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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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 - 22 Comments
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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

Change the Login Screen Wallpaper in OS X Mavericks

Nov 4, 2013 - 67 Comments
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Changing the login screens background wallpaper is a great way to customize the appearance of a Mac. The process of doing so seems to change with every release of OS X though, and that’s no different with swapping out the login wallpaper in OS X Mavericks. Changed yet again with OS X 10.9, you will … Read More

Improve Dictation with Live Speech-To-Text & Offline Mode in OS X Mavericks

Nov 2, 2013 - 11 Comments
Turn on Enhanced Dictation for Offline Support

Dictation is the new speech-to-text engine that lets your Mac type out what you are saying as you talk, and it’s one of the many excellent features included with modern versions of OS X. Now from Mavericks onward, you can improve Dictation considerably by enabling an option called “Enhanced Dictation”, this will provide two significant … Read More

Re-Download OS X Mavericks Installer from the App Store of OS X 10.9

Nov 1, 2013 - 12 Comments
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Already installed OS X Mavericks, but now you want to create an install drive for other computers? Or maybe the Mavericks installer became corrupt during the process? Whatever the situation, you can easily re-download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store.

How to Install Java in OS X Mavericks

Nov 1, 2013 - 14 Comments
Install Java in OS X Mavericks

Java has plenty of real-world applications and uses, but because it has been used as an attack vector in the past, Apple has made OS X reasonably aggressive in limiting Java on Macs. As a result, Mavericks does not come with Java preinstalled, and upgraded Macs will remove Java in Mavericks installation process. For most … Read More

Use Network Utility in OS X Mavericks

Oct 31, 2013 - 1 Comment
Making an alias of Network Utility in OS X

Network Utility is a great tool that has been around on the Mac since the very first version of OS X. It provides a variety of helpful networking tools and details, the “Info” tab includes general network info on a per interface level showingIP address, MAC address, link speeds, and sent/received data transfer statistics, and … Read More

Connect to SMB & NAS Network Shares in OS X Mavericks

Oct 30, 2013 - 12 Comments
Connect to SMB NAS shares in OS X Mavericks

Sharing files between Macs and NAS drives and Windows PC’s has always been very easy, but Mavericks brought a slight change that has caused some problems for certain users in mixed PC and Mac environments. Without getting too geeky, Apple adjusted the default protocol for SMB (Samba, the Windows file sharing ability) from SMB1 to … Read More

Disable App Nap on a Per Application Basis in OS X Mavericks

Oct 29, 2013 - Leave a Comment
See what apps are using App Nap in Mac OS X

App Nap is a great feature that arrived with OS X Mavericks which automatically pauses applications once they have gone unused for a period of time, helping to reduce energy consumption and saving battery life for portable Macs. Though App Nap can make a big difference in extending the battery life of MacBooks, there are … Read More

How to Show the User Library Folder in OS X Mavericks

Oct 28, 2013 - 5 Comments
User Library folder in Mac OS X

All of the latest versions of OS X have opted for a conservative approach to showing the users ~/Library/ directory, a folder which contains a variety of important files, settings, preferences, caches, and many specific files that are required for apps to run as intended. Because of the possibility of unintentional harm to a users … Read More

How to Hide the Menu Bar on External Secondary Displays in OS X Mavericks

Oct 27, 2013 - 4 Comments
Hide or show the menu bar on external Mac displays in OS X

For Mac users who use external screens, multi-display support has been greatly improved in OS X Mavericks, but one feature that is either loved or hated is the addition of the secondary menu bar that is visible on the external display(s). The secondary menu bar serves the obvious purpose of providing easy access to menu … Read More

How to Clean Install OS X Mavericks

Oct 26, 2013 - 8 Comments
How to Clean Install OS X Mavericks

The default solution for installing OS X Mavericks is to download it free from the App Store and then perform an upgrade from a previous version of Mac OS X, whether that’s from Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard. Upgrades are fast, efficient, and most important, very easy, and that’s the recommended option for the vast … Read More

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