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Mac OS, Mac OS X, or macOS, is the operating system that resides on Apple’s desktop and portable computer lineup. Built upon a Unix core, it is easy to use yet highly advanced, extremely stable, and an excellent OS for productivity and creation. Browse through our articles or use the search feature to look for something specific that is pertinent to the Mac operating system.

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macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 Released with Security Fix

Mar 8, 2021 - Leave a Comment
macOS Big Sur 11.2.3

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 with an important security fix for Mac users running Big Sur. The update resolves a problem where “processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution” and is therefore recommended for all Mac users to update to the latest system software. Additionally, Apple released the same … Read More

How to Disable Safari Tab Previews on Mac

Mar 5, 2021 - 4 Comments
Safari for Mac

The latest versions of Safari for Mac show a thumbnail preview of webpages as you hover the cursor over tabs. Some users may find the hover thumbnail previews to be distracting, and may want to turn them off. While Safari has many options and preferences, curiously the ability to disable Tab Previews on Hover is … Read More

Set MacOS Do Not Disturb Mode to “Always On” Quickly from Control Center

Mar 4, 2021 - 3 Comments
How to enable Perpetual Do Not Disturb mode on Mac easily and quickly

Modern macOS versions make it easier than ever to place Do Not Disturb mode to be “Always On”, thereby helping to eliminate distractions, alerts, and notifications on the Mac without having to turn them all off. This is a great feature for many reasons, whether you just want to keep focused on your Mac, or … Read More

Beta 3 of MacOS 11.3 Released for Testing

Mar 2, 2021 - Leave a Comment
How to install macOS Big Sur public beta

Apple has released the third beta version of macOS Big Sur 11.3 to users enrolled in the beta testing program for Mac system software. Even if you’re not running beta builds, following the beta build schedule can help to inform when a major update to macOS (or iOS/iPadOS) is in the works and may be … Read More

How to Make Mac Turn Off or On Automatically

Mar 1, 2021 - 8 Comments
How to Make Mac Turn Off or On Automatically

Did you know that you can set your Mac to start up or shut down on its own? This is an energy-saving feature that macOS has to offer, and it has been available since the earliest days of Mac OS X. Regardless of how long scheduled booting and shutdowns have been available, many Mac users … Read More

How to Save All Photos from Facebook on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PC

Feb 27, 2021 - 1 Comment
How to Save All Photos from Facebook

Do you want to download all the photos you’ve shared on Facebook over the past several years? Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you think, and you can do it right from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC.

Make an Intel Mac Boot Directly to Startup Manager

Feb 26, 2021 - 8 Comments
Terminal in macOS

If you have an Intel Mac, you can make it boot directly into the boot disk options startup manager by issuing an nvram terminal command. This could be helpful for advanced users in particular whether they’re troubleshooting, have dual boot situations with multiple versions of macOS, macOS and Windows 10 in Boot Camp, macOS and … Read More

macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 Update Released, Prevents USB-C Dock Damage Issue

Feb 25, 2021 - 2 Comments
macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 Update

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 for Mac users, the update aims to prevent damage to newer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models that when using some third party USB-C hubs and docks. Due to the severe nature of the potential problem with MacBook Pro (2019 or later, Intel or M1) and MacBook Air … Read More

Mac App Frozen? 9 Tips for How to Handle Freezing Mac Apps

Feb 22, 2021 - 5 Comments
Frozen Mac Apps Troubleshooting

Did one of your apps stop responding while you were working on a Mac? Perhaps you tried closing or quitting the app but to no avail? This can happen from time to time where an app freezes up or becomes unresponsive, and while it’s frustrating, there are multiple ways to fix frozen apps easily on … Read More

How to Turn Off Auto-Capitalization of Words on Mac

Feb 19, 2021 - 1 Comment
Disable auto capitalizing words on Mac

The latest versions of MacOS default to automatically capitalizing new words at the start of a sentence, similar to iOS and iPadOS. For example, if you end one sentence with a period and start another, the first word will be capitalized. In addition, other words will automatically capitalize when typed o the Mac too, including … Read More

How to Re-Download macOS Big Sur Installer from macOS Big Sur

Feb 18, 2021 - 5 Comments
redownload macOS Big Sur from macOS Big Sur

Need to re-download a complete macOS Big Sur installer application, from a Mac running macOS Big Sur? If you’ve already installed and updated a Mac to Big Sur, you may find that trying to re-download it from the Mac App Store doesn’t always work, as it sometimes will simply loop you back to System Preferences, … Read More

How to Update Homebrew on Mac

Feb 13, 2021 - 1 Comment
Homebrew for Mac

Want to update Homebrew and your packages? Of course you do! Homebrew is a popular package manager for Mac that easily allows users to install and manage command line tools, apps, and utilities, typically familiar with the Linux and Unix world. Because it’s a package manager, you won’t need to manually build anything from source … Read More

How to Boot Apple Silicon M1 Mac to Recovery Mode

Feb 12, 2021 - 5 Comments
How to Boot Apple Silicon M1 Mac to Recovery Mode

Booting an Apple Silicon Mac into Recovery Mode is slightly different from booting into recovery on an Intel Mac. If you’re new to Apple Silicon Mac ownership, it can be helpful to understand how recovery mode works on the new Mac architecture.

How to Reinstall macOS on M1 Apple Silicon Macs

Feb 11, 2021 - 2 Comments
How to Reinstall macOS on M1 Apple Silicon Macs

If you’re a proud owner an Apple Silicon Mac with the M1 chip, you may want to learn how you can perform certain troubleshooting tasks like reinstalling macOS, force restarting, and booting into safe mode, since the procedures are slightly different from the outgoing Intel Macs due to the changes in system architecture. Reinstalling macOS … Read More

macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 Update Released with Security & Bug Fixes

Feb 9, 2021 - 12 Comments
macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 update

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 as a small security and bug fix update for Mac users running Big Sur. The macOS 11.2.1 update resolves a security issue with sudo, and also resolves some battery charging issues with select MacBook Pro models. Separately, Apple also released macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update and macOS Mojave … Read More

How to Boot in Safe Mode on Apple Silicon M1 Mac

Feb 9, 2021 - Leave a Comment
How to Boot in Safe Mode on Apple Silicon M1 Mac

Having trouble booting up an Apple Silicon M1 Mac normally? Booting into Safe Mode can help troubleshoot issues on a Mac, and help to determine if a particular problem is software related, MacOS related, or even hardware related. If you have an Apple Silicon MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini however, you’ll find the … Read More

How to Force Restart M1 Mac

Feb 8, 2021 - 4 Comments

Wondering how to perform some common troubleshooting tasks like force restarting an Apple Silicon M1 Mac? If you are an early adopter an Apple silicon MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini, you might be curious how some some tasks are different, since M1-powered Macs are based on a completely different chip architecture.

Installing HomeBrew on Apple Silicon Macs Natively Supported

Feb 6, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Install Homebrew on Mac

If you’re a Homebrew fan and an Apple Silicon Mac user, you’ll be happy to discover the latest versions of Homebrew (3.0.0 and beyond) now natively support Apple Silicon architecture. You’ll still need Rosetta 2 to have some packages and formulae to work, but many are already native supported by the command line package manager.

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