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How to import images and folders into Photos for OS X

If you've collected images you'd like to manage with Photos for OS X, there are a few ways to go about importing them.

Photos gives you pretty comprehensive image management features: You can edit and adjust your images, sort them into albums and more. That's great for photos you've shot on your iPhone, with a DSLR or a point and click camera. But if you've collected imagery over the years from other sources, those pictures may be floating free on your desktop or in folders on your Mac, accessible from the Finder. Here's how to get them all into Photos for OS X.

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How to import your Aperture library into Photos for OS X

If you're moving from Aperture to Photos for OS X, the first thing you'll need to do is import your library.

Apple's pulling the plug on future Aperture development. It still works with OS X Yosemite, but Photos for OS X is the future. Luckily, importing your existing Aperture library is easy. You can either do it during initial setup and make it your main Photos library, or you can import it at any time and make it an additional library. Once you've imported your library into Photos, you can still use the old version in Aperture. They won't stay in sync from that point on, but they will both remain accessible to their respective apps.

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How to order prints in Photos for OS X

Gathering, editing, and cataloging the many great photos we take is one thing. Getting professional-quality prints to hold in our hands is something else entirely.

Photos for OS X is equally good at both tasks. You can use it to quickly sort through the hundreds or thousands of photos you've taken to find the best ones and the ones that mean the most to you. Then, instead of printing them yourself on an inkjet at home, or fussing with a photo printing service on a website, you can order real, high-quality prints in a range of sizes, right from Photos on your Mac.

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How to use emoji on OS X Yosemite

Having trouble figuring out how to use emoji on your Mac? Access the built-in emoji keyboard instantly with this tip!

Using emoticons (or emoji) to express emotions, ideas and thoughts is very popular on the iPhone and other mobile devices. A couple of quick taps on the keyboard button and you've got them ready. How do you do that on the Mac? Read on to find out.

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How to enable OS X Accessibility options, instantly!

Want to toggle OS X's Accessibility options quickly? Get there in one keystroke with this quick Mac tip!

Apple builds great accessibility features into OS X Yosemite, to help users with physical limitations get the most out of their Macs. Getting there can be a bit of a challenge, but this should make it easier.

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How to get your Mac menu bar under control

Adding apps and software to OS X Yosemite can clutter up the menu bar. Fortunately there are easy ways to fix that problem.

Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Time Machine. Before you know it your menu bar is crowded from both ends. Especially when you're using a smaller screen, like on the MacBook Air, you might like to keep your menu bar tidy. Here's a few of my top recommendations for unflattering your Mac menu bar:

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How to update Flash on your Mac safely and avoid malware

Got a message on your Mac that says you have to update Flash? Make sure it's not a malware hijack, and update Flash safely!

Adobe frequently updates its Flash software with security improvements and other changes. Seeing update messages has become routine enough that some malware developers have started using "Flash updates" as a way of infecting your computer. Learn how to safely update your Mac to the latest version of Flash without worrying about malware or adware getting on there too.

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How to set up two-step authentication for Google and Gmail on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Don't lose your Google info or Gmail archives to a password hack. Set up two-step authentication to protect your most important assets.

When it comes to data you want secured, your email accounts are probably close to the top of the list. Though email is technically an unencrypted medium, the average hacker might not go to too much trouble to grab a single message — but they'd love a peek at your history full of password resets, not to mention getting potential access to your bank accounts or other private information.

Strong passwords can help, but to be as secure as possible, you want to enable two-step authentication.

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How to find anything on your Mac with Spotlight

Whatever you're looking for on your Mac is only a few keystrokes away. Spotlight is a huge time saver!

You can clutter up your Dock up with icons, create aliases and click on the Applications menu in your Favorites sidebar in the Finder. But the quickest way to find what you're looking for doesn't require you to click at all: You can do everything right from the keyboard with Spotlight. Here's how.

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How to access any Mac system preference in one click

Want to make a quick change to any System Preference setting? No need to open the System Preferences app, just click it from the Dock. Here's how!

Apple guru Dave Marra recently tweeted a great Mac tip that I'm going to share with you. Make sure to check out his Marrathon.com site for more great Mac tips.

I have to admit that I'm totally ashamed I didn't know this until just the other day, because Marra tells me it's been around since OS X 10.7 Lion.

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