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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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How to add spaces to your Mac's Dock using Terminal

Want to better separate the apps within your Dock? Try adding a space to break them up.

On OS X, the Dock gives you a handy way of launching applications that you use the most frequently with a single click. To organize them, you can click and drag them around however you like. What you can't do, at least not directly from within the Dock's preferences, is divide up the apps using an easy visual separator. Fortunately, there's a workaround — if you're comfortable using the Terminal command line.

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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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