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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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Share Files Between User Accounts in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Jul 11, 2014 - 2 Comments
Share between user accounts in Mac OS X the easy way

There are a variety of ways to share files between different user accounts on the Mac, but OS X offers one incredibly simple way in particular; the Shared folder. Most Mac users may not even see the folder let alone know it exists, but it’s easy to access, and makes sharing a file or many … Read More

Outdated Adobe Flash Plugins Disabled in Safari Automatically Due to Security Issue

Jul 11, 2014 - 4 Comments
Flash Out-of-Date in Safari for Mac OS X

Mac Safari users who have the Adobe Flash plugin installed are likely to find it disabled automatically by Apple, due to a recent security issue with the Flash plugin. That basically means if you don’t have the very newest Flash version installed already, and most people don’t yet, you’ll see the a “Flash Out Of … Read More

How to Start the Mac Screen Saver with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Jul 10, 2014 - 10 Comments
Keystroke to start a screen saver on the Mac

Have you ever wanted to initiate the screen saver of your Mac by hitting a keystroke combination? You’re not alone, and that’s what we’re going to show you how to do here. While OS X does not include this feature by default, we’ll demonstrate how to create an Automator system service that will accomplish the … Read More

Quickly Make a Stickies Note from a Selection in Mac OS X

Jul 9, 2014 - 21 Comments
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Stickies is an app that creates floating notes that can sit on your Mac desktop, it’s been around on the Mac for ages and tends to sit quietly forgotten in the Applications folder of OS X. Often the lack of Stickies usage is either due to not knowing the app exists, or just not knowing … Read More

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 Download Available to Developers

Jul 7, 2014 - 12 Comments
OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 has been released by Apple to all developers running current beta builds of OS X Yosemite, the next major version of Mac OS. The new build number of OS X 10.10 beta is versioned as 14A283o and will run on all compatible Macs. The simplest way for Mac developers … Read More

Close All Windows in a Mac App with a Keystroke

Jul 2, 2014 - 8 Comments
Close All Windows in Mac OS X with a Keystroke

Most Mac users know that hitting the Command+W keyboard shortcut will close the currently active window, but with a slight modification and by adding an additional key press, you can close all windows in just about any OS X app or the Mac Finder. What’s this super excellent keyboard shortcut for closing everything? It’s easy … Read More

Show a Scale Indicator in Maps for Mac OS X

Jul 1, 2014 - 1 Comment
Show Scale in Maps for Mac

The Maps app in Mac OS X is a useful tool to pre-plan routes, generate map files for offline usage, send directions to an iPhone, and much more, but one critical cartographic component that’s missing by default from all Maps views is any sort of scale indicator, making it difficult to get an idea of … Read More

OS X 10.9.4 Update Released with Wi-Fi Bug Fix & Sleep Wake Resolution

Jun 30, 2014 - 8 Comments
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Apple has released an update to OS X Mavericks, versioned as 10.9.4. The update brings several significant bug fixes and security updates, and is recommended to install for all Mac users running OS X Mavericks. Notably, the OS X 10.9.4 update resolves a frustrating problem where a Mac would not automatically rejoin a trusted Wi-Fi … Read More

How to Join Multiple PDF Files Into a Single PDF Document in Mac OS X

Jun 27, 2014 - 14 Comments
Join multiple PDF files into one in Mac OS X

If you have multiple PDF files that you want to combine into a single PDF file, you can rely on the Macs bundled Preview app to accomplish this. Not only can Preview combine a variety of single or multi-page PDF docs into a single file, you can even add images as pages, remove a page … Read More

Advanced Guide to Understanding OS X Malware

Jun 25, 2014 - 12 Comments
Security

Note: This is an advanced topic aimed at expert Mac users. Macs are generally thought of as secure, certainly at least compared to the alternative world of Windows. But the reality is that while Macs are generally more secure than Windows, there is still legitimate potential for malware getting through to OS X, despite GateKeeper, … Read More

Quick Launch Command Manual Pages from the Terminal Help Menu

Jun 24, 2014 - 8 Comments
Open a man page from the Terminal Help menu

The next time you’re stuck trying to figure out a terminal command, or maybe you’re just trying to learn a new one, don’t be afraid to ask for help… from the OS X Terminal apps very own Help menu. Yes seriously, that’s because the Help menu of Terminal app can serve as a man (manual) … Read More

How to Add the Date to the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Jun 23, 2014 - 12 Comments
Show date in the menu bar of Mac OS X

You can customize the menu bar clock that appears in the upper right corner of your Mac to include more than just the current time, and one of the more useful things to add is the current date. This is particularly helpful in OS X because unless you have the Calendar app open all the … Read More

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