in the fall.
Hard Disk Manager for Mac: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Hard Disk Manager is a disk utility that works with OS X, Windows, and Linux file systems. Its advanced features go beyond Apple’s own Disk Utility.
Understanding Compressed Memory in OS X
Compressed memory is now built into OS X. Your Mac can make better us of available RAM improving performance while preventing paging memory to disk.
How to Back Up Your iCloud Contacts and Calendar Data
iCloud data, including Contacts and Calendar information should be backed up to your Mac on a regular basis. This guide shows you how.
How to Control Your Mac's Cover Flow View Options
The Finder's Cover Flow view controls how the Mac's Finder will operate when viewing folders in Cover Flow view. Use this guide to select the best options.
Use AirDrop With or Without a WiFi Connection
AirDrop an easy to use file sharing system built-in to your Mac is designed for use over Wi-Fi, but with this tweak, wired Ethernet works as well.
Use OS X Folder Actions to Know When a File is Added to a Folder
OS X's Folder Actions utility allows AppleScripts to be executed when a folder event occurs. This example notifies you when an item is added to a folder.
How to Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Guide to clean and upgrade installs of OS X Mountain Lion. Additionally, how to create bootable installers with a USB flash drive or DVD.
HoudahSpot 4: Tom's Mac Software Pick
HoudahSpot 4 is a front-end for Spotlight, with powerful and easy-to-use search filters to help you locate a specific file.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Finder Windows
Use keyboard shortcuts with the Finder to speed up navigation and file access. This list of Finder shortcuts can make you more productive on your Mac.
Using the Mac's General Preference Pane
The General preference pane controls the look and feel of your Mac's user interface. You can change many of the interface elements to suit your needs.
iMac Upgrade Guide for Intel iMacs
This iMac upgrade guide covers memory (RAM) and storage updates you can make to your iMac to increase performance and delay the need for replacement.
TableEdit: Tom's Mac Software Pick
TableEdit is a spreadsheet app for the Mac that is easy to use, has a simple and elegant interface, and is free.
How to Zip and Unzip Files and Folders on a 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.
Upgrading Your Mac's Drive
Upgrading a Mac's drive is one of the most popular Mac DIY projects. Not all Macs have easy access for drive upgrades, but in most cases it is possible.
Set Up Microsoft OneDrive for Mac
Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based storage and syncing service that offers 5 GB of free storage. OneDrive works with Macs, Windows, and mobile devices.
Perform a Clean Install of OS X El Capitan on Your Mac
OS X El Capitan supports two methods of installation. The clean install replaces the contents of a volume with a fresh version of OS X El Capitan.
Erase Your Mac's Startup Drive Before Installing OS X El Capitan
Erasing the current version of OS X from your startup drive ensures a clean install of OS X El Capitan can be performed.
Launch the El Capitan Installer to Perform a Clean Install
The OS X El Capitan installer will copy all of the needed files to the previously erased volume, and then restart your Mac to finish the installation.
OS X El Capitan Setup Includes Creating Your Administrator Account
OS X El Capitan Setup Includes Creating Your Administrator Account
Getting iCloud Mail Working on Your Mac
Apple Mail can be set up to access your iCloud mail account, freeing you from having to use iCloud’s web-based mail system.
Hazel: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Hazel brings automation to the Finder and the folders on your Mac. Using simple rules similar to Apple Mail rules, you control what happens to a folder.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to pick an iPod, but it helps to know what makes specific models popular.
Tips to Manage MacBook Battery Life
Managing your MacBook's performance and energy use can increase the battery runtime. Use these tips to get the most out of your portable Mac's battery.
How to Set Up and Use Google Drive on the Mac
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage service that provides file sharing and storage. This guide shows you how to set up and use Google Drive.
Use Mail's Photo Browser to Add an Image to an Email
Mail’s Photo Browser provides a better way of accessing your Photos or iPhoto library and adding an image to an email.
Back Up or Move Your Contacts or Address Book Data
You can back up your Mac's Contacts or Address Book data by using the export option to create an archive of the app's data.
MacCheck: Tom's Mac Software Pick
MacCheck is a free testing and troubleshooting app that can help you find problems with your Mac’s hardware.
Using the Finder on Your Mac
Using the Finder on a Mac isn't very difficult, but there are a few quirks and secrets that will make your Mac easier to use and the Finder more helpful.
How to Install and Use Dropbox on Your Mac
This guide to installing and using Dropbox for the Mac will get you up and running with this popular cloud-based storage system.
Using the Mac's Hidden Finder Path Bar
The Hidden Finder Path Bar has many secrets that make working with files and folders on your Mac easier. Unravel its mysteries by enabling the Path Bar.
Ulysses 2.5: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Ulysses is a writing app for the Mac that includes a document library manager as well as a text markup editor. Thumbs up from Tom’s Mac Software Picks.
Add Custom and Standard Dock Spacers to Your Mac
You can add both custom and standard Dock spacers to your Mac. Spacers make great separators to help organize your Dock.
