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How to Lock MacBook Files

Every MacBook owner needs to know how to protect files and folders from accidental deletion or editing. By locking a file, you allow it to be opened and copied — but not changed, renamed, or sent to the [more…]

MacBook Menu Bar Icons

Ever stared at a menu bar for inspiration? Fortunately for MacBook owners like you, people in Cupertino are paid to do just that, and these designers get the big bucks to make the Mac OS X menu bar the [more…]

How to Eject a Removable Volume from Your MacBook

Mac OS X makes use of both static volumes (your MacBook’s hard drive, which remains mummified inside your computer’s case) and removable volumes (such as USB Flash drives, external hard disks, your iPod [more…]

Open and Edit Text Files on Your MacBook

As a MacBook user, you’ll be amazed how much information still flows across the Internet in plain, simple text. Text files would seem to be another anachronism in this age of formatted web pages, rich-text [more…]

How to Listen to an Audio CD on Your MacBook

Most MacBook owners want to listen to and record CDs as soon as they start using Lion. By default, Lion uses iTunes to play an audio CD. Take a moment to see how to master the common task of playing an [more…]

Record — Nay, Burn — a Data CD on Your MacBook

Mac OS X on your MacBook offers a built-in CD recording feature that allows you to burn the simplest form of CD: a standard data CD-ROM that can hold up to approximately 700MB of files and folders, and [more…]

How to Print from Your MacBook

A task that most MacBook owners need to tackle soon after buying their laptop or installing Lion is printing documents. Basic printing is so important [more…]

Basic Spotlight Searching on Your MacBook

Spotlight is Apple’s desktop search technology that you can use to find files and folders on your MacBook as quickly as you can type. (Yep, that includes all the documents, Address Book contacts, Mail [more…]

MacBooks Provide Mobility

Many Mac owners just plain need the portability of a MacBook — either they need to run their applications on-site or they’re constantly traveling as part of their career or lifestyle. If you fit into this [more…]

Space Saving with the MacBook

Do you operate in a minimum of space? The MacBook is a good choice for those looking to achieve the smallest footprintpossible (that’s a term that technowizards use to describe the amount of space a computer [more…]

MacBooks Are Enclosed and Constrained

Sometimes it’s easy for many Mac owners to forget that MacBooks aren’t as expandable as a Mac Pro desktop. (In fact, this limitation also applies to the Apple iMac and the Mac mini, which are — same as [more…]

The Price of MacBook Portability and Repairs

You pay dearly for the portability of a MacBook. As an example, compare the low-end iMac desktop computer and a 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop computer with these [more…]

The Parts of Your MacBook

All laptops, including MacBooks, require some of the same gizmos. Of course, as you’d expect, a computer has a body of sorts in which all the innards and brains are stored. It also sports a display screen [more…]

MacBook Ports

Each port on your MacBook connects a different type of cable or device, allowing you to easily add all sorts of functionality to your computer. Each of these stellar holes is identified by an icon to help [more…]

MacBook Internal Parts

When you bought your new digital pride and joy, you probably noticed a number of subtle differences between the low-end MacBook and the uber-expensive, top-end MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. These [more…]

Similarities between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

At the time of this writing, the MacBook Air comes in two screen sizes (11.6-inch and 13.3-inch), and the MacBook Pro comes in three screen sizes (13.3-inch, 15.4-inch, and 17-inch). Things may seem pretty [more…]

Differences between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

There are some striking differences that set the MacBook Air apart from the MacBook Pro, including dimensions, costs, and number of ports. Following is a complete list of these differences: [more…]

The MacBook Air Solid-State Drive

The MacBook Air offers a solid-state internal hard drive. Solid-state drives have been around for a number of years now (think iPod Shuffle). Unfortunately, however, the solid-state memory used in today’s [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…]

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