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OS X: Remove Location Info from Pictures

9:10 AM, Apr. 13th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to remove location data from photos

If you're concerned about including the location data of where you took any pictures you share online, then we're going to tell you how to strip that off using the built-in Preview application. Hey, maybe you're not worried about folks knowing exactly where you hike every day at 4:42 p.m., but if you are, we can help with that.

OS X: Edit Your Custom Dictionary File

9:10 AM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to add custom words to your Mac's spelling dictionary

Today's Quick Tip is about the hidden custom dictionary file on your Mac—what it does, how you'll access it, and how you can use it to stop your computer from correcting your spelling if you need to. Eliminating your autocorrect woes is the name of the game!

5 Ways to Keep Your Mac’s Data Safe and Secure

8:44 PM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Mac OS

Five ways to help secure your Mac's data

The hearing on whether or not Apple should be forced to make a special version of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone may be on hold, but that doesn't mean the personal data we want to keep private is safe. The fight to punch holes through our privacy is still gaining steam, and it reaches beyond the encrypted data on our iPhones out to our computers, too. There are ways to help protect your personal data on your Mac so the government, criminals, or even just nosey friends can't see what isn't any of their business. Check out The Mac Observer's list of tips on making your Mac—and your personal data—more secure.

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!