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MacBook Tips

MacBook Tips

Take a tour Your MacBook has the following features built in: USB-C port: Charge your computer, transfer data, connect to a display or projector, and more. 3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or a digital 5.1 surround-sound speaker system and experience high-quality sound while watching movies or listening to your favorite music. Dual(…)

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Mac mini Tips

Mac mini Tips

Set up your new Mac mini Use these basic setup steps to get your new Mac mini up and running. Check for an Internet connection It’s best to set up your Mac mini somewhere that has a Wi-Fi network or other connection to the Internet. Your Mac mini will use that connection to complete certain setup(…)

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Mac Pro Tips

Mac Pro Tips

Set up your new Mac Use these basic setup steps to get your new Mac up and running.   Check for an Internet connection It’s best to set up your Mac somewhere that has a Wi-Fi network or other connection to the Internet. Your Mac will use that connection to complete certain setup steps. If(…)

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iMac Tips

iMac Tips

Your iMac is packed with advanced technologies and a beautiful reflection-reducing display in a remarkably thin design. 3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or a digital 5.1 surround-sound speaker system and experience high-quality sound while watching movies or listening to your favorite music. SDXC card slot: Transfer photos, videos, and data to and(…)

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MacBook Air Tips

MacBook Air Tips

Take a tour The 13-inch MacBook Air has the following features built in: MagSafe 2 power port: Charge your computer. If you accidentally trip over the power cord, it cleanly detaches. USB 3 ports: Transfer data, connect USB 2 and USB 3 devices, and more. 3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or a digital(…)

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Dock Tips

Dock Tips

The Dock is the bar of icons that sits at the bottom or side of your screen. It provides easy access to many of the apps that come with your Mac (like Mail, Safari, and Messages). You can add your own apps, documents and folders to the Dock, too. To use an item in the Dock, click its icon.(…)

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Folder Basics

Folder Basics

Everything on your Mac – Documents, Pictures, Music, Apps, and more, is organized in folders. As you create documents, install apps, and do other work, you can create new folders to keep yourself organized. See your files in the Finder The Finder is the home base for your Mac. The Finder icon looks like a(…)

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Spotlight Tips

Spotlight Tips

Spotlight can find apps, documents, photos, and other files on your Mac, and use Spotlight Suggestions to get news, sports, movies, stocks, weather, and more from the web using sources like Wikipedia, Bing, Maps, and iTunes. Spotlight can even get conversions, calculations, and definitions for you. Tip:   You can drag the Spotlight window anywhere on the desktop and(…)

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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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Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

MacOS Sierra has a stricter Gatekeeper with not allowing Apps from unidentified developers and as a result will annoy us with saying that application is damaged and cannot be opened. How to Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) for MacOS Sierra? With the following 2 options: Option 1 For a certain application run in Terminal: sudo(…)

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Disable the Startup Sound

Disable the Startup Sound

To permanently mute the startup sound, open the terminal and type: sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%80 sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%01 sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%00 sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=” “ Its depending on some models. To restore the startup chime, type: sudo nvram -d SystemAudioVolume To temporarily disable the startup sound, just press the “Mute” button on your keyboard (that’s the(…)

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TCP and UDP Ports

TCP and UDP Ports

Learn more about TCP and UDP ports used by Apple products like OS X, OS X Server, Apple Remote Desktop, and iCloud. Many of these are referred to as “well known” industry standard ports. Ports used by Apple products The table below outlines TCP and UDP ports used by Apple products. Your network administrator might(…)

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Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse

The Apple Magic Mouse supports gestures for interacting with the surface of the mouse in much the same way you interact with the trackpad of a MacBook or MacBook Pro. Using gestures, you can scroll long lists and webpages with one finger, swipe left and right with two fingers to navigate, and use screen zoom(…)

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Search & Find

Search & Find

Mac users who are searching for specific file type and file format matches on their computer can make the job dramatically easier by issuing proper search operators to the Find functions in OS X. File type search operators can be used directly in Spotlight and also in the Finder based search function, and they can be either(…)

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Emoji Tips

Emoji Tips

Whenever you are in a text field in OS X, just press Command-Control-Space and an emoji panel will appear. Then click any of the Emoji icons to insert it at the current position in the text. For those who find it quicker to use the keyboard than the mouse, you can navigate between the Emoji icons with(…)

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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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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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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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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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OS X Recovery

OS X Recovery

OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks include OS X Recovery. This feature includes all of the tools you need to reinstall OS X, repair your disk, and even restore from a Time Machine backup without the need for optical discs. Recovery System OS X Recovery includes a built in set of utilities as part of(…)

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Migration Assistant

Migration Assistant

OS X Mavericks allows you to easily migrate important information from one Mac to another. Transferred information includes user accounts, applications, documents, network settings and computer settings. Important: The steps in this article apply to migrating to a computer with OS X Mavericks; for help with migrating to Mountain Lion or Lion, please see OS X: How to(…)

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