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How to quickly pan and zoom in Quick Look on your Mac

Quick Look is a nifty utility that's baked right into OS X that lets you view a preview of a file without actually having to open it. It had some issues when OS X Mavericks was released but updates have since then fixed lag issues. On top of viewing files quickly, you can also pan and zoom with just a single key stroke. Here's how:

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How to use the Flyover feature in Apple Maps for Mac

Apple Maps has a cool feature called Flyover that lets you get 3D views of a selected area. While it doesn't serve much purpose in a navigational sense, it's still a cool feature to play around with and has some practical use if you're trying to scope out certain areas before visiting them. Here's how to use it on your Mac:

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How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks

Not all websites just let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain. Whether for privacy or security reasons, or simple technical misconfiguration, sometimes your best efforts to stay in sync across your Apple devices will be stymied... at least at first. Luckily, Safari can often let you save passwords even if the website itself tries to stop you. Here's how to do it in OS X Mavericks.

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How to add Finder Tags to iCloud documents with OS X Mavericks

We've already talked about how to set up and start using Finder Tags in OS X Mavericks, but what about documents that aren't stored on your computer, but in iCloud instead? It's just as easy to apply Finder Tags to new and existing iCloud documents too. Here's how:

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How to force quit an OS X app that isn't responding

While OS X may have the reputation of being a solid operating system, it isn't immune from occasional crashes and app freezes. If you've owned a Mac for a long period of time, you've most likely come across the spinning beach ball of death a time or two. Here's how to figure out which app is causing the problem, if you don't know already, and how to force quit the app:

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How to use the power button in OS X Mavericks: It's just like your iPhone and iPad now

If you've upgraded your Mac to OS X Mavericks, you may have already noticed that the physical power button behaves differently when pressed than it did in previous versions of OS X. As it turns out, Apple has brought some of iOS to the Mac when it comes to powering up and shutting down. Here's what's changed and what you need to know:

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How to estimate your travel time in the OS X Mavericks Calendar app

If you juggle your appointments, meetings, and events using the Calendar app on your Mac, you've probably run into a time or two where knowing the estimated travel time would have been helpful. Luckily, this is now a default feature of the stock Calendar app as long as you're running OS X Mavericks. Here's how to access it:

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How to stop receiving notifications from a website in OS X Mavericks

We've already looked at how to receive notifications from your favorite websites with OS X Mavericks, so now it's time to look at how to turn them off. Perhaps a website you thought you wanted notifications from sends too many, or you just don't visit a particular site that frequently anymore. Regardless the reason, here's how to get them to stop:

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How to share a video to Facebook from Finder in OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks makes your Mac a lot more social. Along with the ability to link up and post from your social accounts, you can easily share video to Facebook from anywhere on your Mac in just a few clicks. Here's how:

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How to use Local Search with Maps for OS X Mavericks

The Local Search feature in Maps is a great way to find local places by general category, without needing to know a specific place or name. Whether you're in an area you aren't familiar with or you just want to try something new and out of the ordinary in your home area, the Local Search feature in Maps can help. Here's how to use it:

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