Sometimes you have sensitive information on your Mac you don't want other folks to see. Or maybe you don't want someone else jumping on your machine when you're not looking. Whatever the case, the solution to keeping your Mac safe when you leave it unattended is to lock it with a password.
Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. When you use Safari to download files — music, movies, images — it's usually a simple matter to decide if they'll open automatically once they're on your computer. But this time we have a reader who's having trouble getting that function to work. Luckily, we have a Plan B. [via TechRadar]
Recent versions of OS X — Mavericks and Yosemite — have a really useful function called Screen Sharing. With it, you view the screen of a friend's Mac while having an audio conversation with them. Once you start Screen Sharing, a FaceTime Audio chat is automatically started, so you can talk the other person through whatever OS X process they are trying to do. Here's how it works.
Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. While we're always glad to see the upgrades and new features that are included with each new version of Mac OS X, it's definitely a drag when the new software prevents you from opening older apps or documents. In this edition of Ask, we'll take a look at how to deal with one of those incompatibilities — specifically how to open old Appleworks documents in Yosemite. (Via TechRadar)
Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time, we have a reader who's been experiencing strange problems with her mouse since upgrading to OS X Yosemite. We'll take a look at a way to make those problems go away.
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.
Whether your Mac is new or old, you could probably always do with a little extra speed. Though there are lots of things you can do to improve the performance of your Mac, here are the top 10 tips that will have the biggest impact when it comes to making your Mac run faster.
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.