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Connect your camera or camcorder

Connect your camera or camcorder

Digital cameras and camcorders allow you to capture memorable events. Learn how to import your photos and videos from your camera or camcorder. Digital cameras With iPhoto, you can organize, edit, and share your photos. Your friends and family may enjoy your vacation videos even more after you edit the footage in iMovie. If your(…)

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Playing music with AirPlay

Playing music with AirPlay

How to use AirPlay Just plug your stereo system or speakers into the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable or have your AirPlay-enabled output devices connect to the same local network as your iTunes library. When you open iTunes 10 or later on your Mac or PC, you’ll see an AirPlay(…)

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Check spelling and grammar

In many Mac OS X applications you can check spelling, or both spelling and grammar, in documents such as TextEdit files or email messages. Note: Many applications have some, but not all, of the spelling and grammar options. For example, in some applications the Edit menu has a “Spelling” option instead of a “Spelling and(…)

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Check external devices

If you are using an external networking device, such as a hub or a router, and are having trouble connecting to the Internet, there may be problems with your devices or cables. Check that all the devices you are using are turned on and have started up completely. Make sure all cables related to the(…)

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Restart an external device

If you have a network device, such as a hub or router, connected to your computer, and you are having problems, you might be able to correct the problem by restarting the device. See the documentation that came with the device if you don’t know how to restart it. It often helps to wait a(…)

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View slideshows within Finder

View slideshows within Finder

Open Finder and select any group of files or images that you have. Say you have 100 photos in your pictures folder. Go ahead and go to the finder menu and click edit > select all or you can just drag your mouse cursor to select all files. From there you have a couple options(…)

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Desktop

Desktop

Elements of the desktop Apple menu () – Access Software Update, System Preferences, Sleep, Shut Down, and more. Application menu – Contains menus for the application you’re currently using. The name of the application appears in bold next to the Apple menu. Menu bar – Contains the Apple menu, active application menu, status menus, menu(…)

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TextEdit

TextEdit

TextEdit lets you create all kinds of text documents. It includes tools to format and layout your page, edit and stylize text, check spelling, create tables and lists, import graphics, work with HTML, and even add music and movie files. Here are some of the things you can do in TextEdit. TextEdit does more than(…)

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Set Up Storage Devices

Set Up Storage Devices

CD and DVD Burners While all current Apple computers come with a built-in CD burner, you may want to connect an external one if you need to make direct CD copies, or you may decide to get a DVD burner, if your computer has a Combo Drive or a bigger storage medium is desired. Here’s(…)

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Get quick information with widgets

Get quick information with widgets

Dashboard contains a collection of handy “widgets”: small apps for a wide variety of tasks such as checking stock prices, finding local or global weather information, looking up words in the dictionary, and more. You can use Dashboard to get information and do common tasks quickly. Some widgets are linked to larger apps. With the(…)

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How to disable Java web plug-in ?

How to disable Java web plug-in ?

To disable the Java web plug-in in Safari, follow these steps: In Safari, choose Safari > Preferences or press Command-comma (⌘-,) Click “Security”. Uncheck (deselect) “Enable Java”. Close the Safari preferences window. Additional Information Click this link for information about how to disable the Java web plug-in in Chrome. Click this link for information about(…)

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Bring back the Dashboard “ripple”

Bring back the Dashboard “ripple”

In OS X, Dashboard has now been incorporated into Mission Control. The most striking consequence of this is that it is no longer a semi-transparent overlay that fades in over your desktop. Instead, it is now its own Space – the far left one. You can still access it by pressing the Dashboard key on(…)

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Change Image in the Tile Game Widget

Change Image in the Tile Game Widget

Amongst the widgets that come with Mac OS X is the Tile Game. You shift around the tiles to reveal a picture of a snow leopard (or a leopard or a tiger, depending on your version of Mac OS X). If you play the Tile Game often, you might find the image a bit boring.(…)

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Run a widget without installing it

Normally when you download a widget and double-click it, you are presented with a dialog to install the widget. You can either cancel, and exit the installer, or click install, and the widget is moved to you widgets folder (Library/widgets). However, in some situations you don’t want to move the widget. For instance if you(…)

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Scheduled Startup and Shutdown

In the Energy Saver system preferences you will find a button labelled “Schedule.” This allows you to schedule your mac to startup and shutdown at certain times, on certain days. This is just about the only way to schedule things without buying other software or using iCal. Basically you can set your computer to come(…)

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Tips for iCal

Tips for iCal

Set as Full Screen iCal is one of only two apps that regularly use OS X full screen mode with (the other being Terminal). This allows me to leave it always running in the background, out of the way. Whenever I need to check my schedule or reminders, a simple four-fingered swipe to the left will(…)

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Rename Files and Folders

You can change the name of most files, folders, and disks in the Finder. You can’t rename your home folder (the one with your name on it). Important: There are some things youshould not rename: Application folders and any items that came with your system (such as the Library folder). Filename extensions—the period followed by(…)

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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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Dual Boot

Dual Boot

Apple’s latest Mac operating system that is complete with a bunch of new features that iOS users will find familiar. It’s looking like a great addition to the Mac OS family, but for the time being it’s still in Developer Preview, has a fair amount of bugs, and isn’t quite ready for prime time. For(…)

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Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Mac OS X include the Versions feature and Auto-Save ability, this lets users restore back to previous editions of a file by creating a constant sequence of saved file states while they are being worked on. All around, Versions and auto-save are useful, but they can also leave traces of sensitive documents and files you(…)

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Launchpad

Launchpad

Mac OS X users can now add iOS-style Launchpad feature to their desktops with a free third party utility called MacLaunchPad. MacLaunchPad is pretty similar to the real thing, and some features are closer to the version of Launchpad that appears in OS X , like the real-time app search function. You can set some(…)

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Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Text Navigation Shortcuts The first group of keyboard shortcuts allow for quickly moving around text: Jump to beginning of a line – Command+Left Arrow Jump to end of a line – Command+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to end of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of(…)

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Find iMessage Users & Contacts

Find iMessage Users & Contacts

iMessage is a great addition to iOS and OS X that lets you send unlimited text messages, pictures, videos, documents, and even files, between other iMessage users. Though you probably know at least a few people who are using iMessages, chances are good that more of your contacts have set it up and you just(…)

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Text Navigation

Keyboard Shortcuts for Text Navigation

Navigation Shortcuts Navigate around blocks of texts faster with the following shortcuts: Jump to Beginning of Line – Control+A Jump to End of Line – Control+E Go to Next Line – Control+N Go to Previous Line – Control+P Delete Previous Word – Control+W Delete Line from Cursor to Beginning – Control+U Delete Line from Cursor(…)

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Disable restored windows when re-opening specific apps

There’s a great tip over on the Macs in Chemistry blog on how to stop Lion from restoring your previous windows when re-opening specific apps. In System Preferences there’s a checkbox for turning this on and off globally, but using a handy little AppleScript you can disable it on a per-app basis. One of the(…)

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