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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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3 Super Simple Finder Keystroke Tips Every Mac User Must Know

Apr 16, 2014 - 4 Comments

The Finder offers the primary means of navigating the file system of Mac OS X, and though most users will rely entirely on clicking, dragging, and dropping, there are no shortage of keyboard shortcuts to make things even better. If you’re not going to learn them all (and let’s face it, just about nobody does), … Read More

Get More Usable Screen Space on a Retina MacBook Pro by Adjusting Resolution

Apr 14, 2014 - 3 Comments

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display takes an ultra-high resolution display and scales onscreen elements down to effectively double the pixel count, providing for ultra crisp images and text on the screen. While the default resolution settings are undeniably gorgeous, you can also choose to manually adjust the screen resolution to either show more space … Read More

Messed Up Hosts? How to Restore the Original Default /etc/hosts File in Mac OS X

Apr 12, 2014 - 5 Comments

The hosts file is included on every computer and used by Mac OS to map IP addresses to host names. Because users may choose to adjust, change, or otherwise edit the hosts file for a variety of reasons, it can be easily subjected to user error, leading to a variety of undesirable network problems ranging … Read More

Change the Double Quote & Single Quote Style in Mac OS X

Apr 10, 2014 - 9 Comments

The Mac has long used the straight quote style for double and single quotes, looking like ” and ‘ respectively. It’s been that way for as long as I remember, but if you’d like to change the quote style to something else, perhaps a bit more fanciful, you can do so through a settings adjustment. … Read More

Stop the Power Button From Turning Off the Mac Display in OS X Mavericks

Apr 9, 2014 - 8 Comments

The Power button on newer MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models has been turned into a button on the actual keyboard, located directly above the Delete key. For the most part, this isn’t an issue, but with the introduction of OS X Mavericks, tapping on that Power button no longer prompts the Sleep / Restart … Read More

Hide Tags from the Mac Finder Sidebar in OS X Mavericks

Apr 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

The Tags feature added to Mac OS X in Mavericks provides for a simple way to group files, folders, and documents together with drag and drop quickness or keystroke simplicity, but not every Mac user takes the time to use tags, or at the very least, use all the tags that are offered by default … Read More

Learn the 2 “Cancel” Button Keyboard Shortcuts in Mac OS X to Close Dialog & Alert Windows

Apr 5, 2014 - 4 Comments

Most Mac users know that hitting Command+W will close an open window, and we’ve covered a handful of other window management keystrokes before, but what about closing the seemingly inactionable dialog windows found with Open, Save, Save As, Export, iCloud, and Print actions? For closing those type of dialog windows, you’ll want to use the … Read More

Send Maps & Directions from a Mac to an iPhone Immediately

Apr 4, 2014 - 9 Comments

The next time you’re using the Maps app in Mac OS X to plot a road trip, a walkabout, get driving directions, or just to map out a route, you may want to skip the printer and opt to send the directions directly over to your iPhone instead. In order for this handy direct feature … Read More

How to Record Sound on a Mac the Easy Way with QuickTime

Apr 3, 2014 - 5 Comments

If you need to record some simple sound or audio on a Mac, you can do so easily using a bundled app that comes with OS X, without having to download any third party utilities. That app is QuickTime, which may come as a surprise to some users as it’s typically thought of as a … Read More

How to Find Wi-Fi Link Connection Speed in Mac OS X

Apr 2, 2014 - 6 Comments

If you need to find out just how fast your wi-fi link speed is, or rather, the speed of which your Mac is connected to a particular wireless router, you can find this data through the Network Utility app that is bundled in every version of Mac OS X. This is really the fastest way … Read More

4 Goofy April Fools Day Pranks to Play on Mac Users

Apr 1, 2014 - 7 Comments

It’s April Fools Day, that means the internet is full of useless stuff and just about everything should be doubted. But rather than feed you BS, we’ll show you how you can contribute to some general tomfoolery by pranking your friends, family, and coworkers with some fun and harmless little Mac pranks. Ready to goof … Read More

Fix Time Machine When Stuck on “Preparing Backup” in Mac OS X

Mar 31, 2014 - 12 Comments

Time Machine is by far the simplest way to keep regular and reliable backups of a Mac, and usually the automatic backups start and finish without any incident. On some rare occasions though, Time Machine may get stuck* on the “Preparing Backup” stage for an inordinately long amount of time, causing a backup to never … Read More

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