OS X Quick Tips

OS X Quick Tips

PDF signature No need for a paper and pen. You can now sign PDF forms using your Mac’s trackpad. Simply click the Sign button in Preview’s annotation toolbar and trace your signature on the pad with your finger. Spotlight Activating Spotlight with Command-Space now brings up a search box in the centre of your desktop.(…)

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Install OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Install OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Minimum Requirements You can install OS X to a choice of media, such as USB drive, SD Card or an external hard drive connected via USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire or Thunderbolt. It is possible, theoretically, to run OS X from any of these different types of media though–practically speaking–it is probably best to choose USB 3.0(…)

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Startup Key Combinations

Startup Key Combinations

Startup key combinations are invoked immediately following the startup chime, and before the grey Apple logo appears in the middle of the screen, when you power-on your Mac. The object of these key combinations is to perform different functions, many of which are useful in the maintenance of Macs. The key combinations listed in this(…)

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Customizing the Mac OS X Dock

Customizing the Mac OS X Dock

Here are some handy Terminal tricks for making the Dock your own. Terminal All of these customization options rely on Terminal commands. Terminal is an application included in OS X that allows the user to, among other things, access and modify low-level settings in the operating system. Terminal can be found in Applications > Utilities. You(…)

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Turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center. Tap  to turn on Wi-Fi. Tap  to turn on Bluetooth. To turn it off, tap either icon again. Note: If you haven’t already selected a Wi-Fi network or set up your Bluetooth device, you may need to do that first.  

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Turn on Airplane mode

Turn on Airplane mode

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center. Tap  to turn on Airplane mode, which turns off cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and location services. Tap  again to turn off Airplane mode and enable those services.

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Access the camera quickly from any screen

Access the camera quickly from any screen

Use Control Center to access your iPhone camera quickly from any screen, even if your iPhone is locked. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to reveal Control Center. Tap  to open Camera.  

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Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb

Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb keeps calls, alerts, and other notifications from making sounds or lighting up when iPhone is locked. Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone screen—even when locked—to reveal Control Center. Tap  to turn on Do Not Disturb. Note: You can also turn on and adjust Do Not Disturb in Settings.  

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Understanding Control Center

Understanding Control Center

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps. You can access Control Center from anywhere in iOS—including the Lock screen. To access Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To close Control Center, swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home button. In Control Center,(…)

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Cellular Data settings

Cellular Data settings

Understanding cellular data settings You can temporarily turn off cellular data to prevent applications from using the cellular network connection to send or receive data. If you turn off cellular data, you will be unable to: See the cellular data icons in the status bar (for example, LTE or 3G). Send or receive MMS messages.(…)

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GSM, CDMA, and LTE

GSM, CDMA, and LTE

When a Wi-Fi network is unavailable, iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) are capable of using a cellular data network for Internet connectivity. Select your carrier network technology to learn more about the cellular data network capabilities and features, including: Network types Status Bar icons Whether simultaneous voice and data are supported (on iPhone)(…)

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OS X Yosemite News

OS X Yosemite News

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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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Tags Tips

Tags Tips

To get going with Tags, open a new Finder window and browse to any file or folder on your Mac. With the item selected, click the Tags button that appears at the top of the Finder toolbar. Use the new Tags button to add a Tag to any item A popup window then appears – to add a new(…)

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iBooks Tips

iBooks Tips

Ever since iBooks became a hit on the iPhone and iPad, it’s no surprise that Apple has brought the popular book reading app to the Mac. Mavericks includes iBooks as a standard application, allowing you to read and browse books in a dedicated program rather than using iTunes – where your e-books previously sat rather(…)

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Maps Tips

Maps Tips

There’s no doubt that Maps is a welcome addition to the first-party Apple apps that come with Mavericks. It’s certainly a great rival to Google and is of course much more integrated into the OS than Google Maps. It also works nicely with other applications and options such as sharing, and brings more consistency between(…)

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File Sharing

File Sharing

File Sharing allows your Mac to share files and folders with other Macs and PCs on your network. Notes Your file sharing settings may be overridden by your network router’s firewall, the firewalls on other computers, or the firewall in Mac OS X v10.5 or later. Before you begin, you might want to create all the user and(…)

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AirDrop

AirDrop

AirDrop provides a quick way to share files wirelessly between two Macs, without having to connect to an existing network. Using AirDrop AirDrop is available from the Finder, the Share menu, and in Open and Save windows. When you choose AirDrop, OS X looks for any nearby computers that have also selected AirDrop. Use one of(…)

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AirPort Express

AirPort Express

This tip explains how to stream music from iTunes on your Mac or PC, or from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (iOS 5.1 or later) to your stereo or speakers using AirPort Express as a standalone Wi-Fi base station or as one of several Wi-Fi base stations. Note: If you would also like to(…)

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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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Migrate Windows Files

Migrate Windows Files

You don’t have to start your Mac life from scratch. You can transfer over many of your PC files and use them just like you have before. You can easily move your Windows files to your new Mac and use them with Mac applications. Macs can open many different kinds of files from your PC,(…)

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Manually Migrating Data

Manually Migrating Data

If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps. Migration Assistant is the easiest way to move users, documents, computer settings and other items from an older computer to your new Mac. You can use it to migrate data from(…)

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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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Finding your OS

Finding your OS

To get the latest enhancements and security updates, you should use the latest version of OS X. You can install updates you can install updates from the Mac App Store, from Software Update, or from the Apple Support website. To find build numbers for the version of OS X that came with your computer, refer to OS X versions (builds)(…)

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