Use Activity Monitor to Track Mac Memory Usage
Activity Monitor can display your Mac's memory usage, including if compressed memory is used, when inactive memory is released, or if you need more RAM.
Batch Change Image Names with iPhoto and Photos Apps
iPhoto and Photos have a batch change function that you can use to rename multiple photos at the same time.
Use Disk Utility to Clone a Mac's Drive
Disk Utility can clone your Mac’s drives, even with the changes made by OS X El Capitan (and later). Find out how the Restore function creates clones.
Setup the Mac's Parental Controls (OS X Lion and Later)
OS X's Parental Controls allow you to control which apps, web sites, and system resources can be used with a managed account (OS X Lion and later).
OS X Parental Controls – Web Site Restrictions
OS X's Parental Controls allow you to restrict the web sites a user can view.
OS X Parental Control - People, Game Center, Mail, and Messages
You can use OS X’s Parental Controls to control who can email, message, or participate in multiplayer games.
OS X Parental Controls - Configuring Access to Applications
You can set Parental Controls to limit the applications a user can access on your Mac.
OS X Parental Controls - Setting Usage Time Limits
Using Parental Controls in OS X, you can set time limits on a user’s access to the Mac.
OS X Parental Controls - Control Dictionary, Printer, and CD/DVD Usage
Many OS X resources can be managed with Parental Controls, including printers, CDs, DVDs, and dictionaries.
OS X Parental Control - Activity Logs
Once you configure Parental Controls in OS X, you can use the logs this feature creates to monitor the activity of the Managed user.
OS X Parental Controls - A Few Last Things
Once you finish setting up a Managed with Parental Controls account in OS X, you should check that the account is working as expected by logging in and verifying the settings.
Radio Silence: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Radio Silence is an easy-to-use outgoing firewall for your Mac. You can selectively block apps and services from phoning home behind your back.
Repair Your Mac's Drives With Disk Utility's First Aid
Disk Utility’s First Aid feature changed with OS X El Capitan, but it can still verify and repair many of the drive problems you're likely to encounter.
Mac Battery Tips - Getting the Most Run-Time
How long is the battery run-time on your MacBook? Much longer than you think with this collection of energy management tips for your Mac's battery.
How to Make a Bootable USB Installer of OS X El Capitan
The OS X El Capitan installer has a hidden utility for creating a bootable USB flash drive; actually, it can turn any bootable device into an installer.
Use Terminal to Create a Bootable OS X El Capitan Installer
By using Terminal and the hidden createinstallmedia command, you can easily make your own bootable version of the OS X El Capitan Installer on any device.
Time Machine Troubleshooting Tips
Fixing a Time Machine error begins with understanding what the error message means. This guide lists Time Machine problems and explains how to fix them.
Time Machine - Select the Backup Disc
Time Machine uses an internal or external drive as the target storage devise. You can also partition a larger drive to create a volume just for Time Machine.
Time Machine is Ready To Go
Once you have Time Machine configured (see previous pages, then you are ready to turn Time Machine on and start your first backup.
Time Machine - Not Everything Should Be Backed Up
Time Machine by default will back up everything accept the Time Machine drive. You can add additional volumes, folders and files to the Time Machine exception list.
Backing Up Your Data Using Time Machine
Backing up files using Time Machine couldn't be easier. All it takes is a few clicks. Don't wait, get started with Time Machine now.
How to Hide or Show the Mac's Dock
Three tips for controlling your Mac's Dock visibility. Free up screen real estate or have the Dock always present; the choice is yours.
Mac Weekly News 04/10/2015: MacBook, Apple Watch Go on Sale
Apple started selling the new 12-inch MacBook along with the Apple Watch today, with mixed results. MacBooks were hard to find in stock, and the Apple Watch quickly slipped its shipping estimates.
Create Notes or To Do Reminders in Apple Mail
Apple Mail notes and to-do's once let you keep reminders and tasks within Mail; now, Notes is a separate app. Find out how to manage your Mail notes.
Elgato EyeConnect UPnP Streaming Media Server for Mac
The Elgato EyeConnect is a UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) streaming server that runs on a Mac. The EyeConnect product has been discontinued.
New 2016 MacBooks Announced, Plus MacBook Air Update
Apple releases 2016 12-inch MacBook. With new Skylake processors, this MacBook is faster, and has longer battery life.
Remove the Hard Drive Sled
Remove the hard drive sled by gently sliding it out of the Mac Pro’s drive bays.
Attach the Sled to the Hard Drive
Attach the sled or carrier to the SATA hard drive using the supplied screws.
Install an Internal SATA Hard Drive in Your Mac Pro
Adding an internal SATA drive to a Mac Pro is a simple task that doesn't require any special tools. The Mac Pro's drive sleds make replacement a snap.
Vivaldi Browser: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Vivaldi is a fast and highly customizable web browser for the Mac that power users are really going to enjoy.
Mac Migration Assistant Can Move Windows PC Data
OS X Migration Assistant can move Windows files from your PC to your New Mac, making switching to Mac an easy decision.
