Secure Your Mac With Gatekeeper | Mac Basics

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Because it's designed to accommodate multiple users, easy networking and always-on connections, OS X is very secure, more so then a Windows PC. As we'll see, other users (and outsiders) have only the level of access that you grant them. However, this can be both a strength and vulnerability, in that you could be fooled into giving a rogue users or application access privileges. This is what happened with the Flashback Trojan in early 2012 (a … [Read more...]

Using Your Notification Centre On Your Mac | Mac Basics

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There's nothing worse than realising you were due in a meeting ten minutes ago, or you've forgotten a birthday. Luckily, Mountain Lion's Notification Centre can make such disasters a thing of the past. It can display little pop-ups on your screen to tell you about a new email, an event in your Calendar, a new iMessage, or a note you've left for yourself using the Reminders app. Notification also appear in the Notification Centre sidebar, which … [Read more...]

Searching With Spotlight On Your Mac | Mac Basics

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When you need to find something on your Mac, there are several starting points. Which one is appropriate depends on how broadly you need to search. Apps that organise large amounts of related information, such as Calendar and iTunes, have a search bar built in. But sometimes you won't have a clue where something may be stored, and that's where OS X's Spotlight features comes in handy. In fact, Spotlight is the basis for searching across your … [Read more...]

How To View Files With Quick Look | Mac Basics

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You don't need to open an image or other file to take a quick look at it, thanks to built-in feature in OS X called - what else? - Quick Look. Simply click the file i the Finder to highlight it, then tap the spacebar to preview it. (Alternatively, you can press Command + Y, or go to File → Quick Look, or click the Action button - the one with the cog icon - in the Finder window top bar and select Quick Look. If you're using a trackpad, you can … [Read more...]

Auto Save and Versions,You Won’t Lose Your Work Again | Mac Basics

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Thank's to OS X, lost work could become a thing of the past. Barring catastrophic failure of the hard drive, you need no longer worry about losing stuff of things go wrong. This is because OS X now has two clever system built into it: Auto Save and Version. Provided you're using an app that has support for these two features built in, OS X automatically saves what you do as you go along. If you late decide you want to jump back to an older … [Read more...]

How To Master The Dashboard And Its Widgets | Mac Basics

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For carrying out simple tasks on your Mac, you can make use of Dashboard. This gives you access to a large selection of mini applications known as widgets. There area number of ways you can access Dashboard and its widgets, the easiest being to use the Launchpad icon in the Dock, or just press the F4 key. These actions open Dashboard and display a default selection of widgets. Bear in mind that the widgets you see initially are just a small … [Read more...]

Dictate Your Mac | Mac Basics

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Voice recognition on the Mac is nothing new; years before Siri came to your iOS device - indeed, before there were any iOS devices - it was possible to control your mac and execute commands by speaking them, Star Trek style. Siri, however, has certainly upped the ante.The amazing "intelligence assistant" on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can not only carry out your commands but also insert your dictated words into an email or text message and … [Read more...]

Backing Up Your Files With Time Machine | Mac Basics

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Time machine is the default option for backup on every Mac running OS X since the introduction of Leopard (OS X 10.5) back in 2007. Although Time Machine wasn't the first backup software from Apple. It's probably safe to say it was the first serious application of its kind that the company has produced. As you'd expect, TIme Machine is integrated into the OS itself and is designed to be very straightforward to use. Connect a Mac-formated external … [Read more...]

How To Stay In Touch With Facebook in Your Mac | Mac Basics

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Social networking these days means staying in touch with friends and contacts anywhere, any time. We're used to tweeting or sharing snaps from our iPhones, But Mountain Lion now integrates social networking, making it easier than ever to share pictures or web pages via Flickr or Vimeo, post to Twitter and more. Here we'll focus on Facebook, but the principle are the same for the other social networks supported. Once you have Facebook … [Read more...]

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