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Mac Mail not recognising junk mail? Here’s what you need to do

If spam is getting into your inbox, deal with it using these features in Mail on the Mac

Around 86% of all email is junk mail or spam as it is often called. That is 400 billion spam messages every single day. If it seems like they are all landing in your inbox, here’s what to do.

Take control of notifications on the Mac and banish unwanted ones

How to configure notifications in macOS so you see only important ones

Like iOS on the iPhone and iPad, macOS supports notifications and it has a Notification Centre where it stores all events. However, not all notifications are useful. Here’s how to filter them.

How to access Safari’s hidden PDF features on the Apple Mac

Use Safari to view PDF documents on the Apple Mac and access hidden features like two-page view, dictionary definitions and more

How do you read PDF files on the Mac? Do you use the Preview app? It is the obvious choice, but there is an alternative that in some ways better. Use Safari’s secret PDF viewing features!

Reduce Chrome memory usage on the Mac to speed up the browser

Chrome is a great web browser, but it can be a real memory hog if it is not configured correctly. This can slow down the browser and slow down the Apple Mac. Here’s how to speed it both the browser and Mac.

How and where to get your Mac repaired when a fault occurs

How to get your Apple Mac repaired using the support features in macOS to find the nearest repair centre

If your Apple Mac develops a fault, what can you do and where do you go to get help? Surprisingly, the answer is on your Mac and everything you need is built in. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

How to create Smart Folders in macOS to find and access files

Create smart folders in macOS on the Apple Mac and use them to find files matching search criteria from filenames to file sizes

Smart folders is a feature of Finder on the Apple Mac, but what exactly are they and how do you use them? They are easier to use than you might think and they can be very useful. Here’s how they work.

Stop your MacBook Pro battery draining so fast with macOS Sierra

Top tips to stop the MacBook Pro battery draining so fast

There have been several reports of Apple’s new MacBook Pro battery draining fast, mainly with the model with the Touch Bar. Here are the best tips to reduce battery drain on any MacBook.

Replace the missing battery time remaining menubar indicator on the Mac

Add the missing battery time left indicator on the Apple Mac

Apple made a tiny change to macOS 10.12.2, but it is a major irritation for some people. That change is the removal of the ‘battery time remaining’ menubar indicator. Here’s how to put it back.

How to stop apps starting automatically on the Mac for extra speed

Some apps on the Mac automatically start when you log in. It can even happen after you have deleted an app! How do they do this and how do you stop them? Here’s the solution and it’s not obvious.

How to convert PDF files to documents you can edit on the Mac

How to convert PDF files to Docs and edit them in Pages, Word and other apps

Have you ever had a PDF file that you wanted to edit? Maybe you want to make changes or use some of the content in your own documents. Here’s how to turn PDFs into Pages and Word documents.

How to run Google Keep in a window on the desktop like a Mac app

How to run Google Keep in a window on the desktop on the Apple Mac running macOS Sierra

Google Keep is a great app for storing notes and some people prefer it to the Notes Mac app. This guide shows how you can run it on the desktop like a regular Mac app. It is much more convenient.

How to encrypt files from the command line on the Apple Mac using OpenSSL

Encrypt private files you don't want anyone to see using OpenSSL on the Apple Mac

Do you have files on your Mac’s disk that you want to keep private? Encrypt them! Use the openssl command line tool in Terminal to make sure no-one can access them. They’re safe for emailing too.

Secure the files on a USB thumb drive in case you lose it

Secure the files on a USB flash drive by encrypting them using an Apple Mac

USB thumb drives (flash drives) are great for carrying around files, but they are easily lost. What if someone found your thumb drive? Follow these steps to secure your files and stay safe.

How to securely delete files on a Mac so they can’t be recovered

Secure your files on the Apple Mac and prevent anyone from accessing them or recovering them when they are deleted

When files are deleted they are not removed from the disk and they remain there. If someone had access to your Mac they could recover them. Here’s how to stop them

Use voice control to take screenshots and access Siri on the Mac

Control your Mac using your voice - take screenshots and activate Siri

Did you know you can take screenshots on the Mac just by saying “Hey, take a screenshot!” You can also access Siri by saying “Hey, Siri!” Here’s a guide to setting up these features.

Mac shortcuts you probably don’t know that save time and effort

Learn some new keyboard shortcuts to work faster on your Apple Mac

Keyboard shortcuts enable you to work faster with your Mac. They perform tasks and fuctions instantly and they save you having to go through menus searching for the right command. Here are some great shortcuts.

Use this trick to speed up your old Mac and get it running like new

How to speed up the Apple Mac's disk drive - for old style mechanical disks

Operating system upgrades are interesting and macOS has some nice features, but there is a downside to them. You Mac runs slower and slower. However, you can use this trick to speed it up again.

How to download Windows for free and run it on your Apple Mac

Download Windows for free and run it on your Apple Mac

No matter how hard Mac users try to give up Windows, it still draws us back. If you need to use Windows on your Mac it will cost a lot of money for a license. Or you can download a copy for free!

How to solve Google Chrome problems running on your Mac

Fix Chrome browser problems and get it working as good as new

Do you have problems with Chrome running on macOS or OS X? Just use Safari! No, seriously though, you can fix Google Chrome problems with the tips here and get your favourite browser working again.

Top tab tips for macOS Sierra - work faster and smarter with tabs

Master tabs in apps when using macOS Sierra on the Apple Mac

A new feature in macOS Sierra on the Apple Mac is tabs. This is not a feature of apps, but the whole OS and many apps can make use of them. Here are some great ways to use them and configure them.

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