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...]

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...]

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...]

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