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How to Watch Movies with Mac OS X Lion’s DVD Player

The DVD Player application in Mac OS X Lion includes snazzy little on-screen controllers. They enable you to watch your movies on your Mac in pretty much the same way you’d watch them on your TV with your [more…]

Viewing Images and PDFs in the Mac OS X Lion Preview

You use Preview to open, view, and print PDFs as well as most graphics files (TIFF, JPEG, PICT, and so on) in Mac OS X Lion. One of the most useful things the OS X Lion Preview can do is change a graphic [more…]

How to Download Pictures from a Camera in Mac OS X Lion

Chances are good that you’ll want to import pictures from your digital camera into Mac OS X Lion someday. Getting pictures from your digital camera onto your OS X Lion hard drive is a pretty simple task [more…]

Creating a TextEdit Document in Mac OS X Lion

TextEdit is a word processor/text editor in Mac OS X Lion that you can use to write letters, scribble notes, or open Read Me files. It’s not as sophisticated as Microsoft Word [more…]

Editing and Formatting TextEdit Documents in Mac OS X Lion

TextEdit in Mac OS X Lion operates on the “select, then operate” principle, as do most Macintosh programs, including the Finder. So in Mac OS X Lion, before you can affect text in your document — change [more…]

Managing Fonts with Font Book in Mac OS X Lion

Font Book in Mac OS X Lion lets you view your installed fonts, install new fonts, group your fonts into collections, and enable and disable installed fonts. As usual, you find the Font Book application [more…]

Types of Fonts in Mac OS X Lion

Tens of thousands of different fonts are available for the Macintosh. You don’t want to use the same font for both a garage-sale flyer and a résumé, right? Luckily for you, Mac OS X Lion comes with hundreds [more…]

How to Compose a New E-Mail Message in Mac OS X Lion Mail

Mail is a program in Mac OS X Lion for sending, receiving, and organizing your e-mail. Mail is fast and easy to use, too. Click the Mail icon in the OS X Dock or double-click the Mail icon in the Applications [more…]

Navigating the Mail Toolbar in Mac OS X Lion

Mail is a program in Mac OS X Lion for sending, receiving, and organizing your e-mail. Before you can master the application, you’ll have to take a look at the nine handy buttons and a search field in [more…]

How to Check for New Mail in Mac OS X Lion

Mail is a program in Mac OS X Lion for sending, receiving, and organizing your e-mail. How do you check and open your mail? In OS X Lion just click the Get Mail button at the top of the main Mail window [more…]

How to Set Mail Rules in Mac OS X Lion

If you really want to tap the power of the Mail application in Mac OS X Lion, you need to set rules. With rules in Mac OS X Lion, you can automatically tag messages with a color; file them in a specific [more…]

Using Mailboxes in Mac OS X Lion

Plain mailboxes in Mail are just like folders in the Mac OS X Lion Finder; you create them and name them, and they’re empty until you put something in them. They even look like OS X Lion folders in Mail’s [more…]

How to Create Smart Mailboxes in Mac OS X Lion

A smart mailbox is Mail’s version of the Mac OS X Lion Finder’s Smart Folder. In a nutshell, smart mailboxes are mailboxes that display the results of a search. The messages you see in a smart mailbox [more…]

How to Add Mail Signatures in Mac OS X Lion

If you’d rather not type your whole signature every time you send an e-mail message, you don’t have to with Mail in Mac OS X Lion. If you create canned signatures, you can use them in outgoing OS X Lion [more…]

How to Set up Automatic Login in Mac OS X Lion

Some users don’t care for the fact that Mac OS X Lion is a multiuser operating system and dislike having to log in when they start up their Mac. For those users, here’s a way to disable the login screen [more…]

How to Run Windows on Your Mac with Mac OS X Lion Boot Camp

Boot Camp is Mac OS X Lion’s built-in technology that allows you to run Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or 7 on any Intel-based Mac. If your Mac meets the following requirements, you can run Windows on your [more…]

Backing up Your Hard Drive with Time Machine in Mac OS X Lion

Time Machine is an excellent backup system that was introduced with Mac OS X Leopard — and it’s only gotten better with Mac OS X Lion. It’s a system because it consists of two parts: the Time Machine System [more…]

How to Back up Your Hard Drive Manually in Mac OS X Lion

If you don’t have a second hard drive, the most rudimentary way to back up your Mac with Mac OS X Lion is to do it manually. You would accomplish this by dragging said files, a few at a time, to another [more…]

Protecting Files with FileVault in Mac OS X Lion

If you absolutely, positively don’t ever want anyone to be able to access the files in your Mac OS X Lion Home folder, an application called FileVault allows you to encrypt your entire Home folder and [more…]

How to Set Security Options in Mac OS X Lion

The General tab of the Security & Privacy System Preferences pane in Mac OS X Lion offers several options that can help keep the data in your computer safe. They are [more…]

Setting Keychain Access in Mac OS X Lion

A keychain is a way to consolidate your passwords in Mac OS X Lion — the one you use to log into your Mac, your e-mail password, and passwords required by any websites. Here’s how it works: You use a single [more…]

Setting up a Printer for the First Time with Mac OS X Lion

After your computer and printer are connected with a compatible cable, powered on, and installed with the appropriate Mac OS X Lion-compatible software, you’re ready to configure your Mac. You have to [more…]

How to use Page Setup when Printing in Mac OS X Lion

After you set up your printer with Mac OS X Lion, the features in the Page Setup sheet can help you solve most basic printing problems. Many programs have a Page Setup command on their File menu. Note [more…]

Choosing Custom Printer Settings in Mac OS X Lion

After you connect and configure your printer with Mac OS X Lion and then set up how you want your document to print, you come to the final steps before that joyous moment when your printed page pops out [more…]

Choosing Preview and PDF Printing Options in Mac OS X Lion

To see a preview of what your printed page will look like in Mac OS X Lion, choose Open PDF in Preview from the PDF pop-up menu in the bottom-left corner of the expanded Print sheet. When you do so in [more…]

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