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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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How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

If you want to give users access to your Mac without giving them access to your data, OS X makes it easy thanks to the Guest User feature. It's easy to set up and use.

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How to add or change your Mac's login password

As a matter of basic security, you should frequently change all your passwords: This is especially true of the login password you use to get access to your Mac. If you haven't done it in a while (or perhaps ever), now's the time!

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How to compress a file on your Mac

Compressing archived files can save you gigabytes of precious hard drive or SSD space. What's more, the Mac has built-in file compression that you can access in one click from the Finder.

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