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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 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 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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How to use the CD or DVD drive from another computer on your Mac

Apple no longer includes DVD and CD-capable optical drives in its Macs. If you have one in a Mac or PC on your network, however, you can remotely copy files and even run installers thanks to the Remote Disc feature built into OS X. Here's how to get the most of it!

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How to use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Mac

The Mac is a wireless superstar. It supports both Wi-Fi, the ubiquitous wireless networking technology that connects you to the Internet, printers and other devices, and Bluetooth, the device interconnect that works with keyboards, mice, speakers and other gadgets. Here's how to set it all up!

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How to empty the Mac's trash and securely delete your files

Dragging the file into your Mac trashcan is only the first step. You also have to empty it, if you want to retrieve the drive space that file occupies. What's more, OS X offers you a secure way to make sure that file is gone forever.

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How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

If you want to give users access to your Mac without giving them access to your data, OS X makes it easy thanks to the Guest User feature. It's easy to set up and use.

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How to add or change your Mac's login password

As a matter of basic security, you should frequently change all your passwords: This is especially true of the login password you use to get access to your Mac. If you haven't done it in a while (or perhaps ever), now's the time!

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