4 main reasons your computer slows down and how to fix it

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I bought a MacBook Pro largely for two reasons: speed and user experience. I had an old HP laptop based on Windows 7 before the switch. Well, let's say there is no question about the ease of use of OS X (soon we would call it macOS)...

Automatically deal with the trash and junk in Mac Mail

Automatically deal with junk email and deleted email in Mail on the Apple Mac

For some people, 90% of the email messages they receive are trash and junk. How do you deal with them using Mail on the Apple Mac? Learn the useful settings that make life easier.

Have fun with your folders and customise them in Finder in OS X

Customise folders in Finder and on the desktop on the Apple Mac

Open a Finder window and open a folder on your Apple Mac. In front of you is a plain white window with icons and text. It doesn’t have to be boring and you can customise it like crazy!

The brilliant free online office suite that no-one talks about

iWork at the iCloud website is a free online office suite

How many online office suites can you name that are free and that work on all computers in a web browser? Most people can name Microsoft Office and Google Docs, maybe Zoho too. There is another and it’s brilliant!

XnConvert is the best image converter for the Mac by far

Batch convert and process images on the Apple Mac

When you need to convert images from one format to another, what’s your favourite software? XnConvert for the Apple Mac is one of the most powerful you’ll find. What’s more, it’s free!

Finder secrets you probably don’t know about on the Apple Mac

Hidden secrets of Finder in OS X on the Apple Mac

How well do you know your Mac? Are you familiar with Finder? Here is a little trick that you might not be aware of and it can provide access to some useful functions. It takes seconds to learn.

Check files on your Mac for malware with VirusTotal

Malware on the Mac is rare, but it exists and it can infect your computer. Take care!

Viruses, Trojans, spyware and other types of malware are to be found on the internet, but the internet also provides means to protect your Mac. Use VirusTotal to stay safe.

Why I use a Chromecast with my Mac instead of an Apple TV

Use a Chromecast with your Apple Mac

If you want to mirror your Apple Mac’s screen on the big screen TV in your lounge, you can use an Apple TV. However, a Google Chromecast is one quarter of the price can can do the job.

Deal with email faster using smart responses on the Apple Mac

Create keyboard shortcuts to enable email messages to be quickly dealt with on the Apple Mac

Do you spend far too long writing and replying to emails every day? Speed up the task and deal with them much faster by creating smart responses that save time and effort. Step-by-step guide.

Get a new Mac and save hundreds in the Apple Store sale!

Special offers from Apple - save hundreds if you know where to look!

Apple isn’t known for discounting its products. It sells premium products at a premium price, but if you know where to look you can save hundreds on new Macs and other items. Grab a bargain!

See your website on any device with Safari secret feature

Apple MacBook, iPad and iPhone

If you have a website of your own or if you write for another website, or even if you are just curious, you can see how the site looks on any device. It is a secret feature of Safari on the Mac.

Get a handy 3D Weather widget for your Apple Mac desktop

Get a weather forecast for your desktop computer and don't be caught out in a shower

OS X, soon to be called macOS, has some weather forecasting ability, but it is very limited. The Today widget provides some information, but 3D Weather Free is far superior and a great app.

How to clean up Launchpad on the Apple Mac and remove apps

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Do you use Launchpad on the Apple Mac? How do you delete apps from it? What if you cannot delete an app from it? Top tips for managing and cleaning up Launchpad and restoring its health.

Speed up Google Chrome and your Apple Mac with these tweaks

Tweak Chrome settings to make it faster and use less memory

Google Chrome on the Apple Mac can consume lots of memory and can cause the system to run slowly. A few simple tweaks to the configuration will reduce memory usage and boost the speed.

mdworker and mds OSX problems solved - speed up your Mac

Spotlight on Spotlight problems, especially mdworker and mds process

When your Mac is running very slowly and there is no obvious cause, the problem could be because of mdworker and mds processes in OS X. Here is the solution you need to reclaim your Mac’s speed.

Best tips and tricks for Spotlight searches in OS X

Spotlight tips and tricks for OS X on the Apple Mac

Many Mac users regard Spotlight as one of the Apple Mac’s best features and this OS X component provides a wide range of functions, from searches to definitions. Here’s how to get more from it.

How to customise the Launchpad screen in OS X on the Mac

Launchpad in OS X on the Apple Mac

Launchpad is that cool feature in OS X that makes it look like iOS. It shows a grid of icons, which makes it really easy to open apps. Learn how to customise the Launchpad screen with Terminal commands.

Get more out of Quick Look on the Apple Mac

Quick Look is a useful feature for previewing files on the Apple Mac, you can select a file, hit spacebar and see the contents, but there is more to it and here are features you might not know.

How to upgrade OS X on your Mac using a combo update

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There is more than one way to update OS X on the Apple Mac and instead of going to the Update tab in the Mac App Store you could use the combo updater instead. Here are the advantages.

How to configure the share menu with the best options in OS X

Share photos, website URLs, text and other items on social networking websites

We take many features in OS X on the Apple Mac for granted. Take the Share options for example. Are they the best? The only ones? Are there more? Have you configured them? Here is a guide.

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