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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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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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ColorSync Utilities

ColorSync Utilities

Mac OS X contains a number of useful utilities that can enhance creative workflows. In the root-level folder /Library/Scripts/ColorSync are editable AppleScript utilities that perform various common design tasks. Say, for example, you have a collection of images in a directory that you would like to prepare for the web by embedding the sRGB color(…)

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The Immaculate Desktop

The Immaculate Desktop

Are you the sort of neat-freak who abhors Desktop clutter? Who keeps all apps and docs in carefully organized folders? Consider diving deeper into onscreen clean by making your mounted drives and discs disappear from the Desktop and accessing them instead via Finder windows. Here’s how to try it: From the Finder, pull down the(…)

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Create Your Own Icons

Create Your Own Icons

You don’t have to live with the icons your Mac displays by default. Instead, personalize your folders, files, and drives with custom icons using just about any graphic file you desire, whether it’s a jpeg, gif, png, Photoshop or Illustrator file, or even a PDF. First, choose an image you want to use and open(…)

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Mouse-Free Folder Moves

Mouse-Free Folder Moves

One of the best tricks for speeding up your computer work is to keep your hands on the keyboard, not the mouse. It’s not a macho, anti-mouse thing, but a simple matter of efficient motion. Using the mouse or trackpad means moving your hands off the keyboard, locating the cursor, making your move, and then(…)

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Saving Documents and Web Pages as PDF

Saving Documents and Web Pages as PDF

Adobe’s PDF format offers a great way to save and send electronic documents, from formatted business letters to product brochures. PDF documents appear identically on all computers, so you don’t have to worry about things like whether the recipient has access to the same fonts as you or if your company logo and other graphics(…)

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Summarize Your Stories

Summarize Your Stories

When laying out a long story in a newsletter or magazine, it’s often helpful to summarize a story, or a section of a story in a pull-quote or abstract. But how to find the best quote when you’re on a deadline and need it fast? Fortunately, Mac OS X offers a great tool that almost(…)

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Set Search Priorities in Spotlight

Set Search Priorities in Spotlight

With Spotlight, the powerful search function built into Mac OS X Leopard, you can quickly find anything on your computer: files, folders, emails, applications, even calendar events. And to help speed your searches even more, you can specify which types of data Spotlight should list first when you type in a search term. This is(…)

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Super-Clean Screenshots

Super-Clean Screenshots

In Mac OS X, you can capture an image of your entire screen by typing Command-Shift-3. Typing Command-Shift-4 lets you choose a specific part of your screen to save as a screenshot: Click and hold to place the small cross-hair cursor at one edge of the area you want to capture, then drag horizontally and/or(…)

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Sharing Contacts with vCards !

Sharing Contacts with vCards !

Electronic versions of old-fashioned Rolodex cards, vCards provide the fastest way to import contacts into your own Address Book or to share your Address Book contacts with friends, family, or colleagues. Much like their physical predecessors, vCards contain basic contact information (such as name, address, phone, and email). But you can easily add information to(…)

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