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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…]

How to Keep Your Mac Laptop’s Battery Charged

You Mac laptop’s actual battery life will vary, depending on how you use your computer. Expect the time your laptop's battery works between charges to be less than the manufacturer’s claim. You can, however [more…]

How to Create Mac User Accounts

The Mac helps keep the peace by giving everyone that uses it their own user accounts. These user accounts are separate areas and are password protected to prevent intrusions. To create a new account for [more…]

How to Apply Special Effects to a Mac Photo Booth Picture

You can apply funky special effects to your Mac Photo Booth Picture either just before or after snapping the picture. You can make it look as though the picture was taken with a thermal camera or an X-ray [more…]

How to Share Mac Photo Booth Pictures

The pictures and movies you make in Photo Booth turn up at the bottom of the Photo Booth program in an on-screen photo strip. To look at the image, just click the corresponding thumbnail. You have several [more…]

How to Use Mac Parental Controls

As a responsible parent, you want to set limits to keep your children safe. When you use your Mac parental controls, you get to say what your child can and cannot do. [more…]

How to Log On to Your Mac

You can control how people who will be using a particular Mac log in. To log in, go to System Preferences, choose Accounts Preferences, and then click Login Options at the bottom of the left pane, under [more…]

How to Log Off of or Use Fast User Switching on Your Mac

If you’re ready to call it quits for the day but don’t want to shut down your Mac, but you don’t want to leave your account open for anyone with prying eyes, you’re in luck. The way to shut down without [more…]

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 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 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…]

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