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

Dec 14, 2014 - 16 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

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

Resize the Large Buggy Open / Save Dialog Windows in OS X Yosemite

Dec 8, 2014 - 20 Comments
Resize a huge window off screen in OS X with a Shift Click and Drag

OS X Yosemite has a rather peculiar bug with Open and Save dialog windows, where the file selector or saver dialog window shows up as inappropriately large. Sometimes the Open / Save window gets so big that it goes underneath the users Dock or even off screen, effectively preventing the dialog window from being resized. … Read More

How to Permanently Remove a Photo from iPad & iPhone Instantly

Dec 7, 2014 - 8 Comments
Confirm to permanently delete photos in iOS instantly

A side effect of iOS including an extraordinarily convenient way to easily recover deleted photos is that pictures are not completely removed from an iPhone or iPad immediately, at least unless the user takes specific action to delete a picture permanently. That’s what we’re going to cover here, so that if you have a photo … Read More

How to Remove a Card from Apple Pay on iPhone

Dec 6, 2014 - 4 Comments
Using Apple Pay with an iPhone and NFC Terminal

Apple Pay is an undoubtedly convenient and easy way to pay for purchases using just your iPhone, and Apple Pay securely holds a credit card or debit card that has been added. But all cards expire, card rewards programs change to be better or worse, and personal shopping habits and card preferences change too, so … Read More

How to Stop Showing OS X Beta Software Updates in Mac App Store

Dec 5, 2014 - 11 Comments
OS X Yosemite Public Beta now available to download

Some time ago, many Mac users signed up to participate in the OS X Public Beta program to try out and beta test OS X Yosemite before it was released to the wider public. Since then, being included in that public beta program makes those Macs also receive beta software builds for other updates to … Read More

How to Change the Default Safari Search Engine in iOS

Dec 4, 2014 - 1 Comment
Where to change how Safari searches the web and with what Search Engine, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo

When you tap on the URL bar in Safari on your iPhone or iPad and enter a phrase or term to search for, that search gets carried over to a search engine to find results, and on you go (unless you’re opting for on-page search). Many users don’t realize this, but you can actually customize … Read More

How to Sign Documents with the Mac Trackpad Using Preview for OS X

Dec 4, 2014 - 10 Comments
Preview in Mac

The Mac Preview app has long included the ability to digitally sign documents with a signature, but up until the most recent versions of OS X, users had to basically sign a piece of paper and then use the Macs front-facing camera to ‘scan’ and digitize the signature. That has changed with OS X 10.10 … Read More

How to Access Attachment Files in Messages App from Mac OS X Finder

Dec 3, 2014 - 5 Comments
Messages attachments folder in Mac OS X

When you send or receive a picture, audio message, gif, video, or file in the Messages app of OS X, it obviously appears within the conversation window of that particular message, but those attachment files are also stored locally in a caches directory that can be accessed through the traditional file system of your Mac.

Search the Manual Page Index for String Matches in Terminal for OS X

Dec 2, 2014 - 2 Comments
apropos command matches in Mac OS X Terminal

Many command line users are familiar with the ‘man’ command that will open a manual page for a specific command, but what if rather than a specific commands man page, you’re looking for a string match within all man pages? That’s what this tricks is for, so whether you’re trying to learn more about a … Read More

Send an Audio Message to an iPhone or Mac from Messages in OS X

Dec 2, 2014 - 2 Comments
Record an audio message in OS X Messages app

The Messages app in the newest versions of OS X and iOS support audio messaging, meaning you can quickly record and send an audio message or verbal note to someone right from the messages app on the Mac. Perhaps even better, the recipient of the audio message does not need to be on the latest … Read More

How to Stop Apps Sending Alerts & Notifications to an iPhone or iPad

Dec 1, 2014 - 11 Comments
Disable Notifications for an app like the App Store

If you’re the type of iPhone or iPad user who prefers to strictly control what alerts and notifications get pushed to their iOS device, you may be bothered by an unsolicited notification coming to your lock screen or the Notifications panel of iOS. Many apps will try to send you notifications by default, and even … Read More

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