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Open a Files Enclosing Folder from All My Files in OS X

Oct 8, 2012 - 11 Comments
Open the Enclosing Folder of a file immediately from All My Files in OS X

All My Files is one of those features of Mac OS X that was somewhat controversial at first, but once you start using it often, you can stop sorting files yourself in the Finder and just let All My Files, search, and Spotlight manage documents instead. Nonetheless, there are still times when you’ll want to … Read More

Supplemental Update 1.0 Released for OS X 10.8.2 and OS X 10.7.5

Oct 4, 2012 - 9 Comments
OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1

Apple has issued minor “Supplemental Updates” to both OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion. The small releases focus on resolving a few prominent bugs, though the most noticeable is probably the fix for Lion users who are encountering extraordinarily long waits with Time Machine backups. The updates are available through  Apple menu … Read More

Encrypt Time Machine Backups with Mac OS X

Sep 26, 2012 - 4 Comments
Encrypt Time Machine backups in Mac OS X

Time Machine backups can be encrypted right from your Mac. This means the backed up data is extremely safe from prying eyes and the very unlikely event of a cracking attempt, and it also means you’ll need a password to access the encrypted backups yourself. Enabling encrypted backups in Time Machine for Mac OS X … Read More

OS X Lion 10.7.5 Update Available, Includes Bug & Wi-Fi Fixes, Adds GateKeeper

Sep 19, 2012 - 30 Comments
OS X 10.7.5

OS X Lion 10.7.5 has been released alongside iOS 6 and OS X 10.8.2. For those still using OS X Lion, the update brings the Gatekeeper security feature to Lion, fixes a variety of common bugs, resolves a wifi issue with iMacs, and is said to generally improve the stability of OS X. OS X … Read More

New Java Update for Mac OS X Resolves Potential Security Threat

Sep 5, 2012 - 4 Comments
Java Update for OS X

Apple has released an update to Java aimed at addressing the recently discovered security issue that could impact some Mac users. The update, dubbed “Java for OS X 2012-005”, is available for users of Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. All Mac users eligible for the update are recommended to install it. You can … Read More

When Was Your Mac Built? How to Find The Make & Model Year of a Mac

Aug 20, 2012 - 12 Comments
Find Out When a Mac Was Made

You’ll often hear Mac users reference their machines by a model and the build year (for example, Mac Mini 2010, or MacBook Pro 2016), or by a timeline within the year it was released (iMac mid-2011 model). Sure some Mac users just have an amazing memory for this stuff, but everyone else can retrieve the … Read More

How to Access iCloud Documents From the Mac OS X Finder of OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks

Aug 9, 2012 - 17 Comments

Since OS X 10.7.2 onward, you can access files stored in iCloud directly from the OS X Finder. Furthermore, if you have multiple Macs configured with iCloud and running Lion or Mountain Lion, you can actually use this hidden folder to sync files between Macs with iCloud, much like DropBox. With OS X and iOS … Read More

How to Edit the Hosts File in Mac OS X with Terminal

Aug 7, 2012 - 48 Comments
Terminal in macOS

Need to edit or modify the hosts file on a Mac? This guide will show you exactly how to edit the hosts file in Mac OS. You’ll find hosts in Mac OS X is stored at /private/etc/hosts but it can also be accessed at the more traditional location of /etc/hosts. That said, if you’re looking … Read More

Safari 6 Brings Omnibar, Offline Reading List, Do Not Track, and More to OS X Lion

Jul 25, 2012 - 13 Comments
Safari 6

Right alongside the freshly launched OS X Mountain Lion, Apple has released Safari 6 for OS X Lion users. Users can download Safari 6 from Software Update via the  Apple menu. The Omnibar, which Apple calls the “Smart Search Field”, is the biggest visible change, it combines the URL bar with the Search bar … Read More

Send a Notification Badge to the Terminal Dock Icon When a Task is Finished

Jul 17, 2012 - 12 Comments
A notification badge alert is sent to the Terminal icon in the OS X Dock

Not long ago we showed you how to announce when a command line task was finished by using the ‘say’ command, but because it speaks aloud it may be inappropriate to use in a quiet environment. A much more subtle notification takes advantage of Terminal apps new usage of the BEL alert, which in OS … Read More

Remove Leather Appearance from Address Book & iCal Easily with Lion Tweaks

Jul 16, 2012 - 9 Comments
Remove the leather from iCal and Address Book

There’s a strong love and hate relationship with the leather UI skeuomorphism that has adorned many OS X and iOS apps as of late, and if you’re in the “hate” crowd then you’ll probably be pleased to discover that a free tool called Lion Tweaks makes removing the leather appearance from the interfaces of Address … Read More

Check Bluetooth Signal Strength in Mac OS X

Jul 13, 2012 - 11 Comments
Check Bluetooth Signal Strength in Mac OS X

If your Bluetooth device connections seem flakey, or if your Apple wireless keyboard or Magic Mouse isn’t as responsive as you think it should be with your Mac, there are two easy ways to check Bluetooth signal strength in OS X. Using the Bluetooth signal data, you can then make adjustments accordingly to improve the … Read More

How to Disable Versions Auto-Save in Mac OS X

Jul 11, 2012 - 26 Comments
Diable Auto Save and Versions in Mac OS X

Tired of Auto-Save continuously saving files in the background? Does Versions annoy you with it’s saved states of your work in each apps? For the vast majority of users, Auto-Save and Versions are excellent features in Mac OS X, but some advanced users are annoyed with the features that came in Lion (and are here … Read More

Make Incremental Brightness & Volume Adjustments in Mac OS and OS X

Jun 9, 2012 - 36 Comments
Incremental volume and brightness adjustments in Mac OS X

Do you remember how you could make small and precise 1/4 incremental changes to brightness and audio volume in Mac OS X Snow Leopard by holding down the Option key? Many thought this feature disappeared with OS X Lion, but it turns out you can still make those incremental adjustments in both OS X Lion, … Read More

14 Must-Know Tips & Tricks for Mac OS X

Jun 8, 2012 - 32 Comments
Show hidden files in open and save dialog windows

We often get asked what the single most useful Mac tip is, or what a handful of the best tricks are. It’s impossible to answer such a question given the diversity of use cases of OS X, but here’s a collection of what are surely some of the absolute best tips for Mac OS X … Read More

Create a Sorted Applications Launcher & App Menu for the Mac OS X Dock

Jun 5, 2012 - 11 Comments
Group Applications by Category and use a sorted app launcher in the Mac OS X Dock

If you keep the Applications folder in the OS X Dock for quick app launching you’ve probably noticed it’s just a giant list of all the apps installed. Sure you can change the display to use a grid, list, or fan, but if you have a lot of apps you’ll still end up with a … Read More

Add the Voice of Siri to Mac OS X

Jun 4, 2012 - 7 Comments
Add the voice of Siri to Mac OS X with Samantha

If you bought a new Mac with OS X Lion (or later) pre-installed you probably already have the voice of Siri enabled by default. Siri is actually called “Samantha”, but if you upgraded to OS X Lion manually from Snow Leopard you may have missed the addition of Siri’s voice completely, so here’s how to … Read More

Move Windows Between Desktops in Mac OS X With a Click & Keyboard Shortcut

May 27, 2012 - 8 Comments
Enable fast Desktop Switching keyboard shortcuts

With Desktop switching keyboard shortcuts set, you can instantly move windows between different desktops without going through Mission Control of Mac OS X at all. The only requirement is to configure the control keys for switching desktops on the Mac, and you must have multiple desktops or else you won’t have anything to switch the … Read More

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