If your Mac is not online, or if you’ve upgraded an older Mac to Yosemite, the simplest recovery solution is to put an external USB drive or SD card into service using the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant. Our short, simple guide shows how to create one.
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.
Maybe you've just replaced a drive in your Mac and need to reinstall Yosemite, or perhaps you need to upgrade a Mac to the latest operating system without taking it online. Whatever your reason, there is a simple way to make a bootable drive of the OS X Installer so that you can easily update your operating system.
Fourteen years ago, OS X was unleashed on the world. It was before Apple started branding it with cats (though its internal code name was Cheetah) and could only be run by Macs that had a hefty 128 MB of RAM. It didn't have much meaningful developer support and it shipped (in a box!) with a ton of bugs (and no DVD player). It cost $129. And it changed everything.
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
You may occasionally get into a situation where the DNS on your Mac needs to be flushed from the system in order for a new server or some other DNS address change to be recognized by your computer. Usually you don't need to worry about this unless you're a systems/network administrator or if you're a web developer, but there may be other network issues that can be solved with a simple DNS cache flush. In those situations, you can use the command in this how-to without even having to restart your Mac.
When Apple released iTunes 12 alongside OS X Yosemite, the update was a major breakthrough with changes to functionality that users had been accustomed to for many years. While many of those changes were for the better, they can take some getting used to. Here, we take a close look at everything new in iTunes 12 and answer users' most-asked questions.
You might know that screenshots can be taken on a Mac by using the marquee tool (Command + Shift + 4) to select a portion of the screen. But did you know there are four hidden tricks that can help you take even better grabs? If not, read on!
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
As you may have noticed, in Yosemite, the WindowServer process (which handles window events such as clicking, dragging and opening new windows) can sometimes eat up quite a bit of processing power due to a bug in the OS. Fortunately, there are a few settings on your Mac that, once changed, can ease the processor usage caused by this WindowServer issue. Continue reading and we'll show you how to make the fixes.
You might say that iCloud Drive was long overdue. When iCloud was introduced, many people were disappointed that it didn’t include a regular file repository that could be accessed from the Finder. You could sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks through it, but you couldn’t drop files onto it manually. With iCloud Drive, however, you can.