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Using the Go Menu in the Mac OS X Lion Finder

The Go menu in the Mac OS X Lion Finder offers many shortcuts. The items on the Go menu take you to places on your Mac — many of which can be found in the Finder window toolbar — and a few other places [more…]

How to Set Finder Preferences in Mac OS X Lion Finder

You can find Finder and Desktop preferences in Mac OS X Lion by choosing Finder→Preferences. In the Mac OS X Lion Finder Preferences window that appears, you find four panes: General, Labels, Sidebar, [more…]

Finding Icon Data in the Info Window in Mac OS X Lion

Every icon in Mac OS X Lion has an Info window that gives you information about that icon and enables you to choose which other users (if any) you want to have the privilege of using this icon. In Mac [more…]

Understanding the Mac OS X Lion Folder Structure

To get acquainted with Mac OS X Lion folder structure, start by looking at the folder structure of a typical Mac OS X installation. Open a Finder window, and click the icon for your hard drive [more…]

How to Create a Burn Folder in Mac OS X Lion

A burn folder lets you burn selected files to a CD or DVD in Mac OS X Lion many times. Perhaps the most useful thing you can do with a burn folder in OS X Lion is to create one that contains your most [more…]

How to Assign a File Type to an Application in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes, if your Mac doesn’t recognize a file type as something that one of its programs can handle, or if you want a specific file type to always open in a specific program, Mac OS X Lion might need [more…]

How to Organize Files with Subfolders in Mac OS X Lion

Folders in Mac OS X Lion work like manila folders in the real world. Their icons look like folders, like the one in the margin to the left; they can contain files or other folders, called [more…]

How to Create a New Folder in Mac OS X Lion

Think of creating new folders in Mac OS X Lion the same way you’d think of labeling a new folder at work for a specific project. New folders help you keep your files organized, enabling you to reorganize [more…]

Working with Spring-Loaded Folders in Mac OS X Lion

A spring-loaded folder pops open in Mac OS X Lion when you drag something onto it without releasing the mouse button. Spring-loaded folders work with all folder or disk icons in all views and in the Sidebar [more…]

Working with Smart Folders in Mac OS X Lion

Smart Folders let you save search criteria in Mac OS X Lion and then tell them to work in the background to reflect those criteria in real time. In other words, Mac OS X Lion Smart Folders are updated [more…]

Understanding the Mac OS X Lion Clipboard

The Mac OS X Lion Clipboard is a holding area for the last thing that you cut or copied. That copied item can be text, a picture, a portion of a picture, an object in a drawing program, a column of numbers [more…]

How to Copy Files and Folders in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes you need to move or duplicate files and folders in Mac OS X Lion. One way to copy icons from one place to another is to use the Clipboard. When a file or folder icon is selected, choose Edit→Copy [more…]

How to Move Files and Folders in Mac OS X Lion

You can move Mac OS X Lion files and folders around within a window to your heart’s content as long as that window is set to icon view. Just click and drag any file's icon to its new location in the window [more…]

How to Select Multiple Icons in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes, in the course of working with Mac OS X Lion, you want to move or copy several items into a single folder. If you want to move all the files in a particular folder, simply choose Edit→Select [more…]

How to Rename Icons in Mac OS X Lion

To rename an icon in Mac OS X Lion, you can either click the icon’s name directly (don’t click the icon itself, because that selects the icon) or click the icon and then press Return [more…]

How to Get Rid of Icons in Mac OS X Lion

To get rid of an icon from the Desktop or any Finder window in Mac OS X Lion, merely drag it onto the Trash icon on your OS X Dock.

Trashing an alias gets rid of only the alias, not the parent file. But [more…]

How to Use the Search Box in Mac OS X Lion Finder Windows

Mac OS X Lion includes a fabulous technology called Spotlight that can help you find almost anything on any mounted disk in seconds. With the Mac OS X Lion Finder search box, Spotlight can search for files [more…]

How to Use the Spotlight Menu and Window in Mac OS X Lion

One way to search for files and folders in Mac OS X Lion is to use the Spotlight menu itself — the magnifying-glass icon at the far right end of your menu bar. Click the icon to open the Spotlight Search [more…]

How to Manage Windows in Spaces in Mac OS X Lion

Spaces lets you manage Mac OS X Lion windows by organizing them in groups called spaces and then switching from space to space with a keystroke or gesture. When you use spaces, only two kinds of windows [more…]

How to Navigate Spaces in Mac OS X Lion

You can navigate Spaces in Mac OS X Lion by entering Mission Control and clicking the space you want to use, but you can also navigate spaces in the following ways: [more…]

How to Customize Your Mac OS X Lion Launchpad

Launchpad presents all of the applications in your Applications folder in a view that looks like the home screen of any iOS device. Launchpad for Mac OS X Lion is configurable, just like home screens on [more…]

Using Disks in Mac OS X Lion

Think of the disk icons that appear on the Desktop (and/or in the sidebars of Finder windows) in Mac OS X Lion as though they were folders. That’s because OS X Lion sees disks as nothing [more…]

Moving and Copying Disk Icons in Mac OS X Lion

Moving a file icon from one on-screen disk to another in Mac OS X Lion works the same way as moving an icon from one folder to another, with one notable exception: When you move a file from one disk to [more…]

How to Burn CDs or DVDs in Mac OS X Lion

With Mac OS X Lion, you can play, create, and publish audio and video on optical media. Depending on which type of optical drive your Mac is equipped with, you can burn some or all of the following types [more…]

How to Create a Basic Contact Group in Mac OS X Lion

Why would you want to organize your Address Book contacts into groups in Mac OS X Lion? The main reason is practical: you can send e-mail to everyone in a group that you’ve defined with a single click. [more…]

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