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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.

Ask Siri to find photos and insert them into emails on your Mac

Find photos on your Apple Mac or online with Siri in macOS Sierra and insert them into email messages

The introduction of Siri to the Apple Mac in macOS Sierra has opened up some interesting uses that were previously not available. For example, Siri can find photos for various uses, such as in email.

Hide ads on web pages and have the text read to you on the Mac

A better way to browse the web - Use Safari Reader View and have web pages read to you

By combining two useful features on the Apple Mac, you can view clean ad-free web pages and sit back and have the Mac read them out loud to you. It is the lazy way to browse the web, but it is fun!

Fix missing macOS Gatekeeper function from the command line

How to enable or disable Gatekeeper from the command line in macOS Sierra to enable the missing Anywhere option | rawinfopages.com

Apple has tweaked many settings and functions in macOS Sierra and there is one puzzling change in Gatekeeper. A useful function has mysteriously disappeared, but fortunately you can bring it back.

macOS Photos has analysed all your photos and here’s what it found

Finding photos on the Apple Mac has never been easier. The Photos app can now tell what is in a photo by analysing the content

The Photos app in macOS Sierra has been updated and improved. Among the features is a much better search facility that is more powerful and can even tell what is in your photos. What did it find?

What happens to your files if you turn off iCloud Drive on macOS?

iCloud Drive on the Apple Mac stores all the files in the Desktop and Documents folders | rawinfopages.com

There is a brand new feature in macOS Sierra that stores all your files on iCloud. At first it seems great, but is it really a good idea? What happens if you turn off this feature? You may be surprised!

Be careful what files you store in your Documents folder in macOS

Configure cloud storage in macOS on the Apple Mac

One of the many new features in macOS Sierra is Optimised Storage and the ability to access files from any computer, phone or tablet through iCloud. Here’s how to avoid a potential problem.

How to find and delete duplicate files on the Mac’s disk

Find duplicate files on the disk and then erase them to reclaim the space

Duplicate files are a waste of space. They use megabytes or even gigabytes of disk space and serve no purpose, so why not hunt them down and delete them? It will free up space for other things.

Back up your iPhone and iPad to your Mac for before updating iOS

Back up your iPhone before you upgrade it to the next version of iOS

Your Mac is the best backup device for your iPhone and iPad, but how many people bother to use it? It is essential to have a backup whenever a major iOS update is available, so get it done today!

Speak your Calendar appointments to save typing them on the Mac

Speak to your Apple Mac and create Calendar events using voice recognition and dictation | rawinfopages.com

Siri in macOS enables you to perform all manner of tasks just by speaking to your Apple Mac, but did you know that you can speak your Calendar appointments in any version of OS X without Siri?

Hard Drive to SSD Cloning: Disk Utility or Clone Software

Clone the hard disk drive in your Apple Mac to a new SSD for extra performance | rawinfopages.com

Douglas Gordon highlights the methods to clone Mac hard drive to SSD -  Disk Utility and third-party Drive Clone software. He also provides an opinion in which disk cloning strategy is better of the two.

How to customise folder icons in Finder and on the desktop

Customise folders on the Apple Mac by replacing the default icon

Folders in macOS/OS X are not very exciting. In fact, they are quite dull. However, it is possible to replace the default icon for a folder with one that is much more exciting. Here’s how.

Hidden search secrets to help you find emails in Apple Mac Mail

Top search tips for find emails in Mail on the Apple Mac - rawinfopages.com

The search facility in Mail in macOS (OS X) helps you to find email messages quickly and easily, but do you know all the tricks and secrets to get the results you want? Here are some little known search tips.

Know your options when deleting user accounts on the Mac

Remove user accounts that are no longer required on the Apple Mac - rawinfopages.com

Additional user accounts can be created when other people want to use your Mac and when they no longer need their account, it can be deleted. What are your options when deleting users? There are several choices.

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