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Two top Command key tricks for the Apple Mac you should know

The Command key on the Apple Mac keyboard has useful functions you may not have discovered - learn all the tricks and shortcuts | rawinfopages.com

There are four special keys on the Apple Mac keyboard - Shift, Ctrl, Option and Command - and they modify certain actions and menus. Do you know how the Command key changes the way files are opened? Here are two quick tips you will find useful when trying to locate files.

How to access your iCloud photos on the web

iCloud is built into OS X Yosemite and it is just part of the system. So is the new Photos app for managing your photo collection. Did you know that all your photos are on the web? Here’s how to access them.

The ultimate Mac speedup guide to boost performance

Time, speed and performance are all related - the faster you go the less time it takes!

New Apple Macs are great and they offer excellent performance. After a while and after numerous OS X updates, apps, games and so on, they slow down. Here’s how to speed up up your Mac and recover that lost performance.

Is Flickr better than iCloud Photos on the Apple Mac?

Whether you take photographs with a top end digital camera or just with your phone, you will soon amass a large quantity of snapshots. Where do you store them? Flickr and iCloud are two options, but which is best?

Install Windows 10 on your Apple Mac in Boot Camp

Windows 10 is hereat last and it is like nothing you have seen before. Will you install it on your Apple Mac? Do you have the disk space? Will it even run? To see what it is like, I tried installing it on a 2012 MacBook Pro.

Hidden features for controlling the audio on your Mac

You might think that adjusting the audio volume on the Mac is straightforward, but there are a couple of hidden features that you might not be aware of and they can make life easier. They take just a few seconds to learn.

Securely email files in an encrypted dmg file on your Mac

Files on the disk drive, on USB disks, on thumb drives and attached to emails are easily accessed. How do you email them, transfer them, store them or carry them securely so no-one else can access them?

Chrome is big and bloated so trim the fat for speed

Chrome used to be a lightweight and fast web browser, but it has grown and is showing middle-aged spread - that extra weight we put on as we get older. Put it on a diet, lose some of the fat and boost performance.

Configure the Archive function in OS X on the Mac

I recently showed where you can find hidden apps on your Apple Mac’s disk drive and then explored the Network Utility. It is a useful tool. In this article I will look at one of the other hidden apps, the Archive Utility. What is it for and how do you use it?

Discover hidden apps on your Mac’s disk drive

Apple iMac

Most of the apps on the Mac’s disk drive are in the Applications folder. Most people are aware that there is a Utilities subfolder with some additional apps, but few people know of a third folder with even more apps. Do you know where it is?

Sync folders on your Mac with an external disk

Sync folders on the Apple Mac's disk drive with folders on an external disk drive

If you have an external disk drive such as a USB disk or even a NAS (network attached storage) disk, there are many uses for it and, for example, you could sync folders on the Mac's disk with it. FreeFileSync can do the job.

How do you uninstall apps on the Mac? Here’s the right way

There is more to uninstalling apps on the Apple Mac that dragging them to the Trash. AppCleaner is the uninstaller you need to keep your Mac clean

The Mac is so simple compared to Windows PCs. Take uninstalling apps for example, you just drag them to the Trash, right? Wrong! That leaves junk on the disk drive. Here is the right way to remove apps.

Secret Mac reset options to fix problems that won't go away

There are special keys you can hold down when the Mac starts up to fix a variety of strange problems with Apple's desktop and laptop computers. If you have tried everything else and problems persist, try these tricks. 

Upgrade OS X and the new Photos app will cost you money

iPhoto is officially dead now that OS X 10.10.3 has been released. The operating system update deleted the old iPhoto app on the system, installs Photos and prompts you to pay. Here is a step-by-step guide showing how the update proceeded.

Master album playing in iTunes with these top tips

Playing songs using iTunes on the Apple Mac is straightforward and you can select one and click the play button. Playlists are also easy, but how do you play a complete album with all of its tracks? What if you want to play the tracks in a different order?

Create location-based reminders

The Mac's Reminders app is useful for creating lists of things to do, such as tasks, jobs, projects, even shopping lists. You can easily enter one or more items with tick boxes and then tick them off when they are done. You can go further though, and use Reminders to remind you to do something at a specific location.

Add special effects to Contacts photos in OS X on the Mac

Contacts, friends, family and more

If you use the Contacts app on the Apple Mac, you will probably have taken the photos assigned to each contact for granted. They are what they are and that’s it. Well actually, no. You can apply interesting and entertaining special effects to them.

Do you suffer with a blurry MacBook screen? Solve it!

The one thing on your MacBook or iMac that you use the most is the screen and if the display is not up to scratch you will suffer irritation, eyestrain and maybe even headaches. Sort it out with these tweaks.

Use advanced print features in TextEdit

In some ways TextEdit is a nice little word processor that can be used to create documents on your Apple Mac, but in other ways it can be very frustrating and basic features are missing. In this article I will look at one useful feature that you may not have spotted and then look at a feature that is missing and see how to get around the problem.

Speed up your Mac by defragmenting the disk drive

Everyone knows that Windows computers slow down over time because the files on the disk drive become fragmented. Everyone knows that the Mac’s disk never needs defragmenting. But is this true? No.

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