Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:37:24 +0000
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZmacOS Sierra supports two clean install options that allow you to place a fresh copy of macOS on your Mac's startup drive or on a non-startup drive.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Mac has a built-in archiving utility that you can use to zip (compress) or unzip files and folders. This FAQ will show you how to use the Archive Utility included in OS X.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe macOS Sierra installer has a hidden command that can create a bootable USB flash drive to simplify installing macOS Sierra.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Archive Utility is a hidden app built-in to your Mac. It supports many file types for expansion and three very popular file types for compression.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSiri for the desktop brings Apple's personal digital assistant to the Mac. Find out how to enable, configure, and use Siri on your Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZUse Terminal to fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death (SPOD), the multicolored pinwheel cursor indicating your Mac is waiting for a process to finish.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZIf Time Machine becomes stuck on preparing a backup, you can fix the problem by turning Time Machine off and following the tips in this guide.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSafe Boot can fix Mac problems caused by corrupt apps, data, fonts, preference files, even fix basic disk issues on your Mac's startup drive.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSafari's import and export bookmarks options are limited at best, but thankfully there are other options for backing up, moving and syncing your bookmarks.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSpotlight's preference pane is where you control how search results are displayed, protect files and volumes from being searched, and set up keyboard shortcuts for quick access to Spotlight.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZEnabling the Safari Develop menu brings a wealth of tools to web developers. The Develop menu also has some helpful features for casual users.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZIf your Mac stalls at the gray screen during startup, it can indicate a number of different problems. This troubleshooting guide can get your Mac running.
2016-10-20T11:37:24Z10 troubleshooting tips for your Mac including blue or gray screen, safe boot, resetting the PRAM/NVRAM, question mark at boot, and other startup issues.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can re-download any app acquired from the Mac App store, which is helpful if you deleted an app or had installation issues. Get the details here.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZIs your Magic Mouse dropping its Bluetooth connection? I my experience, the most common reason is a loose battery terminal contact in the Magic Mouse.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZChange the way the scroll bars in OS X or macOS work. You can control visibility, what happens when you click within them, and the scrolling direction.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZmacOS Sierra has new minimum requirements that prevent most, but not all, 2009 Mac models from being able to run macOS Sierra.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZWhen your Mac gets stuck at the blue screen, chances are you're having a startup drive problem. Luckily, these problems are usually easy to fix.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZMagic Mouse tracking errors can cause jumpy and jittery pointer movements. Cleaning the sensor or resetting the preference files can fix things right up.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZOS X El Capitan supports two methods of installation. The clean install replaces the contents of a volume with a fresh version of the program.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Recovery HD volume, can start up your Mac in an emergency and provide access to troubleshooting utilities, as well as allow you to reinstall OS X.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFormatting a Mac's drive has changed in the version of Disk Utility included with OS X El Capitan and later. Find out how to use the new Disk Utility.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZInstalling macOS Sierra on your Mac is easy using the upgrade install method outlined in this guide. Upgrading retains your user data and most apps.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZDisk Utility, included with OS X, can repair drive and volume issues, as well as fix file permission issues on your Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe OS X El Capitan installer has a hidden utility for creating a bootable USB flash drive; actually, it can turn any bootable device into an installer.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZWindows keyboards work with Macs. Learn how to use the Windows equivalents for the Mac's modifier keys: command, option, control, delete, and return.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZApple changed the way software updates are performed, but don't worry; you can still perform a combo update, as well as the quicker basic software update, through the Mac App Store.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZDisk Utility, a free application included with Mac OS X, is a handy tool for working with hard drives, SSDs, removable media, and drive images. Disk Utility is also a good choice for erasing and formatting drives for the Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZUnlike many PCs, Macs don't have a manual eject button on their CD/DVD drives. You can eject a CD or DVD from a Mac using one of these methods.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSafari bookmarks and favorites can quickly get out of hand. You can keep them under control by using folders to create a tidy bookmark system.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThese free Mac backup apps can save you from a disaster. If you don’t already back up your Mac, pick one of these six backup apps and start backing up now.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Apple Hardware Test (AHT) can troubleshoot your Mac's hardware issues. AHT over the Internet can run the test without needing local media.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZDisk Utility can add, delete, and resize drive partitions without erasing data. If you need to change a partition, this guide will tell you how you.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZResetting your Mac's SMC can fix quite a few common problems, as well as some uncommon ones. See the entire list, and how to perform the reset.