Switch to Mac - Using Lion's Migration Assistant
The OS X Lion Migration Assistant requires that the Mac and the PC be connected to the same local network. You don’t need to worry about setting up any type of file sharing on either computer; they just need to be on the same network.
8 Favorite Tips for Your MacBooks
Here are 8 of our favorite tips for your Macbook, Macbook Air, or MacBook Pro. Use these tips for better performance, battery life, and more.
How to Access Your Mac Data From a Windows 8 PC
Use a PC running Windows 8 to access your Mac's shared files and folder with these easy methods.
Upgrade Install OS X Mountain Lion - Install Complete
The upgrade install of OS X Mountain Lion will be complete after you set up iCloud. While you can skip the iCloud setup process, the Mountain Lion installer encourages you to use this free service.
Install OS X Mountain Lion - The Upgrade Method
Performing an upgrade install of OS X Mountain Lion begins with purchasing and downloading the OS from the Mac App Store and ends with the steps outlined here.
Upgrade Install of OS X Mountain Lion
Make the move to OS X Mountain Lion with this step-by-step upgrade install guide.
Mac to Mac Transfer - Move Your Important Mac Data
Transferring data from one Mac to another can be accomplished in numerous ways. We look at moving individual app data as well as using Migration Assistant.
Troubleshooting Safari - Slow Page Loads
If Safari is slow in loading pages, it may be DNS Prefetching. Meant to speed things up, prefetching can slow things down. Speed up Safari with this tip.
Minimum Requirements for OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
The minimum requirements for OS X Mountain Lion may prevent you from upgrading if you have an older Mac. Find out if your Mac can run Mountain Lion.
How to Use Favorites With the Mac Maps App
Maps for the Mac includes a favorites feature that is easy to use. It also has a few quirks, but you can overcome them with the help of this guide.
Nik Collection: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Nik Collection is a free suite of image editing apps from Google that can enhance your photos. The Nik Collection works as standalone apps or as plug-ins.
Automate Opening Applications and Folders on Your Mac
Use Automator to create an app that will open your favorite applications, URL's and folders. This script is a good introduction to Automator on your Mac.
Automate Opening Multiple Applications and Folders - Creating the Workflow
Creating the Workflow: We will use Automator to build our workflow. The workflow we will create is the one I use when I'm writing articles for About: Macs, but you can easily adapt it to meet your specific needs, no matter what applications are involved.
Add a Login Message to OS X Using These Tricks
Add a message to OS X's login window, and your Mac can greet you every time you log in. The message can be silly, or provide information about the Mac.
Have Fun With Apple's Swift Programming Language
Swift programming language and Xcode make a powerful development system. If you would like to take Swift for a spin, check out our guide.
Free Mac Backup Software
These free Mac backup apps can save you from a disaster. If you don’t already back up your Mac, pick one of these six backup apps and start backing up now.
Notification Preference Pane - Control How OS X Alerts
The Notification Center was added to the Mac with Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.x). Our guide shows you how to manage notifications including turning them off.
How to Add Startup Sounds to Your Mac
The Mac used to let users add and change startup sounds. You can recreate that capability using Automator, and bring a bit of fun back to your Mac.
Mac Troubleshooting - Reset User Account Permissions
Resetting your Mac's home folder permissions can fix many problems, including issues copying or moving files, or being asked for an administrator password.
Airfoil 5: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Airfoil 5 can stream audio from your Mac to any Bluetooth audio device, as well as any AirPlay, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, or Android device.
Adding the 'This Week' Smart Search to the Finder Sidebar
Create the 'This Week' smart folder for the Finder's sidebar using this image. Page 3.
Adding the 'Today' Smart Search to the Finder Sidebar
Restoring Smart Search to the Finder's sidebar - Image depicting how to create the 'Today' smart folder.
Adding the 'All Movies' Smart Search to the Finder Sidebar
Create the All Movies smart folder for the Finder sidebar using this image. Page 6.
Adding the 'All Images' Smart Search to the Finder Sidebar
The All Images smart folder can be created for the Finder's sidebar using this image. Page 5.
Adding the 'All Documents' Smart Search to the Finder Sidebar
Use this image to create the 'All Documents' smart folder for the Finder's sidebar. Page 4.
Adding the 'Yesterday' Smart Search to the Finder Sidebar
Create the 'Yesterday' smart folder in the Finder's sidebar using this image as a guide. Page 2.
Restore Smart Searches to OS X Finder's Sidebar
The Finder sidebar is missing the Search For section found in older versions of OS X. You can recreate this handy feature using smart folders and this tip.
OS X Finder - Understanding the New 'Arrange By' Option
Using the Finder's 'Arrange By' option may seem straightforward, but it has some hidden secrets that can produce surprising results.
Using Auto-Save and Versions in OS X
Auto-Save and Versions provide the abilities to ensure your documents are saved in a timely fashion, and to revert to any previous saved version.
