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MacBook Tips

MacBook Tips

Take a tour Your MacBook has the following features built in: USB-C port: Charge your computer, transfer data, connect to a display or projector, and more. 3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or a digital 5.1 surround-sound speaker system and experience high-quality sound while watching movies or listening to your favorite music. Dual(…)

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Printing Tips

Printing Tips

Print a document Open an item that you want to print, then choose Print from the File menu, or press Command-P. Choose your printer from the Printer pop-up menu, which lists nearby printers. You may need to wait a moment for the printer to appear in the menu. Optionally change any of the other settings(…)

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Password Tips

Password Tips

Change or reset the password of a macOS user account You can change the password that you use to log in to your Mac, or reset the password if you don’t remember it. The password of your macOS user account is also known as your login password. It’s the password that you use to log(…)

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Mac mini Tips

Mac mini Tips

Set up your new Mac mini Use these basic setup steps to get your new Mac mini up and running. Check for an Internet connection It’s best to set up your Mac mini somewhere that has a Wi-Fi network or other connection to the Internet. Your Mac mini will use that connection to complete certain setup(…)

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Mac Pro Tips

Mac Pro Tips

Set up your new Mac Use these basic setup steps to get your new Mac up and running.   Check for an Internet connection It’s best to set up your Mac somewhere that has a Wi-Fi network or other connection to the Internet. Your Mac will use that connection to complete certain setup steps. If(…)

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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Create keyboard shortcuts for apps You can create your own keyboard shortcuts for menu commands in any OS X app, including the Finder. This might be useful if a global shortcut, which works the same with most apps, conflicts with a specific app shortcut. In this case, you could create a new key combination. You(…)

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Starting up your Mac

Starting up your Mac

You might see slight differences in startup screens or sequences mentioned in this article, depending on the model of your Mac, the version of OS X and firmware your Mac has, and which startup options you’ve selected. For example: The background at any stage of the startup process can be blue, black, or gray. It(…)

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iMac Tips

iMac Tips

Your iMac is packed with advanced technologies and a beautiful reflection-reducing display in a remarkably thin design. 3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or a digital 5.1 surround-sound speaker system and experience high-quality sound while watching movies or listening to your favorite music. SDXC card slot: Transfer photos, videos, and data to and(…)

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MacBook Air Tips

MacBook Air Tips

Take a tour The 13-inch MacBook Air has the following features built in: MagSafe 2 power port: Charge your computer. If you accidentally trip over the power cord, it cleanly detaches. USB 3 ports: Transfer data, connect USB 2 and USB 3 devices, and more. 3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or a digital(…)

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MacBook Pro Tips

MacBook Pro Tips

Set up The first time your MacBook Pro starts up, Setup Assistant walks you through the simple steps needed to begin using your new Mac. If you want to transfer your data from another computer, see Migrate your data for details. Be sure to connect to Wi-Fi, turn on Bluetooth® wireless technology, get an Apple ID,(…)

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Touch Bar Tips

Touch Bar Tips

The Touch Bar on MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) and MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) replaces the function keys at the top of your keyboard and gives you quick access to commands on your Mac. It changes automatically based on what you’re doing and apps that you’re using. If you need access to function keys(…)

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Dock Tips

Dock Tips

The Dock is the bar of icons that sits at the bottom or side of your screen. It provides easy access to many of the apps that come with your Mac (like Mail, Safari, and Messages). You can add your own apps, documents and folders to the Dock, too. To use an item in the Dock, click its icon.(…)

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Folder Basics

Folder Basics

Everything on your Mac – Documents, Pictures, Music, Apps, and more, is organized in folders. As you create documents, install apps, and do other work, you can create new folders to keep yourself organized. See your files in the Finder The Finder is the home base for your Mac. The Finder icon looks like a(…)

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Spotlight Tips

Spotlight Tips

Spotlight can find apps, documents, photos, and other files on your Mac, and use Spotlight Suggestions to get news, sports, movies, stocks, weather, and more from the web using sources like Wikipedia, Bing, Maps, and iTunes. Spotlight can even get conversions, calculations, and definitions for you. Tip:   You can drag the Spotlight window anywhere on the desktop and(…)

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Window Basics

Window Basics

Most of the information on your Mac is displayed in windows, including Finder windows and app windows. When you have multiple windows open, only one is active. When an app window is active, the menu bar contains the app’s name. Some windows that you open within apps, such as the Fonts window, always appear in front of(…)

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Tips for Windows switchers

Tips for Windows switchers

Right click Click the right corner of your Apple mouse, or click with two fingers on your Apple trackpad. You can change this in Mouse and Trackpad preferences. Scroll, swipe, click Settings for scroll direction, swipe gestures, and button assignments are also in Mouse and Trackpad preferences. Close & resize windows Buttons for closing, minimizing, and maximizing(…)

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App Store Tips

App Store Tips

App Store overview Shopping for apps is easy and fun in the App Store. You can choose from thousands of apps developed just for your Mac—browse, read about apps, buy the ones you want, write reviews, and even keep macOS and your apps up to date. All you need is an Apple ID. If you(…)

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Siri Tips

Siri Tips

Like Siri on your iOS devices, Siri on your Mac is your intelligent personal assistant that helps you multitask and get things done just by asking. For example, while you work on a document, you can ask Siri to send a message to your coworker saying that the document is on the way—without having to stop(…)

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Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

MacOS Sierra has a stricter Gatekeeper with not allowing Apps from unidentified developers and as a result will annoy us with saying that application is damaged and cannot be opened. How to Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) for MacOS Sierra? With the following 2 options: Option 1 For a certain application run in Terminal: sudo(…)

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FileVault

FileVault

Turn on and set up FileVault FileVault 2 is available in OS X Lion or later. When FileVault is turned on, your Mac always requires that you log in with your OS X account password. Choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy. Click the FileVault tab. Click the Lock  button, then enter an(…)

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Firmware Passwords

Firmware Passwords

To protect the data on your Mac, you can set a user account password to prevent unauthorized users from logging in. You can also encrypt your startup disk using FileVault so that unauthorized users can’t read the data stored on your Mac without the right password. For additional protection, you can also set a firmware password on your Mac.(…)

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OS X Recovery

OS X Recovery

OS X Recovery is part of the built-in recovery system on your Mac. You can use its utilities to recover from certain software issues or take other actions on your Mac. Start up from OS X Recovery To start up from OS X Recovery, hold down Command (⌘)-R immediately after turning on or restarting your Mac. Release when(…)

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Reinstall OS X

Reinstall OS X

If you’re selling or giving away your Mac Begin by completing the other steps to prepare for selling or giving away your Mac. Then take these additional steps to reinstall OS X in a way that cleans your Mac of anything associated with you, your data, or your Apple ID. Start up from OS X Internet(…)

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Downgrade macOS Sierra to El Capitan

Downgrade macOS Sierra to El Capitan

There are three key aspects when you are considering a downgrade from macOS Sierra to El Capitan. These are as follows: First You will have to Erase the macOS Sierra from your Mac Next you will have to Re-install El Capitan Check that your System is stable Usually this process is pretty easy and safe(…)

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Top Mac OS X Yosemite Tips

Top Mac OS X Yosemite Tips

Answer & Make Phone Calls If you have an iPhone 5, 6 or later, you can now make and receive phone calls on your Mac computer. You just need to make sure you’re on the same Wi-Fi network and are using the same iCloud account on both devices. When you’re in the Messages app, go(…)

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