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How to quickly get directions to any address on your iPhone

Apple's taken a bunch of steps in the past few years to make it easier to find directions for any given address, including data detectors that intelligently make addresses tappable in Messages, Maps search suggestions in Safari, and more. But the system isn't perfect, and I often find myself executing far too many steps every time I want to get directions for a location — even more so if I want to use Google Maps.

Instead, I offer a simpler solution: Using Workflow, you can quickly get directions to any address from your clipboard. Friend didn't format their address in a way iOS can parse? Don't want to go through the hassle of copying and pasting an address from one place to your Maps app of choice, waiting for directions to load, and so on? This fixes all that.

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How to play Windows games on your Mac without Windows

The Mac has plenty of games, but it'll always get short shrift compared to Windows. If you want to play the latest games on your Mac, you have no choice but to install Windows...or do you? There are actually a few ways you can play Windows games on your Mac without having to dedicate a partition to Boot Camp or giving away huge amounts of hard drive space to a virtual machine app like VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop. Here's how.

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How to turn your Mac into an audio DVR

I listen to a fair amount of "live" audio on my Mac in the form of Beats Music, streaming radio, or roller derby play-by-plays. It's easy enough to replay a song if I've missed it on Beats, but not so much when it comes to actual live audio. So I was thrilled to discover Audio Hijack 3's new "Time Shift" feature, which lets you pause, rewind, and fast forward through live audio.

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How to connect your Mac to the TV: Apple TV, HDMI, and more!

At some point or another, you're bound to want to send the video on your Mac to your television. There's certainly more than one way to do that, so let's take a look at how you can!

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How to install Windows 10 on the Mac without spending a dime

2015 is going to be a big year for Microsoft with the forthcoming release of Windows 10 — you can read all about Microsoft's big January event right on our sister site Windows Central. Windows 10 is available as a technical preview, and if you're interested in trying it out on your Mac, you can do so safely without jeopardizing any of your Mac stuff, using virtualization software. What's more, you don't need to spend a dime doing it. Because both the Windows 10 preview and the virtualization software is free.

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How to turn on and edit the Favorites bar in Safari

A few weeks ago, I received a panicked call from my sister. "My Favorites are gone! I don't know where they went and I don't know how to get them back." The favorites in question weren't Instagram likes or Twitter stars — no, her new work Mac had come with its Bookmarks favorites bar disabled.

It's not uncommon to see this in new OS X Yosemite Macs; Safari's default view sports as few buttons and switches as possible, so as to immerse yourself in the Web browsing experience. But it's an easy fix to reenable the Favorites bar and even edit it.

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How to fix adware problems on your Mac

Part of my weekend job at the computer store involves supporting the customers who come with Macs that aren't working right. And more and more of these Macs are coming in with ad injection software installed. That causes them problems when they try to do just about anything with their web browser. Here's more about ad injection software and what to do about it.

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How to set up your new Mac

You've bought a Mac for the first time. Now comes the fun part: Getting it out of the box and setting it up. Apple's setup process for first-time Macintosh buyers is pretty straightforward, but there are still a few confusing points. So let's walk through it together.

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How to instantly switch audio sources in OS X

If you have your Mac connected to different audio input and output sources, having to switch between them can be a process: You have to open up System Preferences, click on the Sound preference, and toggle the Input and Output tabs to find the right source. Or do you? Here's a much faster way to do it.

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How to record video from your iPhone onto your Mac

Want to create an iPhone or iPad tutorial for someone, record a game level walk through or something else? It's easier than you think if you have OS X Yosemite installed — you don't need any third-party apps installed. Here's how.

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