OS X: Troubleshooting Kernel Panics

9:05 AM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Mac OS

Troubleshooting Mac OS X kernel panics

So your Mac keeps rebooting itself when you're right in the middle of your work, and when it restarts, it's giving you some scary dialog boxes about sending reports to Apple. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that could be causing your problem, from bad third-party software to a misbehaving USB device. Fortunately, there are numerous resources to help you figure out what's going on, and we're going to discuss some in today's Quick Tip.

OS X: Sorting Your Mail, Quickly!

9:10 AM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to sort email on your Mac

Today's Quick Tip is all about sorting your Mail on your Mac. Need to find the largest message by size? No problem. Want to sort your sent messages by recipient instead of by date? Easy-peasy. We'll even tell you what you can do on your iPhone or iPad to replicate some of this sorting functionality if you need to.

OS X: What’s Taking Up Your “Other” Storage?

9:12 AM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · Mac OS

What's all that

Confused as to why your "About This Mac" window lists a whole bunch of "Other" space being eaten up? In today's Quick Tip, we'll talk about what those files are and suggest a quick way to analyze them in detail (hint: you've probably got nothing to worry about). 

OS X: Save Time Machine Backup Space by Excluding Items

9:10 AM, Feb. 26th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to exclude items from Time Machine backups

If you happen to be sharing a backup disk with multiple people (or across multiple machines), then space may be at a premium. If so, you may (carefully!) consider excluding any unimportant files or folders you have from being backed up. In today's Quick Tip, we'll go over the hows and the whys of doing so.

OS X: Rebuilding Mailboxes (And Why You Might Want To)

9:34 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to rebuild Mail's mailboxes

Got garbled Mail messages on your Mac? Or are you searching and searching, but you can't find the emails you're looking for? Well, in this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a step you can take to rebuild those misbehaving mailboxes. It might just help you find a bunch of stuff you thought you'd lost!

El Capitan: Getting the Sizes of Mailboxes

9:05 AM, Feb. 10th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to check mailbox sizes in OS X El Capitan Mail

This Quick Tip is about something that Apple removed from El Capitan's version of Mail (the gear icon that was at the bottom-left) and how you can replicate its "Get Account Info" functionality to see the sizes of your mailboxes again. Apple sometimes giveth and then taketh away, but at least in this case, we can still "taketh" the feature back!

OS X: Watching Your Kid’s Screen (from Across the House!)

9:10 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to monitor what your kids are doing on their Macs

Today's Quick Tip is not about Parental Controls, exactly, but you could use it in conjunction with that feature if you need to go a step farther in keeping your kid safe online. With Remote Management, you can see what your child is doing from the comfort of your own computer screen, and if you set it up properly, he'll never even know that you're watching. The approach may be a bit draconian, but we guess sometimes you've gotta come down hard.

We're sorry, kids. 

OS X: Adjusting Your Login Options

8:56 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to manage your Mac's login window

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will go over the so-called login window, which is the screen you'll see if your Mac doesn't sign in automatically. Can you customize it? Is it difficult to make it more secure? And hey, where do you go to make changes to it? The short answers are "yes," "no," and "System Preferences," but if you want the long answers, they're in this article!