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How to Put Your Mac in Sleep Mode Manually

To save time and prevent wear and tear on your computer, don’t turn your Mac on and off; put your Mac into Sleep mode instead. When you put your Mac to sleep, it shuts down every part of your computer, [more…]

How to View Your Mac Folders as Icons or Columns

You can view your Mac folders as icons, columns, or even as album covers. You can change the view of your Mac folders by simply clicking the appropriate View button in the toolbar at the top of the Finder [more…]

How to Start Up Your Mac

Before you can use your Mac, you obviously have to start it up. Here’s the simple way to start up your Mac — the way you’ll probably do it 99 percent of the time: Press the power button. [more…]

How to Put Your Mac in Sleep Mode Automatically

You can make your Mac put itself in Sleep mode automatically after a fixed period of time. If your Mac doesn’t detect any keyboard or mouse activity within the length of time you have designated, your [more…]

How to Shut Down Your Mac

You can shut down your Mac if you won’t use it for an extended period of time or even perform a forced shutdown,which forces all running programs to shut down immediately. You have three ways to shut down [more…]

How to Use Your Mac’s Mouse (Trackpad)

To control your Mac, you need to use the mouse (or trackpad on laptop Macs) and the keyboard. You can use the mouse (trackpad) to choose commands, manipulate items on the screen, or create data, such as [more…]

How to Use Your Mac’s Function Keys

You may wonder what those function keys running along the top of the keyboard do. These function keys are labeled F1 through F12/F19 (how many you have depends on your keyboard), along with an Escape key [more…]

How to Use Your Mac’s Common Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer, you can use keyboard shortcuts instead of choosing menu commands to perform tasks on your Mac. To do so, you press down your keyboard’s Shift, Control, Option, and Command keys while pressing [more…]

How to Close a Window on a Mac

When you’re done viewing or editing any information displayed in a window on your Mac, you can close the window. By closing each window as you are finished working with them, you keep your Mac screen clutter-free [more…]

How to Resize a Window on a Mac

Sometimes a window may be in the perfect location on your Mac screen, but it’s too small or too large for what you want to do at that moment. In that case, you need to resize the window. To change the [more…]

How to Minimize a Window on a Mac

If you don’t want to close a window but you’re not currently working on it, you can minimize it so that it doesn’t clutter up your Mac screen. When you minimize a window, your Mac places the minimized [more…]

How to Hide or View Your Mac’s Toolbar

Some windows on your Mac display a row of icons at the top of the window, known as a toolbar. While the toolbar gives you one-click access to commonly used commands, such as saving or printing a file, [more…]

How to Organize Your Mac’s Windows with Exposé

You can use a handy feature called Exposé to organize your opened windows on your Mac. Exposé gives you a fast, convenient way to organize your windows. You don’t have to move, resize, or minimize each [more…]

How to Work with the Mac Dock

The Mac Dock is a rectangular strip that contains both program icons and file icons. To help keep your icons organized, the Dock places Program icons on the left side of a divider and File icons on the [more…]

How to Find Help on Your Mac

Your Mac includes a built-in help system in case you have questions while working on your Mac. If at any time you’re confused using your Mac, try looking for answers in the Mac help system. If you get [more…]

How to Use the Right Connector to Hook Up Devices to Your Mac

Industry standard jacks, holes, and connectors on the back or side of your Mac (depending on whether you have a desktop or laptop) may look odd, but you can’t live without [more…]

How to Connect Devices to Your Mac Using a USB Port

You can use a Universal Serial Bus (USB) to connect printers, scanners, digital cameras, webcams, iPods, joysticks, speakers, keychain disk drives, piano keyboards, and even your mouse and computer keyboard [more…]

How to Work with Your Mac Folders in List View

If you want to view your Mac folders as a list, look on the View menu and click the As List item, and the check mark moves there. If you were previously looking at icons, they shrink dramatically, and [more…]

How to Use Mac Spaces

You can use Mac Spaces to keep your programs and windows organized in one dedicated location. Then you can use a few key moves to navigate your Mac Spaces: [more…]

How to Use Quick Look to View File Contents on Your Mac

You can use Quick Look to peek at the contents of files on your Mac — without having to launch the applications that created those files. Quick Look lets you look at a file as a pretty decent-sized thumbnail [more…]

How to Use the Mac’s Dock

The colorful reflective three-dimensional bar at the bottom of your Mac’s screen is your dock. (If you’re a PC user, think of the dock as a rough cross between the Windows taskbar and the Start menu. You [more…]

How to Use Stacks on Your Mac

A new Leopard feature called Stacks is similar to placing papers related to each other in the same pile on your desk. Stacks are a collection of files organized by theme, and you can create your own stacks [more…]

How to Add a Person to the Mac Address Book

You can add addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses to the Mac Address Book. You can also add a picture and note about the person (“awfully cute; owns a Mac”). You can access the Mac Address Book [more…]

How to Use Virtual Stickies on Your Mac

If you’re a fan of yellow sticky notes, then you’ll want to use the Mac’s electronic version called Stickies. Just like the gluey paper kind, electronic notes let you jot down quick shopping lists, phone [more…]

How to Customize a Mac Laptop’s Trackpad

The Mac trackpad is the smooth rectangular surface below the keyboard; it’s your laptop’s answer to using a mouse. A trackpad has its own annoying idiosyncrasies. Fortunately, you can customize the trackpad [more…]

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