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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…]

How to Set up File Sharing in Mac OS X Lion

Macintosh file sharing enables you to use files, folders, and disks from other Macs on a network — any network, including the Internet — as easily as though they were on your own local hard drive. If you [more…]

How to Set Access and Permissions Preferences in Mac OS X Lion

Macintosh file sharing (and indeed, Mac OS X Lion as well) is based on the concept of users. You can share items with no users, one user, or many users, depending on your needs and what you tell your Mac [more…]

How to Create Users in Mac OS X Lion

People who share folders and drives in Mac OS X Lion (or your Mac) are users. A user’s access to items on your local hard drive is entirely at your discretion. You can configure your Mac so only you can [more…]

How to Change or Remove a User in Mac OS X Lion

When working with user accounts and file sharing in Mac OS X Lion, circumstances might dictate that you need to change a user’s identity, password, or accessibility, or perhaps delete a user. Follow these [more…]

How to Limit the Capabilities of a User in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes you want to limit what users of your computer can access in Mac OS X Lion. For example, you might want to make certain programs off limits. You do this by clicking the Parental Controls button [more…]

Understanding Mac OS X Lion Folder Permissions

As you might expect, folder permissions in Mac OS X Lion control who can use a given folder or any disk (or partition) other than the startup disk. You can set permissions for the folder’s owner, a subset [more…]

Sharing a Folder in Mac OS X Lion

Suppose, while using Mac OS X Lion, you have a folder you want to share, but it has slightly different rules than those set up for the Public folder, for the Drop Box folder within the Public folder, or [more…]

Taking Advantage of Useful Permissions Settings in Mac OS X Lion

When working with and setting folder permissions in Mac OS X Lion, you can combine permissions for a folder. You’ll probably find one option that fits the way you work and the people you want to share [more…]

How to Connect to a Shared Folder on a Remote Mac with Mac OS X Lion

You can access folders remotely from another computer with Mac OS X Lion. (Just make sure first that you have the correct administrative permissions to it.) File sharing must be activated on the Mac where [more…]

How to Change Account Passwords in Mac OS X Lion

You can change your Mac OS X Lion user password at any time. Changing your password is a good idea if you’re concerned about security — for example, if there’s a chance your password has been discovered [more…]

How to Turn on Screen Sharing in Mac OS X Lion

Screen Sharing in Mac OS X Lion lets you control another Mac on your network from your Mac. In essence, you see the other Mac’s screen on your Mac — and control it using [more…]

Setting Up Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion

Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion enables your Mac to recognize and respond to human speech. The only thing you need to use it is a microphone, and all laptops and iMacs have a built-in mic these days [more…]

How to Use Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion

Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion enables your Mac to recognize and respond to human speech. It lets you issue verbal commands to your Mac and have it actually perform the commanded tasks. [more…]

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