QuickTime Tips

QuickTime Tips

Installing QuickTime Player 7 If you work with older media types or have a legacy media workflow, then you can install the QuickTime Player 7 application on Mac OS X Snow Leopard and later. Compatibility OS X includes QuickTime Player (version 10.x) which handles most media playback needs. Only Install QuickTime Player 7 if you work(…)

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Spotlight Tips

Spotlight Tips

Search with Spotlight Spotlight helps you quickly find anything on your Mac, including documents, emails, apps, songs, contacts, and more. It also provides Spotlight Suggestions from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, Maps, news, and iTunes so you can get more information right in Spotlight. Search results have rich, interactive previews so you can play song previews, get directions,(…)

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iBooks Tips

iBooks Tips

About iBooks With the latest version of iTunes, you can browse and buy books from the iBooks Store on your computer and on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Browsing the iBooks Store on your computer Follow these steps to install the latest version of iTunes. To read purchased books on your computer, you will need a(…)

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iTunes Store Tips

iTunes Store Tips

Buy or download items from the iTunes Store Buy or download an item To go to the store, click iTunes Store near the top center of the iTunes window. When you find the item you want, click the button to download it (depending on the item, the button might say Buy, Free, Subscribe, a specific(…)

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Mac App Store Tips

Mac App Store Tips

Troubleshooting the Mac App Store If an app purchased on one Mac does not open after being copied to another Mac On the other Mac (where the app was copied, not purchased): Delete the app that will not open. Open the Mac App Store. Ensure that you are logged in to the Mac App Store(…)

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Share files, folders, and other services

Share files, folders, and other services

You can set up your Mac to share files, folders, and other services with users on your network. You can also share your screen, or share a printer connected to your Mac. Use the information on this page to help you choose which services to share, and whom to share with. DVD or CD sharing(…)

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Finder Tips

Finder Tips

Represented by the blue icon with the smiling face, the Finder is the home base for your Mac. You use it to organize and access almost everything on your Mac, including documents, images, movies, and any other files you have. To open a Finder window, click the Finder icon in the Dock. To go to(…)

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Window Basics

Window Basics

Most of the information on your Mac is displayed in windows, including Finder windows and app windows. When you have multiple windows open, only one is active. When an app window is active, the menu bar contains the app’s name. Some windows that you open within apps, such as the Fonts window, always appear in front of(…)

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Desktop Tips

Desktop Tips

There are several ways to give your desktop—the background area of your screen—a custom look. Change your desktop picture In Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, you can change the picture that’s displayed on your desktop. Your Mac comes with dozens of desktop pictures to choose from, but you can also use your own pictures, or(…)

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OS X Tips

OS X Tips

Get OS X Tips, Tricks and Updates right from your Mac OS X Dashboard. ↓ Download  

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OS X Yosemite Quick Tips

OS X Yosemite Quick Tips

PDF signature No need for a paper and pen. You can now sign PDF forms using your Mac’s trackpad. Simply click the Sign button in Preview’s annotation toolbar and trace your signature on the pad with your finger. Spotlight Activating Spotlight with Command-Space now brings up a search box in the centre of your desktop.(…)

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Install OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Install OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Minimum Requirements You can install OS X to a choice of media, such as USB drive, SD Card or an external hard drive connected via USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire or Thunderbolt. It is possible, theoretically, to run OS X from any of these different types of media though–practically speaking–it is probably best to choose USB 3.0(…)

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Startup Key Combinations

Startup Key Combinations

Startup key combinations are invoked immediately following the startup chime, and before the grey Apple logo appears in the middle of the screen, when you power-on your Mac. The object of these key combinations is to perform different functions, many of which are useful in the maintenance of Macs. The key combinations listed in this(…)

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Customizing the Mac OS X Dock

Customizing the Mac OS X Dock

Here are some handy Terminal tricks for making the Dock your own. Terminal All of these customization options rely on Terminal commands. Terminal is an application included in OS X that allows the user to, among other things, access and modify low-level settings in the operating system. Terminal can be found in Applications > Utilities. You(…)

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Turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center. Tap  to turn on Wi-Fi. Tap  to turn on Bluetooth. To turn it off, tap either icon again. Note: If you haven’t already selected a Wi-Fi network or set up your Bluetooth device, you may need to do that first.  

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Turn on Airplane mode

Turn on Airplane mode

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center. Tap  to turn on Airplane mode, which turns off cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and location services. Tap  again to turn off Airplane mode and enable those services.

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Access the camera quickly from any screen

Access the camera quickly from any screen

Use Control Center to access your iPhone camera quickly from any screen, even if your iPhone is locked. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to reveal Control Center. Tap  to open Camera.  

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Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb

Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb keeps calls, alerts, and other notifications from making sounds or lighting up when iPhone is locked. Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone screen—even when locked—to reveal Control Center. Tap  to turn on Do Not Disturb. Note: You can also turn on and adjust Do Not Disturb in Settings.  

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Understanding Control Center

Understanding Control Center

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps. You can access Control Center from anywhere in iOS—including the Lock screen. To access Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To close Control Center, swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home button. In Control Center,(…)

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Cellular Data settings

Cellular Data settings

Understanding cellular data settings You can temporarily turn off cellular data to prevent applications from using the cellular network connection to send or receive data. If you turn off cellular data, you will be unable to: See the cellular data icons in the status bar (for example, LTE or 3G). Send or receive MMS messages.(…)

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GSM, CDMA, and LTE

GSM, CDMA, and LTE

When a Wi-Fi network is unavailable, iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) are capable of using a cellular data network for Internet connectivity. Select your carrier network technology to learn more about the cellular data network capabilities and features, including: Network types Status Bar icons Whether simultaneous voice and data are supported (on iPhone)(…)

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OS X Yosemite News

OS X Yosemite News

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Gatekeeper Tips

Gatekeeper Tips

Fix the “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” Error in Mac OS X Since OS X Mountain Lion, the Mac defaults to preventing applications from unidentified developers or sources from being launched. You’ll discover the message in OS X 10.8 when you try to launch a Mac app that didn’t come from a(…)

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Security Tips

Security Tips

1. Gatekeeper Gatekeeper’s control resides under Preferences/Security & Privacy and it’s main function is to allow the user to control which apps can be run without further escalation and or attention. For example it is by default to ‘Mac App Store and identified developers’ so if you download an application that doesn’t meet this criteria(…)

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Tags Tips

Tags Tips

To get going with Tags, open a new Finder window and browse to any file or folder on your Mac. With the item selected, click the Tags button that appears at the top of the Finder toolbar. Use the new Tags button to add a Tag to any item A popup window then appears – to add a new(…)

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