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How to enable OS X's Dark Mode with a key command

OS X Yosemite and later sports a Dark Mode that inverts the menu and Dock to a dark background. It's great but if you don't want to use it all the time, here's a time-saving tip that binds the action to a command key shortcut instead of forcing you to fumble for the System Preferences.

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How to AirPlay Beats 1 from iTunes on the Mac

For some reason turning on Beats 1 makes the AirPlay button go away in iTunes 12.2. Here's how to send your Beats 1 stream to AirPlay speakers regardless.

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How to update iTunes on the Mac

If you want to make sure you're using the very latest version of iTunes, follow these steps!

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How to clean up your Mac's desktop

Don't leave your Mac's desktop a mess. Even though it's easy to clutter up this do-everything workspace with lots of stuff, you can get the mess under control in just a few moments with these tips.

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How to use the Mac's Help menu

The Mac doesn't come with printed documentation, because it doesn't need it: Your computer has the built-in Help guide, a contextual menu built into the Finder and most applications which provides you with detailed user manuals, shortcut lists, links to web resources, and lots more.

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How to use Spotlight on the Mac

Spotlight is a search engine for your Mac that helps you find documents, contacts, apps, dictionary definitions, and much more. Spotlight Suggestions help you find relevant info on the web, too. Find out how to get the most out of Spotlight on your Mac!

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How to install third-party apps on your Mac

If you download Mac apps from sources beside the Mac App Store, it can be a bit bewildering and scary if you don't know what's going on. Let's take out some of the pain of installing third-party applications on your Mac.

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How to use the CD or DVD drive from another computer on your Mac

Apple no longer includes DVD and CD-capable optical drives in its Macs. If you have one in a Mac or PC on your network, however, you can remotely copy files and even run installers thanks to the Remote Disc feature built into OS X. Here's how to get the most of it!

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How to use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Mac

The Mac is a wireless superstar. It supports both Wi-Fi, the ubiquitous wireless networking technology that connects you to the Internet, printers and other devices, and Bluetooth, the device interconnect that works with keyboards, mice, speakers and other gadgets. Here's how to set it all up!

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How to empty the Mac's trash and securely delete your files

Dragging the file into your Mac trashcan is only the first step. You also have to empty it, if you want to retrieve the drive space that file occupies. What's more, OS X offers you a secure way to make sure that file is gone forever.

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