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15 Startup Key Combinations for Mac

7:53 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · Leopard

Apple Command Key

Your Mac and OS X have a variety of startup keys and key combinations you can use to affect how the device starts up. Shift key, for instance, starts your Mac in Safe mode, and C (or c) starts up from a bootable CD, DVD, or thumb drive. Command-S is for "single-user mode," which essentially means booting to the command line. 

How to Use the /me Command in Messages for Mac

8:21 PM, Dec. 28th, 2015 · · Leopard

/me Command in Messages for Mac

There's one IRC command that has gained life outside of IRC, and that's the /me command. It turns whatever follows into an action rather than a normal line of text, and you can find it in games, all manner of texting apps, and even Apple's Messages app, at least on the Mac. Bryan Chaffin explains.

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Projects

4:40 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · Leopard

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts by Lesa Snider

Dr. Mac's friend Lesa Snider is a talented photographer and author, and he says her Missing Manual books (on Photoshop and Photos for iOS and OS X) make terrific gifts, but her new ebook, The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts, is chock full of gift ideas you can make yourself. 

How to Create Signatures in in iOS and OS X

5:40 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · Leopard Signatures Screenshot

Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy Carroll Gravley shows you how.

Skype to Leopard Users: We Still Love You, Compatibility Update Coming

5:35 PM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · Leopard

Following the ruffled feathers and wailing and gnashing of teeth following the news that Skype support for versions of OS X below 10.6 are no longer supported, Microsoft's Skype team has said a new update is coming that'll let Leopard users continue to participate in their online text, voice and video chats. Currently, Mac owners running Leopard can't login to their Skype account thanks to compatibility changes that were made earlier this week.

Running Skype on OS X 10.5.8 or Earlier? Not Anymore

11:35 AM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · Leopard

Mac users running OS X 10.5.8 and earlier can't use Skype anymore now that Microsoft has dropped support for the older versions of the Mac operating system. The change happened this week, leaving Leopard users without any way to use the voice and video chat app.

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Companies drop support for old app versions and old operating systems all the time, and Microsoft is no different. If you're Mac is still running Leopard, and you're a Skype user, at least now you know why you can't login.

How to Calculate and Convert Units in OS X and iOS

10:30 AM, Nov. 2nd, 2013 · · Leopard

The original Macintosh Calculator Desk Accessory

As Sandro Cuccia has written about in previous articles, Apple gives all Mac owners several amazing and free little applications and utilities built right in. Calculator is one such app. Sandro shows you the features included and how to use them, with a peek at the iOS 7 version.

How (and Why) to Zoom on the Mac

10:30 AM, Aug. 31st, 2013 · · Leopard

Zoom a zoom, zoom-ah-zoom!

Apple is a leader in Accessibility support on Macs and iOS devices. However, you don’t have to be a person with disabilities to take advantage of the many Accessibility features available to you. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to configure and use one such feature on the Mac: Zoom.

How to Assign Custom Icons to Desktop Files & Folders in OS X

10:30 AM, May. 18th, 2013 · · Leopard

Cookie Monster cartoon character.

OS X looks great, but sometimes you need to give your Mac a little personality, or maybe you just need some quick visual cues for your folders files. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to engage in a fun, but Apple-sanctioned method for customizing your Mac desktop icons.