How to Validate Fonts With Font Book
Corrupt or damaged font files can cause all kinds of problems. Learn to use Font Book to validate fonts before or after Installing them.
F.lux: Tom's Mac Software Pick
F.lux is an app that adjusts the color temperature of your Mac’s display to reduce eye fatigue and encourage proper sleep patterns.
How to Manage Mac Fonts Using Font Book
The Mac's Font Book app allows you to install, remove and organize all of the fonts installed on your Mac. Find out a few tips for using Font Book.
How to Set Up the Firmware Password on Your Mac
You can use OS X's firmware password to prevent unauthorized users from starting up your Mac or using keyboard shortcuts to bypass security features.
Using the Finder Tabs Feature in OS X
The Mac’s Finder can show information using a tabbed display, cutting down on Finder window clutter. Learn the shortcuts for working with Finder Tabs.
Tidy Up 4.1: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Tidy Up finds duplicate files on your Mac, helping you to clean up your disk drive when it's about full. Tidy Up is fast, and accurately finds duplicates.
How to Add Managed Accounts With Parental Controls
Use Managed Accounts on your Mac to allow you to control which applications can be used and which websites can be visited.
How to Filter Spam With Apple Mail
Apple Mail has a built-in spam filter with a respectably high level of accuracy. You can use it to set spam aside to check later, or to banish junk mail.
Apple March 2016 Media Event: Mac Users Still Out of the Loop
Apple held its March 2016 “Let Us Loop You In” media event to announce a new iPad Pro, iPhone SE, and iOS 9.3, but no new Macs.
TinkerTool 5.51: Tom.s Mac Software Pick
TinkerTool is a utility for changing your Mac’s hidden preference settings. With just a checkmark, you can change many system and app preferences.
Applications for Your Mac
There are thousands of software applications available for your Mac, from Apple, from third-party developers, and from shareware and freeware developers. We'll help you pick the best applications for your needs and budget, as well as help you get more out of using them.
FAQ and Glossary - Frequently Asked Questions and a Glossary for the Macintosh
The FAQ provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Apple and using a Macintosh computer, including hardware and software. The glossary provides straightforward definitions of terms and technical jargon associated with the Mac.
About: Macs readers share images and stories about customizing and using their Macs.
About: Macs readers share images and stories about customizing and using their Macs.
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer.
Macs in Professional Use
The Mac is a key player in many professional arenas, from schools and science labs to recording studios and movie studios. Discover new professional uses for your Mac.
Mac OS X Startup Keyboard Shortcuts
Your Mac's startup can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts. Find out how to select a different volume to boot from, start in safe mode, and much more.
How to Add a Screen Saver to Your Mac
Adding or removing a Mac screen saver is an easy process. This guide will show you two different ways to install or remove a screen saver.
Customize the Dock's Location
The Dock, the app launcher included with OS X, isn’t stuck at the bottom of your screen. With these tips, you can put the Dock where you want it.
Modify the Finder Sidebar to Suit Your Preferences
The Finder sidebar is a handy place to store frequently used files, folders, and applications. It's also easy to customize.
Clean Up Your Desktop: 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.
View Hidden Folders on Your Mac Using Terminal
Use Terminal, a Mac utility app included with OS X, to expose files and folders that your Mac is hiding from you.
Configure Your Mac's Trackpad to Meet Your Needs
Configure your Mac's trackpad or Magic Trackpad for optimum use. With so many options and supported gestures, you can teach your trackpad amazing tricks.
Frequently Asked Questions – and Answers – for the Mac and Other Apple Products
Answers to the most common questions about Apple, the Mac, and using a Mac.
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology: 0-9
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: 0-9
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology – A-D
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: A-D
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology – E-H
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: E-H
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology – I-L
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: I-L
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology - M-P
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: M-P
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology – Q-T
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: Q-T
Glossary of Mac and Apple Terminology – U-Z
Definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon associated with Apple and the Macintosh computer: U-Z
Readers' Choice Awards 2010
The Readers' Choice Awards 2010 represent the best Mac products, apps, and services, as selected by the readers of About: Macs.
Readers' Choice Awards 2011
The best Mac devices, products, apps, and services, as chosen by you in the Readers' Choice Awards 2011.
Graphics Software for Macs
Expert reviews of graphics software for Macs, including animation software, interior design and decoration software, image manipulation software, and software for creating business cards, CD/DVD covers, labels, and other specialty items.
Enhance Your Mac’s Hard Drive Capabilities
Arranging hard drives into arrays to gain better performance, more storage space, data redundancy, or all of the above is easy to do using the concept of RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). Our guides can help you get started with creating and using RAIDs.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Readers' Choice Awards 2012: The best Mac apps, hardware, and services, as chosen by the readers of About: Macs.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013
Discover the best of the best in Mac-related apps, devices, and services in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
File sharing with Macs and PCs is one of the most often cited reasons for creating a home or office network. No matter what type of computer you are trying to connect to, About: Macs has tutorials, guides, and tips that will help you get connected and stay connected.
