About This Mac

About This Mac

You can find your Mac’s serial number in the About This Mac window and in System Information. Finding your Serial Number Use these steps to locate the serial number of your Mac. OS X Yosemite Choose About This Mac from the Apple Menu. Look at the Serial Number field above the System Report button. OS(…)

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MacBook Pro: Find the serial number

MacBook Pro: Find the serial number

In OS X On most computers with OS X, you can find the serial number in the About This Mac window. Note: A limited number of MacBook Pro computers shipped with a different serial number on the computer label than the one that appears in the About This Mac window. If the About This Mac window(…)

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MacBook Pro Models

MacBook Pro Models

Identify your MacBook Pro by serial number On most computers with Mac OS X, you can find the serial number in the About This Mac window. Otherwise, see MacBook Pro: How to find the serial number to learn where to find the serial number on the surface of your computer. When you have the serial number from your computer,(…)

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MacBook Pro: Remove or install memory

MacBook Pro: Remove or install memory

Once you’re sure which model you have, find it in the list below to go to the instructions for that model. Note: Apple notebooks not listed in this table have non-removable memory. 13-inch MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) MacBook Pro(…)

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Menu Bar Tips

Menu Bar Tips

The menu bar at the top of your Mac’s display acts as a convenient tray on which Apple serves you menus of your current app to the left along with more static status icons to the right. In addition, many third-party apps — Dropbox and Skip Tunes to name but two — install icons in(…)

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FaceTime Tips

FaceTime Tips

FaceTime for Mac makes it easy to talk, smile and laugh with friends and family on their iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch or Mac. Getting started is quick and easy — simply enter your Apple ID and you’re ready to go. Whether you’re talking to someone on an iPhone or on another Mac, video calls(…)

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Messages Tips

Messages Tips

Message is the built-in chat client included with OS X. You can use it to send messages using iMessage, or one of many third party messaging services. Setting up accounts If you have an Apple ID, you already have an iMessage account you can use to send and receive messages. Your Apple ID is usually(…)

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Continuity Tips

Continuity Tips

Connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac using Continuity Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or use them together. Continuity features include Handoff, Phone Calling, Instant Hotspot, and SMS. You can start an email or document on iPhone, for example, and then pick up where you left off on(…)

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Apple Pay Tips

Apple Pay Tips

Set up and use Apple Pay Setup is simple. Get started by adding the credit or debit card on file from your iTunes account to Passbook by simply entering the card security code. Set up Apple Pay You can start using Apple Pay as soon as you add a credit or debit card to Passbook.(…)

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Apple Pay FAQ

Apple Pay FAQ

Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. What do I need to use Apple Pay? Apple Pay will be available in the United States with iOS 8.1. Here’s what you need to use Apple Pay:(…)

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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

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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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