Bring Back Older “Filter-Style” Search in iTunes 11

8:39 AM, Jan. 17th, 2014 · · Mac OS

One of the more significant changes to iTunes 11 is how one searches an iTunes library. In the latest version, typing a search query reveals a truncated list of results below the search field from which to choose. However, many preferred the way it worked previously, filtering all items in the selected media category. Thankfully there's still a way to do this, and Michael Johnston shows you how.

OS X: Solving Mail Searching Problems

8:35 AM, Jan. 16th, 2014 · · Mac OS

So you’re looking through Mail for messages from a certain person or about a subject, and you’re not finding anything, even when you’re searching for stuff you know is there. Well, that’s frustrating, isn’t it? In this tip, we’ll give you some suggestions for how to force that naughty Mail program to behave. 

Mavericks: Search by Mail Attachment Type

8:25 AM, Jan. 15th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Under Mavericks, we can now search by attachment type in Mail—and it's handy as all get-out. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us several different ways to use this trick to find emailed PDFs, Numbers spreadsheets, Word documents, and pretty much any other kinds of files you can think of.

OS X: Web Filtering with OpenDNS

10:33 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Concerned parents who'd like to control what their children see online have a great option in OpenDNS. Offering both free and paid services to block potentially problematic sites, the service is reliable and incredibly easy to set up (and it works better than the Mac's built-in parental controls, too). In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how it works and how to configure it.

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Mac in 2014

8:35 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

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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.

OS X: Switching Quickly Between Open Windows

8:36 AM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · Mac OS

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. 

iCloud Keychain: Removing Your Data from Apple’s Servers

8:36 AM, Dec. 24th, 2013 · · Mac OS

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

How to Sync Non-iBooks Epubs from iPad to iBooks in Mavericks

5:20 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2013 · · Mac OS

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After years of an inexplicable absence from the Mac platform, Apple finally brought iBooks to Mavericks. If you have epub ebooks and PDFs in your iPad or iPhone iBooks library that didn't come from iBooks, you may have noticed that they didn't appear in iBooks on Mavericks, but it's easy to fix that. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash

8:35 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · Mac OS

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.