How-Tos

Anonymous's picture

Bypass tedious and repetitive tasks in Word by creating macros that automatically do them for you - it's like setting your word-processing app on auto-pilot!

Connect Your Mac to USB Gadgets

Turn your Mac into a hub for a multitude of USB devices.

When planning out your home theater, it helps to "think differently."

Connect Your Mac to a Wi-Fi Network

Cut the cords on your home network and go Wi-Fi (aka AirPort).

Connect Your Mac to Your Mobile Phone

Link your Mac to your Blackberry, Motorola RAZR, Palm Treo, and more.

Demystify Your iTunes Album Listings

How do you get off of perpetual scramble if you’re really an album-oriented listener?

Zack Stern's picture

I've been an iPod fan since the original, but it's taken me until the iPod video - and hacking my car to add an iPod interface - to try to fix a feature that's been missing since day one. Why can't I create a sync-able playlist full of random albums, not just a bunch of random tracks? Through a little-documented feature, I can, without trying to find a custom AppleScript.

Create Your Own Digital SLR Lenses

Create tools for capturing beautiful photos without draining your bank account.

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Prevent Hard-Drive Crashes

Every columnist has written about their catastrophic hard-drive crash, so I won't bore you with the details of the one I had last week. Suffice it to say I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. I also won't harangue you about making (and testing!) regular backups - you know that already, right? (I bet Mac|Life senior editor Eugene Robinson still hasn't gotten over his loss.)  Instead, I'm going to tell you about something that could have saved my tuchus at the expense of ten minutes per month of (unattended!) Mac time. To wit: Disk Utility - it's included in Mac OS X, installed by default in /Applications/Utilities.

Flickr Faster

Fed up with the tedium of uploading images to your Flickr account? Here's how to take the pain out of photo sharing.