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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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Change the Mail Swipe Left Gesture in OS X to Archive or Delete

Dec 2, 2015 - 10 Comments
Change the Mac Mail swipe left gesture

The Mac Mail app has added inbox swiping gestures to OS X that allow you to quickly delete or archive an email message with a simple left swipe. While this helps to sort through tons of emails rather quickly, it can also lead to some unintentional removal of emails that you may want to keep, … Read More

How to Run Microsoft Edge Web Browser in Mac OS X

Dec 1, 2015 - 19 Comments
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Microsoft Edge is the latest web browser from Microsoft, which aims to replace Internet Explorer in the latest versions of Windows for desktop PC, Surface, and Windows Phone. While most Mac users may not need to access or use the Microsoft Edge web browser, others in OS X may require using Edge to access specific … Read More

AirDrop Not Working? Use Compatibility Mode for New Mac to Old Mac AirDrop Support

Nov 30, 2015 - 18 Comments
Fix AirDrop not working by enabling compatibility mode in Mac OS X

Using AirDrop is one of the easier ways to share files between Macs since its debut some time ago in OS X, but many Mac users have discovered that new Macs can’t seem to find old Macs with AirDrop, and older Macs with older versions of OS X can’t seem to locate new Macs with … Read More

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 Beta 5 Released for Testing

Nov 30, 2015 - 22 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11

Apple has released the fifth beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 to Mac users in the beta testing programs. The new beta arrives as build 15C48a and continues to focus on improving reliability and compatibility of OS X El Capitan, with a particular emphasis on networking, wi-fi, Mail, Calendar, Graphics, Notes, USB, Photos … Read More

How to Hide & Show the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Nov 28, 2015 - 4 Comments
Automatically hide and show the menu bar in Mac OS X

New versions of OS X allow Mac users to hide and show the menu bar at the top of the screen automatically, much like the Dock can be hidden and shown with a mouse over. Auto-hiding the menu bar is a nice feature for Mac users who are fans of minimalist desktop appearances, as it … Read More

How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac OS X

Nov 26, 2015 - 17 Comments
Dark Mode in Mac OS X

Enabling Dark Mode on the Mac is a subtle user interface change to make which allows both the menu bar and the OS X Dock to appear as black backgrounds with white text or icons overlaid on top. The result is a higher contrast menu bar and Dock, which is also a little less intrusive … Read More

How to View & Watch the Firewall Log in Mac OS X

Nov 24, 2015 - 6 Comments
View the application firewall log in Mac OS X with Console app

Users who have enabled the firewall in Mac OS X may find it useful to be view, read, and monitor the associated logs with the system firewall. As you’d expect, the app firewall logs show you what applications and processes have attempted to connect to the Mac, including accepted and refused connections. There are several … Read More

Use “Delete Immediately” on Files to Bypass Trash in Mac OS X

Nov 23, 2015 - 16 Comments
How to delete files immediately in Mac OS X and bypass the Trash

The latest versions of OS X include a new ability to immediately delete a file or folder from the Mac, bypassing the Trash can. Essentially how the “Delete Immediately” feature works is by circumventing the Trash and rather than waiting for user action to remove the files, it just deletes the file(s) instantaneously from the … Read More

How to Burn Disc Images in OS X El Capitan Without Disk Utility

Nov 22, 2015 - 11 Comments
Burn an ISO in Mac OS X

Apple removed the ability to burn disc images from Disk Utility in OS X 10.11 and newer, and while that makes sense for many Macs that no longer have SuperDrives, CDRW, and DVD burners, for those who use an external burner, use disc drive sharing, or who do have hardware with a built-in SuperDrive, may … Read More

How to Add Vignette to Pictures in Photos for Mac OS X

Nov 20, 2015 - 21 Comments
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You can add a nice vignette effect to any picture, image, or photo kept in the Photos app on the Mac. The vignette tool allows for adjustments and customizations for the strength of the pictures vignetting effect, which is basically a dark soft border along the edges of a picture intended to draw the viewers … Read More

How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

Nov 18, 2015 - 19 Comments
Enable Stealth Mode Firewall in Mac OS X

Mac users who want a bit more network security can turn on an optional firewall feature in OS X called Stealth Mode. With Stealth Mode enabled, the Mac will not acknowledge or respond to typical network discovery attempts with ICMP ping requests, and will not answer connections attempts made from closed TCP and UDP networks. … Read More

How to Use Pinned Tabs in Safari for OS X El Capitan

Nov 17, 2015 - 5 Comments
How to pin a tab in Safari with right-click

The latest versions of Safari in OS X El 10.11 and later include a pinned tab feature, which allow you to maintain a particular web sites browser tab consistently across Safari relaunching and rebooting of the Mac. Pinned Tabs kind of work like bookmarks in this sense, except that rather than having to show a … Read More

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