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Mac OS X Mavericks

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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…]

Basics of Fonts in TextEdit in OS X Mavericks

Tens of thousands of fonts are available for the Macintosh. OS X Mavericks comes with hundreds of fonts. Some are pretty predictable, such as Times New Roman, but OS X gives you some artsy ones, too, such [more…]

How to Connect and Add Your Printer in OS X Mavericks

Before you can even think about printing something, you have to connect a printer to your Mac and tell OS X Mavericks that the printer exists. [more…]

How to Set Up Your Document with Page Setup in OS X Mavericks

After you set up your printer, you should be able to print a document easily — right? Read how the features in OS X Mavericks’ Page Setup sheet can help you solve most basic printing problems. [more…]

How to Print with the Print Sheet in OS X Mavericks

Navigating the Print sheet in OS X Mavericks is the last thing standing between you and your output. If everything has gone well so far, the actual act of printing a document is pretty simple. Just follow [more…]

Basics of Networks and File Shares in OS X Mavericks

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

3 Ways to Build a Network in OS X Mavericks

The following list gives you three very common ways to build a modern small home or office network you can utilize with OS X Mavericks: [more…]

How to Set Up File Share in OS X Mavericks

File sharing is a great tool that OS X Mavericks offers users. But, before you get into the nitty-gritty of sharing files, you must complete a few housekeeping tasks, such as enabling the appropriate type [more…]

How to Create Users in File Share in OS X Mavericks

In OS X Mavericks, before users can share folders and drives (or have their own accounts on your computer, for that matter), they must have an account on your Mac. You can create two different kinds of [more…]

How to Change and Remove Users with File Share in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks allows you to edit a user’s profile. Circumstances might dictate that you need to change a user’s identity, password, or accessibility, or perhaps delete a user. [more…]

How to Limit and Control a User’s Capabilities in File Share in OS X Mavericks

Sometimes — especially with younger children, computerphobic family members, or employees in a small business — you want to limit what users can access. OS X Mavericks allows you do this by clicking the [more…]

How to Change Your Password in OS X Mavericks

You can change your password at any time in OS X Mavericks. 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 View and Convert Images and PDFs in Preview in OS X Mavericks

You use Preview to open, view, and print PDFs as well as most graphics files (TIFF, JPEG, PICT, and so on). With OS X Maverick PDF files are formatted documents that can include text and images. User manuals [more…]

How to Use Column View in OS X Mavericks

Views are part of what makes your Mac feel like your Mac. OS X Mavericks offers different views so you can select the best one for any occasion. Some people like one view so much that they rarely [more…]

How to Connect to a Shared Disk or Folder on a Remote Mac with OS X Mavericks

With OS X Mavericks file sharing must be activated on the Mac where the shared files/folders reside; it doesn’t have to be activated on the Mac that’s accessing the files/folders. When file sharing is [more…]

Basics of the Help Menu in OS X Mavericks

One of the best features about all Macs is the excellent built-in help, and OS X Mavericks doesn’t cheat you on that legacy: This system has online help in abundance. When you have a question about how [more…]

How your Mac Can Read to you in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks has two applications that can read to you. Each has a different function. Imagine this: the camera pans back — a voice tells you what you’ve just seen, and suddenly it all makes sense. Return [more…]

Basics of Automatic Automation in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks offers a pair of technologies — AppleScript and Automator — that make it easy to automate repetitive actions on your Mac.

AppleScript is “programming for the rest of us.” It can record and [more…]

How to Back up Your Mac with OS X Mavericks’ Time Machine

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

How to Back up Your Mac Manually with OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks allows you to manually back up your Mac. If you’re too cheap to buy a second hard drive, the most rudimentary way to back up is to do it manually. [more…]

How to Protect Your Data with OS X Mavericks

Here are some features OS X Mavericks includes to protect your files from other users on your local area network and users with physical access to your Mac. If you don’t want anyone messing with your files [more…]

How to Use Several Useful Utilities in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks comes with a plethora of useful utilities that make using your computer more pleasant and/or make you more productive when you use your computer. [more…]

Basics of Disk Utility in OS X Mavericks

If you’re having problems with your hard drive or need to make changes to it, OS X Mavericks’ Disk Utility is a good place to start. Start by clicking a disk or volume in the column on the left and then [more…]

Basics of Keychain Access in OS X Mavericks

Ever have trouble remembering all your passwords? OS X Mavericks has a feature to help with that! A keychain is a way to consolidate your passwords — the one you use to log in to your Mac, your e-mail [more…]

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