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What the ‘Legacy System Extension’ Mac Message Means & What To Do About It

Aug 8, 2020 - 12 Comments
macOS legacy system extension warning

If you’re using a Mac running MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later (including Big Sur), you might have seen a new and somewhat cryptic message pop up when your Mac is turned on, or when you use certain apps. Titled “Legacy System Extension”, the message goes on to note that “existing software on your system loaded … Read More

How to Make Screen Recordings in MacOS Big Sur, Catalina, & Mojave

Aug 6, 2020 - 9 Comments
macOS Catalina

Recording your screen might be something you do often, or very rarely depending on who you are and what you do. But recording a Mac’s screen is super duper easy no matter who you are, and you don’t even need to install an app to do it. Like with so many things, Apple already included … Read More

How to Clean Install MacOS Catalina

Jul 17, 2020 - 13 Comments
How to Clean Install MacOS Catalina

Some Mac users may wish to perform a clean install of MacOS Catalina onto a Mac. A clean install represents a fresh start, and it’s achieved by erasing all data from the Mac hard drive and then performing a fresh clean installation of MacOS Catalina onto that Mac. A clean install sort of feels like … Read More

MacOS Catalina 10.15.6 Released, & Security Update 2020-004 for Mojave & High Sierra

Jul 15, 2020 - 14 Comments
MacOS Catalina update

Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15.6, along with Security Update 2020-004 Mojave, and Security Update 2020-004 High Sierra. MacOS Catalina 10.15.6 includes several bug fixes and security patches, and the Security Update 2020-004 for Mojave and High Sierra both include important security fixes for Mac users running macOS Mojave and macOS High Sierra. Separately, Apple … Read More

How to Create a Bootable MacOS Catalina Installer Drive

Jul 14, 2020 - 15 Comments

Some Mac users may wish to create a bootable MacOS Catalina installer drive, typically using a USB flash drive or with another similar small boot disk. Bootable USB installers offer an easy way to upgrade multiple Macs to macOS Catalina, to perform clean installs of MacOS Catalina, to perform maintenance from a boot disk like … Read More

What Are Relocated Items in macOS Big Sur / Catalina & Can I Delete Them?

Jun 15, 2020 - 5 Comments
Relocated Items folder

If you have updated to macOS Big Sur 11 or macOS 10.15 Catalina or later from an older version of Mac OS, you might find a new folder on your Desktop called “Relocated Items”. The Relocated Items folder can be confusing and look scary, especially if you aren’t expecting to see it. But you needn’t … Read More

How to Follow Along With Real-Time Lyrics in Apple Music on Mac

Jun 3, 2020 - 3 Comments
Music app header

Listening to music can be one of the most fun, enjoyable, therapeutic things we can do. But it can be frustrating if you’re forgetting the words to your favorite song, or you haven’t quite mastered the lyrics yet. Fortunately the Apple’s Music app has long offered lyrics to those who want to follow along, but … Read More

MacOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 Supplemental Update Released

Jun 1, 2020 - 3 Comments
MacOS 10.15.5 supplemental update

Apple has released macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 supplemental update, an update to the freshly released build of macOS 10.15.5 for Catalina. The fresh supplemental update includes an important security update and is therefore recommended to all Mac users running Catalina. Separately, Apple also released a security update to iPhone and iPad versioned as iOS 13.5.1 and … Read More

MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 Update & Security Updates for Mojave & High Sierra Released

May 27, 2020 - 11 Comments
MacOS Catalina 10.15.5

Apple has released MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 for Mac users running Catalina. The MacOS 10.15.5 update includes a few new features including a new battery management function for laptops, along with bug fixes and security improvements. Additionally, new security updates are available for Mac users running MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.6.

How to Make Apple Music Playlists on a Mac

May 23, 2020 - 3 Comments

Want to make an Apple Music playlist on the Mac? Playlists are a great way to group all of your songs together in different ways. That might be a collection of your very favorite songs, or a playlist full of songs that remind you about a particular vacation, or a collection of songs for an … Read More

How to Control What Apps Can Access Files & Folders in macOS Big Sur & Catalina

May 18, 2020 - 7 Comments
Mac Finder, where you can copy the path of a file name easily

You can control which apps have access to files and folders on the Mac. This article will walk you through how to manage what apps can access files and folders in macOS.

How to Disable Red Badge Circle on System Preferences in MacOS

May 12, 2020 - 23 Comments
How to hide the red badge icon from MacOS System Preferences

System Preferences in MacOS shows a red badge circle icon when there is an available software update for the Mac. This can be helpful for users who want to be notified of software updates, but it can be annoying to other Mac users who are specifically avoiding a particular software update. For example, many Mac … Read More

How to Use Tile Window Multitasking in macOS Big Sur & Catalina

May 8, 2020 - 8 Comments
macOS Catalina split screen

macOS Big Sur and Catalina introduced a handy way to tile windows for multitasking, improving upon the split screen multitasking features that were available in previous MacOS releases. These new simple tiling window multitasking options are available from any window, and now you can easily choose to tile a window to the left or right … Read More

How to Always Show Library Folder in MacOS Catalina User Home Directory

Apr 23, 2020 - 5 Comments
The MacOS Library Folder is now visible

More advanced Mac users may wish to have the user ~/Library folder always visible in their Home directory for various reasons. With MacOS Catalina, you can have the user Library folder always shown and visible by toggling a settings option in the Finder. This article will show you how to do that, with the end … Read More

How to Pair Playstation 4 Controller with macOS Big Sur / Catalina

Apr 11, 2020 - 2 Comments
Use a PS4 Controller with a Mac

Mac users can pair and use Playstation 4 controllers with their Mac, which makes for an excellent gaming experience. The ability to pair PS4 controllers to the Mac has been around a while, but with MacOS Catalina 10.15 onward, it’s easier than before (you can pair Xbox One controllers to Mac now too just as … Read More

MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update Released with Bug Fixes

Apr 8, 2020 - 12 Comments
MacOS Catalina 10.15.4

Apple has released MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update for Mac users running macOS Catalina. The new supplemental update includes a few bug fixes, including resolving a problem with FaceTime calls that was also patched in the iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 updates. The full release notes accompanying the MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update are available … Read More

How to Play Apple Arcade Games on a Mac

Apr 5, 2020 - 2 Comments
Use a Playstation 3 Controller with a Mac

The arrival of Apple Arcade last year was something that we’d been looking forward to – and was rumored – for a long time. Now it’s here, and you can play games on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And it’s the last one we’re going to cover today, so if you’ve been wondering how to play … Read More

How to Use Xbox One Controller with Mac in macOS Big Sur & Catalina

Apr 4, 2020 - 10 Comments
Xbox One controller support in Mac OS X with Xbox One Controller Enabler

Ever wanted to use an Xbox One controller with your Mac for gaming? You can do that easier than ever before with the latest versions of MacOS, because with modern versions of macOS like Big Sur and Catalina (and newer), Apple has added native support for Xbox One game controllers. A paired Xbox One controller … Read More

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