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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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How to Start Dictation by Voice Command in Mac OS X

Oct 28, 2015 - 35 Comments
Enable Dictation by voice command in Mac OS X

The Dictation feature of OS X has let Mac users speak to their computers and have the speech converted accurately into text for quite some time, and now with the newest versions of OS X you can improve Dictation even further by starting the speech to text conversion with a voice command. You can think … Read More

OS X 10.11.2 Beta 1 Available for Testing on Macs

Oct 27, 2015 - 24 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11.2

Apple has released the first beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 for Mac users participating in the developer and public beta software testing programs. The first pre-release build of OS X 10.11.2 arrives as 15C27e and appears to focus primarily on improvements and bug fixes to OS X El Capitan.

Stop Spotlight Stalling & Beachballs When Searched in Mac OS X with External Drives

Oct 26, 2015 - 23 Comments

Spotlight is the lightning fast search engine built into the Mac, but some users may have noticed that once Spotlight has been summoned and a file search query is beginning to be typed, OS X freezes up, stalls, and beachballs for anywhere from 10-30 seconds for seemingly no apparent reason. If you’re in a quiet … Read More

How to Mute Safari Tabs in Mac OS X

Oct 26, 2015 - 7 Comments
Safari icon

New versions of Safari on the Mac allow users to instantly mute any tab or inactive window which is playing sound. This will instantly hush audio coming from a video, an audio file opened in the browser, ads, or any noisy multimedia element, but only for the Safari browser, making it preferable to muting everything … Read More

How to Search System Preferences in Mac OS X for Settings & Adjustments

Oct 23, 2015 - 2 Comments
Search System Preferences in mac OS X for a specific setting

Though many preferences and settings in OS X are easy to find, some aren’t always located in the most obvious locations within System Preferences, and it’s also just easy to forget which panel is going to adjust what you’re looking for on the Mac. Fortunately, the Mac System Preference control panel has a universal search … Read More

Get Picture-in-Picture Floating Videos on Mac OS X with Helium App

Oct 22, 2015 - 16 Comments

If you want to play a web based video while you work or multitask on the Mac, you’ll typically resize a small browser window and stuff it into the corner of your screen, right? Rather than do that, you can use a neat little free app called Helium, which creates a floating overlay of videos … Read More

Security Update 2015-007 & Others for OS X Mavericks & Yosemite Released

Oct 21, 2015 - 24 Comments
OS X Mavericks software updates Security Update EFI update etc

Apple has released Security Update 2015-007 for Macs running OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks, Safari 9.0.1 for OS X Mavericks and Yosemite, alongside a Mac EFI Security Update for some specific Macs. The security updates are recommended for Mac users to install, particularly if they’re not yet updating to OS X El Capitan. … Read More

OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Update for Mac Available with Bug Fixes

Oct 21, 2015 - 106 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11.2

Apple has released the final version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 to Mac users. The update includes a variety of important bug fixes, including resolutions to issues found with the original El Capitan installer, compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016, resolutions to various Mail issues, and the inclusion of over 150 new Emoji character icons, … Read More

How to Use Internet Explorer 11 in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Oct 19, 2015 - 34 Comments

Internet Explorer 11 is a Windows web browser from Microsoft, but those running OS X on a Mac can also use Internet Explorer 11 through a great free service called ModernIE from Microsoft. Being able to run Internet Explorer 11 directly on the Mac without having to access a Windows machine or boot a VM … Read More

How to Install Java in OS X El Capitan

Oct 17, 2015 - 30 Comments
Get Java in OS X El Capitan

Some Mac users require installing Java in OS X El Capitan, perhaps for compatibility with a particular web site or application, or because they’re a java developer. But Apple has becoming increasingly strict with Java, and by default it is no longer installed with a OS X 10.11 clean install, and you’ll find that after … Read More

Fixing Wi-Fi Issues in OS X El Capitan

Oct 16, 2015 - 87 Comments
Fix Wi-Fi Problems in OS X EL Capitan

Though Apple has largely resolved the wi-fi issues that persisted in some Macs with prior OS X releases, some users with OS X El Capitan may encounter wireless networking issues after updating to the latest OS X release. Typically the wi-fi problems are in the form of dropping connections or strangely slow speeds, and the … Read More

How to Change the Default System Font in OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande

Oct 15, 2015 - 25 Comments
Mac Finder, where you can copy the path of a file name easily

The Lucida Grande font is known for its crisp and obvious readability which makes it a great user interface font, and it rightfully served as the Mac OS X default system font for many years. Then along came Yosemite, where the Mac system font was changed to the generally unpopular Helvetica Neue. Apple has since … Read More

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