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYour home folder is always located on the startup drive, the same one that houses the OS. Storing the home folder on another drive may be a much better choice, especially if you want to increase the performance of your Mac by installing an SSD.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFinder views offer four different ways of looking at the files and folders stored on your Mac. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each Finder view.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Mac has three good options for emergency startup and repair: booting from a different device, Safe Boot, and Single User Mode. We show you how to use all three methods to fix your Macs startup issues.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYour Mac's startup can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts. Find out how to select a different volume to boot from, start in safe mode, and much more.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZIt's easy to copy media files, music, audio books, podcasts, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac. Use your iPod to restore music to your Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZResetting the Mac's PRAM or NVRAM can fix many Mac problems. Find out how to reset the RAM, and see a list of problems that resetting the PRAM can fix.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZTransferring Apple Mail data to a new Mac or a new clean install of the OS is not difficult, especially with the help of this guide.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro all use a battery with a processor that requires a calibration cycle for best performance and accuracy.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can create a clone of your Mac's startup drive that is not only an exact copy, but bootable as well.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZA clean install of OS X Yosemite on a startup drive is possible, although it requires a few extra steps and the use of a bootable USB flash drive.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZBackup options for your Mac included offerings from Apple and third party providers. Picking a backup app is tough, but this guide should help.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZConfiguring your Mac's DNS settings is a pretty straightforward. Even so, you can gain increased performance by testing and changing the DNS server.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can save time and ease your stress level by using the Rules feature in Apple Mail to organize incoming email. We'll show you how in this quick tip.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZmacOS Sierra announced at WWDC 2016, with a boatload of new features. Expect the public beta in July and the full release in the fall.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZGoogle Drive is a cloud-based storage service that provides file sharing and storage. This guide shows you how to set up and use Google Drive.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZNeed to know the minimum drive space required for the Mac operating system? We have the answer for Macs with hard drives, Fusion drives, or SSDs.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZBy default, OS X doesn't show icons for drives, CD/DVDs, iPods, and servers on the desktop. This tip lets you turn the icons for these devices back on.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFind out if your Mac has what it takes to run OS X Mavericks. This guide includes a list of supported Macs and minimum requirements.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZMoving from a Windows PC to a Mac may leave you wondering where the start menu is. Find out how to use the Dock and Launchpad to launch apps on the Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZHave you noticed the Library folder is missing? OS X hides the Library folder, which is used often in Mac troubleshooting. Here's how to get it back.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSafari allows for a great deal of customizations, including tweaking the Safari toolbar, as well as hide or show the bookmarks, tab, and status bars.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZWhen your Mac unexpectedly tells you that you have to restart, that's a kernel panic. Use this troubleshooting guide to resolve OS X kernel panic issues.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFind our how to view and remove Safari plug-ins. You may be surprised by plugins your browser is loaded up with.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can use Terminal, a utility app included with your Mac, to see files and folders that your Mac is hiding from you.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZWhen your browser fails to load a web page correctly the problem can be your DNS configuration. Learn how to test and change your Mac's DNS settings.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe minimum requirements for OS X Yosemite allow most Macs to run the OS. But with these Bluetooth upgrade tips even older Macs can make the grade.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZOS X uses the Apache web server for sharing websites on a local network. You can use these instructions to set up a basic website on your Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZHere are 8 of our favorite tips for your Macbook, Macbook Air, or MacBook Pro. Use these tips for better performance, battery life, and more.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can resize drive volumes on your Mac without losing data using the Disk Utility app that's included with OS X El Capitan and later.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZUsing the Finder sidebar to access screen sharing has many benefits, including not having to know the IP address or name of the remote Mac. Instead, the remote Mac displays in the Shared list in the Finder sidebar.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZMac administrator accounts have elevated privileges that allow you to change the way the Mac operates. Add an administrator account using this guide.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Apple Hardware Test (AHT) is a bootable utility that can check your Mac's hardware to see if it is in working condition.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZChange your iCloud Keychain's security code or phone number using the iCloud preference pane and these instructions.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFile sharing between a Mac running OS X 10.5 Leopard and Windows XP is fairly easy. