Mac Geek Gab listener Jurgen doesn't like Time Machine, and would rather back up his Mac using third party software. Time Machine automatically chooses which files and folders to back up, but Jurgen will have to make these choices manually with his new backup software. We explain which folders are crucial for a good backup, and which can be safely excluded.
There was a time when your Mac's Finder and application windows all had visible scroll bars that made it easy to move up or down in long file lists, and also gave you a nice visual cue to let you know there was more to see than the current window was showing. That's missing now, but it's easy to reenable and we're happy to show you how in this Video Quick Tip.
Most iDevice users will never need to know their device's UDID, or even what it is. But for developers, software testers, and some users with provisioned apps, it's a critical piece of information. Here's how to find it, even when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is locked and unable to activate.
Just like so many other things you can do on your Mac, Apple has given us more than one way to control the system volume. They also gave us a couple cool tricks for controlling exactly how you adjust the audio level. Want to learn how? Watch our Video Quick Tip to learn more.
OS X is great at running lots apps at once, many of which can interact with one another. Of course we have Exposé to handle switching between windows, but what happens if you don't want to switch to another window, but rather maintain the focus of your current window while doing something in another. Michael Johnston has some tips on working with background windows, and he's happy to share.
Even if you're familiar with the "Open With" functionality for making files open in different programs, you may not be aware of the different ways you can do it. In this article, we're going to discuss using Finder's toolbar for opening files, including a special little Terminal trick that we think is just awesome.
The multitouch feature in your Mac's laptop or your Magic Trackpad makes it easy to perform tasks that otherwise might include several taps, clicks or swipes. For example, you can look up the definition of words in documents and on webpages with a simple gesture, no need to use Spotlight or launch the Dictionary app.
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Nancy Carroll Gravley offers three tips to make your Mac life more efficient and more fun. There's figuring out where you downloaded that file from, the importance of rebuilding your Mail Inbox, and how to add those smiley faces to your emails and text documents. What more could ask?
If you organize your Safari bookmarks into folders, using the Auto-Click feature is an excellent, quick way to open sites you visit frequently. And if you don't organize with folders, we're gonna teach you how. This is an all-purpose tip, dear readers.
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