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10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

How To Sign A PDF Form On Your Mac Without Printing It [OS X Tips]

As it turns out, I end up having to sign a lot of documents, such as contracts, IRS forms, and the like. Many of these are in PDF form (bravo), and some even let me fill them out via my keyboard (even better).<p>Unfortunately, they still expect us to print these babies out, sign them with a pen, and …

OS X

OS X: How to Configure the Network System Preference

Out of the box, a Macintosh is configured to search for a wired and Wi-Fi Internet connection. However, there may be a need for some additional …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Solving the mystery of OS X’s missing /Users folders

The majority of people who upgraded to OS X 10.9.3 yesterday noticed what seemed to be a strange glitch, in the form of their /Users and /Users/Shared folders disappearing. In fact, the fault doesn’t have to do with 10.9.3 at all, but rather occurs if you’ve updated to iTunes 11.2 and also have …

How to sync an iPhone with multiple iTunes libraries

Apple does not allow an iPhone to be synced with multiple iTunes libraries, presumably because users would simply share songs with each other and …

Jimi, The J-Shaped USB Extender For iMacs

It’s hard to come up with a reason you wouldn’t buy the Jimi, a little dongle that plays the hell out of your iMac, then smashes it all over the stage and sets fire to it, all while continuing to kindle sweet electric guitar music from its dying body.<p>Wait, that’s not the same Jimi? The Bluelounge …

Tweet Any Highlighted Text From Your Mac [OS X Tips]

If you’ve ever come across a great snippet of text you want to Tweet right from your Mac, you know the drill: you have to copy it, open Twitter, create a new message, and then paste in the text there. Then hit the Send button.<p>Sure, it’s not that difficult, but what if there was an even easier …

Speed Up Your Startup: Remove Login Items [OS X Tips]

When you start your Mac up, you may notice the process taking longer and longer over time. One of the reasons may be the sheer number of little menu bar and helper apps that you’ve allowed to creep into your system over time.<p>One way to decrease this start up time is to take these items out of the …

Spring Cleaning: Use Spotlight To Find Huge Files [OS X Tips]

I’m kind of a stickler for a clean hard drive, especially since I started using Macbook Airs a few years back, what with their tiny little SSD units. I’ve moved most of my music to the Cloud and my iPhoto library to an external hard drive, but there’s still a ton of cruft that ends up on my …

Operating Systems

Get The Best Hand-Crafted Icons To Make Your Designs Pop [Deals]

If you want a successful app you will need to get across a large amount of information in a tiny amount of space – and that is where these Webbicon icons come in handy.<p>With over 1200 vector icons, you will have all of today’s hot categories covered with these high-quality icons. The collection …

When Your Mac Slows Down, Give It A Tune Up [MacRx]

<b>This article first appeared in Cult of Mac magazine.</b><p>Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often. The Operating …

How-to: Use Preview to put signatures on PDF’s, Pages Documents, and Mail messages

As we have written about in previous articles, Preview is a valuable tool in OS X that does not get a lot of press. In this article, we will review how you can use Preview to capture your signature using the iSight camera on a Mac, then use it in Pages documents, to sign PDF documents, and as an …

Disable Web Page Push Notifications In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

There are quite a few web sites these days that will send you notifications when you visit them via Safari. Sites like NBA.com and the New York Times will drop you a dialog box when you visit them for the first time to ask you if you would like to receive the push notifications.<p>If you allow them, …