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El Capitan gets a big upgrade - are you prepared?

OS X El Capitan has been available for just over three weeks and there has already been a major update to the operating system. This is mainly to fix problems that people were having and some security flaws.

Is iPhoto using up gigabytes of disk space on your Mac?

Apple has replaced iPhoto with the new Photos app and this raises a few questions, such as, is the old iPhoto app still worth keeping, and is the old iPhoto library necessary? Both occupy gigabytes of disk space.

Boost productivity in El Capitan with a split screen

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There is a new feature in El Capitan that could help you get more work done by banishing irritating distractions from the screen. It goes one step better than full screen view.

Are you using the best feature in OS X El Capitan?

OS X El Capitan desktop image

Which feature would you say is the best in OS X El Capitan? There is one that could completely change the way that you work with your Apple Mac and it is unusual and revolutionary.

Track favourite sites with Shared Links in Safari

Just a row of monitors with different icons on each one

Do you use Shared Links in Safari on your Apple Mac? Why not? Is it because you aren’t sure what they are or how useful they can be? Fear not, here’s how to use them to track websites and see what’s new.

Two top Command key tricks for the Apple Mac you should know

The Command key on the Apple Mac keyboard has useful functions you may not have discovered - learn all the tricks and shortcuts | rawinfopages.com

There are four special keys on the Apple Mac keyboard - Shift, Ctrl, Option and Command - and they modify certain actions and menus. Do you know how the Command key changes the way files are opened? Here are two quick tips you will find useful when trying to locate files.

The ultimate Mac speedup guide to boost performance

Time, speed and performance are all related - the faster you go the less time it takes!

New Apple Macs are great and they offer excellent performance. After a while and after numerous OS X updates, apps, games and so on, they slow down. Here’s how to speed up up your Mac and recover that lost performance.

Discover hidden apps on your Mac’s disk drive

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Most of the apps on the Mac’s disk drive are in the Applications folder. Most people are aware that there is a Utilities subfolder with some additional apps, but few people know of a third folder with even more apps. Do you know where it is?

Upgrade OS X and the new Photos app will cost you money

iPhoto is officially dead now that OS X 10.10.3 has been released. The operating system update deleted the old iPhoto app on the system, installs Photos and prompts you to pay. Here is a step-by-step guide showing how the update proceeded.

Master album playing in iTunes with these top tips

Playing songs using iTunes on the Apple Mac is straightforward and you can select one and click the play button. Playlists are also easy, but how do you play a complete album with all of its tracks? What if you want to play the tracks in a different order?

Create location-based reminders

The Mac's Reminders app is useful for creating lists of things to do, such as tasks, jobs, projects, even shopping lists. You can easily enter one or more items with tick boxes and then tick them off when they are done. You can go further though, and use Reminders to remind you to do something at a specific location.

Add special effects to Contacts photos in OS X on the Mac

Contacts, friends, family and more

If you use the Contacts app on the Apple Mac, you will probably have taken the photos assigned to each contact for granted. They are what they are and that’s it. Well actually, no. You can apply interesting and entertaining special effects to them.

Use advanced print features in TextEdit

In some ways TextEdit is a nice little word processor that can be used to create documents on your Apple Mac, but in other ways it can be very frustrating and basic features are missing. In this article I will look at one useful feature that you may not have spotted and then look at a feature that is missing and see how to get around the problem.

Resizing vs resampling images in Preview

PreviewPreview is a useful tool on the Mac and is perhaps one of the most used. It is a viewer for a wide range of files and it even has some editing capabilities too. For example, if you load a photo or other image, there is an option to resize it on the Tools menu. It looks straightforward, but should you tick the Resample Image box? What does it do to the image? Is it important?

Calculate appointment travel times with Calendar

Calendar on the Apple Mac is a useful tool for organising meetings, appointments, and so on. Just double click a day in Calendar to create a new event and then fill in the name and time. The location is optional and you might not think that you need it, but if you do enter an address, Calendar can tell you how long it will take you to get there either by car or by walking. It’s a useful feature.

View and filter your Twitter feed in Safari

If you like to keep an eye on the activity in your Twitter feed and you are running Safari on OS X Yosemite, you can open a sidebar to show the latest tweets. You don’t need to go to the Twitter website, you don’t need to leave the current web page and you can easily filter and search for information.

Annotated images with an Actions extension in OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite has made it easy to extend the functions of apps by including a system of extensions. They add extra features to built in and third party apps that are not normally available. They can boost the features and make tasks much easier than they otherwise would be without them. Let’s take a look at an Actions extension.

Stop OS X leaking your personal information

Privacy on computers and the internet is a hot topic and there seems to be no end to the ways in which your personal information can be accessed by third parties. The Apple Mac is not immunue to privacy issues and you may be surprised to learn that by default, it passes on personal information. It must be configured not to if you prefer to maintain your privacy.

Use the powerful bulk file rename in Finder in macOS

How to rename multiple files on the Apple Mac in one go using a bulk file renamer facility in Finder.

Renaming files on the disk in macOS has always been easy and you could just select a file, press Enter and type in a new name. There didn’t used to be a simple way of renaming a group of files and renaming them one by one is exceedingly tedious . However, macOS has a bulk file renaming facility.

Never miss another web site update with Safari RSS feeds

Many websites are frequently updated and some are updated several times a day. News based websites are among the most updated and as news stories break, they appear on the site. If you want to keep up with all the changes on your favourite websites, you should subscribe to their RSS feeds in Safari.

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