Mac Tips

How to set up multiple users on your Mac

Get smart when it comes to using a shared Mac in a house full of people: Set up individual user accounts to keep everybody's stuff separate.

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How to restore old-style zoom control in OS X

Beginning with OS X 10.10 Apple changed the way the green button in the menu bar of open windows works, but you can restore the "old" method using a key command.

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How to adjust OS X's Mail Drop threshold using Terminal

OS X's Mail Drop feature kicks in automatically when you try to attach a file to a message that's 20 MB or larger. You can lower that threshold even more if you have an email server that thinks 20 MB is too much.

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How to prioritize your Mac's network interfaces

If your Mac has multiple network connections, you can tell it what order you'd like it to use them. What's more, you can also reprioritize the order in which your Mac will connect to Wi-Fi networks. When it sees more than one Wi-Fi network, you can tell it which ones you'd like to use first.

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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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