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Mac OS X, or macOS, 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 that is pertinent to the Mac operating system.

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How to Clear All User Log Files on a Mac

May 6, 2017 - 6 Comments

Mac OS has an elaborate application level logging system that monitors and logs various system level and app level functionality, including app crashes, problems, and internal errors within apps. Most of this logging information is only relevant to debugging and developer usage and has little practical usage to the average Mac user, but when you … Read More

How to Show a Wi-Fi Password When Typing It on Mac

May 5, 2017 - 11 Comments
See Wi-Fi Password as typing on a Mac

While plenty of wi-fi networks use obvious passwords that aren’t complex, if you’ve ever joined a wi-fi network with a wildly complex wireless router password you know it’s easy to fumble and erroneously enter a character or two. Of course while you’re typing the password it appears as little bullet points that are indecipherable, this … Read More

How to Force Quit with Touch Bar on Mac

May 4, 2017 - 9 Comments
Force Quit on Touch Bar Macs

Ever wondered how to force quit apps using the Touch Bar Macs? While there are many different ways to force quit Mac apps that aren’t responding, perhaps the most commonly used force quit method involves the Option + Command + Escape key sequence. But that Touch Bar Escape key is software… see the potential for … Read More

How to Change the Sent From Email Address on a Mac

May 2, 2017 - 6 Comments
Mail app icon

Mac uses with multiple email addresses and email accounts configured in the Mail app will likely find themselves wanting to change the email address that a particular email is sent from. This is different from changing the default email account on a Mac, as this approach allows the Sent From address to be changed anytime … Read More

How to Check XProtect Version in Mac OS

May 1, 2017 - 15 Comments
Check XProtect Version on Mac

GateKeeper, MRT (Malware Removal Tool), and XProtect are all built-in features of Mac OS designed to prevent malware threats and other nefarious software from being installed or used on a Mac. These security features exist in the background and are updated with regular system software updates to Mac OS, but Apple will also push quiet … Read More

How to Save a Keynote .key as PowerPoint .pptx Presentations on Mac

Apr 29, 2017 - 7 Comments
Saving a keynote file as Powerpoint on Mac

Keynote presentations are saved as .key files by default, but because Keynote runs only on Apple system software and iCloud you can’t always open a .key presentation on PowerPoint. The simplest solution to this is to save a Keynote .key presentation as a PowerPoint .pptx presentation, which can then be opened in Microsoft Office, Google … Read More

How to SSH on Mac with the Native SSH Client

Apr 28, 2017 - 13 Comments
Using SSH on a Mac

Did you know the Mac has a native SSH client built directly into the command line? This ssh client allows for secured connections and remote logins into other machines. Unlike Windows, you won’t need a third party app to utilize SSH for connections into remote computers and devices, because ssh is built directly into Mac … Read More

How to Change Screen Brightness on the Mac with Siri Voice Commands

Apr 25, 2017 - 2 Comments
Changing screen brightness on Mac with Siri

Just about every Mac has screen brightness adjustment buttons on their keyboard, but for Macs with Siri enabled you can also adjust and change screen brightness on a Mac display easily with Siri voice commands instead. This can offer a quicker option to adjust display dimness and brightness for some Mac users, and voice commands … Read More

Join Movie Clips Together with QuickTime Player for Mac

Apr 21, 2017 - 5 Comments
Combine and arrange clips of movie files with Mac on Quicktime

Did you now that QuickTime on the Mac can join movie clips together into a single combined movie file? The same QuickTime that is used for viewing videos on the Mac includes some basic editing functions, including the ability to combine multiple video files into one.

How to Sort Files by Date on Mac

Apr 20, 2017 - 4 Comments
How to sort files by date on the Mac

Many Mac users sort their files by name and type, but one of the most useful ways to sort files is by date. The Mac Finder allows for various different date based sorting options for files, documents, applications, and folders, and they’re all typically best utilized in the Finder List view. Using date based sorting … Read More

How to Clean Caches & Temporary Files from Mac OS

Apr 18, 2017 - 31 Comments
Clear caches and temporary files from Mac

Some Mac users may want to clear caches and clean out temporary files from Mac OS. Caches and temporary files can include things like web browser cache and history, messaging cache, app specific temp files and caches, partially completed downloads, and much more. While most apps will handle cache management on their own, and Mac … Read More

How to Resend Email in Mac OS Mail

Apr 15, 2017 - 3 Comments
Send Email Messages again in Mac Mail app

Every once in a while an email might fail to send, not get through to a recipient, or is just plain lost in the midst of a busy inbox. Or maybe that email was so fantastic you just want to send it again for fun? In these situations, you’d want to resend an email message, … Read More

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