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Dock animations

Dock animations

Custom delay time You may have noticed that there is a short delay before the Dock appears when your mouse hits the edge of the screen. There is a hidden setting that allows you to adjust the delay time using the Terminal. Start by opening up the Terminal app (in Applications/Utilities). To remove the delay(…)

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Labels, Tags and Files

Labels, Tags and Files

Labels are a handy way to organise your files in the Finder by colour-coding their icons. Until OS X Mavericks is released later this year, they are a pretty good substitute for having a proper way to tag files in the Finder. Adding a label to a file or folder is simple. Just right-click the icon and(…)

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Apple Watch Tips

Apple Watch Tips

  A quick look at Apple Watch Here are the gestures you need to use Apple Watch and its apps. The Apple Watch display not only responds to touch-based gestures like tapping and swiping, it also uses Force Touch technology to respond to the pressure of your finger. Wearing Apple Watch You’ll want to wear(…)

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Photos Tips

Photos Tips

Updating from iPhoto happens automatically In many cases, if you have a single iPhoto library in your Pictures folder, your entire library — including your photos, videos, projects, albums, and so on — automatically appears in Photos the first time you open it. Migrating more than one photo library If you have more than one(…)

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Accessibility Tips

Accessibility Tips

Use Dictation Commands to tell your Mac what to do You can tell your Mac to perform certain actions by using Dictation Commands. Dictation lets you speak text to your Mac instead of typing. What you say is turned into text in your documents. In addition to Dictation, you can speak commands to your Mac using(…)

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Smart Tips for OS X Yosemite

Smart Tips for OS X Yosemite

FaceTime tip #1 If you’ve enabled iPhone Cellular Calls you can dial using FaceTime – just type the number into the FaceTime search field; choose video or audio call; hit return and call. FaceTime tip #2 Hate your Mac’s default call ring tone? To set a different ringtone, choose FaceTime>Preferences, then click the Ringtone pop-up menu. Messages tip(…)

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TCP Tips

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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System Information

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 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

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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Handoff Tips

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 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

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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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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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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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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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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