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Mac 101: Set your preferences

Mac 101: Set your preferences | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Besides changing the look and feel of your Mac, you can also let your Mac know how you prefer to work by using System Preferences.

  System Preferences controls system-wide settings ("global" settings), and is available from the Apple () menu at the upper-left corner of the screen. System Preferences lets you to adjust things like your screen resolution, keyboard control, mouse control, sound, printer settings, sharing settings, accounts, and more.

  You can quickly locate the settings you want to change by typing the desired subject in the search field. For example, to change your login password, type "password." The preferences related to password appear below the search field, and one or more preferences are spotlighted in the System Preferences window. Click the item in the list that matches what you want to do, or click one of the spotlighted preferences. The appropriate preference pane opens.

  You can also choose View from the System Preferences menu to open any installed System Preference pane.

  Third-party software apps may also install their own pane within System Preferences for configuring application settings. See the software specific help within the app for information about settings.

 

Learn how to:

Customize your trackpad and mouse

Change your sounds

Change your Mac's sleep settings

Change your OS X language

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Apple Mini DisplayPort adapters: Frequently asked questions (FAQ) - Apple Support

Apple Mini DisplayPort adapters: Frequently asked questions (FAQ) - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Apple Mini DisplayPort adapters: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
  1. What is a Mini DisplayPort?
  2. Does my computer have a Mini DisplayPort connector?
  3. My computer has the same connector but the symbol is different, what does that mean?
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How to overcome a "file can't be deleted" error in OS X

How to overcome a "file can't be deleted" error in OS X | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When managing files and folders in the Finder, you will undoubtedly need to trash a few here and there; however, when you drag files to the trash you may run into an error where OS X refuses to mov...

If you find yourself encountering this specific error, then the solution is to re-launch your Mac’s Finder, which can be done in several ways.


  1. Reboot your Mac — the most hands-off approach
  2. Log out of your account and log back in — another relatively hands-off approach
  3. Force-quit the Finder — the quickest approach
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How to prepare your Mac for OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'

How to prepare your Mac for OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Apple's OS X El Capitan is slated for release in fall, and with this season right around the corner, the OS will soon be available for those who wish to install it. While it is largely similar to O...
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TidBITS: Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and NetSpot

TidBITS: Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and NetSpot | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Two OS X tools for surveying Wi-Fi signals can help you visually sort out what’s causing interference and better plan placing or moving access points for optimal signal coverage.
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Free dual-pane file manager for Mac - Commander One

Free dual-pane file manager for Mac - Commander One | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Commander One: Free dual-pane file manager for Mac. FTP client and Zip, 7zip and TGZ unarchiver for OS X.

Requirements: OS X 10.9+ 
31Mb free space
Version 1.0.1232 (4th Aug, 2015)

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It begins: Movie studio sues individual Popcorn Time users for infringement

It begins: Movie studio sues individual Popcorn Time users for infringement | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Often described as "Netflix for pirates," Popcorn Time users are now being targeted for infringement. Originally reported by TorrentFreak, the makers of a film called The Cobbler recently initiated...
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Track Apple refurb deals with up to 40% discount | RefurbMe us

The smartest way to get Mac/iPad/iPhone products refurbished. These are shipped by Apple and include a 1-year warranty. RefurbMe provides availability alerts.
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The increasingly long lives of old Macs

The increasingly long lives of old Macs | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Nothing last forever. But Macs keep on truckin' for longer than you might guess.
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Encrypt Your USB Flash Drives, External USB Drives Or SD Cards [OS X Tips] | Cult of Mac

Encrypt Your USB Flash Drives, External USB Drives Or SD Cards [OS X Tips] | Cult of Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Mac OS  X Lion introduced the world to FileVault 2 Apple's solution to full disk encryption. It is one of my favorite features in Lion, and it is definitel
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Set a Default Finder Window Size with a Relaunch

Set a Default Finder Window Size with a Relaunch | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Finder windows on OS X are a bit finicky. One time you’ll open it and it’ll be tiny, another time it’ll be huge. Over on MacWorld, they take a look at why this happens and came up with a way to set a more default behavior.
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Can't remember passwords? Here are two ways to reveal them.

