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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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Fixing OS X Install Errors “can’t be verified” and “error occurred while preparing the installation”

Jan 19, 2015 - 4 Comments
Set the date and time manually in OS X to circumvent error messages during Mac OS X install

Two unusual error messages that can occur during the attempted installation of OS X Yosemite are the “This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading” message, or a more vague “An error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running again” error … Read More

Troubleshoot Safari Freezes & Crashing in OS X Yosemite

Jan 18, 2015 - 46 Comments
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Some Mac users have discovered the Safari web browser has become significantly less stable after updating to OS X Yosemite. This can range from periodic crashes of Safari that never happened before, to Safari freezing up entirely, to Safari outright refusing to open as it crashes immediately upon launch. Troubleshooting app crashes can be frustrating, … Read More

Get Exchange Rates & Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X

Jan 16, 2015 - 13 Comments
Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X Yosemite, Dark Mode bug

The Mac has long had currency conversion tools available through Calculator app and Dashboard with the Converter widget, but the latest versions of OS X have an even faster option available with Spotlight, which can provide current exchange rates and conversions on the fly. You will need to be running at least OS X 10.10 … Read More

What the “Other” Storage Space is in Mac OS X & How to Clear It Up

Jan 15, 2015 - 16 Comments
Other Storage in Mac OS X

Many Mac users check the About This Mac Storage tab to get a quick overview of their disk space usage, and many will see a rather large “Other” storage space taking up disk capacity on their drives. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because iOS often has a rather large Other storage space, but that’s … Read More

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 5 Released for Developer Testing

Jan 14, 2015 - 38 Comments
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Apple has released the fifth beta version of OS X 10.10.2 for users registered with the Mac Developer program. The new Yosemite build is 14C99D and continues to emphasize a focus on addressing bugs and remaining issues with wireless networking, Mail, and VoiceOver.

How & Why to Repair Disk Permissions in OS X with Disk Utility

Jan 13, 2015 - 25 Comments
Repairing Disk Permissions on a Mac with Disk Utility in OS X

Repairing Disk Permissions is a simple procedure that Mac users can run with the Disk Utility app or through the command line, and, as the name suggests, it repairs the permissions of various files on the target drive. Repairing permissions can be helpful when troubleshooting some fairly specific issues, or after installing or uninstalling a … Read More

Increase Font Size in Terminal for Mac OS X Quickly with Keystrokes

Jan 11, 2015 - 4 Comments
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The default text size used by Terminal app in OS X can be quite small if you’re using a large resolution display. While you can change the font to be better suit your preferences, and increasing the line spacing helps reading too, another simple solution to boost readability is to simply increase the text size … Read More

How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X to Fix Annoying Printer Problems

Jan 9, 2015 - 3 Comments
How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X

Printer problems are notoriously frustrating for any computer user, and while Macs get off a bit easier than the alternatives out there, there can still be some pretty annoying issues that pop up with printing in OS X due to flakey third party printing support, bad software, or just a low-grade printer. Whether it’s a … Read More

Clear Font Caches & Font Databases in Mac OS X to Resolve Unusual Font Problems

Jan 8, 2015 - 8 Comments
Fonts displaying erroneously in Mac OS X

In some unusual and admittedly rare situations, fonts in OS X and various Mac apps may display erroneously, or outright fail to display. Typically this happens after a font has been modified or a font has been installed outside of the standard ~/Library/Fonts directory, but it can happen out of the blue in some situations … Read More

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Jan 7, 2015 - 55 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Apple has released the fourth beta build of OS X 10.10.2, arriving as build 14C94b, to those registered with the Mac Developer program. The latest release continues to focus on improving bugs, including problems with Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver, some of which are issues that have persistently bothered a number of Mac users even after … Read More

Change the Selection Highlight Color in Mac OS X

Jan 7, 2015 - 9 Comments
Highlight color options in Mac OS X

Many Mac users probably don’t think twice about the color that shows up when they select and highlight text or some app elements in OS X, which defaults to being blue. But if you’re the type of user who likes to customize things a bit, you may appreciate knowing that you can choose nearly any … Read More

Make the Window Resizing Animation Speed Instant in Mac OS X

Jan 6, 2015 - 24 Comments
Speed up Window Resize Animations in OS X

When you hit the green maximize button to resize windows on a Mac or send things into full screen mode, a fancy visual animation shows the redrawing of the window size as the active window expands outwards. While this looks great and many users will be happy with the default resizing animation time in OS … Read More

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