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can save files to iCloud using applications or the Mac's Finder, and with these tips, you can use iCloud Drive even in older versions of OS X.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThis iMac upgrade guide covers memory (RAM) and storage updates you can make to your iMac to increase performance and delay the need for replacement.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThinking about buying an iMac? Find out everything you need to know, including features, expandability, display quality, and much more.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZResetting your Mac's home folder permissions can fix many problems, including issues copying or moving files, or being asked for an administrator password.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZManaging your MacBook's performance and energy use can increase the battery runtime. Use these tips to get the most out of your portable Mac's battery.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFusion drives on a Mac can be deleted, split apart into their individual drive components. Apple doesn't allow Disk Utility to split a Fusion drive, but you can do it using Terminal. This guide will show you how, step-by-step.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZForgotten your Mac’s administrator account password? This guide to how to reset a Mac’s admin account password is just what you need.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZMoving a Time Machine backup to a new hard drive under Leopard (OS X 10.5) requires that you make a clone of the existing Time Machine drive.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZVarious Mac apps make use of keyboard shortcuts, but which keys correspond to the shortcut symbols? Whether you have a Mac or Windows keyboard, we'll show you the proper keys to use.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZPhoto management replacements for Aperture and iPhoto are hard to find; that's why I've gathered a list of the best apps to replace these popular Mac apps.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZDisk Utility has a hidden Debug menu that can list hidden volumes on drives attached to your Mac. Use this terminal command to enable the debug menu.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can open 60 different types of compressed files with the Unarchiver, including Mac, Windows, Linux, and Amiga archive file formats. With support for current and obscure compression types, the Unarchiver is the best choice for accessing old files you archived.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZA dimmed 'Send' button in Apple Mail could means there isn't a correctly configured outgoing mail server (SMTP) associated with the Mail account. Or it could be issues with the com.apple.mail plist.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZLearn the differences between aliases, symbolic links, and hard links in Mac OS X and how to know which type of shortcut link is best for finding files.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZYou can create a bootable OS X Yosemite installer on aa USB flash drive with a simple Terminal command that Apple includes within the installer files.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZUsing the Finder on a Mac isn't very difficult, but there are a few quirks and secrets that will make your Mac easier to use and the Finder more helpful.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZInstalling OS X El Capitan can be very easy using the upgrade install method outlined in this guide. But there are a few precautions you should take.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZWinZip Mac 5 offers a full range of zipping and unzipping capabilities, file encryption, and support for Quick Look. It can also resize photos for sharing.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZSafari's Debug menu allows developers to debug web pages and code, but it also provides a few tidbits for everyday browser users that can be very helpful.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZInstalling the macOS Public Beta isn't difficult, but there are important precautions to take to ensure your day-to-day Mac environment is protected.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Apple refurb store has some of the best deals available on fully warrantied Macs. A Mac mini along with a MacBook Air round out the deals this week.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZOS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is still available from the Apple web site. Having the last version of the Mac OS that Apple sold on DVD can be a nice piece of insurance should you ever experience a drive failure. These guides will take you through the process of installing Snow Leopard on a Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZA Time Machine Backup that has failed with a read only error is scary. But don't reset the backup drive's file permissions; use this tip instead.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZTurning on multi-button mouse support in OS X is a simple task, one that will allow you to easily perform right-clicks and access shortcuts via a pop-up menu.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZApps that fail to work may be suffering from incorrect file permissions or corrupt preference files. This guide will show you how to fix these issues.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZStarting with OS X Mountain Lion, Apple dropped support for Web Sharing. Regain control of the OS X web server or install new server apps with these tips.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZUpgrade install of OS X Yosemite is the easiest method of installation. This guide will take you through the steps and point out any issues to be aware of.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZScreen sharing capability is built in to the Mac. With it, you can access a remote Mac's desktop, and view and manipulate files, folders, and applications, just as if you were sitting in front of the remote Mac.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZThe Mac's Dock has had both a 2D and a 3D appearance in its lifetime. You can pick which Dock look you like best with this tip.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZDashboard widgets can appear on your Mac's desktop by using Terminal to invoke Dashboard Development mode. You can then drag widgets to the desktop.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZHere's the fix for a common Mac Bluetooth wireless problem. Removing the Bluetooth preference file, can resolve many common connectivity issues.
2016-10-20T11:37:24ZFixing a Time Machine error begins with understanding what the error message means. This guide lists Time Machine problems and explains how to fix them.