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Make superb photo collages on your Mac with CollageFactory Free

CollageFactory is a free app for the Apple Mac that enables you to create collages like this

What do you do with the photos you take on your phone or digital camera? Are they forgotten about? Never viewed? Turn them into exciting collages for free with this great Mac app.

How to access files on Android devices from your Mac

Apple MacBook and Samsung Galaxy S6 Android phone

Not every Apple Mac user has an iPhone or iPad and some people have an Android phone or tablet. How can you browse the folders and files on an Android device and copy them to your Mac’s disk?

4 main reasons your computer slows down and how to fix it

Man with a Mac

I bought a MacBook Pro largely for two reasons: speed and user experience. I had an old HP laptop based on Windows 7 before the switch. Well, let's say there is no question about the ease of use of OS X (soon we would call it macOS)...

Automatically deal with the trash and junk in Mac Mail

Automatically deal with junk email and deleted email in Mail on the Apple Mac

For some people, 90% of the email messages they receive are trash and junk. How do you deal with them using Mail on the Apple Mac? Learn the useful settings that make life easier.

Have fun with your folders and customise them in Finder in OS X

Customise folders in Finder and on the desktop on the Apple Mac

Open a Finder window and open a folder on your Apple Mac. In front of you is a plain white window with icons and text. It doesn’t have to be boring and you can customise it like crazy!

Finder secrets you probably don’t know about on the Apple Mac

Hidden secrets of Finder in OS X on the Apple Mac

How well do you know your Mac? Are you familiar with Finder? Here is a little trick that you might not be aware of and it can provide access to some useful functions. It takes seconds to learn.

Check files on your Mac for malware with VirusTotal

Malware on the Mac is rare, but it exists and it can infect your computer. Take care!

Viruses, Trojans, spyware and other types of malware are to be found on the internet, but the internet also provides means to protect your Mac. Use VirusTotal to stay safe.

Why I use a Chromecast with my Mac instead of an Apple TV

Use a Chromecast with your Apple Mac

If you want to mirror your Apple Mac’s screen on the big screen TV in your lounge, you can use an Apple TV. However, a Google Chromecast is one quarter of the price can can do the job.

Deal with email faster using smart responses on the Apple Mac

Create keyboard shortcuts to enable email messages to be quickly dealt with on the Apple Mac

Do you spend far too long writing and replying to emails every day? Speed up the task and deal with them much faster by creating smart responses that save time and effort. Step-by-step guide.

See your website on any device with Safari secret feature

Apple MacBook, iPad and iPhone

If you have a website of your own or if you write for another website, or even if you are just curious, you can see how the site looks on any device. It is a secret feature of Safari on the Mac.

How to clean up Launchpad on the Apple Mac and remove apps

Apple Mac keyboard

Do you use Launchpad on the Apple Mac? How do you delete apps from it? What if you cannot delete an app from it? Top tips for managing and cleaning up Launchpad and restoring its health.

Speed up Google Chrome and your Apple Mac with these tweaks

Tweak Chrome settings to make it faster and use less memory

Google Chrome on the Apple Mac can consume lots of memory and can cause the system to run slowly. A few simple tweaks to the configuration will reduce memory usage and boost the speed.

mdworker and mds OSX problems solved - speed up your Mac

Spotlight on Spotlight problems, especially mdworker and mds process

When your Mac is running very slowly and there is no obvious cause, the problem could be because of mdworker and mds processes in OS X. Here is the solution you need to reclaim your Mac’s speed.

Best tips and tricks for Spotlight searches in OS X

Spotlight tips and tricks for OS X on the Apple Mac

Many Mac users regard Spotlight as one of the Apple Mac’s best features and this OS X component provides a wide range of functions, from searches to definitions. Here’s how to get more from it.

How to customise the Launchpad screen in OS X on the Mac

Launchpad in OS X on the Apple Mac

Launchpad is that cool feature in OS X that makes it look like iOS. It shows a grid of icons, which makes it really easy to open apps. Learn how to customise the Launchpad screen with Terminal commands.

Get more out of Quick Look on the Apple Mac

Quick Look is a useful feature for previewing files on the Apple Mac, you can select a file, hit spacebar and see the contents, but there is more to it and here are features you might not know.

How to upgrade OS X on your Mac using a combo update

Apple Mac keyboard

There is more than one way to update OS X on the Apple Mac and instead of going to the Update tab in the Mac App Store you could use the combo updater instead. Here are the advantages.

How to configure the share menu with the best options in OS X

Share photos, website URLs, text and other items on social networking websites

We take many features in OS X on the Apple Mac for granted. Take the Share options for example. Are they the best? The only ones? Are there more? Have you configured them? Here is a guide.

Call up a handy keyboard assistant on the Apple Mac

Typing on the Apple MacBook, one of the thinnest computers

Where is the hash (#) key on the Apple Mac? Do you know how to type as tilde (~)? What can you do when there isn’t a key for the symbol you want? Get keyboard assistance.

How to set Mac backgrounds for the login screen

Brighten up the desktop on the Apple Mac with a new background image

Setting the Mac desktop background is easy enough, but how do you set the Mac wallpaper for the login screen? There is no obvious way to do this, but with the right tool it can be done quite easily.

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