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How to Choose a Screen Saver for Your Mac

Screen savers are so-named because they were created to save your Mac’s screen from a ghostly phenomenon known as burn-in. Today, choosing your screen saver is strictly about cosmetics and personalization [more…]

How to Clean Up Your Mac Desktop with Exposé

Your Mac desktop can get cluttered, especially as you juggle several projects at once. Fortunately, Apple lets you clean up your Mac desktop with Exposé. [more…]

How to Create Mac Spaces

The Leopard feature known as Spaces lets you display only those programs and windows required to tackle the projects at hand. If you’re working on multiple projects at once — say, a family scrapbook or [more…]

How to Create a Smart Group in the Mac Address Book

A Smart Group is a terrific way to manage information in your Mac Address Book. The key to using a Smart Group is to add a descriptive word that groups your desired addresses or information all together [more…]

How to Attach Files to Your Mac E-Mails

You can attach a file to e-mail you send from your Mac. These attachments are typically word-processing documents, but you can attach any type of file: pictures, music, spreadsheets, videos, and more. [more…]

How to Change Advanced Mac System Preferences

In Systems Preferences, you can do a lot of customizing of your Mac. You can change the date and time, alter sound and displays, and update software. [more…]

How to Enable Universal Access on Your Mac

Some physically challenged users may require special help controlling the Mac, so you need to enable Universal Access on Your Mac. Choose Universal Access under System Preferences and click the tab you [more…]

How to Search Your Mac with Spotlight

Spotlight is a desktop search utility that helps you search your Mac files. Spotlight enables you to easily lay your hands on the documents, pictures, e-mail messages, and other programs you need at any [more…]

How to Sort through Mac Spotlight’s Search Results

Spotlight doesn’t always guess correctly when it comes to what you’re searching for. In fact, some searches yield more than 20 possible outcomes, and you need to sort through Spotlight’s search results [more…]

How to Search Your Mac with Mac Spotlight

You can customize Spotlight’s search results on your Mac in numerous ways. You can sort outcomes by Kind (Documents, Mail Messages, and so on), Date (Today, Yesterday, Previous 7 Days, Previous 30 Days [more…]

How to Search Using New Advanced Mac Spotlight Techniques

Spotlight, Apple's marvelous desktop search utility that debuted with OS X Tiger, only gets better with Leopard. Here are a few advanced Spotlight search techniques that were introduced on Macs with Leopard [more…]

How to Create a Mac Smart Folder to Organize Your Spotlight Search

Mac Smart Folders organize computer files based on the search criteria you’ve chosen by creating shortcuts to the files. What’s more, thanks to the smart folks at Apple, behind the scenes Smart Folders [more…]

How to Access the Mac Dashboard Widgets

Mac mini-applications known as widgets help you get a quick snippet of information. Widgets generally serve a useful and singular purpose: from letting you track an overnight package to finding out whether [more…]

How to Find More Mac Widgets

You can find many widgets for your Mac. To get you started, Apple supplies a collection of basic widgets (calculator, clock, calendar, weather) for your Mac. Thousands of interesting widgets are available [more…]

How to Program Repetitive Tasks Using the Mac Automator

Mac OS X Tiger includes a feature called Automator that lets you program repetitive tasks — renaming a batch of files, say — without having to master programming. The Mac Automator is Apple’s way of automating [more…]

How to Manage Your Fonts Using the Mac Font Book

You can use the Mac OS X program Font Book to manage and organize all your fonts, whether they came with your Mac or you downloaded them on the Internet. Located in the Applications folder, Font Book lets [more…]

How to Empty Your Mac Trash

Even though you’ve deleted documents, if not entire folders, they reside in your Mac trash can. To free up hard drive space, you need to actually empty your Mac trash. [more…]

How to Make a Mac Alias (Shortcut)

You can create an alias of a file to serve as a shortcut for finding it, no matter where it’s buried on your Mac. When you create an alias, you’re not making a full duplicate of a file. [more…]

How to Customize Printing on Your Mac

The Mac gives you control over how your printer will behave and how your prints will look. You can customize your printouts by adding borders, creating two-sided prints, scheduling a delayed printing, [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Mac Printing Problems

Eventually, you will encounter printer issues when you try to print your Mac document. Fortunately, if your document won’t print, the fix is usually replacing your printer’s ink or toner cartridge or restocking [more…]

How to Hook Up a Scanner to Your Mac

A scanner usually hooks up through a USB port, although FireWire models are in the marketplace as well. Or you may gain a scanner as part of a multifunction, or all-in-one, device. A scanner lets you reproduce [more…]

How to Send a Fax from Your Mac

If your Mac has a built-in, dial-up fax modem, you don’t need a dedicated fax machine. Just connect a telephone cord to the Mac’s modem jack, and you can fax without printing a document and sending it [more…]

How to Receive a Fax on Your Mac

If your Mac can send a fax, it can receive one, too. Make sure that you have an available phone line, and your computer is awake. A Mac in sleep mode cannot receive a fax. Then follow these steps to send [more…]

How to Add Stationery to Your Mac E-Mails

Apple added more than 30 e-mail stationery templates as part of Leopard, covering most major occasions and organized by category. These Mac stationery templates include birthday parties, baby announcements [more…]

Ripping Audio CDs in iTunes

You don’t have to keep inserting a CD into your Mac to hear its music play because you can use Apple iTunes to rip, or copy, the contents onto the Mac’s hard drive. That’s because when you insert music [more…]

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