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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 Re-Download OS X Mavericks Installer from the OS X Yosemite App Store

Dec 30, 2014 - 19 Comments
Apps

In some specific situations, Mac users running OS X Yosemite may wish to re-download the complete installer application of a prior operating system like OS X Mavericks. This is typically something only advanced users would want to do, perhaps for making a bootable installer for the older OS X version, for upgrading a different Mac, … Read More

How to Connect a Playstation 3 Controller to a Mac in OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Dec 28, 2014 - 33 Comments
Connect a Playstation 3 controller to Mac OS X

If you want to use a Playstation 3 controller to play games on a Mac, you’ll find that connecting the PS3 controller and syncing it for use with OS X games is actually quite simple, regardless of what version of OS X the Mac is running. We’ll walk through how to quickly connect and configure … Read More

What To Do If You Can Not Remember an Apple ID or Password

Dec 23, 2014 - 21 Comments
Confirm your Apple ID with iTunes Settings

Forgetting the login and password to an Apple ID is not the best feeling in the world, particularly given how integral an Apple login is to the broader iOS and OS X experience. So, if you or someone else happens to forget an Apple ID or the password to an Apple account, what should you … Read More

NTP Critical Security Update for OS X Released by Apple, All Mac Users Should Install Now

Dec 22, 2014 - 16 Comments
Security update network time server for OS X

Apple has issued a critical security update to OS X users aimed at patching an exploit with the network time protocol on most Macs. The update is labeled urgently as “Install this update as soon as possible” rather than a traditional name, perhaps indicating the importance of patching the unspecified issue with the Macs NTP. … Read More

Make Chrome Use the Default Print Window in OS X

Dec 19, 2014 - 7 Comments
Chrome custom print window in Mac OS X

If you’re a majority Chrome browser user in OS X you’ve probably noticed that when printing from the web browser, a custom print preview window opens up that looks quite different from the default print window on a Mac. Some users may like the alternate Chrome print preview option with it’s larger viewport and different … Read More

Check & Modify AutoCorrect Settings from the Command Line in OS X

Dec 18, 2014 - 5 Comments
defaults write commands in Mac OS X

Spelling autocorrect features tend to be divisive, with Mac users usually either loving it or hating it. Most Mac users know they can easily turn off autocorrect through an OS X system preference change, but the System Preferences are only accessible from the graphical interface of a Mac. If you’re wanting to automate the enabling … Read More

How to Send & Receive Text Messages from Mac with SMS Relay for OS X Yosemite

Dec 17, 2014 - 12 Comments
Enable SMS Text Messages on a Mac from iOS

The Mac Messages app has long had support for sending and receiving iMessages, and now the latest versions of Messages for OS X support a new feature which allows you to send and receive SMS text messages as well. This basically means that you can talk to someone using an Android, Windows phone, ancient flip … Read More

How to Always Show the User Library Folder in OS X Yosemite the Easy Way

Dec 16, 2014 - 15 Comments
Making the Library Folder visible in OS X Yosemite with a Settings toggle

An individuals user Library folder contains personalizations, preference files, caches, and other contents specific to any given individual user account on a Mac. While most users won’t need access to their user account Library directory, some advanced users like to have easy access to that folder for a variety of purposes. All modern versions of … Read More

How to Re-Install OS X with Internet Recovery on a Mac

Dec 14, 2014 - 20 Comments
Starting OS X Internet Recovery Mode on a Mac to reinstall system software

In some rare situations, reinstalling OS X on a Mac may be required. This is made fairly easy as all modern Macs include the OS X Internet Recovery feature, which lets you reinstall OS X through a netboot type of mode that is accessed from the internet rather than a local drive. This is helpful … Read More

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 3 Available to Mac Developers with Focus on Wi-Fi & Mail

Dec 12, 2014 - 32 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Apple has released a third beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to Mac users who are registered with the Macintosh Developer program. The new beta build of 14C81f apparently focuses on several issues where some OS X Yosemite users have experienced ongoing problems with the new Mac operating system, including Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver.

Safari Updated to Version 8.0.2, 7.1.2, or 6.2.2 for Mac Users

Dec 11, 2014 - 19 Comments
Safari

Mac users will find a new Safari update available to them, with the precise version offered depending on the OS X release they are running. The small software update appears to resolve several bugs, in addition to whatever issues may have appeared in another recent Safari update that was later pulled by Apple.

Make TextEdit in Mac OS X Behave More Like Windows Notepad

Dec 10, 2014 - 19 Comments
Make TextEdit on a Mac be like Notepad on Windows

Many longtime Windows users have grown to rely on the Notepad app for it’s plain text editing simplicity, for everything from writing little code blocks to just serving as a easy way to strip formatting and styling from anything copied into an open Notepad document. As a result, many Windows switchers to the Mac platform … Read More

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