Using the Mac Dashboard and Widgets
Ever since Tiger, OS X has supported widgets, special programs that do just one thing, but do it very well. Widgets are a great way to track stocks, check the latest weather forecast, or play a quick game. Find out how to use Dashboard widgets, as well as create your own.
Graphics Tablets for Macs
Graphics tablets are more intuitive than using a mouse or track pad to draw or paint, touch up photos or other images, create a digital signature or handwritten note, or sketch a diagram. Before you buy a graphics tablet for your Mac, check out the expert reviews of graphics tablets from Focus on Macs.
Memory is a key player in a Mac's performance. Adding memory can speed things up, while memory problems can bring your Mac to a halt. Learn how to install and optimize your computer's memory.
Mac-compatible Printers – Reviews, Ratings, and Guides
Expert reviews and ratings of Mac-compatible laser printers, inkjet printers, photo printers, mobile printers, multifunction printers, and specialty printers. Get the information you need to make a smart purchase by reading the Focus on Macs printer reviews and guides.
Backup Software for your Mac
Expert reviews of Mac-based backup software from Focus on Macs. Learn about available backup software and how to choose the right one for your needs.
Design and the Mac: Tools and Information for Design Professionals
From its early days as the platform of choice for desktop publishing, to today’s 3D visualization tools and robust color profiling capabilities, the Mac remains the favorite of design professionals. Learn more about the tools and software available for desktop publishing, graphic design, illustration, architecture, CAD, and imaging applications.
Educational and Reference Software for Macs
Expert reviews of educational and reference software for Macs, including math, science, language arts, foreign language, music, art, history, geography, test preparation, writing, scriptwriting, typing, mapping, gardening, genealogy, and cooking.
Image and Photo Editing Software for Macs
Expert reviews of image and photo editing software for Macs, including freeware, shareware, and commercial software. Reviews cover image editing software designed for professional and dedicated hobbyist photographers, as well as image editing software designed for amateur and casual photographers. Features may include image management, image creation, image editing, and image manipulation.
Leopard - 10.5, Mac OS X Operating System
Apple has released another cat. Join us as we explore Mac OS X 10.5 and learn about its new features. We'll guide you through some of the best changes, and look at some of the changes we didn't enjoy quite so much.
Using Parallels to Run Windows
Parallels was the first commercial application to allow Windows to run side by side with OS X on Intel-based Macs. Learn how to install and use Parallels, as well as how to use Windows on your Mac.
Past Apple Hardware- Reviews of Previous Macs and Peripherals
Reviews of and information about previously released Apple Mac hardware and peripherals, including the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the rest of the supporting cast.
Office Software covers a wide range of office productivity applications, from word processors, spreadsheets, and databases to entire office productivity suites. You will find all of the main tools of day-to-day office productivity here.
Audio and Video Software
From applications for creating your next hit album or video to home entertainment, we'll help you find the information you need to make the best software selection, and give you tips on how
Macs in Education and Science
The Mac has a strong following in education and science circles, from research labs to schools that specify the Mac as the preferred platform for their teachers and students. Learn how schools and other academia make use of the Mac.
Multimedia and the Mac: Beyond a Niche
The Mac has long been the preferred choice for multimedia production, including digital audio, digital video, digital photography, TV, movies, CDs, and DVDs. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, find out how the Mac can help you take multimedia projects from concept to reality.
How to Clean Your Mac's Display
Cleaning a Mac's display is a very easy process. You can even clean behind an iMac's glass display with these tips.
Upgrade Your Mac's RAM Yourself
If your Mac supports user upgradable RAM, then you can boost its performance yourself. This guide will help you find out if your Mac allows you to upgrade its memory.
The Hidden Archive Utility - Mac Compression Software
The Archive Utility is a hidden app built-in to your Mac. It supports many file types for expansion and three very popular file types for compression.
Changing iCloud Keychain Security Code and Phone Number
Change your iCloud Keychain's security code or phone number using the iCloud preference pane and these instructions.
Apple "Let Us Loop You In" Media Event: March 21, 2016
Set Up Multiple Network Locations on Your Mac
Use your Mac's Network Locations to simplify the process of connecting to multiple networks. You can set which networks and the order in which to connect.
KeRanger: The First Ransomware Targeting Macs
KeRanger is the first ransomware found in the wild infecting Mac systems. Find out more, including how to detect and remove KeRanger.
Lyn Image Browser: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Lyn is a lightweight image browser for the Mac that is fast, allows editing of image metadata, and uses the Mac’s folder structure for its library.
How to Fix a Repeat Authorization Request in iTunes
Are you stuck in an iTunes authorization loop? If you're seeing a message telling you you're not authorised to play a song, this tip can help.
Say Hello to Your Mac's Keyboard Modifier Keys
Various Mac apps make use of keyboard shortcuts, but which keys correspond to the shortcut symbols? Whether you have a Mac or Windows keyboard, we'll show you the proper keys to use.
