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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.

How much does a VPN slow down the internet? Speed test results

A VPN is great for security and privacy, but does all that encryption slow down the internet? Here are the speed test results

The whole purpose of a VPN (virtual private network), is to provide privacy and security when using the internet, but this is no use if it slows down the net too much. So how much does it slow down?

Where are photos stored on MacBooks? Find photos on Mac

How to find the location of photos on the Apple Mac. Do you need to access the original images? Here's where to find them on the Mac's disk

Do you know where your photos are stored on the Mac? Can you find photos on your MacBook or iMac? How do you back them up? It is not as simple as it seems and there are pitfalls to catch you out.

Send Messages read receipts only to selected contacts on macOS

Choose who you send read receipts to when using the Messages app in macOS on the Apple Mac

The Messages app on the Apple Mac is useful for chatting with work colleagues, friends and others. It can send read receipts to everyone or to only those people you select. Here’s how.

Create an email alias with iCloud Mail and sort mail with rules

Create an email alias and use it as a second mail account. A step by step guide for Apple Mac users using iCloud

If you want to keep your email address private and avoid giving it out to websites and services, create an alias. Here’s how to create an iCloud Mail alias to avoid spam and junk mail.

Monitor your Mac from your phone by streaming the webcam

Monitor your Mac through the webcam and see what is happening in front of the computer. Stream the webcam to your phone

Would you like to know who is using your Mac at home or work? Want to watch your pets at home or see the office at work? You can, just by using the Mac’s built in camera and your phone.

6 Safari extensions that will increase productivity on your Mac

6 ways to increase productivity with Safari extensions on the Mac

We are all faced with increasing workloads and busy social lives, so if you are not managing to get everything done that needs doing, these 6 Safari extensions will increase your productivity.

Disable AirDrop on the Mac for increased security in public

How to increase security by disabling AirDrop on your Mac in public

If you have AirDrop enabled on your MacBook and you are using it in a public place, such as at a Wi-Fi hotspot, you could be at risk from malware and other threats. Turn it off to stay safe.

Annotate maps and email them to friends, contacts on the Apple Mac

How to annotate maps and share them by email using Mac Mail

Sometimes you need to show someone the location of a place, perhaps for a business meeting, a trip or even a holiday. Here’s how to annotate it using markup features and email it on the Apple Mac.

Boost Mac security with a VPN without installing any software

Make your Apple Mac more secure by adding a VPN. Here's how to configure a VPN using features in macOS with no software required. Get a free VPN!

A VPN (virtual private network) is a great way to increase the security when using the internet. Normally you have to install VPN software, but did you know that VPN is built into macOS?

5 ways to browse the web privately using Safari on the Apple Mac

5 ways to browse the web privately using Safari on the Apple Mac. Stop everyone tracking you!

Everything you do and everywhere you go on the internet, someone somewhere is tracking your activities. Here’s how to browse privately and stop the trackers from watching what you do online.

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