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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.

Automatic updates for OS X are unsafe! Disable them!

Updates are supposed to fix flaws and bugs and add features, but sometimes they go wrong and they have unintended effects. After an update the computer, phone or tablet may not work properly and a flaw in the update can cause more problems that it is supposed to fix. Disable automatic updates for your safety.

Take control of your Apple Mac's sounds

Your Apple Mac can make a variety of sounds when you are using it, but what do they all mean? Why do you get one sound on some occasions and another at other times? How can you select the sounds it makes? All these questions and more are answered here.

Add OneDrive online storage to your Mac

Some people may regard Microsoft as the arch enemy, but the company really does quite a lot to support Apple Mac users with great software and services. OneDrive, which was formerly called SkyDrive, offers more online storage for your files and it is more flexible than Apple's iCloud storage for free.

Print with System Dialog in Chrome on the Mac

Although Safari is the natural web browser to use on the Apple Mac, some people prefer to use Google Chrome instead. There is another choice when it comes to printing from the browser and this is between Chrome’s print facility and the OS X print system dialog. Fortunately, you can use both.

Are Mac apps secretly monitoring your location?

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If you have a recent Apple MacBook or iMac and recent version of OS X such as Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan, it is possible for apps that you run are working out your current location. They can tell quite accurately where in the world you are and this extends right down to the name of the street and sometimes even the building you are currently in, using your Mac.

Resizing vs resampling images in Preview

PreviewPreview is a useful tool on the Mac and is perhaps one of the most used. It is a viewer for a wide range of files and it even has some editing capabilities too. For example, if you load a photo or other image, there is an option to resize it on the Tools menu. It looks straightforward, but should you tick the Resample Image box? What does it do to the image? Is it important?

Calculate appointment travel times with Calendar

Calendar on the Apple Mac is a useful tool for organising meetings, appointments, and so on. Just double click a day in Calendar to create a new event and then fill in the name and time. The location is optional and you might not think that you need it, but if you do enter an address, Calendar can tell you how long it will take you to get there either by car or by walking. It’s a useful feature.

Stop scammers, phishing and malicious websites hacking your Mac

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WOT is short for Web of Trust and it helps you to avoid the scams, malware and bad websites that are on the internet. It is a free extension for Safari on the Apple Macand if you are concerned about your safety on the web, you should add it to your browser. With millions downloads, this is a popular security tool.

View and filter your Twitter feed in Safari

If you like to keep an eye on the activity in your Twitter feed and you are running Safari on OS X Yosemite, you can open a sidebar to show the latest tweets. You don’t need to go to the Twitter website, you don’t need to leave the current web page and you can easily filter and search for information.

Use Safe Mode on your Mac to troubleshoot problems

Computers are complex machines and this can make problems very hard to solve unless you are an expert. Although some faults have an obvious cause and are thus easy to fix, this is not always the case. What can you do? Starting in Safe mode can help you to solve Mac problems.

Take advantage of secret features in iTunes

You might think that you know iTunes quite well, but there are some not-so-obvious features that you might have missed. This article takes a look at some functions that can be useful for managing your music collection and for playing music. You might know some of these tips, but do you know them all?

Annotated images with an Actions extension in OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite has made it easy to extend the functions of apps by including a system of extensions. They add extra features to built in and third party apps that are not normally available. They can boost the features and make tasks much easier than they otherwise would be without them. Let’s take a look at an Actions extension.

Stop OS X leaking your personal information

Privacy on computers and the internet is a hot topic and there seems to be no end to the ways in which your personal information can be accessed by third parties. The Apple Mac is not immunue to privacy issues and you may be surprised to learn that by default, it passes on personal information. It must be configured not to if you prefer to maintain your privacy.

Recover lost photos on on any media storage

The increasing use of mobile phones for photography and the ease with which they can be backed up online means that lost photos are less of a problem for most people than it used to be. However, if you prefer to use a traditional camera and store your photos offline, you will be well aware of how frustrating it can be when photos go missing, are corrupted and will not load or transfer to the computer. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery might be able to help.

Sweep the Mac’s disk clean and free up space

The 11in and 13in MacBook Air and the Retina 13in MacBook pro all have a tiny 128GB solid state disk drive. That is a very small amount of storage for a modern computer that works with digital photos, movies and music. Even if you  pay extra for a 256GB disk, you will soon run out of space. OmniDiskSweeper will tell you where all the space is being used.

Delete files in OS X without sending them to the Trash

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How do you delete a file in OS X on the Apple Mac? You might think that it is silly to ask such a simple question, of course, everyone knows that to delete a file you just drag it to the Trash. That is not deleting it, it simply moves it to another folder on the disk. You empty the Trash of course, but that deletes all of the files in the Trash, which still leaves the question, how do you delete one file?

Save time and effort by dictating instead of typing

How fast can you type? How fast can you speak? There is no contest and speech wins every time. In fact, most people will find that even speaking slowly is much faster than they can type. It is really hard for even an expert typist to keep up with someone dictating, so why type when you can talk? OS X has dictation built in and it is asy to use.

Monitor the Mac with MiniUsage menu bar tool

Find out what is happening under the surface of your Apple Mac. Monitor CPU activity, memory, disk usage, internet speeds, temperatures and more.

What goes on under the surface of your Mac's pretty graphical interface? Is it working hard or idling, is it downloading or uploading, is it getting hot or running cool? Monitor all this and more, and detect when things go wrong.

Use the powerful bulk file rename in Finder in macOS

How to rename multiple files on the Apple Mac in one go using a bulk file renamer facility in Finder.

Renaming files on the disk in macOS has always been easy and you could just select a file, press Enter and type in a new name. There didn’t used to be a simple way of renaming a group of files and renaming them one by one is exceedingly tedious . However, macOS has a bulk file renaming facility.

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