Remove Application Icons From Your Mac's Dock
Removing the icons of apps and documents from the Mac's Dock can be as simple as clicking and dragging them. You can also use Dock menus to for this task.
Use DNS to Fix a Web Page Not Loading in Your Browser
When your browser fails to load a web page correctly the problem can be your DNS configuration. Learn how to test and change your Mac's DNS settings.
Bootable USB Flash Drive of OS X Mavericks Installer
Create a bootable copy of the OS X Mavericks installer on a USB flash drive with this guide. A bootable installer lets you install the OS on any Mac.
Finding the OS X Mavericks Installer Image
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.
Copy the Mavericks Installer Files to Make Flash Drive
The final steps for creating a bootable copy of the Mavericks installer involve copying the necessary files from the InstallESD.dmg image.
How to do a Clean Install of OS X Yosemite on Your Mac
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.
Clean Install of OS X Yosemite: Boot From USB Flash Drive to Start the Process
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.
Clean Install of OS X Yosemite: Complete the Installation Process
With the OS X Yosemite installer now on a bootable USB flash drive, you can finish the clean install of Yosemite on your Mac.
Widgets on Your Mac Desktop
Dashboard widgets can appear on your Mac's desktop by using Terminal to invoke Dashboard Development mode. You can then drag widgets to the desktop.
Resizing Your Mac's Windows With New Tricks
Resizing a Mac’s windows have a few new options. Besides dragging a windows corner or edge. You can also use modifier keys to control aspect ratio.
How to Add Administrator Accounts to Your Mac (OS X)
Mac administrator accounts have elevated privileges that allow you to change the way the Mac operates. Add an administrator account using this guide.
Using Apple Diagnostics to Troubleshoot Your Mac's Hardware
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.
Use Terminal and a Secret Command to Create a Bootable OS X Installer
CreateInstallMedia is a command that Apple includes within the OS X Yosemite installer files. With this command, you can create a bootable copy of the installer on any device connected to your Mac, including USB flash drives, hard drives, and SSDs.
Move OS X Yosemite Installer to a Bootable Flash Drive
You can create a bootable OS X Yosemite installer on aa USB flash drive with a simple Terminal command that Apple includes within the installer files.
My Safari Bookmarks Are Gone: Now What Do I Do?
When your Safari bookmarks disappear, the cause is likely a corrupt bookmarks.plist file. Restore the bookmarks.plist file using one of these techniques.
How to Control Text Size in Safari
Controlling Safari's text size can be done with these simple tips, including how to add text buttons to Safari's toolbar.
Data Rescue One: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Data Rescue One is the data recovery system that every Mac user should own. Recovering files from a failing drive on a Mac has never been so easy.
Migrate Windows PC Data to Your Mac Manually
Manually moving files from your Windows PC to your Mac only requires a bit of planning. In this guide, we will show you all of the methods available.
Force Eject CD or DVD From Your Mac Even When Stuck
When a CD/DVD becomes stuck in your Mac, how do you eject the media? This collection of ejection tips will have your Mac spitting out the disc in no time.
Intel's Next Generation Processor Named Skylake
Intel announced that Skylake would be the next processor architecture after the completion of Broadwell's development. Using the same 14 nm process.
Reset the Mac's Printing System to Fix Printer Problems
Resetting a Mac's printing system can be one of the best ways to start fresh and fix many printing problems you may be experiencing.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Mac Apps and Peripherals
It's time to vote in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013. Take a moment to vote for your favorite Mac-related app, peripheral, or reseller.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Mac System Utility
Voting is open in the Best Mac System Utility category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Image Editor
Vote now for the best Mac image editor in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Mac Backup App
Cast your vote in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013 for the Best Mac Backup Application. Page 3.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Mac Browser
Step into the Reader's Choice Awards 2013 voting booth and cast your vote for the best Mac browser.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Application for Running Windows on a Mac
The Readers Choice Awards 2013 are ready to take your vote for the best application for running Windows on a Mac.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Word Processor
Which Mac word processor is the best? Vote for your favorite in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Mac Home Theater App or Product
Do you have a favorite app or device that you use in your home theater system? Let us know by voting for it in the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Mac Peripheral Reseller
Everyone has a favorite place for buying Mac accessories. Stop by the Readers' Choice Awards 2013 and vote for your favorite in the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category.
Use Terminal to Create a RAID 0 (Striped) Array in OS X
Use Terminal to create and manage striped RAID arrays in OS X, now that the El Capitan version of Disk Utility has been stripped of its RAID capabilities.
Using diskutil list Command to Create a Striped RAID for Your Mac
Before you can create a striped RAID in OS X, you need to know the identifiers for the disks that will make up the array. Terminal to the rescue.
Create a Striped RAID Array in OS X Using Terminal
The Terminal command for creating a striped RAID array can be used in place of Disk Utility, now that RAID support has gone missing in El Capitan.
Delete a Striped RAID Array Using Terminal in OS X
With Disk Utilities lack of RAID support in El Capitan, Terminal can be used to delete RAID 0 arrays.
