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Workarounds for the MacBook Air's Lack of Optical Drive

Can a laptop survive in the jungle that is Real Life without a DVD drive? The terse answer is no. Ripping an audio CD or burning an iDVD slideshow disc without an optical drive is like finding a cheap [more…]

The MacBook Pro's Tools

In effect, the MacBook Pro builds on the basic equipment provided with an entry-level MacBook Air, providing serious users with faster performance and storage capacity. The MacBook Pro is meant for those [more…]

Choose the Right Location for Your MacBook

If you choose the wrong spot to park your new MacBook, you’ll regret it. Some domiciles and office cubicles don’t offer a choice — you have one desk at work or in the dorm, for example, and nobody’s going [more…]

Your MacBook's Built-In Battery

Your MacBook’s built-in battery might appear to be maintenance free, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Consider these tips as your rules of the road for monitoring and charging your battery: [more…]

Applications That Come with Your MacBook

Everything you need to compute just about anywhere on the planet is included when you close your MacBook's cover and go mobile. If you’re in a bohemian mood and you want nothing but your MacBook, it’s [more…]

Connect to the Internet from Your MacBook

What is a modern computer without the Internet? Apple gives you great tools with your MacBook to take full advantage of every road sign and off-ramp on the Information Superhighway right out of the box [more…]

Restart, Sleep, and Shut Down Your MacBook

Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down are the Mac OS X commands that you use when you need to take care of business away from your computer. Each of these options produces a different reaction from your MacBook [more…]

How to Navigate with the MacBook Trackpad

As a MacBook owner, the trackpad is your primary navigational tool. You move your finger over the surface of the trackpad, and the pointer follows like an obedient pup. The faster you move your finger, [more…]

How to Open and Close Windows on Your MacBook

Usually, a window on your MacBook gets opened by an application (when you first run it or when it needs to display a document) or by Mac OS X itself (when the Finder opens a window to display the contents [more…]

How to Scroll Windows on Your MacBook

Often, more stuff is in a document or more files are on your hard drive than you can see in the space available for a window. Just use the scroll bars that you see to move through the contents of the window [more…]

Switching between Programs on Your MacBook

You might think that juggling multiple applications on your MacBook will lead to confusion, fatigue, and dry mouth, but luckily Mac OS X includes a number of features that make it easy to jump between [more…]

Display the Facts on Files and Folders on Your MacBook

The Finder’s Info dialog is the place on your MacBook to view the specifics on any highlighted item (including drives and aliases). Select an item and press Command+I, click the Action toolbar button and [more…]

Are You Ready for a MacBook?

It’s time to make the decision on which system you should buy. If you answer “yes” to each of these three questions, a MacBook should be in your future! [more…]

How to Expand Spotlight Searches on Your MacBook

If you click the Show in Finder menu item at the beginning of your search results on your MacBook, the Spotlight menu expands into the Spotlight window [more…]

How to Customize Spotlight Searches on Your MacBook

You might wonder whether such an awesome Mac OS X feature as Spotlight has its own pane within System Preferences — and you’d be right again. Click the System Preferences icon on your MacBook [more…]

Capture Moments with FaceTime and Photo Booth on Your MacBook

Many Apple switchers and first-time owners quickly notice the video camera that accompanies the latest MacBooks: a tiny square lens and LED light at the top of the screen. That's your MacBook’s built-in [more…]

Produce Video on Your MacBook with iMovie

You don’t need an expensive digital camcorder to produce video clips for use in iMovie! Your MacBook’s camera can capture those clips for you — think of the party possibilities! To capture video directly [more…]

Address Book Stands Alone on Your MacBook

The Address Book is a standalone application on your MacBook, earning a default location in the Dock and available whenever you need it. It’s true that in early versions of Mac OS X, Address Book was relegated [more…]

Enter Contact Information into Address Book on Your MacBook

Although the Address Book is now offered as a standalone application on your MacBook, you still have to add contacts to your Address Book manually. Here is how to create a new contact within your Address [more…]

How to Use Contact Information from Address Book

Okay, after you have your contact information in Address Book on your MacBook, what can you actually do with it? Often, all you really need is a quick glance at an address. To display the card for any [more…]

Arrange Your Contact Cards in Address Book on Your MacBook

Address Book, now a standalone application on your MacBook, provides you with a method of organizing your cards into groups. A group usually consists of folks with a common link, such as your family, friends [more…]

How to Use Network Directories with Address Book

Although you have to enter all your personal contacts in Address Book on your MacBook, you can also access five types of external directories from within Address Book: [more…]

Print Contacts from Address Book on Your MacBook

For those moments when you need an archaic hard copy, Address Book offers a whopping four different formats for printing your contacts: mailing labels, envelopes, lists, and even a snappy pocket address [more…]

How to Swap Bytes with vCards

A vCard is a standard file format for exchanging contacts between programs such as Address Book on your MacBook, Microsoft Entourage and Outlook, Eudora, and the Android operating system. [more…]

System Information Utility Can Uncover MacBook Hardware Secrets

Need hard information about your MacBook hardware? You can use the System Information utility. You might need to determine precisely what hardware is installed in your MacBook for the following reasons [more…]


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