Mac Tips

How to clean up your Mac's desktop

Your Mac desktop is where you do most of your work, but don't leave your workspace sloppy. There are ways to keep your desktop tidy - find out how.

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How to enable OS X's Dark Mode with a key command

OS X Yosemite and later sports a Dark Mode that inverts the menu and Dock to a dark background. It's great but if you don't want to use it all the time, here's a time-saving tip that binds the action to a command key shortcut instead of forcing you to fumble for the System Preferences.

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How to back up and restore your Mac with Time Machine

Time Machine is OS X's built-in backup software. Here's how to set it up and use it.

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How to AirPlay Beats 1 from iTunes on the Mac

For some reason turning on Beats 1 makes the AirPlay button go away in iTunes 12.2. Here's how to send your Beats 1 stream to AirPlay speakers regardless.

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How to update iTunes on the Mac

If you want to make sure you're using the very latest version of iTunes, follow these steps!

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How to access shared Macs on your network

Sharing files over a wired or wireless network using your Mac is easy. You don't need to install any special software. If AirDrop doesn't work for you, OS X's built-in file sharing, which works with Macs and Windows PCs alike, may do the trick. Here's how to get the most of it.

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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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