Using New Disk Utility Features to Partition Your Mac's Drive
Disk Utility's new features include a better-organized sidebar, and a pie chart for creating partitions.
Partition a Drive with OS X El Capitan's Disk Utility
The process of partitioning a drive with Disk Utility changed with the introduction of OS X El Capitan. Find out how to partition a storage device.
How to Use Disk Utility's Pie Chart to Partition Your Mac's Drives
The pie chart used in Disk Utility for partitioning a Mac’s drives can be a bit finicky. Use this guide to de-finicky the process.
Move Time Machine Backups to a New Hard Drive (Leopard)
Moving a Time Machine backup to a new hard drive under Leopard (OS X 10.5) requires that you make a clone of the existing Time Machine drive.
File and Printer Sharing Between Windows 7 and Mac OS X
Sharing files and printers between Windows 7 and Mac OS X isn’t too difficult. Use these tips to get your Mac and PC talking on your local network.
Prevent 'Application Has Moved' Errors in Adobe Apps
The 'Application Has Moved' warning message generated by Adobe CS apps can be a pain. This guide will show you how to keep the warning away from your Mac.
OWC ThunderBay 4 - Versatile Thunderbolt Enclosure
Review: The OWC ThunderBay 4 is a 4-drive storage enclosure with a Thunderbolt 2 interface and the performance to meet just about any storage need.
Use Terminal to Eject a Stuck CD/DVD
A stuck CD or DVD can be ejected with Terminal and the drutil command. Internal or external drives can be ejected without having to shut down your Mac.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac is the only malware app I recommend. It has zero impact on your Mac’s performance, and is fast and accurate.
Parallels Desktop for Mac: Custom Windows Install
Parallels Desktop for Mac has multiple ways of installing guest operating systems. Use the Custom Install for the most options and versatility.
Selecting the Custom Install Option When Using the Parallels OS Installation Assistant
The Parallels Desktop for Mac OS Installation Assistant allows you to select a custom install method, for more control over the virtual machine's parameters.
Configure RAM and Disk Space Settings During a Custom Windows Installation With Parallels
The Parallels Custom install option needs to know which operating system you will be installing, as well as your RAM and hard drive space requirements.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Networking Options
Parallels Desktop for Mac supports four networking options. This step will describe how each option works, and tell you which one is the preferred option.
Parallels Desktop File Sharing Scheme for Mac and PC
Parallels allows you to share files between OS X and Windows. You can choose to enable or disable file sharing. You can also choose the location for the virtual machine.
Optimize Your Parallels Desktop for Mac Virtual Machine for Better Performance
You can optimize a Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine for flat-out performance or for better integration with the OS X environment.
Now That the Parallels Custom Install Process is Complete, It's Time to Start the Windows Installation
Once you decide whether OS X or Windows should get top billing in your Mac's processor, Parallels can finish setting up the necessary parameters for the new virtual machine. Now it's time to start the Windows installation process.
Use Mac OS X Mail BCC Option to Send Email to Groups
When you send email messages to a group in Mac OS X Mail, you can enable the BCC (blind carbon copy) option to protect everyone's privacy.
Customize Safari Toolbar, Bookmark, Tab and Status Bars
Safari allows for a great deal of customizations, including tweaking the Safari toolbar, as well as hide or show the bookmarks, tab, and status bars.
Use Multiple iPhoto Libraries to Manage Your Photos
iPhoto supports multiple photo libraries. You can create and manage additional image libraries using these tips.
2015 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Benchmark Results
Early Geekbench results for the new 2015 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro show the Broadwell processor is delivering on its promise as expected.
Screenium 3: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Screenium is a Mac screen recording and screencast creation app that is easy to use and has high-end features for creating professional screencasts.
How to Reopen Closed Safari Tabs and Windows, and Access History
Safari has the ability to reopen tabs or windows you may have closed by accident. You can also use the History list to reopen sites you recently visited.
How to Apply, Rename, and Remove Flags From Apple Mail Messages
Mail flags, a feature in Apple Mail, are used to mark important email messages. We'll show you how to apply, rename, remove, and use Apple Mail flags.ip.
New Safari Features Added Since OS X Yosemite
Guide to Installing Messages Beta in OS X Lion
How to install the Messages Beta for OS X Lion. Besides the installation guide, you will find a few tips on getting ready to use the Messages service.
Geekbench 3: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Geekbench 3 is a cross-platform benchmark suite that can put your Mac through its paces and reveal how well it performs.
Guide To Using Your Mac As An HTPC (Home Theater PC)
Turning your Mac into an HTPC (Home Theater PC) is a great project. Any Mac will do though the Mac mini's size is a nice fit for Home Theater use.
How to View and Remove Safari Plug-ins
Find our how to view and remove Safari plug-ins. You may be surprised by plugins your browser is loaded up with.
Sync Safari Bookmarks Using Dropbox
Sync Safari bookmarks using Dropbox, or other cloud-based services. This guide takes you through the process of creating your own syncing service.
