iTunes: Sharing Music Between User Accounts

8:35 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Did you know that all of the user accounts on your Mac can listen to the same iTunes music without you having to move files around, change the location of your libraries, or do anything else complicated? In this article, we'll tell you how to take advantage of this handy-dandy feature and what caveats you should be aware of before you do.

OS X: Turning Off “All My Files”

8:25 AM, Jan. 29th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Hate the "All My Files" feature? We're here to help. In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how to disable it, so you'll no longer have to deal with finding your stuff within its odd interface. And we'll also show you how to remove its icon from Finder's sidebar, so if you really, REALLY don't want to see it again, you don't have to.

OS X: Changing Printers’ Names

8:35 AM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Melissa Holt doesn't like long printer names with lots of unhelpful random numbers and letters, so she always changes those to be more descriptive. Melissa Holt pities the fool who leaves his devices with their default names. Melissa Holt apparently lapses into Mr. T–speak when she writes about herself in the third person. She promises she won't do that throughout this article.

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

8:39 AM, Jan. 17th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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. 

OS X: Web Filtering with OpenDNS

10:33 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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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 · · Mountain Lion

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. 

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash

8:35 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.

Final Cut Pro Adds 4K Display, New Mac Pro Support

9:00 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

Apple rolled out Final Cut Pro X 10.1 on Thursday with support for high resolution 4K displays and the just released Mac Pro's dual GPUs. Final Cut Pro is Apple's pro-level video editing application for Mac OS X.