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Apple Support Tips

Apple Support Tips

To search Apple Support, type in a few descriptive words in the search field and press Return (Enter) on your keyboard for a list of relevant results. By default, the search engine will look for matches using any combination of the words in or words related to your search query, not necessarily all the words(…)

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Applications, Files, and Folders

Applications, Files, and Folders

An application is a computer program that gives you the tools to accomplish specific tasks. For example, you’re probably using the application Safari right now to read this webpage. Other applications include Mail, iTunes, Pages, TextEdit, and many more. Accessing an application To open an application, click the Launchpad icon in Dock or click the(…)

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Find a MAC Address in Mac OS X

Find a MAC Address in Mac OS X

A MAC address is a unique identifier that is assigned to each physical network interface on a computer. Different than a computers IP address, MAC addresses are frequently used for network access control and to monitor network connectivity, and they can be spoofed for virtualization needs or to circumvent some network limitations. If you need(…)

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Top10 Mac Tips

Top10 Mac Tips

The Safari Bookmarks BarThe Safari Bookmarks Bar puts websites one click, or even one keystroke, away. Edit and use Safari 5′s Top SitesSafari makes your favourite websites readily available with its Top Sites feature. Here’s how to customise the Top Sites to reflect your preferences. Safari AutofillLet Safari fill in forms for you. Merge and(…)

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ColorSync Utilities !

ColorSync Utilities !

Mac OS X contains a number of useful utilities that can enhance creative workflows. In the root-level folder /Library/Scripts/ColorSync are editable AppleScript utilities that perform various common design tasks. Say, for example, you have a collection of images in a directory that you would like to prepare for the web by embedding the sRGB color(…)

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The Immaculate Desktop

The Immaculate Desktop

Are you the sort of neat-freak who abhors Desktop clutter? Who keeps all apps and docs in carefully organized folders? Consider diving deeper into onscreen clean by making your mounted drives and discs disappear from the Desktop and accessing them instead via Finder windows. Here’s how to try it: From the Finder, pull down the(…)

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Create Your Own Icons

Create Your Own Icons

You don’t have to live with the icons your Mac displays by default. Instead, personalize your folders, files, and drives with custom icons using just about any graphic file you desire, whether it’s a jpeg, gif, png, Photoshop or Illustrator file, or even a PDF. First, choose an image you want to use and open(…)

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Mouse-Free Folder Moves

Mouse-Free Folder Moves

One of the best tricks for speeding up your computer work is to keep your hands on the keyboard, not the mouse. It’s not a macho, anti-mouse thing, but a simple matter of efficient motion. Using the mouse or trackpad means moving your hands off the keyboard, locating the cursor, making your move, and then(…)

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Saving Documents and Web Pages as PDF

Saving Documents and Web Pages as PDF

Adobe’s PDF format offers a great way to save and send electronic documents, from formatted business letters to product brochures. PDF documents appear identically on all computers, so you don’t have to worry about things like whether the recipient has access to the same fonts as you or if your company logo and other graphics(…)

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Summarize Your Stories

Summarize Your Stories

When laying out a long story in a newsletter or magazine, it’s often helpful to summarize a story, or a section of a story in a pull-quote or abstract. But how to find the best quote when you’re on a deadline and need it fast? Fortunately, Mac OS X offers a great tool that almost(…)

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Set Search Priorities in Spotlight

Set Search Priorities in Spotlight

With Spotlight, the powerful search function built into Mac OS X Leopard, you can quickly find anything on your computer: files, folders, emails, applications, even calendar events. And to help speed your searches even more, you can specify which types of data Spotlight should list first when you type in a search term. This is(…)

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Super-Clean Screenshots

Super-Clean Screenshots

In Mac OS X, you can capture an image of your entire screen by typing Command-Shift-3. Typing Command-Shift-4 lets you choose a specific part of your screen to save as a screenshot: Click and hold to place the small cross-hair cursor at one edge of the area you want to capture, then drag horizontally and/or(…)

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Sharing Contacts with vCards

Sharing Contacts with vCards

Electronic versions of old-fashioned Rolodex cards, vCards provide the fastest way to import contacts into your own Address Book or to share your Address Book contacts with friends, family, or colleagues. Much like their physical predecessors, vCards contain basic contact information (such as name, address, phone, and email). But you can easily add information to(…)

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