OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks is the 9th major release of Mac OS X system software, officially versioned as OS X 10.9

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Show the URL of ‘Safari Web Content’ Process ID in Activity Monitor for OS X

Nov 23, 2013 - 2 Comments
Show the URL of Safari Web Content processes in Activity Monitor

Regular users of the Safari web browser will be pleased to discover a great little trick that has been added to the Activity Monitor app in OS X Mavericks; the ability to see what URL is associated with each “Safari Web Content” process ID, thereby providing the ability to quickly find exactly which web pages … Read More

Hide Notifications from the Lock Screen of Mac OS X

Nov 21, 2013 - 2 Comments
Disable Notifications from showing on the lock screen of Mac OS X

Don’t want to see Notifications and alerts on the login screens and locked screens of OS X? Me neither, and because Notifications can be fairly personal items from calendars, reminders, messages, or apps, they aren’t necessarily something you want on the lock screen of a Mac that is visible in public, like at an office … Read More

Removing Tags from Files & Folders in OS X Mavericks

Nov 19, 2013 - 5 Comments
Tag indicator

We showed you how easy it is to quickly add tags to files and folders with the simple drag & drop trick, but what if you want to remove a tag from something? That’s equally easy, and we’ll cover two ways to remove a tag or multiple tags from items that currently have them: through … Read More

How to Make the Dock Appear on an External Display in OS X Mavericks

Nov 17, 2013 - 22 Comments
Show the Dock on an external display in Mac OS X

OS X Mavericks brought significant improvements to multi-display support for Mac users who have their computer connected to an external screen or two. One of the more helpful feature changes with multi-display support is the ability to access the Dock on any of the connected screens through the use of a simple onscreen motion gesture … Read More

Quickly Tag Files & Folders with a Drag & Drop in OS X Finder

Nov 16, 2013 - 5 Comments
Tag files by dragging and dropping them in OS X Finder

File tagging on the Mac is part of OS X from Mavericks onward, but those who have been using the Labels feature to help manage their files in prior versions of OS X will notice it’s actually quite similar. Basically you ‘tag’ a file, and then it becomes associated with that tag, allowing for easy … Read More

Get a Transparent Dock in OS X Mavericks by Disabling the Frost Effect

Nov 15, 2013 - 28 Comments
Transparent Dock in OS X

The Dock received a visual overhaul in OS X Mavericks which defaults to removing a minor transparency effect. It’s a subtle change that many users won’t even notice, but the difference is that now the content of windows, images, and items moved below/behind the Dock are no longer visible through what looks like a frosty … Read More

Using the Purge Command in OS X Mavericks

Nov 14, 2013 - 13 Comments
purge command in Mac OS X

Many Mac users running OS X Mavericks have noticed the purge command, which forces memory cache to be emptied as if it a computer was rebooted, throws an error when attempting to run through Terminal in OS X 10.9. In most cases that error message is “Unable to purge disk buffers: Operation not permitted”. This … Read More

Fix Finder Slowness & High CPU Usage Issues in OS X Mavericks

Nov 13, 2013 - 54 Comments
Delete the Finder plist file

Finder is the file manager in OS X, and it’s actually one of the oldest components of the Mac operating system, having been around since the earliest days of Mac OS. Despite it’s long history, many users who have upgraded to OS X Mavericks have discovered some peculiar behavior with Finder, where it can become … Read More

Schedule Do Not Disturb in OS X to Stop Nagging Notifications on the Mac

Nov 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Schedule Do Not Disturb in OS X

Notification Center in OS X sends a little pop-up alert in the corner of the screen when an event occurs. These are often in the form of a reminder originally made on an iPhone, a new inbound iMessage, a persistent software update or twenty, new emails, almost anything really. While obviously useful for many occasions, … Read More

Fix Mail & Gmail Problems in OS X Mavericks with Mail Update

Nov 7, 2013 - 11 Comments
Mail Update for Mavericks fixes many bugs

Many users of the Mail app in OS X Mavericks have experienced significant problems, ranging from severe issues like randomly deleting emails to entire inboxes, to not signifying if emails have been read, amongst a wide variety of other more minor but annoying problems with the Mail app. Some of the issues have been so … Read More

Merge All Finder Windows into a Single Tabbed Window in OS X

Nov 7, 2013 - 3 Comments
keyboard shortcut for merging Finder windows into tabs

Finder Tabs are one of the better Mavericks improvements brought to the OS X Finder in years, letting you use the file system in a single window view, with each open folder or directory path as it’s own unique tab. Used properly, Finder Tabs will prevent the enormous amounts of window clutter that can occur … Read More

How to Downgrade a Mac from OS X Mavericks to OS X Mountain Lion

Nov 5, 2013 - 21 Comments
confirm-restore-to-downgrade

Though we generally recommend staying on the latest versions of OS X, some users may find incompatibilities or problems associated with updating their Macs to OS X Mavericks, and for these unique circumstances it can make sense to downgrade the Mac back to a prior release version of OS X. For such specific cases, we’ll … Read More

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