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Fix Hot Corners and access useful functions on your Mac

Hot Corners is a great feature of OS X, but some people have been having problems with it since upgrading to El Capitan. Let’s take a look at it and see how it is configured. It might solve some of those problems.

Improve the battery health of your MacBook

Apple MacBook and coffee

Stop battery drain, get more life from your MacBook and lake it last much longer with this collection of top tips for improving the health of your laptop battery. It’s essential advice.

Get started with Microsoft OneNote on the Apple Mac

Notebook

Apple’s Notes app is a useful tool for storing notes for personal or work projects, but it locks you in to Apple kit. If you don’t want your notes locked into to Apple hardware, Microsoft OneNote is a good alternative.

Create and use libraries with Photos on the Apple Mac

Photos app in OS X

The Photos app replaced the old iPhoto app a long time ago in OS X, but even though you may be using it quite often, there are still new features to discover. Here we take a look at libraries, the place where your photos are stored.

Use the tools in Preview to edit photos on your Mac

What software do you use when editing photos on your Apple Mac? How about Preview? The latest version of this app has some great features for editing your snapshots.

Use Google two-factor authentication on the Apple Mac

Padlocks - handy for locking things!

I hate security. It drives me nuts. But I turned on two-factor authentication on Google just for the extra security. What happened next on my Apple Mac is an interesting story.

Set Safari AutoFill email address preferences in OS X

If you use Safari on the Apple Mac to browse the web, you probably use its ability to automatically fill in name and email fields in forms. Here’s how to choose the email address you want to use.

Use new features in Mission Control in OS X

Mission Control is the handy task switching and desktop switching app in OS X. Have you mastered all of its features? There may be some you never realised were there. The secrets are revealed.

Create your own system sounds for the Apple Mac

Where are system sounds stored on the Mac? If your knew that you could then edit them, replace them or create new ones. That would be useful and many users want to customise their Mac in various ways. Let's see how to do this and along the way we'll discover the location of the system sounds folder.

How to screenshot anything on the Mac including the Touch Bar

Learn all the keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots on the Mac, even the Touch Bar too. Plus hidden screenshot settigs

To capture the screen as an image on your Mac ad save it to disk, there are several hotkeys you need to remember. There are also some secret settings to make the task of taking screenshots easier.

How to add vignette effects in Photos on the Apple Mac

On the surface, the Photos app on the Apple Mac looks like a simple browser for viewing your snapshots, but there are useful features for enhancing your images just waiting to be discovered.

How to solve problems with your Apple Mac

Most computers work reliably for years, but occasionally things go wrong and there is either a software or a hardware fault. How do you track down the cause of a problem and how do you fix it?

Is Disk Cleaner – The Best Cleanup App?

Among the top free utilities in the Mac App Store is Disk Cleaner – The Best Cleanup App. The name makes a bold claim and that is one worth investigating. Cleanup apps that free up disk space are always useful.

The really simple guide to Automator in OS X on the Mac

Automator is a sort of programming tool that enables you to create utility apps on the Apple Mac, but it does not require any programming knowledge. This guide takes you step by step through your first app.

Top Safari tips for better browsing in OS X El Capitan

You might not think that Safari has changed much over the years, but there have been many small tweaks here and there, and there may be some that you have not yet discovered, such as these.

Stop Gmail downloading thousands of emails to Mac Mail

Do you access Google Mail using the Mail app on your Apple Mac? It could be downloading tens of thousands of email messages that take forever to sync. There is a way to stop it doing this.

Create Mail rules to flag or colour email on the Mac

When your inbox is full of messages each morning and it looks like a big chaotic mess, it is disheartening. What can you do? Create rules to flag and colour important emails.

Transfer files between a Mac and Samsung Galaxy S6

Sometimes you might find yourself in a situation where you need to transfer a file from an Apple Mac to an Android phone, or transfer one from an Android phone to a Mac. Bluetooth is the answer.

Is iPhoto using up gigabytes of disk space on your Mac?

Apple has replaced iPhoto with the new Photos app and this raises a few questions, such as, is the old iPhoto app still worth keeping, and is the old iPhoto library necessary? Both occupy gigabytes of disk space.

Get to know the new Disk Utility in OS X El Capitan

Disk Utility has been in OS X on the Apple Mac for years and it has not changed much, until now. The new Disk Utility in El Capitan is completely different to the previous version. Use it to fix problems on the Mac’s disk drive.

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