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How to get notified when someone Messages your name on OS X

Want to get notified when someone talks about you in a group message on Messages on OS X? Here's a tip.

There's nothing more embarrassing than being part of a group conversation and missing some of it because you didn't know they were talking to you. If you'd like to make sure that when someone mentions you, you see it, follow these instruction to get the most out of Messages in OS X Yosemite.

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How to use a PC-formatted drive on the Mac

Macs can easily read PC-formatted hard disk drives. Writing to them, however, is a different story.

If you've switched to the Mac, welcome aboard. Your old external Windows PC drive will work great on the Mac. Apple has built OS X Yosemite and some previous OS X releases with the ability to read from those disks just fine. If you're using such a drive and you'd like to write new data to them, you'll find you can't unless you add new software. Fortunately, you don't have to spend a dime.

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How to hide (and unhide) purchases from the Mac App Store

If you make a lot of purchases from the Mac App Store, your Purchased tab can get very unwieldy.

The Purchased tab in the Mac App Store shows you all the apps you've downloaded, free and paid. If you find the Purchased tab hard to navigate due to the sheer amount of apps you have downloaded, you can hide apps you may not need to see a record of, such as apps you never uninstall and always have running on your Mac. Or maybe you have young children using your Mac that you don't want accessing certain apps. Whatever the reason may be, hiding and unhiding Mac App Store purchases is easy.

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How to find your Mac's serial number

Need your Mac's serial number? If your Mac is awake, it's just one click to find it.

Your Mac serial number is important information: If you need to get your Mac serviced, you'll need it. If you call Apple for help, they may ask you for it. But if you haven't written it down and can't read the number off the case, don't worry: There's another easy way to get it.

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Getting the most of Mac ID: Unlock your Mac with Touch ID and much more!

Mac ID enables you to use Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad to unlock your Mac. That's cool, but that's not all this useful third-party utility can do.

Mac ID is a two-part tool you get both from the iOS App Store and from the developer's website. Once you've set it up, you can unlock your Mac from your Touch ID-equipped iPhone or iPad. Mac ID can do a lot more too, to help you with security, controlling audio, and more!

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How to keep Mac email from giving away info to spammers

How your Mail app is set to load remote content can give e-mail scammers valuable information about you.

A setting in Apple's Mail app for OS X that makes it more convenient to view your emails may also be telling scammers that you're reading your emails. To make your Mac more secure from potential threats, you can disable the remote content loading function. Follow along and we'll walk you through how!

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How to clean up your Mac's Bluetooth menu

Is your Mac's Bluetooth menu a mess of devices you no longer use? You can clean it up almost instantly!

Bluetooth makes it easy to connect external devices like speakers, mice, keyboards, even printers and other computers. If your Bluetooth menu is a mess and you'd like to clean it up, here's an easy way.

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How to get gigabytes back from Steam

Have you used Valve's popular Steam service to install and play games on your Mac?

If so, you may be wasting a lot of hard drive space. Steam makes it easy to download and play great Mac games. Steam hides your downloaded games, though, which makes it easy to waste dozens or hundreds of GB of hard drive space. Here's how to reclaim it.

J.R. writes:

I just ran DaisyDisk on my Mac and discovered that I have more than 100 GB of files dedicated to Steam. I don't play most of those games. Can I just delete them?

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Can't update Office 2011 on your Mac? Here's the fix!

A change to the previous version of Microsoft's AutoUpdate utility caused updates to break in Office 2011 for OS X. A fix is ready for download.

AutoUpdate 3.0.5 was installed with the last Office update a few days ago. Microsoft has backed off from the mess it made with a new version of AutoUpdate you can download now. The problem only happens if you're using both the Office 2016 preview Microsoft has posted as well as Office 2011.

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Hearthstone: Ten tips, hints, and tricks to building a killer deck

Hearthstone is now available for iPad and iPhone. Here are some starter tips for building a great deck!

Blizzard's Hearthstone has quietly — or perhaps not so quietly — taken the gaming world by storm. The free-to-play title combines everything great about skill-based card games with gameplay as addicting as the company's MMOs, and it's been a blast to get acquainted with.

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