Mac OS X Mavericks

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Basics of the OS X Folder Structure

Look at the folder structure of a typical OS X installation. Open a Finder window and click the icon for your hard drive (which is typically called Macintosh HD) in the Sidebar. You should see at least [more…]

How to Perform a Basic Save in OS X Mavericks

When you save a file, you’re committing a copy to a disk. OS X Mavericks’ Resume feature automatically reopens all windows that were onscreen when you quit the app. So, when you launch the app again, all [more…]

How to Open Files in OS X Mavericks

Using OS X Mavericks you can open any icon in the Finder — whether it’s a file or a folder — in at least six ways. Anyway, here are the ways: [more…]

How to Open Files in with Specific Applications in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks lets you specify the application in which you want to open a document in the future when you double-click it. More than that, you can specify that you want all documents of that type to [more…]

Basics of Icons in OS X Mavericks

There are several things you can do with icons in OS X Mavericks. Sometimes you want to move or copy several items into a single folder. The process is pretty much the same as it is when you copy one file [more…]

Basics of Quick Look in OS X Mavericks

The Quick Look command in OSX Mavericks displays the contents of the selected file in a floating window. The key point is that you can see what’s in a file without double-clicking [more…]

Launchpad: The Place for Applications in OS X Mavericks

In OS X Maverick’s Launchpad presents all the applications in your Applications folder in a view that looks like the home screen of any iOS device (that is, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch). In fact, if you [more…]

Basics of Calendar in OS X Mavericks

OS X Maverick’s Calendar is a wonderful program that provides multiple appointment calendars with alerts. More precisely, you can have multiple color-coded calendars, several types of visual, audible, [more…]

How to Create and Manage Calendar Events in OS X Mavericks

The heart of OS X Maverick’s Calendar is the event. You can invite others to attend and set reminders about your events. To create a new one, follow these steps: [more…]

Basics of Reminders and the Notification Center in OS X Mavericks

OS X Maverick’s Reminders help you stay organized. Unlike an event, a Reminder item isn’t necessarily associated with a particular day or time (though it can be). Furthermore, Reminders can be location-based [more…]

Basics of Contacts in OS X Mavericks

OS X Maverick’s Contacts stores and manages information about your family, friends, and anyone else you want to keep in touch with. It works seamlessly with the Mail and Messages applications, enabling [more…]

How to Send E-Mail to a Contact or Group in OS X Mavericks

In OS X Mavericks, you don’t even have to open Contacts to send an e-mail to a contact or group contained in your Contacts. You see how Mail finds contacts or groups for you without launching Contacts. [more…]

How to Change Your Mail Preferences in OS X Mavericks

Actually, OS X Maverick’s Mail’s preferences (Mail→Preferences or Command+,) are more than you might expect from the name. This is the control center for Mail, where you can [more…]

Basics of Messages in OS X Mavericks

If you’re a fan of the iChat application in previous OS X releases and wonder where it went in Mavericks, Messages is the answer. The program you knew and loved as iChat is now called Messages. Same great [more…]

Smart Map Tricks in OS X Mavericks

The Maps app in OS X Mavericks has many tricks up its sleeve. Here are a few nifty features you may find useful including maps, driving directions, and traffic information. [more…]

Basics of iTunes in OS X Mavericks

OS X Maverick’s iTunes is the Swiss Army knife of multimedia software. After all, what other program lets you play audio CDs; create (burn) your own audio or MP3 CDs; listen to MP3, AIFF, AAC, WAV, Audible [more…]

How to Work with Media iTunes in OS X Mavericks

OS X Maverick’s iTunes is, first and foremost, a media manager and player, so here is how to get your favorite media into iTunes. Of course, you can acquire media a number of ways, depending upon the type [more…]

How to Use Internet Radio with OS X Mavericks

You can use OS X Maverick to stream audio is delivered over the Internet in real time. Think of streaming audio as being “just like radio” but using the Internet rather than the airwaves as its delivery [more…]

Basics of Playlists in iTunes in OS X Mavericks

Playlists are a big deal in iTunes in OS X Mavericks. Playlists let you manage otherwise-unmanageable amounts of media. Playlists let you create subsets of a large collection, so it’s easier to enjoy exactly [more…]

Basics Photo Booth in OS X Mavericks

The Photo Booth application provides all the fun of an old-time (or new-time) photo booth like the ones you sometimes see in malls or stores. It lets you shoot one photo, shoot a burst of four photos in [more…]

Basics of iBooks in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks allows you to read e-books on your computer screen. Here are real-world benefits e-books have over paper ones including (but not limited to): [more…]

Basics of Maps in OS X Mavericks

The Maps application, which is new in Mavericks, should look familiar to people who use iOS devices, which have sported a Maps app since time immemorial. If you know how to use the Maps app on your iPhone [more…]

How to import media in OS X Mavericks

Let’s focus on media importing applications that are a part of OS X Mavericks. Technically, that doesn’t include the iLife applications. What this mean is that when you bought your OS X Mavericks upgrade [more…]

Basics of TextEdit in OS X Mavericks

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

How to Work with Text and Add Graphics in TextEdit in OS X Mavericks

In OS X Mavericks, TextEdit operates on the “select, then operate” principle, as do most Macintosh programs, including the Finder. Before you can affect text in your document — change its font face, style [more…]


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