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Mac OS X, often called simply OS X, is the operating system that resides on Apple’s desktop and portable computer lineup. Built upon a Unix core, it is easy to use yet highly advanced, extremely stable, and an excellent OS for productivity and creation. Browse through our articles or use the search feature to look for something specific.

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Adjust Whether a Mac Restarts Automatically on System Freeze

Jul 29, 2016 - 8 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Modern Macs with new versions of Mac OS (or Mac OS X) default to automatically reboot themselves upon a system freeze. This is a troubleshooting feature that aims to prevent average users from having to initiate a forced restart, since the Mac would simply restart itself if a system freeze were to occur. While most … Read More

Fixing a Broken EFI Partition on Mac

Jul 28, 2016 - 11 Comments
Disk Utility in Mac OS X

Though it is an unusual occurrence, a Mac may encounter a broken or damaged EFI partition which typically prevents the Mac from booting and the Mac OS system software from loading. This is usually demonstrated as a boot screen that is stuck on the  Apple logo, sometimes with or without a wait cursor that … Read More

Fixing an Installer .pkg Stuck on “Verifying” in Mac OS X

Jul 26, 2016 - 5 Comments
installer-app-mac

Mac users may find that a system update, installer, or package (pkg) can get completely stuck in a verification sequence, with a pop-up alert that says “Verifying ‘name.pkg’…” while showing the Gatekeeper icon and a progress bar that never updates. The effect is the package or installer won’t run as it never completes verification, making … Read More

Accessing the Downloads Folder on Mac & Finding Downloaded Files

Jul 24, 2016 - 19 Comments
Mac downloads folder

Ever wondered where all the downloaded files go on your Mac? By default, most apps will transfer downloaded files into the user Downloads folder. This applies to all downloads to a Mac made from the web with Safari, Chrome, through AirDrop, or from the many file transfer apps out there. There are many different ways … Read More

How to File Bugs & Offer Feedback in MacOS Sierra

Jul 22, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Feedback Assistant in MacOS Sierra

Beta testers of macOS Sierra can send feedback and bug reports directly to Apple, offering a chance to help shape the future of the Mac operating system. Reporting bugs and offering feature feedback is part of the fun of beta testing (and part of the purpose of the public betas), so if you are running … Read More

A Prank Kernel Panic Screen Saver for Mac OS X

Jul 22, 2016 - 16 Comments
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Little is dreaded more in the Mac world than the kernel panic, the Mac OS X equivalent of the Windows Blue Screen of Death of yesteryear. While modern versions of Mac OS X don’t display the kernel panic screen like they used to, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have some mischievous fun with a … Read More

How to Add an Image to Email Signature in Mail for Mac

Jul 21, 2016 - 6 Comments
Create an image email signature Mac Mail

Custom email signatures are commonplace, whether they include simple contact details or a complete HTML signature on Mac Mail. A frequent further customization to email signatures is to include an image or logo, which is what we will show you how to create in the Mac Mail app for Mac OS X.

How to Downgrade MacOS Sierra Beta to OS X El Capitan

Jul 19, 2016 - 8 Comments
Downgrade MacOS Sierra to OS X El Capitan

Some Mac users may wish to downgrade from MacOS Sierra Beta and revert back to OS X El Capitan, this is particularly common if you have found things to be less than stable or otherwise problematic and would like to return to a more stable operating system experience – a fairly common scenario for beta … Read More

OS X 10.11.6 Update for Mac Released

Jul 18, 2016 - 47 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11

Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 for Mac users. The minor point release system software update includes small bug fixes and security updates. Additionally, Mac users running prior versions of Mac OS X system software including Yosemite and Mavericks will find a separate “Security Update 2016-004” release available for their machines.

Beta 3 of iOS 10, MacOS Sierra WatchOS 3, & TvOS 10 Released for Testing

Jul 18, 2016 - 1 Comment
iOS 10

Apple has released updated beta builds to the various operating systems currently under development, including iOS 10 beta 3, macOS Sierra 10.12 beta 3, watchOS beta 3, and tvOS 10 beta 3.

How to Enable Bluetooth Without a Keyboard or Mouse on Mac

Jul 16, 2016 - 17 Comments
Enabling Bluetooth on Mac without a keyboard or mouse

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where Bluetooth needs to be enabled on a Mac, but you don’t have a mouse or keyboard handy? This can pose a conundrum; in order to re-enable Bluetooth, you must use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard… That may sound a little silly, but it’s a situation which … Read More

Move Cursor Word by Word in Terminal for Mac OS X

Jul 14, 2016 - 6 Comments
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If you spend a lot of time at the command line, you undoubtedly find yourself adjusting and editing text and commands, and you likely often need to move the cursor to a further position in the Terminal from where it’s actively located. Sure you can use the arrow keys to move left and right on … Read More

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