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How to Add Loops to Music in GarageBand

GarageBand loops are professionally recorded (and royalty-free) musical snippets that supply drum beats, rhythm parts, melody lines, bass sections, and so on for your music. Apple includes more than 1, [more…]

How to Use Regions in Apple GarageBand

Adding loops or recording your own music (with real or software instruments) creates a region in a track. You can cut, copy, and paste these regions or resize them to play as long as you need them to. [more…]

How to Make Multitake Recordings in GarageBand

You can keep recording part of a composition in Apple GarageBand until you feel your performance is perfect. You can even combine the best performance from one take with the best take in another. To make [more…]

How to Display Standard Notes in Apple GarageBand

You may want to display your composition with standard notes, clef signs, and so on. Select a software instrument region and open Track Editor by clicking the button at the lower-left corner of the screen [more…]

How to Use Magic GarageBand

If you’re not a real musician or composer, Apple had you in mind when it added its new Magic GarageBand feature to GarageBand. The idea is to let you conduct a virtual band. When you choose Magic GarageBand [more…]

How to Create Podcasts in GarageBand

Podcasts are like your own Internet radio or TV show, with music (from iTunes or elsewhere), pictures, sound effects, video, or some combination of these. Fans can find your podcasts on the Net [more…]

How to Share Podcasts in GarageBand

When you’re ready to share your GarageBand podcasts with the public, you have a few options. Before sharing, however, remember that you are responsible for owning or getting permission for any copyrighted [more…]

How to Share Music and Ringtones in GarageBand

You can share the music you created in GarageBand in several ways. You can send a song you created in GarageBand directly to a playlist in iTunes. You can create your own ringtone for an iPhone in GarageBand [more…]

How to Set Up a Wired Network for Your Macs

When you install a network, or connect multiple computers, two or more interconnected Macs can share files, data, music, printers, an Internet connection, and other resources. If the Macs you intend to [more…]

How to Set Preferences in Office 2008 for Mac

Each Office 2008 for Mac application has many different preference settings you can alter to suit your needs. Most (if not all) preferences let you enable, disable, or specify values for the way features [more…]

What Mac and Windows PCs Have in Common

For all their differences, Mac and Windows are more alike than you may initially grasp. If you’re switching from a Windows-based computer to a Mac, you’ll be happy to know that the following items remain [more…]

How to Move Your Windows Files and Preferences to a Mac

You’re ready to move from your Windows PC to a Mac, but you’ve invested time and energy over the years getting your Windows files and preferences just as you like them. Within certain limits, you can replicate [more…]

Running OS X and Windows XP on One Machine

If you own one of the newer Intel-based Macs, you can run OS X and Windows XP on one machine, thanks to Apple’s Boot Camp. Although Boot Camp itself is free, you have to supply your own single-disc, full-install [more…]

How to Run Both OS X and Windows on Your Mac

Thanks to Apple software called Boot Camp, you can run both Windows (XP or Vista) and OS X on one Mac machine. Here’s how to install Boot Camp, which came with Leopard, so you can use both Windows and [more…]

How to Avoid Rebooting Every Time You Switch between Leopard and Windows

Apple Boot Camp let's you run both Leopard and Windows on your Mac, but Boot Camp’s biggest drawback is its requirement that you reboot your computer every time you want to switch between Leopard and Windows [more…]

How to Help Your Mac When It’s Moving Slowly

A Mac, like any computer, is a machine, and occasionally you’ll encounter problems. Fortunately, most issues are minor. If your Mac is moving slowly when it was once fast, here are four possible explanations [more…]

How to Perform Routine Mac Maintenance

You can avoid many issues and problems by performing routine maintenance tasks on your Mac. Purging unnecessary files and programs, backing up your files, and updating software go a long way to keeping [more…]

How to Find Help for Your Mac Problems

If you run into a problem with your Mac beyond your expertise, especially if it’s a serious hardware issue, or you lack the patience, inclination, or confidence to fix your Mac, you can find help in plenty [more…]

How to Zip and Unzip Files on Your Mac

Files you download from the Internet are often compressed or zipped so that they take up less space and arrive much faster than files that haven’t been compressed. You can easily identify compressed files [more…]

How to FTP Files on Your Mac

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) sites are usually set up by companies or individuals to make it easy to exchange sizable files, such as videos or picture files, over the Internet. Your Mac has a built-in [more…]

How to Know Which Edition of Office 2008 for Mac to Buy

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac comes in three editions: Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition, Office 2008 for Mac, and Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition. All three editions have the exact [more…]

How to Explore the Mac Office 2008 Folder

When you install the Office 2008 software on your Mac, you don’t create a single application called Microsoft Office 2008. Rather, you create a folder by that name, which contains approximately eight items [more…]

Using Toolbars in Office 2008 for Mac

All the Office 2008 for Mac applications offer at least one toolbar, which you can think of as a visual menu. You click a button on the toolbar to execute the command. To find out what a button on a toolbar [more…]

Using Palettes in Office 2008 for Mac

If you don't like the toolbars above Word, Excel, or PowerPoint windows, all three Office 2008 programs have numerous palettes you can use. Each palette is represented by an icon at the top of a single [more…]

How to Customize Toolbars and Menus in Office 2008 for Mac

The programs in Office 2008 for Mac are extremely customizable. You’re free to modify the included toolbars and menus by adding or deleting items. If you’d like, you can even create your own toolbars from [more…]

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