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...]

Mac Pro The Expandable Pro Machine | Mac Machine

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After nearly two years  of waiting, Apple's Pro customers finally got an upgrade in June 2012. But it wash't the Xeon E5 processor based machine that everyone was expecting. Instead, the current models got a minor speed bump and additional RAM for prices similar to those of the previous models. The base system is now a 3.2HGz quad-core rather than the 2.8GHz 12-core version, and is available for £2.049. You can get a 2.4GHz 12-core machine … [Read more...]

How To Customise Your Finder | Mac Setup & Preferences

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When you're new to OS X, or if you haven't used a Mac for quite some time, it can seem as if simple tasks require a bit more effort than you expect. For instance, keyboard shortcuts are listed next to common commands in the menu bar, but many have none. Not knowing how to use shortcuts can slow you down. Don't worry, though - you can still use the keyboard to access any menu, even if there's no obvious shortcut listed. The trick is knowing … [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...]

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...]

How To Discover Magic Trackpad’s Gestures | Mac Control Features

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Controlling your Mac using multi-finger gestures on a Magic Trackpad is one of OS X's key features and borrows from the touch screen experience of the iPhone and iPad, But remembering all the options can be tricky at first, so here's a useful guide to the gestures you're likely to use the most often. Remember that existing gestures which you might have used in OS X Snow Leopard, such as dragging two fingers up and down your trackpad to scroll, … [Read more...]

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