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How to Use Handoff Between a Mac with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1

Oct 30, 2014 - 8 Comments
Handoff is part of Continuity in iOS and OS X

Handoff is a really great feature of iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite that allows a Mac user to pass off or resume an app session to their iPhone or iPad, or vice versa. For example, you can start typing an email on your iPhone, then pass it off to your Mac and finish writing … Read More

Get a 3D Dock Again in OS X Yosemite (or a Transparent Dock too)

Oct 29, 2014 - 26 Comments
3D Dock in OS X Yosemite

The Dock is just one of a variety of aspects of the Mac OS X interface that was overhauled and flattened in Yosemite. Gone are the days of the 3D Dock, the new Yosemite Dock defaults to looking like a flatter version, much like the iOS Dock. If you long for the Dock with some … Read More

2 Possible Fixes for Mail SMTP Sending Errors in OS X Yosemite

Oct 28, 2014 - 23 Comments
Fix SMTP Mail sending problems

Some Mac users who updated OS X to Yosemite have found Mail app to experience errors or problems when trying to send email. Typically this is in the form of an SMTP server connection error, a mailbox that’s seemingly stuck offline, a repeated request for a password from Mail app (a fairly common issue which … Read More

Maximize & Zoom Windows in OS X Yosemite the Old Fashioned Way

Oct 28, 2014 - 11 Comments
Double-click to maximize a window in Mac OS X

Among some of the seemingly smaller changes made in OS X Yosemite is an adjustment to how a windows green Maximize button behaves. In old versions of OS X , clicking on the green maximize button would expand and enlarge the window to a larger size, but in OS X Yosemite, clicking on the green … Read More

Fonts Look Blurry in OS X Yosemite? Change Font Smoothing Settings

Oct 27, 2014 - 21 Comments
Default font smoothing in OS X Yosemite

Some users of OS X Yosemite have found the Macs new system font, Helvetica Neue, looks blurry and is generally harder to read than Lucida Grande, the system font it replaced. The blurred fonts are sometimes able to be reproduced in screenshots but usually they show up looking normal, which makes demonstrating this issue a … Read More

How to Downgrade iTunes 12 Back to iTunes 11

Oct 26, 2014 - 30 Comments
iTunes 11.4 downgraded from iTunes 12

iTunes 12 brought a redesigned user interface, complete with many changes to how things look and where things are located, smaller fonts, and the removal of the popular sidebar. Not all users have received these changes well and some aren’t too thrilled with the differences, and for some users they may wish to downgrade iTunes … Read More

Fix Wi-Fi Problems in OS X Yosemite

Oct 25, 2014 - 85 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Some Mac users who upgraded to OS X Yosemite have discovered a variety of wireless network connectivity issues, ranging from dropping wi-fi connections, to an inability to connect to the outside world despite being connected to a wifi router, even suddenly and strangely slow internet speeds. These network issues seem to occur most often on … Read More

6 Easy Tips to Speed Up OS X Yosemite on Your Mac

Oct 24, 2014 - 43 Comments
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OS X Yosemite runs great on most new Macs, but some older models may experience some sluggishness or stuttering from time to time. The reason for that feeling of reduced performance can be due to a variety of issues, and most of them are really easy to resolve with surprisingly little effort.

Enable Dark Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Yosemite

Oct 24, 2014 - 5 Comments
iMac with Retina Display

Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative. The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac … Read More

Enable Continuity & Handoff on Unsupported Macs with Continuity Activation Tool

Oct 23, 2014 - 17 Comments
Handoff is part of Continuity in iOS and OS X

Continuity and Handoff are two great features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that allow an iPhone or iPad to ‘handoff’ an application, like a half-written email, over to the Mac to be completed in the Mac Mail app. It’s one of the major reasons for iOS and Mac users to upgrade to OS … Read More

How to Show a Sidebar in iTunes 12

Oct 23, 2014 - 102 Comments
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The iTunes sidebar has been a part of the media players functionality since the earliest days of the app, allowing users to quickly navigate around iTunes and their media, and also easily transfer things like music and movies to their iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The latest version of iTunes 12 has a different take on … Read More

Increase Interface Contrast in OS X Yosemite to Improve Usability

Oct 22, 2014 - 30 Comments
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The revised interface in OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same font from iOS), the overall … Read More

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