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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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How to view info about your Mac

You can't be expected to remember every detail about your Macintosh.

Esoteric details like CPU speed, RAM and storage capacity, and what exact version of the operating system aren't exactly the sort of informational tidbits many of us need to track all the time, let alone other information like your Mac's serial number. But these details can be crucial when it comes time to troubleshoot or get help with your Mac. Fortunately OS X makes it really easy for you to find this out. In fact, it's just a couple of clicks away.

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How to add recently used apps, docs, and more to your Mac's Dock

If you'd like to have instant access to recently used apps, docs, servers and other items from the Dock, some quick command line wizardry in Terminal is the ticket.

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How to view your purchased apps from the Mac App Store

It's easy to view and re-download the apps you've already purchased from the Mac App Store.

If you want to view the apps currently installed on your Mac, you can always open your Applications folder or Launchpad. But what about apps you purchased at one point but deleted, or apps you bought on another Mac? The Mac App Store gives you an easy and convenient way to look at all the apps you've already downloaded, as well as view apps you've deleted or ones you purchased on another Mac.

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