The Dock in Mac OS X is incredibly convenient for keeping your most-used apps and files only a single click away. It starts out clean and fairly small, but after years of use, the Dock expands and changes based on what you put in it. During that time, however, it can become messy, cluttered, and unwieldy. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean up your Dock and reset it to the default layout without a clean install or creating a new user account. [Via TechRadar]
Photos is Apple's photo-management app that recently replaced iPhoto with the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. It certainly gets the job done, but it can still be prone to errors once in a while. If you're experiencing a crashing app at launch, failed imports, or missing thumbnails or photos, then you may want to try repairing your Photos library to recover from these issues. [Via TechRadar]
Mail Drop was introduced in OS X Yosemite as a way to send large files and attachments via the OS X Mail app without having to go through any Mail servers. It works by uploading the file to your iCloud account (instead of sending it as an attachment), which in turn gets processed as an attachment on the receiving end without any additional work. There are restrictions to using Mail Drop however; we'll show you how to change them to suit your needs. [Via TechRadar]
You know the sound your iPhone makes when you plug it in to charge? Well, the new 12-inch MacBooks (yes, those really thin ones) make the same sound when you connect and disconnect the power. And guess what? With a little trick, you can have this same sound on your current MacBook Pro or MacBook Air as well, allowing you to know for sure that your charging cable is indeed properly connected to your laptop. [via TechRadar]
Sometimes it's handy to have a list of all the apps installed on your Mac. For instance, if you need to cleanly reinstall OS X, and then add your apps and data back afterward to make the Mac run faster, it's easier to have a list than to rely on your memory. In this article, we'll show you how to easily make a list of the apps that are installed on your Mac for backup purposes. (Via TechRadar)
By default, the Mac comes with a built-in utility that lets anyone reset the password on your user account. This is done in case you lose access to your OS X account, but it can become a vulnerability if your Mac gets into the wrong hands. In this article, we'll show you how easy it can be to add a hardware password to your Mac to prevent unwanted access like this.
With the Terminal, you can have a wide variety of control when it comes to shutting down your Mac. Most of the time, you'll probably want to shut down your Mac instantly, but other times you may want to shut it down at a specific time, or after a specific number of minutes or hours have elapsed. This can be useful for times when you want to leave your Mac performing a task, but then have it shut down after the task will be completed while you walk away from the computer. Continue reading and we'll show you how this shut down task can be used in the Terminal.
This week's trick is a double whammy. First, in the event you're unfamiliar with how to screen-grab windows in OS X, we've got a quick refresher. Second, if you've done so, then you've probably noticed that it adds a subtle shadow around your images. The shadow looks nice sometimes, but may not always be appropriate (such as when you're snapping screenshots for use in publications like here at Mac|Life). If you've ever wanted to get rid of those shadows, then this article is for you.
With Apple's latest refreshes to their notebook lineups, they've re-envisioned the trackpad, creating a new version that has a "force-click" feature. By force clicking (pushing down on the trackpad until there's a noticeable extra click), you can define a selected word, preview a web page, and much more. In this how to, we'll show you some hidden features that Apple didn't advertise with the force-click trackpad and show you some of the magic that's possible.
With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple removed a feature that has been around in OS X forever: the zoom control that was part of the window options next to the close and minimize buttons. This little green button has now been relegated to making apps go full screen in Yosemite. If, however, you wish to get the old functionality back, then continue reading this article to find out exactly how.