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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 Delete Specific Message Segments in Mac OS X Messages

Mar 8, 2016 - 1 Comment
Deleting multiple message segments in Messages for Mac OS X

The Mac Messages app allows users to delete portions of a conversation and specific messages contained within a thread, without clearing out the entire chat transcript. This targeted message removal feature is helpful if you want to delete a part of a chat that is best left private, or perhaps because it contains sensitive data, … Read More

Beta 6 of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and WatchOS 2.2 Released for Testing

Mar 7, 2016 - 2 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta and iOS 9.2.2 beta

Apple has released a bevy of beta software updates for users participating in the public beta and developer beta testing programs, including iOS 9.3 beta 6, OS X 10.11.4 beta 6, watchOS 2.2 beta 6, and tvOS 9.2 beta 6. Each new build continues to emphasize bug fixes and refinements to the beta releases as … Read More

How to Increase Color Saturation of a Picture in Mac OS X with Preview

Mar 6, 2016 - 10 Comments
How to adjust color saturation of an image in Mac OS X

An images color saturation is expressed by the intensity of the color of a picture, thus a picture modified with higher saturation will appear with vivid colors, and a picture with the lowest saturation winds up turning a picture to black and white. Adjusting saturation is a common photo editing technique to both enhance or … Read More

Fix a Missing Sidebar in Open & Save Dialog Windows of Mac OS X

Mar 5, 2016 - 9 Comments
Sidebar missing in Open and Save dialog windows

Some Mac users have discovered the sidebar to be missing in the Open and Save dialog windows that appear throughout Mac OS X. Since the sidebar contains quick access links to various points in the file system, including user directory pictures, documents, the desktop, Macintosh HD, and tags, this can be frustrating and lead to … Read More

How to Backup an iPhone to External Hard Drive with Mac OS X

Mar 4, 2016 - 28 Comments
How to backup iPhone, iPad to an external hard drive

For those of us with larger storage size iPhone and iPad models, backing up the device locally can be a burden on limited disk space. A simple solution to this storage dilemma is to backup an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to an external hard drive instead, where disk space is often more abundant. We’ll … Read More

Convert Video to GIF on Mac with GifBrewery

Mar 1, 2016 - 4 Comments
Convert a video to animated GIF on Mac

If you have ever wanted to convert a movie into an animated GIF, you likely have found a variety of lower quality apps or web based solutions. You can skip those though, because Mac users have an excellent option for creating animated GIFs from a video called GifBrewery. Gif Brewery is a full featured GIF … Read More

Beta 5 of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, WatchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2 Released

Mar 1, 2016 - 5 Comments
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta and iOS 9.2.2 beta

Apple has released updates to each beta version of their operating systems, including iOS 9.3 beta 5, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 Beta 5, tvOS 9.2 beta 5, and watchOS 2.2 beta 5.

Mac Apps Not Opening? Apps Crashing on Launch? Fix Error 173 with OS X App Store Apps

Feb 29, 2016 - 11 Comments
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Over the last few weeks, many Mac users have discovered that attempting to launch some apps obtained from the Mac App Store fails, with the apps immediately crashing and thereby failing to open in OS X. Typically you’ll see the app icon appear for a fraction of a second in the Dock, then disappear. For … Read More

The Mac Hosts File: How to Modify /etc/hosts in OS X with TextEdit

Feb 29, 2016 - 12 Comments
How to Edit the hosts file in TextEdit in Mac OS X

The Mac hosts file is a system level file located at /etc/hosts which maps IP addresses to host names for Mac OS X networking. Many users edit and modify the hosts file so that they can point a domain to a different IP address, whether for the purpose of local development, blocking sites, or simply … Read More

How to Make a Custom System Alert Sound for Mac OS X

Feb 28, 2016 - 12 Comments
Use the custom made alert sound in Mac OS X

The Mac makes an alert sound when certain dialog boxes, errors, and other user interactions are encountered in OS X. Most Mac users likely know that you can change the alert sound to one of your choice by going to the Sound preference panel in OS X, but did you know you can easily make … Read More

How to Change Text Size of Finder Fonts in Mac OS X

Feb 25, 2016 - 17 Comments
How to change the text font size in Mac OS X Finder

Many Mac users may like to adjust the font size of file names, folders, and other text found in the Finder of OS X. This is particularly helpful if you find the default text size of Finder fonts to be small and challenging to read when navigating in the Mac file system, where increasing the … Read More

Preview Web Page Links in Safari for Mac with a Multitouch Tap Trick

Feb 23, 2016 - 26 Comments
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Have you ever been reading a webpage where another link is referenced, but you don’t want to click and follow the URL because you’re in the middle of an article? Of course you have, right? That’s practically a regular occurrence on the web. Fortunately for Mac users, web life is a bit easier, because rather … Read More

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