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Mac Basics: How to Launch an App

To run an app from the Dock on your Mac, move the pointer over the app icon that you want to run and click. (What? Were you expecting something difficult?) The Dock contains icons that represent some [more…]

How to Change the Mac’s Screen Resolution

The display defines the screen resolution on the Mac, measured in pixels, which are the dots that make up an image. The higher the display resolution, the more pixels you have and the sharper the image [more…]

How to Change the Color of Mac’s User Interface

A good way to change the appearance of your Mac’s screen is to modify the colors used in windows, menus, and dialogs. To change the color of these user interface items, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Change the Date and Time on Your Mac

Keeping track of time might seem trivial, but knowing the right time is important. That way, your Mac can determine when you created or modified a particular file, and keep track of appointments you’ve [more…]

How to Adjust Sounds on Your Mac

Every Mac can play sound through speakers (built-in or external) or headphones, from making the simplest beeping noise to playing audio CDs like a stereo. Three primary ways to modify the sound on your [more…]

Notifications on the Mac

When your Mac wants to tell you or remind you of something, it alerts you. It used to be those alerts were few and far between, but today with bells ringing for birthdays, beeps telling you you’ve got [more…]

How to Personalize Notifications on Your Mac

To personalize how you receive notifications on your Mac, do the following: [more…]

How to Use Your Mac with Vision Limitations

Click the question mark button in the lower-right corner of any System Preferences pane to open help for that preference. To modify the vision assistance features of your Mac, follow these steps. [more…]

How to Compensate for Hearing Limitations on the Mac

To adjust for hearing impairments, you can have your Mac flash the screen to catch your attention and set up subtitles and closed captioning to appear when those options are available. Follow these steps [more…]

How to Ease Keyboard Limitations on Your Mac

If you have physical limitations using the keyboard, the Mac offers two solutions: Sticky Keys and Slow Keys. Sticky Keys can help you use keystroke shortcuts, such as ⌘+P [more…]

How to Set Up Speakable Items on Your Mac

To use the Mac’s built-in voice recognition software, you have to define its settings and then assign specific types of commands to your voice. You define the Speakable Items settings to choose how to [more…]

Set up Dictation and Speech on Your Mac

If you long for a secretary who takes dictation, your days of waiting are over. Follow the first set of steps to set up the dictation part of the Dictation & Speech preferences, and then read on to learn [more…]

How to Launch an App from Mac’s Launchpad

If the app you want to open on your Mac isn’t stored on the Dock, you can go to Launchpad, which shows all apps that are in the Applications folder. Click the Launchpad icon [more…]

Back Up Your Mac with External Hard Drives

To prevent the loss of all your data if your Mac’s hard drive should suddenly bite the dust, you can connect an external hard drive to your Mac’s USB or Thunderbolt port with a cable that’s typically included [more…]

Store Your Mac Backups on USB Flash Drives

Because of their low cost, fast copying speed, and ease of moving and plugging into any Mac, flash drives are a popular alternative for backing up files. [more…]

Store Your Mac Backups Off Site

Backing up your Mac’s important files to an off-site storage service virtually guarantees that you’ll never lose your data. Keep in mind that doing a complete remote backup will be slower than a USB 2. [more…]

Back Up Your Mac to CDs or DVDs

With the advent of flash drives and remote storage, this topic is almost obsolete. In fact, the newest Macs — even iMacs and Mac Pros — don’t come with optical disc drives; you have to use an external [more…]

How to Move Backup from Old to New Mac

Sooner or later, your Mac will be outdated, and you’ll want to move your files to a new Mac. Apple has a handy Migration Assistant application to perform this task. You can transfer your files directly [more…]

How to Delete an Account on Your Mac

After you create one or more accounts on your Mac, you may want to delete an old or unused account. When you delete an account, your Mac gives you the option of retaining the account’s Home folder, which [more…]

How to Switch between Accounts on Your Mac

The Mac offers several ways to switch between accounts. The most straightforward way is to log out of one account and then log in to a different account. A faster and more convenient way is to use Fast [more…]

10 Neat Things You Can Do on Your Mac

Truth is, hundreds of pages could be written about the Mac and there would still be things left unaddressed that your Mac can accomplish (with more than a little help from you, of course). So check out [more…]

How to Use Quick Look on a Mac

Apple gives the Mac a clever way to peek at the contents of files on the computer without having to launch the applications that created or can otherwise open those files. [more…]

How to Use Parental Controls on Your Mac

Suppose that one of the new accounts you create on your Mac is for your impressionable offspring, Cookie Monster. As a responsible parent, you want to set limits to keep him out of trouble. And as a responsible [more…]

How to Tag a File on Your Mac

New in Mavericks is the option to tag a file — a potentially indispensable feature on the Mac that makes it easy to find a document you’ve created or to organize all your files by project. [more…]

How to Work on Multiple Desktops with Mac Mission Control

To the right of the Mac Dashboard on the top row is a thumbnail with a white border around it. That’s the Desktop that you’re currently working in. Adjacent to that Desktop window are windows for any open [more…]

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