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How to Create Your Own Widget on the Mac Dashboard

You’re not limited to the widgets provided by Apple on the Mac Dashboard, or the widgets you find available as freeware or for a fee. You can select a portion of a Web page and create a widget that shows [more…]

Teaching Your Kids about Online Safety

Your kids need to develop some online smarts about online conduct, even if you’ve set up parental controls on your Mac. You can share several basic tips with them to help keep them safe while searching [more…]

Changing How the Keyboard Works on Your Mac

You can access the Keyboard pane through the Universal Access dialog on your Mac. The Keyboard pane offers several settings that can make using a keyboard easier, especially if you need special accommodations [more…]

Changing How Your Mac Mouse Works

Some people have a hard time using a computer mouse. If the default mouse setup doesn’t work well for you, Apple offers several options in its Universal Access Mouse & Trackpad pane, such as increasing [more…]

How to Transfer Files from Older Macs

You can transfer your files from older Macs that have a FireWire port without much fuss. You need a FireWire cable. When you start up OS X for the first time, you’re asked “Do You Already Own a Mac?” If [more…]

How to Transfer Files When Your Older Mac Doesn’t Have FireWire

If your Mac is so old that it does not have FireWire, you still have ways to transfer files to your new Mac. If you have Ethernet, you can try to use AppleShare. It doesn’t work for all older versions [more…]

How to Convert Older Mac Files for a New Mac

Although current commercial applications, such as TextEdit and Microsoft Office, can read older Mac file formats, most applications cannot. If you’ve transferred your files from your old Mac to your new [more…]

Keeping Your Mac’s Software and Hardware Running Smoothly

Taking care of a Mac and keeping it running smoothly is mostly common sense. You just need to pay attention to the software, hardware, and your habits every so often to keep your Mac safe and running optimally [more…]

Clearing Disk Space on Your Mac

If you find that your Mac’s hard drive is filling up, you can try several things. Of course, your hard drive might be filling up because you have lots of files you want to keep. In that case, consider [more…]

How to Switch Among Applications with Mac OS X Snow Leopard

You might think that juggling multiple Mac applications will lead to confusion, but luckily, Mac OS X Snow Leopard makes it easy to jump between programs that are running on your Mac. Use any of these [more…]

Troubleshooting Problems with Turning Mac OS X Snow Leopard On and Off

These days, most Macs have a power-on button near the keyboard (notebooks) or the back side (iMacs). You use it to turn on your Mac, but there is a procedure for shutting down Snow Leopard properly. [more…]

Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Virtually all Mac OS X applications have their own keyboard shortcuts that perform the same operation as a menu command or toolbar button. Although the mouse might seem the easier path when controlling [more…]

Icon Selection Tips and Tricks for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac Snow Leopard offers icons that let you perform many common tasks such as copying, moving, or deleting. First, here are the various ways that you can select icons when performing an action: [more…]

How to Use Aliases in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

The Mac Snow Leopard alias might look like a standard icon, but it sports a tiny curved arrow at the base that points to another application or folder. Essentially, an alias is a link to something else [more…]

How to Display File and Folder Information in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

In Mac OS X Snow Lepoard, the Finder’s Info dialog displays the specifics of any highlighted item (including drives and aliases). It lets you see how big a file is, when it was created, when it was last [more…]

How to Customize the Dock in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you customize most desktop items, and the Dock is no different. Mac’s Dock is like command central, so you customize it to work best for you. If you want your Dock to go mobile [more…]

How to Protect Files on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Every Mac owner needs to know how to protect files and folders from accidental deletion or editing. Snow Leopard’s Info dialog lets you lock your files to protect them. By locking a file, you allow it [more…]

How to Set Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Parental Controls

Setting Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s parental controls helps you restrict certain content that you deem inappropriate for children, but the controls don’t stop there. You can set time limits and even have Mac [more…]

How to Customize Spotlight in Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Searching

The Mac OS X with Snow Leopard Spotlight feature has its own pane within System Preferences. You can use it to help you customize Spotlight to search just the way you want to search. Click the System Preferences [more…]

How to Search with Spotlight in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes Searchlight, a powerful searching tool that lets you find information on your computer or search Web pages in your Safari browser’s cache. The Spotlight search field is always [more…]

How to Use Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Recent Items Menu

Mac OS X Snow Leopard offers the Recent Items menu to save you the trouble of drilling for applications and files (and even network servers). The Recent Items menu is divided into Applications, Documents [more…]

How to Use Finder Views with Mac OS X Snow Leopard

By default, Mac OS X Snow Leopard uses the familiar large-icon format in the Finder. In addition to the Finder’s icon view, Snow Leopard offers three other window view modes: list, column, and flow [more…]

How to Hide or Show Snow Leopard's Status Bar and Toolbar

That strip of icons across the top of Snow Leopard’s Finder window is called the toolbar. Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you show it or hide it — if you want more screen space [more…]

Advanced Searching with Mac OS X Snow Leopard's Find Dialog

The Search box on Mac’s toolbar is all you usually need to find most files and folders. For additional options, Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you add the Find controls, which you can use to create custom [more…]

How to Change List View Options in Mac OS X Snow Leopard's Windows

In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the List view displays the folders on the volume hierarchically, but List view options give you control over details like the size of columns and whether to set the list view [more…]


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