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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…]

How to Create a User Account on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Creating an account is the first step in setting up Mac Snow Leopard for multiple users. One great use of accounts is to create an account for your children so you can set parental controls. You can limit [more…]

How to Edit a Mac OS X Snow Leopard User Account

If you have administrator access, Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you change an existing account from the Accounts pane in System Preferences. You can control a number of settings via user accounts, such as [more…]

How to Delete a User Account in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

After you set up a user account on your Mac, your aren’t stuck with it forever. If for any reason you want to wipe out an account from the face of the Earth, Snow Leopard makes it easy. To delete an account [more…]

How to Create Smart Groups in Snow Leopard’s Address Book

Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Address Book provides you with a method of organizing your cards into groups. A group usually consists of folks with a common link, such as your family, friends, co-workers, and [more…]

How to Update Mac OS X Snow Leopard

As any good software developer should, Apple constantly releases improvements to Mac OS X Snow Leopard in the form of software updates. Apple makes it easy to keep Mac OS X up to date with the Software [more…]

How to Change the Desktop Background in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you customize your desktop. If you do decide to spruce up your background, you can select one of the default Mac OS X background images, choose a solid color, or specify your [more…]

How to Change Default Colors in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

If you don’t appreciate menus with purple highlights, you can specify a different color. Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you choose a main color and a highlight color. Your menus and buttons will all adhere [more…]

How to Organize with Stacks on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard offers Stacks,which are groups of items (documents, applications, and folders) that you want to place in the Dock for convenience — perhaps the files needed for a project you’re working [more…]

How to Use Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Dashboard

One of Snow Leopard’s most popular features is Dashboard, which you can use to hold widgets and display them with the press of a button. For example, Dashboard comes complete with a calculator, a clock [more…]

How to Set Your Safari Home Page

Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you choose the home page that Safari goes to when you connect to the Internet. Choosing a home page is one of the easiest methods of speeding up your Web surfing, especially [more…]

How to Change Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Screen Saver

Customized screen savers are popular, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard offers you plenty to choose from in System Preferences when you click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon and then click the Screen Saver tab [more…]

How to Add Stickies in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Stickies is a special type of application window that remains on your Desktop as long as the Stickies application is running. You can use Stickies for anything that a real-world sticky note can handle, [more…]

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

Mac OS X with Snow Leopard lets you customize files and folders are displayed in the Finder, including the sizes of fonts and icons, the space between icons, the amount of information that appears by default [more…]

How to Copy and Move Files and Folders on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

You may find the files and folders on your Mac Snow Leopard aren’t where you want them to be. Snow Leopard makes copying and moving files and folders a simple drag and drop experience. You can copy and [more…]

How to Open, Scroll, and Close Mac OS X Snow Leopard Windows

Mac OS X Snow Leopard windows are generally opened automatically when the Finder opens a window to display the contents of your hard drive. Once a window is open, you can scroll it to see all the contents [more…]

How to Choose Which Application Should Launch a File in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

When you launch, say, a word-processing document, you don't want a movie-making application to try to open it. Mac OS X Snow Leopard links different file types with different applications, but it doesn't [more…]

Top Six Things You Should Never Do with Your Mac

Here's how to treat your Mac with care — especially if it's loaded with Mac OS X Lion. Never do these six things with your Mac, MacBook, or MacBook Pro: [more…]

Five Awesome Websites for Mac OS X and Lion Lovers

Want to know how to find out about all things Macintosh? Hop onto the Web to check these Apple-related sites and stuff your brain with information about your Mac and Mac OS X Lion: [more…]

Common Mac Application Shortcut Keystrokes

No matter what application you’re running on your Mac, you can usually speed up using it by pressing a Mac keyboard shortcut rather than using the mouse or trackpad to point to a menu and select a command [more…]

Mac Shortcuts for Foreign Letters and Symbols

When writing, you may want to use a symbol or an accented letter. Holding down any of the letters in the following table opens a pop-up window with the variations of that letter and a number under each [more…]

Mac Mouse and Trackpad Actions

Using your Mac’s mouse or trackpad can be a real drag — in a good way! That’s because drag (as well as click and Control-click) describes how you use your Mac’s mouse and trackpad to do things with windows [more…]

Identifying Mac Applications on the Launchpad

Your Mac’s Launchpad contains a treasure trove of useful Mac applications you can click to launch and use. The following list runs down the applications you’ll find on the Launchpad [more…]

Using Mac Special Feature Keys

Newer Macs feature keyboards with a row of dedicated special feature keys, marked with descriptive icons, that also double as function (Fn) keys. For instance, the fifth key from the left is the one you [more…]


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