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How to Change Column View Options in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Windows

In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, each column on the right represents a lower level of subfolders. To make changes to view options in column view mode, choose View [more…]

How to Customize the Finder in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

You can change a number of Snow Leopard’s Finder settings for things like what and where to search and how the Finder window opens. To change these settings, from the Finder menu, click Finder and choose [more…]

How to Use the Mac Snow Leopard’s Go Menu

The Finder in Mac OS X Snow Leopard has a Go menu that lets you jump immediately to specific spots within your own system, on your network, or on the Internet. The destinations that you can travel to using [more…]

How to Copy (or Clone) Files with Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac Snow Leopard lets you create an exact duplicate of any item within the same folder. Cloning is often handy when you need a simple backup of the same file in the same folder or when you’re going to [more…]

How to Delete Files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

It's a good idea to clean up your Mac from time to time by getting rid of files you no longer need. In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the familiar Macintosh Trashcan, to the right of the Dock, is where you put [more…]

How to Use Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Menu Bar

You use the Mac menu bar to access all sorts of information about your Mac. Depending on your hardware, Mac OS X Snow Leopard installs several menu bar icons. The Volume icon is always there by default [more…]

How to Uninstall Applications from Mac OS X Snow Leopard

You might no longer need an application, or maybe you need to remove it to upgrade to a new version or to reinstall it. Mac OS X Snow Leopard doesn’t have an Add or Remove Programs utility for uninstalling [more…]

How to View Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s System Information

If you need information about your hardware or to find out precisely what hardware is installed in your Mac, Apple provides Mac OS X Snow Leopard with an all-in-one hardware and software display tool, [more…]

How to Add Icons to the Dock in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Dock functions as your command center. As such, it had better be easy to customize, and naturally, Mac OS X doesn’t let you down. You can add your own applications, files, and folders [more…]

How to Cut, Copy, and Paste in Pages for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Pages is the desktop publishing application included with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. As with most word-processing applications, Pages lets you cut, copy, and paste any part of your document to improve the [more…]

How to Navigate and Select Cells in a Numbers Spreadsheet

After you create a spreadsheet in Numbers — the spreadsheet program offered by Mac OS X Snow Leopard — you need know how to get to the cell where you want to enter your data. You can use the scroll bars [more…]

How to Store Account Information with Keychains

Your Mac OS X Snow Leopard account keychain stores all the username/password combinations for Web sites, file servers, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, and the like, allowing you to simply waltz in [more…]

How to Use FTP to Access Files on a Mac

One way to give others access to your files is to run an FTP server on your Mac. Mac OS X Snow Leopard comes with an FTP server built in, so you just have to activate it. You might wonder why you’d use [more…]

How to Enable Screen Sharing on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard’s Screen Sharing feature, which is available from iChat, can be turned on for individual users from the Sharing pane in System Preferences. You can allow access for all user accounts on your [more…]

How to Boot Snow Leopard from a DVD-ROM

The bootable Mac OS X Snow Leopard Install DVD-ROM is important if your Mac ever refuses to boot like normal. If you don’t have a bootable DVD-ROM — preferably a Mac OS X Snow Leopard Install DVD-ROM — [more…]

How to Send a Fax from Mac Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes the capability to fax a document right from the Print sheet. But before you can take advantage of it you have to connect and add a fax modem. Fortunately, doing so is as [more…]

How to Open and Edit a Text File on a Mac

Mac Snow Leopard makes it easy for you to create and edit your text files, such as word-processing files. Text files let you create and format documents that include text and photos and even embed music [more…]

How to Print a Document on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Setting up a printer for your Mac OS X Snow Leopard is as easy as plugging it into one of your Mac’s USB ports. The steps required to print a document are just as straightforward. To print from within [more…]

How to Burn a CD on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard offers a built-in CD recording feature that allows you to burn a standard data CD-ROM that can hold up to approximately 660MB of files and folders, and can be read on both Macs and [more…]

How to Empty Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Trashcan

Moving items to Snow Leopard’s Trash doesn’t delete them immediately from your system. You have to empty the trashcan manually. This fail-safe measure comes in handy when you’ve been banging away at the [more…]

How to Create an Alias in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

A Snow Leopard alias acts as a link to an application or document that actually exists elsewhere on your system. You can create your own aliases in a number of ways — all of them easy. [more…]

How to Work with Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Windows

After you open a Mac window, you can do more than just scroll around the screen. Snow Leopard lets you minimize, move, resize, and switch windows. Follow the steps in this demonstration to learn how to [more…]

How to Change Mac Snow Leopard Appearance Settings

Snow Leopard’s System Preferences window is the personalization section of the operating system, where you can customize the appearance and operation of your Desktop and login account. The Appearance group [more…]

How to Organize Your Files with Color and Spotlight Comments in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you color-code files and folders and add Spotlight comments to help you organize and recognize your data in a hurry. For example, why not assign the green label color to the [more…]

How to Display or Hide File Extensions in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Extensions are alien creatures to most Mac owners. However, Snow Leopard lets you see these three- or four-character add-ons at the end of a filename. The extension identifies which program [more…]

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