Can't remember passwords? Here are two ways to reveal them. | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you're browsing the Web and need to either create a new account or log into an existing one, then you will likely need to enter your password. To help with this, OS X will prompt you to store yo...
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Everything Search Engine

Everything Search Engine | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
  • Small installation file
  • Clean and simple user interface
  • Quick file indexing
  • Quick searching
  • Minimal resource usage
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My Stupid Fault: iCloud vs local iPhone backups | MacNN

My Stupid Fault: iCloud vs local iPhone backups | MacNN | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
That's the bottom line here: back up your iPhone and iPad to your Mac through iTunes, rather than an iCloud backup, and do it regularly -- if you want to be able to restore the your iOS device exactly as it was when you replace it. The iCloud backup is good in its way, particularly for people who don't tie their device to a Mac or Windows PC, but it is not as complete.
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Google OnHub Wi-Fi router review: It's designed to coddle novices and annoy power users

Google OnHub Wi-Fi router review: It's designed to coddle novices and annoy power users | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
On the upside, it’s a very good performer. On the downside, it makes all networking decisions for you.
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If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn't respond or doesn't turn on - Apple Support

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn't respond or doesn't turn on - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Your device might have a frozen screen that doesn’t respond when you touch it or press buttons. Or maybe your device begins to turn on, but gets stuck during start up. These steps can help.
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How to prepare your Mac for OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'

How to prepare your Mac for OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Apple's OS X El Capitan is slated for release in fall, and with this season right around the corner, the OS will soon be available for those who wish to install it. While it is largely similar to O...
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OSX DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit found in the wild | Malwarebytes Mac

OSX DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit found in the wild  |  Malwarebytes Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Last month, Stefan Esser blogged about a zero-day vulnerability in OS X, without having informed Apple about the problem first. Unfortunately, today has brought the discovery of the first known exploit.
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9 Features Apple Music Needs To Win Over Power Users

9 Features Apple Music Needs To Win Over Power Users | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

 Apple has offered up a handful of features to win over power users, including:

  • A free 90-day trial and no-paywall premieres
  • Niche genre radio stations
  • A diverse lineup of Beats1 artists with track lists
  • (Limited) playlist sharing
  • Playlist curation from tastemakers
  • A social element to follow your favorite artists
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Latest Safari versions address browser hijacking

Latest Safari versions address browser hijacking | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
One of the more notorious problems you might run into when using a computer is a browser hijacking attack, where stumbling upon a maliciously crafted Web site will result in an alert being repeated...
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Apple - Support - Welcome To My Support Profile

My Support Profile offers one-stop access to manage your products, support activities, and contact information. You can also join VoicePass, so Apple can quickly identify you and provide a fast, personalized experience when you call.

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Changing ownership of a used Mac | Apple Support Communities

Changing ownership of a used Mac | Apple Support Communities | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

1: Copy what users files you do want to save off the machine to a regular external storage drive using drag and drop methods on your internal Home folders of Music, Pictures, Movies, Documents etc. If a TimeMachine window request appears, deny it as it will copy the entire drive, accounts and everything which is not what you need in your case at this time.

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Malware developers targeting MacKeeper settlement Web page

Malware developers targeting MacKeeper settlement Web page | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Following the recent announcement of the MacKeeper legal settlement, malware developers are creating routines that redirect people from the settlement site to nefarious Web pages that use javascrip...
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Pointers: the iOS troubleshooting and device maintenance guide | MacNN

Pointers: the iOS troubleshooting and device maintenance guide | MacNN | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

"Doesn't work anymore," they grumbled resentfully. "Lots of crashes, some apps don't even launch now." I asked if it had ever been turned off. "Every night," they said. I said, "no, not put to sleep -- turned off." "You can do that?!" they exclaimed.

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Mac backup basics

Mac backup basics | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
A Mac backup plan doesn't have to be complicated. The easier a plan is to set up and follow, the more likely you are to use it and have a current backup when disaster happens.
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How to use Smart Folders on your Mac

How to use Smart Folders on your Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you haven't yet used Smart Folders in OS X, then you may be missing out on a critical time-saving feature of the OS X Finder. Smart Folders are essentially canned searches, where you can save cu...
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