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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…]

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…]

Track Your MacBook's Performance with Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor is specially designed to show you just how hard your CPU, hard drive, network equipment, and memory modules are working behind the scenes. To run Activity Monitor on your MacBook, open [more…]

The Disk Utility and Your MacBook

An important application in your MacBook maintenance toolbox is Disk Utility, which you find — no surprise here — in the Utilities folder within your Applications folder. When you first run this program [more…]

Advanced Spotlight Searching on Your MacBook

Don’t get fooled into simply using Spotlight on your MacBook as another file-’n-folder-name search tool. Sure, it can do that, but Spotlight can also search inside PDF, Word, Pages and HTML files, finding [more…]

MacBook Backup Solutions

Time Machine is awesome, but some MacBook owners prefer a more traditional automated backup and restore process — one that doesn’t involve running the Time Machine application and navigating through the [more…]

Share Your Media across Your Network with iTunes

Ready to share your music, podcasts, and video — legally, mind you — with other folks on your local network from your MacBook? You can offer your digital media to other iTunes users across your home or [more…]

iTunes Ping Social Networking Feature

The addition of Apple’s new Ping social networking feature to iTunes has quickly built a formidable online community! When you enable Ping within iTunes, you can interact with both artists and other music [more…]

How to Burn CDs with iTunes

Besides being a great audio player, iTunes is adept at creating CDs, too, which you can play on your MacBook. iTunes makes the process of recording songs to a CD as simple as a few clicks. Making the modern [more…]

How to Play iTunes Visualizer on Your MacBook

You know that iTunes is a feast for the ears, but did you know that it can provide you with eye candy as well? With just a click or two on your MacBook, you can view mind-bending graphics that stretch, [more…]

iTunes Parental Settings and Your MacBook

Do young children use your MacBook? A large amount of content within the iTunes Store, including audio, movies and even apps, is not suitable for kids. Luckily, you can use the Parental settings within [more…]

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