Set Up Your Mac to Integrate with Facebook
OS X and Facebook are integrated, allowing you to post to Facebook from most Mac apps. Find out how to set up your Facebook account on your Mac.
How to Manually Install Fonts on Your Mac
Adding fonts to your Mac is as easy as drag and drop, once you decide which of three folders you wish to install the fonts into.
Use Font Book to Install and Delete Fonts on Your Mac
Font Book lets you easily add and delete fonts on your Mac, as well as set Font Book preferences when installing fonts.
Fix Mac Wi-Fi Issues with the Wireless Diagnostic App
Having Wi-Fi problems on your Mac? The Wireless Diagnostics app included with your Mac can fix most of them. Our guide shows how to use this helpful app.
How to Reset Your Mac's PRAM or NVRAM (Parameter RAM)
Resetting the Mac's PRAM or NVRAM can fix many Mac problems. Find out how to reset the RAM, and see a list of problems that resetting the PRAM can fix.
OS X Mavericks Minimum Requirements
Find out if your Mac has what it takes to run OS X Mavericks. This guide includes a list of supported Macs and minimum requirements.
Getting Your Mac Ready for OS X Mavericks
Before your upgrade to OS X Mavericks, be sure your Mac is able to support OS X Mavericks, and is free of issues that can lead to install problems.
Add a Signature to Your Email in Apple Mail
You can create signatures to use in your email messages in Apple Mail. Assign Signatures to accounts, and use multiple signatures and switch between them.
How to Manage the Top Sites Feature in Safari
Top Sites in Safari provides a thumbnail view of the web sites you visit most often. In this tip, we show you how to manage Safari's Top Sites feature.
How to Configure the Finder's Spring-Loaded Folders to Meet Your Needs
Spring-loaded folders let you drill down through a hierarchy of folders and drag and drop items as needed. You can adjust the delay time using this tip.
Use the Terminal Application to Access Hidden Features
There are tons of hidden preferences within OS X and its many applications. And Terminal is the app that you can use to access these hidden features.
Mac Mini Upgrade Guide: Add RAM and Internal Storage
Keep your Mac mini performing at its best with this wallet-friendly guide to upgrading RAM, hard drives, and SSDs.
PhotoBulk: Tom's Mac Software Pick
PhotoBulk is a batch processor that lets you add watermarks, resize and rename images, and adjust image compression, all at a very reasonable price.
Loopback: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Loopback can route audio between your Mac’s apps and devices, which allows you to create custom and complex audio chains.
Fantastical 2: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Fantastical 2 is an amazing calendaring app for the Mac. It offers ease of use and event-driven scheduling that ensures you won’t miss an important date again.
Seasonality Core: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Seasonality Core turns your Mac into a full-fledged weather station, complete with all the weather maps and graphs you could use.
Time Machine Troubleshooting - Backup Volume Error
Time Machine error message: Backup Volume Could Not Be Mounted, is usually caused by network errors or incorrect password. This tip can fix the problem.
Web Hosting With OS X (Mountain Lion and Later)
Starting with OS X Mountain Lion, Apple dropped support for Web Sharing. Regain control of the OS X web server or install new server apps with these tips.
Use Time Machine's Command Line Utility to Measure Backup Changes
With the aid of the tmutil command line, you can calculate Time Machine's drift rate and make decisions about your future backup storage needs.
How to Add Startup Items to Your Mac
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.
Calibrating Your MacBook or Macbook Pro Battery
The MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro all use a battery with a processor that requires a calibration cycle for best performance and accuracy.
Use Dropbox to Sync Mac Keychains
iCloud isn't the only way to set up syncing of your keychain data with multiple Macs. You can use Dropbox instead of iCloud, by following these steps.
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An index of categories in the
Personalize OS X's Desktop Wallpaper With Your Pictures
The Mac's desktop wallpaper can use Apple-supplied images or any picture you care to use. You can set up folders and have the pictures randomly selected.
Find Messages Faster in Apple Mail With Smart Mailboxes
Smart Mailboxes in Apple’s Mail app are effective as a dynamic search system, gathering any email message that meets the search criteria you set up.
How to Enable Safari's Debug Menu to Gain Added Capabilities
Safari's Debug menu allows developers to debug web pages and code, but it also provides a few tidbits for everyday browser users that can be very helpful.
How to Remotely Restart or Shut Down Your Mac
You can remotely restart or shut down your Mac using screen sharing or remote login to solve the problem of a Mac not waking from sleep.
Review of Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac
Take a look at this review of Photoshop Elements 6, originally released in 2007 and the first version from Adobe to be universal binary.
Using the Display Preference Pane
Your Mac’s Display preference pane is where you make adjustments, change settings, and configure your Mac’s display to meet your needs.
Using the Displays Preference Pane - Display Tab
Using the Displays Preference Pane: The Display tab in the Displays preference pane contains options for setting the basic working environment for your monitor. Not all of the options we list here will be present because many of the options are specific to the monitor(s) or Mac model you are using.