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Stop Apple Mac Store annoyances with these tweaks

Don't let your Apple Mac drive you nuts! Take control of the Mac App Store and configure it to work better

The Mac App Store is a handy way to find and install software on your computer and it is also a source of OS X updates. However, it has annoying features too, but you can easily solve them with these tweaks.

How to cover your tracks with Safari on the Mac

Clear your browser's history to keep safe and secure

Your internet activities are tracked in several ways when you use a web browser, but sometimes you don’t want to leave traces behind as you browse the web. These techniques will cover your tracks.

Power users - run apps with higher privileges on the Mac

Apple MacBook

Running apps in standard mode on the Apple Mac is fine and is recommended, most of the time. However, for certain tasks it can be beneficial to raise the privileges to gain more power. Here’s how to do it using OmniDiskSweeper.

Take control of notifications on OS X and organise them

Information - notifications

Notifications came to OS X on the Apple Mac a couple of generations ago and they have not changed much. This does not mean they cannot be changed and here are some tips for improving them.

Close Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad from your Mac

Safari web browser

Oops! You left open some Safari tabs on your iPad or iPhone and someone might see them! What can you do? Fortunately, you can close them from anywhere in the world using your Apple Mac.

Fix flaws in photos with the Mac's best free photo editor

Apple Photos is a useful app for organising your photographs and it has good editing tools too, but there are lots of other great photo editors, like Fotor. Here’s how to fix flaws and share photos.

Who or what has been accessing your iCloud account?

Apple Mac keyboard

Security issues are becoming the norm these days and there seems to be one flaw exposed after another. Has your iCloud account and Apple ID been compromised? Here’s how to find out.

How to encrypt external hard drive on your Mac

Disk drive

Data security and privacy are extremely important to prevent its misuse and theft of information. What are your options for protecting your files from access by unauthorised people? Let's take a look at encrypting an external disk on the Mac.

How to manage the Trash on your Mac and get more disk space

Trash can

This might seem like a no-brainer and you delete files, they are moved to the Trash. You empty the Trash. What more is there? You might be surprised and there are better ways to manage the Trash.

Create photo collages for sharing using Fotor on the Mac

Foto Photo Editor collage

What photo tools do you use on your Apple Mac? If Fotor Photo Editor is not among them you should grab a copy of this free app and start creating impressive collages to save, print or share on social media.

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.

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