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How to Use a MacBook or MacBook Pro with the Lid Closed and Hooked to an External Monitor

Apr 15, 2010 - 18 Comments

Updated on 2/10/2012: You can easily use the MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro in what’s commonly called clamshell mode, when the laptop lid is closed but the machine is hooked up to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, effectively turning your portable Mac into a desktop. Doing this is easy, here’s how to get … Read More

What’s the Maximum Resolution a MacBook Supports for External Displays?

Mar 14, 2010 - 5 Comments

When shopping around for an external monitor, I was asked “What’s the maximum resolution I can get out of my MacBook with an external LCD display?” by a friend of mine. Well the answer depends on which MacBook you have, what video card it has, and what type of video interface you’re going to use … Read More

What is a .DS_Store file?

Dec 31, 2009 - 3 Comments

I frequently get asked about the purpose of .DS_Store files by Mac users and Windows System Administrators who have a few Mac’s on their networks, where seeing the files turn up when hidden files are made visible. Here is my explanation as to what a DS_Store document is, what happens if you delete them, and … Read More

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Oct 15, 2009 - 2 Comments

Do you come here often? How about subscribing to our RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter! Both feeds will give you up to date posts directly from OS X Daily, so check them out. Subscribe to OS X Daily via RSS Follow OS X Daily on Twitter Our Twitter account is pretty new but … Read More

What Shell Am I Using?

Sep 25, 2009 - 2 Comments

Ever wondered what shell you are using? It’s not unusual to want or need to know, and I’ve gotten this question multiple times, but the answer could be different for everyone. The easiest way to find out what shell you are using type the following command at the command line prompt: echo $SHELL Yes, that … Read More

mdworker – What is mdworker?

Sep 14, 2009 - 25 Comments

mdworker is short for ‘metadata server worker’ and if you’re still confused don’t feel bad. mdworker is basically the core technology behind Mac OS X’s awesome search engine Spotlight, it spiders meta data from your Mac and its files and creates a readable index so that you can find things practically instantaneously via Spotlight (command-spacebar). … Read More

Ask OS X Daily: How Do I Force Open a File?

May 22, 2007 - 4 Comments

Reader Mathew Prairen asks a common question about opening files that has a remarkably simple answer: “I have a few image files from my PC that Preview refuses to open, is there any way I can force Preview to open these images?” If you want to force open any file with virtually any program, simply … Read More

How to lock a Mac OS X workstation

Apr 23, 2007 - 42 Comments

Reader Adam Smith writes in with the following question: “I am a new Mac user, and I love OSX! I have a MacBook Pro 15″. I would like to know though, is there a way that you can lock a MAC? Like in Windows, you can hit the shortcut “Windows Key + L”. Is there … Read More

Ask OS X Daily: “How can I password protect a file?”

Mar 7, 2007 - 33 Comments

Hello all you loyal OS X Daily readers! Recently we have been receiving a large number of Mac OS X related questions in our inbox. Normally our staff would try and respond with an answer to the best of our knowledge. However, sometimes we get a question we think would be better sourced to the … Read More

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