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How to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Yosemite

OS X Yosemite is now available for download. Before you pull the trigger on the upgrade, you should probably make sure that you're ready for it. I've jumped the gun enough times to know where the big landmines are, so learn from my mistakes and read on for details.

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How to use Mail Drop with OS X Yosemite

Sending files by e-mail attachments can be a big old P.I.T.A. thanks to restrictions imposed by service providers, corporate I.T. policies and a host of other things that can get in the way. Apple's fixed that in OS X Yosemite thanks to a new feature called Mail Drop!

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How to use Markup in Mail in OS X Yosemite

Markup is a new feature in the OS X Yosemite Mail app that lets you easily annotate and edit images inline. While you'll still want advanced graphics program for heavy editing, Markup makes it extremely easy to get your point across without having to launch Photoshop, Acorn, or something similar.

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How to use Spotlight on OS X Yosemite

Apple's powerful Spotlight search feature in OS X indexes your hard drive and even searches the web. But in OS X Yosemite it's more powerful than ever. From searching your iTunes library for a track or movie to finding a yellow page listing in a snap, there's a lot to like about the new Spotlight in OS X Yosemite!

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How to to send audio messages with iMessage in OS X Yosemite

Sometimes it's just easier to say something than it is to type it out. iMessage in OS X Yosemite's adds a new feature that demonstrates this principle. It's called Soundbites and this is how it works.

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How to manage group messages in OS X Yosemite

Messages gets some distinct improvements in OS X Yosemite, including Continuity with iOS 8, which lets you pick up a conversation right where you left off on your iPhone or iPad. Even better, you can now leave conversations, mute them, name them, and more!

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How to use the Safari toolbar in OS X Yosemite

Safari's toolbar has been dramatically reworked in OS X Yosemite. It's a much simpler setup, but there's still plenty of power under the hood. The first thing you may notice about Safari in OS X Yosemite is how simplified it is. Your favorites are gone, too. Or are they? If these are questions you find yourself asking, follow along for a detailed walkthrough of where your stuff went and how to access it!

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How to use Today View widgets in OS X Yosemite

One of the new features of OS X Yosemite is the ability to add new widgets to Notification Center, to help you consume even more information at a single glance. Whether it's weather forecasts, time zones across the world, and a plethora of other things App Store developers no doubt have in store for us, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Here's how it works!

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How to AirDrop with Finder and Share Sheets in OS X Yosemite

If you need to send a file to another Mac or iOS device user, OS X Yosemite makes it more convenient than ever by using AirDrop. AirDrop provides a configuration-free way to share files, and is available for use between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for the first time ever. Here's how it works!

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How to access Notification Center on the Mac

Notifications on your Mac help to keep you informed about what's going on in the various applications you have installed, on web sites and more, without interrupting whatever you're doing at the time. Here's how to access them.

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