Mac OS X Mavericks

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Basics of Startup Disks and How to Boot in OS X Mavericks

Although you usually see a stylish Apple logo when you turn on your computer using OS X Mavericks, once in a blue moon, you may not. You may instead see a solid blue screen, a solid gray screen, a solid [more…]

How to Recover with Recovery HD in OS X Mavericks

Even using OS X Mavericks there may be times you need Recovery HD. If you see a prohibitory sign, spinning-disc cursor, or kernel panic alert (the text in six languages that appears below the other two [more…]

Basics of the Finder and Its Desktop in OS X Mavericks

The Finder is OS X Mavericks’ program that creates the Desktop, keeps track of your files and folders, and is always running. Just about everything you do on your Mac begins and ends with the Finder. It’s [more…]

Basics of the Anatomy of a Window in OS X Mavericks

Windows are a ubiquitous part of using a Mac and OS X Mavericks. When you open a folder, you see a window. When you write a letter, the document that you’re working on appears in a window. When you browse [more…]

Basics of the Menu in OS X Mavericks

Mac menus are often referred to as pull-down menus. To check out the OS X Mavericks menus, click the Finder button in the Dock to activate the Finder and then look at the top of your screen. From left [more…]

Basics of System Preferences in OS X Mavericks

You should start by becoming familiar with System Preferences in OS X Mavericks, which appears on the Apple (app) menu and in the Dock. The following steps explain how to move around the System Preferences [more…]

How to Put a Picture on the Desktop in OS X Mavericks

One of the ways OS X Mavericks allows you to customize your Mac is by choosing your Desktop’s background. You can choose any picture you like, for example a portrait of a dog. [more…]

How to Set Up a Screen Saver in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks comes with several screen-saver modules, and many more are available for free (search for OS X Screen Saver). To set up your screen saver, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Place Widgets on the Dashboard in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks’ Dashboard offers a way-cool set of widgets, Apple’s name for the mini-applications that live inside the Dashboard layer. You see, Dashboard takes over your screen when you invoke it by [more…]

How to Use Trash in OS X Mavericks

The Trash is a special container in OS X Mavericks where you put the icons you no longer want to hang around on your hard drive(s). Got four copies of a document on your hard drive? Drag three of them [more…]

How to Customize Your Dock in OS X Mavericks

The OS X Mavericks Dock is a convenient way to get at oft-used icons. By default, the Dock comes stocked with icons that Apple thinks you’ll need most frequently, but you can customize it to contain any [more…]

How to Set Your Dock Preferences in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks allows you to change a few things about the Dock to make it look and behave just the way you want it to. First, let’s cover global preferences that apply to the Dock itself. After that, [more…]

How to Use Icon View in OS X Mavericks

There are several ways OS X Mavericks allows you to view icons. One of these options is called Icon view. Icon view is a free-form view that allows you to move your icons around within a window to your [more…]

How to Use List View in OS X Mavericks

List view is a way OS X Mavericks allows you to view icons). A particularly delightful feature in this view is the little triangles to the left of each folder, known as [more…]

How to Set Security Options with OS X Mavericks

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

Basics of Buttons, Menus, and Windows in OS X Mavericks

Computers don’t care about appearances, but if you want your Mac to look more festive (or businesslike), you have options in OS X Mavericks’ General pane at your disposal. To open this pane, choose app→System [more…]

Basics of the Toolbar in OS X Mavericks

In case you didn’t know, the OS X Mavericks toolbar is the thick gray band right below the title bar. On it are tools and buttons that let you navigate quickly and act on selected icons. To activate a [more…]

Basics of the Go Menu in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks’ Go menu is chock-full of shortcuts. The items on this menu take you to places on your Mac — many of the same places you can go with the Finder window toolbar — and a few other places. [more…]

How to Find Icon Data in the Info Window in OS X Mavericks

Every icon in OS X Mavericks has an Info window that gives you — big surprise! — information about that icon and enables you to choose which other users [more…]

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