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.
Just how much of your hard-drive space is taken up by duplicated photos? Well, thanks to two free programs — Duplicate Photos Cleaner and Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto — you can easily go through a selected drive, folder, or iPhoto library and weed out unnecessary copies, potentially freeing up gigabytes of drive space...
Changing your computer's network name is something that can be easily done via System Preferences; however, if you have a Mac connected to your network without a display running as an iTunes or other media server, then you may only ever interact with your Mac via SSH in the Terminal. If this is the case, then you can easily change the network name of your Mac via the Terminal with just a few tips that we'll show you in this article. Continue reading to learn all of the details.
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.
Sometimes you may have files and folders that you don't want Time Machine to backup due to space constraints on your external backup drives. Perhaps it's junk or temporary files, or perhaps you just don't care about certain files being backed up through Time Machine. Either way, Time Machine can happily comply in this situation and allow you to exclude certain files from backups. Continue reading and we'll show you how this works, and we'll also give you an easy-to-use command that will display the excluded files.
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.
Sometimes you may want to use your Mac as a Wi-Fi scanner so that you can detect which routers in your vicinity might interfere with your own router. If there are many routers on the same channels as yours, then you may start noticing network slowdowns. You may think you need to head to the Mac App Store to get an app that will handle this task, but in fact this feature is built right into OS X. It's a bit hidden, but we'll unearth this feature and show you how it works.