Screensaver Tips

When you’re not using your Mac, you can set it to display a screen saver or to turn off your display. Choose a screen saver OS X comes with several screen savers that display photos, messages, artwork from your iTunes library or photo library, and more. To set your preferred screen saver: From the Apple(…)

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TCP Tips

Apple software uses particular TCP and UDP ports that security software or specific network configurations might block on your computer. Use these steps to find out if TCP ports are blocked or unreachable. Test basic communication First, find and note the IP address of the computer, Apple TV, or device you are trying to connect to, such(…)

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Battery Tips

Understanding batteries in Mac notebooks Terms and definitions MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers come with lithium polymer batteries to provide maximum battery life in a compact space. In order to fully understand battery technology and battery life, it’s good to know common battery terminology. Cycle count: Batteries are expected to function for a certain(…)

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System Information

System Information is an app included with OS X. It tells you which Mac model you have, the version of OS X you’re using, what devices you have connected, and more. In some versions of OS X this app is referred to as “System Profiler”. Open the System Information or System Profiler app from the(…)

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Finding the OS X version

Finding the version and build number To find the build number of the version of OS X you have installed, use these steps: From the Apple menu, choose About This Mac. The version number of OS X you’re using appears directly below the words “OS X.” Click the version number to see the specific build(…)

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Custom Lock Screen Message

To set a Mac lock screen message, head to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. Click the padlock icon in the lower-left section of the screen and authenticate as an administrative user. Find and check the box “Show a message when the screen is locked” and then clickSet Lock Message. In the text box(…)

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OS X Tips

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Handoff Tips

Many of the key features announced by Apple in Yosemite actually need a little bit of tinkering before you can get the show on the road. For example, Handoff doesn’t work by default if your settings aren’t tweaked just right. Handoff is Apple’s all-new Continuity function that allows you to begin an activity on your(…)

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Continuity Tips

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 your iPad. You can use your iPad or Mac to make and receive phone calls through your iPhone. Before you get started Check that the(…)

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Answer Calls

Apple is putting quite a bit of emphasis on Yosemite’s ability to make and receive calls thanks to the magic behind Continuity, a set of new features that tie iDevices and Macs together, enabling one device to take over from where the other has left off. One of these new capabilities involves receiving calls on(…)

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Personal Hotspot

Connecting to the web has never been easier and more flexible than with Yosemite. It may sound like a textbook marketing quote, but it’s true. OS X 10.10 is a haven for people who often crave Wi-Fi on their Macs. With the release of Yosemite, Apple advertised a bunch of features under the name Continuity.(…)

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Automatic Updates

Your Mac notifies you when updates are available for OS X or software you’ve purchased from the Mac App Store.Always Update In OS X Yosemite, you can tell your Mac to automatically install updates as needed. The first time updates are ready, Yosemite gives you the option to always update automatically. If you click Turn(…)

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Scanner Tips

Learn about using a scanner in OS X so that you can scan text documents, photographs, and so forth into files on your Mac. Note: Your scanner may be part of a multi-function printer; see Printing for details about managing printers.Tips for scanning in OS X Check the list of supported scanners for the model of scanner you are about to connect(…)

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AirPrint Tips

With AirPrint, it’s easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps. Just select an AirPrint printer on your local network to print from your favorite iOS or OS X app. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and(…)

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Printing in OS X

Adding A Printer For most USB printers, all you have to do is connect the printer to your Mac. OS X automatically sees the printer, and downloads any drivers if necessary. Then, you’re ready to print. Before you begin Before adding a printer to your Mac, check the following: Choose Software Update from the Apple menu to(…)

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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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