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Stream All Mac System Audio Over AirPlay in OS X

Aug 1, 2012 - 51 Comments
Stream audio from a Mac to AirPlay with OS X Mountain Lion

You can now stream a Macs system audio directly over AirPlay without any third party apps or tweaks. The ability to AirPlay audio is really great, and perhaps the best part is that unlike AirPlay mirroring, the system audio stream should work on any Mac that can run a modern version of Mac OS X, … Read More

Rename a File from an Applications Title Bar in Mac OS X

Aug 1, 2012 - 4 Comments
Rename a file in Mac OS X from the title bar

Mac OS X now lets you rename a file directly from the application it’s opened within. This feature is supported in most bundled Apple applications, including TextEdit, Pages, Preview, and many others, including a fair amount of third party apps too. This is a cool renaming trick that’s easy to use, let’s discuss it further.

Delete Mail in Mac OS X Like Outlook, the Smart Way

Aug 1, 2012 - 29 Comments
Delete Mail in Mac OS X the smart way

The Mac Mail app received a wonderfully understated change with how it handles deleting mail in new versions of Mac OS X, from Mountain Lion, Mavericks, to Yosemite and beyond. With the new version, deleting emails works more like Outlook; you delete an email and it then selects the next oldest email rather than jumping … Read More

Install Java in OS X Mountain Lion

Aug 1, 2012 - 29 Comments
Install Java in OS X Mountain Lion

If you need to use Java, installing the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in OS X Mountain Lion is necessary even if you had Java previously installed in OS X Lion or Snow Leopard and just performed an upgrade to 10.8. That’s because Mountain Lion uninstalls Java during the upgrade process, this is to insure the … Read More

Mute Notification Center Alert Sounds in Mac OS X

Jul 31, 2012 - 12 Comments
Mute Notification Center alert sounds in OS X

Notification Center is a great addition to Mac OS X, but the alert sounds coming in with each banner notification from a million and one different Mac apps and updates can be pretty annoying fairly quickly, particularly if you have a lot going on. Rather than muting all system audio to hush the constant chiming, … Read More

Stop Mac OS X from Automatically Downloading App and Mac OS X Updates

Jul 31, 2012 - 4 Comments
Stop automatic app downloads and updates in OS X Mountain Lion

Mac OS X has a handful of features that are dependent on a constant internet connection, and one of those is the new automatic update feature. Undeniably convenient, Mac OS X and all apps installed from the Mac App Store will automatically download and update themselves, but if you have metered internet or are using … Read More

Easily Edit Hosts File in Mac OS X from a Preference Pane

Jul 30, 2012 - 6 Comments
Edit hosts file easily from a preference panel in Mac OS X

The hosts file maps hostnames to IP addresses, it’s present in virtually every OS in some form or another and in Mac OS X it’s stored at /etc/hosts, which requires administrative privileges to modify and generally a jump to the command line. Editing the hosts file allows you to do a variety of things like … Read More

Get Old Exposé Back on the Mac with OS X Mountain Lion

Jul 30, 2012 - 10 Comments
Expose-style Window Management in OS X Mountain Lion

With OS X Lion, Exposé merged with Spaces and became Mission Control, as a result the behavior of one of many peoples favorite window management features changed; you could no longer see all windows from all apps in a single screen. Instead, app windows were grouped by application and stacked atop one another. That incredibly … Read More

How to Remove Dock Icons in OS X Mountain Lion & Mavericks

Jul 28, 2012 - 8 Comments
Remove Dock Icon from OS X Mountain Lion

Removing app icons from the Dock has been the same since the very beginning of Mac OS X: grab an icon and drag it off the Dock into a poof of dust, whereby the icon is no longer displayed in the Dock. That behavior has changed slightly with OS X Mountain Lion and carried through … Read More

Fix the “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” Error in Mac OS X

Jul 27, 2012 - 80 Comments
App Can't be Opened from Unidentified Developer warning

Mac OS X defaults to preventing applications from unidentified developers or sources from being launched. You’ll discover the message in Mac OS when you try to launch a Mac app that didn’t come from a verified source or from the Mac App Store, and you’ll get an alert dialog that says “[App name] can’t be … Read More

How to Enable & Use Dictation on Mac OS

Jul 27, 2012 - 16 Comments
Turn on Dictation in OS X Mountain Lion

Dictation is available to the Mac with newer versions of system software, but despite being one of the major features of Mac OS you may find that it’s not enabled by default on some Macs. It’s easy to enable Dictation on a Mac though and it’s even easier to use, let’s get started to learn … Read More

Remove Leather UI from Contacts & Calendar in OS X Mountain Lion

Jul 27, 2012 - 9 Comments
Remove Leather UI from Mountain Lion apps

Skeumorphism seems to be here to stay, but if you’re bent on ridding OS X apps like Contacts (Address Book) and Calendar (iCal) of any traces of the stitched leather appearance, Mountain Tweaks makes it as easy as a couple of clicks for OS X Mountain Lion users. Get Mountain Tweaks free from TweaksApp Mountain … Read More

How to Re-Download OS X Mountain Lion Installer from the Mac App Store

Jul 26, 2012 - 31 Comments
Redownload the OS X Mountain Lion installer from the Mac App Store

After you’ve upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion on the primary Mac you bought it from, the installer app deletes itself from your /Applications/ folder. This makes sense for those who only own a single Mac, but if you plan on installing OS X Mountain Lion on multiple Macs or just want to create an … Read More

Get an RSS Subscribe Button in Safari 6 with the Subscribe to Feed Extension

Jul 26, 2012 - 2 Comments
RSS Subscribe button added to Safari 6 with an extension

Safari 6 is bundled with OS X Mountain Lion and it was just released for OS X Lion as well, and though it’s a very worthwhile update with some great features like the single search/url bar, one not-so-great change is the removal of the RSS subscribe button. The good news is a third party developer … Read More

Install & Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion on Multiple Macs with a Single Purchase

Jul 26, 2012 - 27 Comments
Buy Mountain Lion once and install or upgrade all personal Macs

Multi-Mac households can buy OS X Mountain Lion once for $19.99 and use that single purchase to install and upgrade all of their other personal authorized Macs. This is allowed by Apple’s generous Mac App Store licensing agreement that began with Lion, and though most people don’t bother to read the fine print, here’s the … Read More

How to Clean Install OS X Mountain Lion

Jul 25, 2012 - 96 Comments
Clean Install OS X Mountain Lion

Though most users are best served by the easy upgrade process to OS X Mountain Lion through the Mac App Store, some people want to perform a clean install and start with a blank slate. A clean install means the drive is completely erased and Mac OS X 10.8 is installed fresh, nothing else is … Read More

Create an OS X Mountain Lion Installation Boot DVD or USB Drive with LionDiskMaker

Jul 25, 2012 - 15 Comments
Create a OS X Mountain Lion Boot Install DVD or USB Drive with LionDiskMaker

Mountain Lion is out! You can upgrade a Mac right out of the App Store, but some people prefer to make a boot disk. If you’re in that group, rather than making a bootable OS X Mountain Lion installer yourself the old fashioned way, you can do it all in a few clicks with the … Read More

OS X Mountain Lion is Now Available, Download Now!

Jul 25, 2012 - 18 Comments
OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion has been released by Apple. The major update to Mac OS provides over 200 new features, including iMessage support, Reminders, Notification Center, Notes, Game Center, extensive iCloud integration, and much more. The upgrade costs $19.99 but is available for free to Mac users who bought a Mac within the past month. … Read More

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