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How to download Microsoft Office for the Apple Mac for free

Step by step guide to building an app that runs Microsoft Office web apps in a window on the desktop, just like real apps.

Microsoft Office has some excellent applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and several more. But why pay for them when you can get them for free? Here’s what you need to do.

How to create a Google Play Music desktop app for Mac in 5 mins!

Create a Google Play Music desktop app using Automator on the Apple Mac. It takes two minutes to create a brilliant streaming music player app for macOS.

Although many Apple Mac owners get their music from iTunes, some people prefer Google Play Music. However, there isn’t a desktop player app. Here is how to create one in 5 minutes. Easy!

What to do if you cannot access the internet on your Apple Mac

Fix internet access problems on the Apple Mac with these top tips. Step by step to fixing a broken internet connection or solving slow internet connections.

There are times when the web fails and it is impossible to get a site to display. You might not even be able to get your email or anything else on the internet. Try these solutions.

How to reset Safari on the Apple Mac and restore default settings

Problems with Safari on the Apple Mac can often be fixed by deep cleaning Safari - delete caches, plug-ins, extensions so on.

When you have problems with Safari on your Apple Mac, what can you do? If the browser is not working properly then resetting it might solve your problems. A fresh start can make a big difference.

QuickTime editing functions you probably didn't know it could do

Top editing tricks for QuickTime on the Apple Mac. This app has more video editing functions than you may have realised.

QuickTime Player on the Apple Mac is a useful tool for viewing video clips, but it can do a lot more. For some tasks you might prefer it to iMovie. Take a look at these editing functions.

How to create custom Finder views in macOS on the Apple Mac

Finder on the Apple Mac hides information from you and by customising the view for a folder, this information can be made visible. show it and rearrange it as it suits you.

Finder on the Apple Mac is more customisable than you might think and the information that is displayed by default is not the only information available. Create your own custom Finder views.

Essential tasks when you have bought a second-hand Apple Mac

How to use recovery mode on the Apple Mac to erase the disk and reinstall macOS. Use it when you buy a second-hand Mac to start with a clean install

If you have just received or purchased a pre-loved Apple MacBook or iMac, what should you do? Before you begin using it there are some essential tasks to perform to ensure it runs perfectly.

Stop hackers, enable LastPass two factor authentication

Add two factor authentication to the LastPass password manager to increase the security and prevent unauthorised access by hackers and thieves.

Online security is a constant worry, but adding two factor authentication to your LastPass password manager increases security and keeps out hackers. Use this step by step setup guide.

How Mac Mail chooses which account you mail from and how to change it

Top tips for Apple Mac Mail - how to choose which email account messages are sent from. How Mail decides which From address to use

When you have several email accounts set up in the Mail app on the Apple Mac, there are several shortcuts for choosing which account email is sent from. Do you know them all?

Take control of your passwords and login details with KeePassXC

An online password manager is at risk of being hacked. Take control of your site logins by storing them in and encrypted database using KeePassXC on the Mac

A password manager is an essential tool because it is impossible to remember all your login details. Instead of online or paid tools, KeePassXC is free and offers security benefits.

How to install and uninstall Java on macOS and why you need it

How to install Java on the Apple Mac running macOS and how to uninstall it. Java is needed for free apps that analyse your website or blog for SEO and help you optimise it for Google and Bing

Java is a modern programming language that is needed to to run certain programs on the Apple Mac. Here’s how to install and uninstall Java, and essential apps for bloggers and website owners.

How to use the bookmarks feature in Pages documents on the Mac

Use the brilliant bookmarks feature in Apple Pages when creating long documents on the Apple Mac. Create bookmark links to other parts of long documents.

Apple Pages on the Mac has a great feature that enables you to create bookmarks in documents that let the reader quickly jump to new sections. Here’s how to use Bookmarks in Pages.

How to share files between an Apple Mac and a Windows PC the easy way

How to share and transfer files between an Apple Mac and a Windows PC. Sync folders, access files over the network or the internet, and more.

Apple Macs and Windows PCs are very different computers and if you need to share files between them, how do you go about it? It turns out not to be that hard. Here are your options.

How to type any character on your Mac including symbols and accents

How to type special characters on the Apple Mac, such as accents, foreign characters, symbols, emoji and more. Top keyboard tricks

If you struggle to type foreign characters, special symbols, emoji, checkmarks, tickboxes and more. Here are the shortcuts and tricks you need on your Mac. How to type any character you want.

How to create your own private cloud storage service using any computer

Does cloud storage worry you? Here's how to create your own private cloud storage on your own computer. Access it from anywhere over the internet

Using a cloud storage service means handing over your files to someone else. If this makes you uncomfortable, the solution is to create your own cloud service using your own computer. Here’s how.

Apple macOS updates, combo updates, delta updates and other downloads

How to download combo and delta updates of macOS, plus a look at what's new in the latest version of macOS

Apple just released a new version of macOS and there are several ways to download it and install it. Why? Which is best? Here’s how to download anything from Apple, plus a look at what’s new.

Choose between speed or reliability with UDP vs TCP internet connections

Can you speed up the internet or make it more reliable? Yes. Just choose between UDP and TCP. Here's how to do it using a VPN, which also increases internet security and privacy

Do you want to run your internet connection at maximum speed, or a bit more slowly, but more reliably? With a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer, you have the choice. Which is best?

How to fix a Mac Time Machine failed backup

What to do when Time Machine backups fail on the Apple Mac. Don't panic, help is here. Try these tips

This post describes easy ways to revive a failed Time Machine backup. Users are encouraged to try Mac cloning to preserve their Mac data against loss.

Use Preview on the Mac to resize and compress images for the web

Optimise images for social networks, websites and blogs using the Preview app on the Apple Mac

There are many places to share your photos on the web, such as social media, your blog or website. Each has an optimum size for best results and Preview on the Apple Mac can prepare your photos.

Change file associations on the Mac for single or multiple files

How to change file associations on the Mac for all files or just for one file, leaving the rest set to the default

Double click a file and the Apple Mac runs an app to open it, but which app opens which file type? How can you change which app opens a file? Here are 2 ways to change file associations in macOS.

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