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It's 2014, and guess what? You should add a few things to your list of resolutions. From keeping your data secure online to basic Mac maintenance and backups, this article's got you covered on what to improve for the new year. We guess it's the tech version of going to the gym and eating salad, only for gosh sakes, we hope it's more fun than that.
If you're working with multiple windows in an application, switching back and forth between them can be kind of a pain, especially if they're hiding behind each other. In this tip, we'll talk about how to use a keyboard shortcut to go to the window you need, which we find is much quicker than Exposé. And no more moving windows around to get to the ones underneath them! Whew.
If you're using iCloud Keychain, you may now be realizing that Apple owns all of your passwords. That's right, they do! They know your Wi-Fi password, your computer password (which is of course your dog's name), and so on. No, of course we're kidding—there's an easy but rather convoluted way to remove your Keychain data from Apple's servers, and Melissa Holt will reveal the secret in this Quick Tip.
There are quite a few useful things you can do with the Dock icons for the Finder and Trash. With the right combinations of modifier keys, you can relaunch a misbehaving Finder, empty the Trash, and even securely empty the Trash. It's all here in this Quick Tip.
One of the nifty (and somewhat sneaky) things you can do if you're using the Find My Friends app is to change which of your iOS devices is sharing its location—so if you want to appear to be at home instead of out shopping for presents, you can do so. We'll tell you how, but only if you promise you'll use this new power for good. Deal?
Melissa Holt has written before about using Safari's handy Auto-Click feature to automatically open a folder full of bookmarks into new tabs. But under Mavericks, the checkbox to enable it seems to be missing! Oh no! Hey, don't panic—Apple just changed the way you turn it on, and this article's all about how you'll do just that.
Whether you're annoyed with iTunes' new "now playing" notifications or you like them as much as Melissa Holt does, this Quick Tip will be helpful to you. She'll cover how to turn those notifications off, and then she's going to tell you how to see up to the last twenty songs you've played, right within Notification Center (which is really handy when you're listening to iTunes Radio). There are practically a hundred tips stuffed in this one little article, people! OK, maybe not quite that many.
If you've ever wanted to pick apart an animated GIF and check out its individual frames, then this tip's gonna make you happy. Using Preview on your Mac, you can view and save the separate pieces of an animated GIF into several different formats, with no third-party software required. Melissa Holt's even used her favorite GIF of all time in this article, so you don't wanna miss that, do you?
iOS 7's ability to mark everything in a mailbox as read is handy—and long overdue. In this tip, we'll tell you how to use it, so from now on, you won't be forced to touch every single message you want to mark. Unless you really enjoy doing it, that is. At least now, it'll be by choice.
Mavericks' Finder tabs feature is a neat new way to keep things organized, and in this tip, Melissa Holt will cover her five favorite tips for using it. She'll include merging all of your Finder windows into a single tabbed one, using keyboard shortcuts to control the tabs, moving files between them, and more.