OS X

How to Scan in OS X Using Image Capture

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Using the Area Selection Tool in Image Capture on OS X

Mac OS X makes many computing tasks simpler by having the necessary functionality built into the operating system itself, and scanning images and documents onto your computer’s hard drive is no different. Image Capture is the Mac OS X application that handles all scanning duties for Mac-compatible scanner hardware. Before beginning to scan your image, […]

How to Use Handbrake in Mac OS X

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Apple’s range of portable video media devices has expanded massively over the last few years. The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad all feature powerful video playing capabilities, while the Apple TV allows you to watch iTunes content via your television. The iTunes Store features a wide range of video content to purchase and download, but […]

The Four Most Useful Terminal Commands for Beginning OS X Users

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Beginner and intermediate computer users alike are often intimidated by using command line.  Taking the time to learn how to use command line on your Mac can optimize your computing experience. Everything from customizing your settings to managing your files can be achieved in only a few keystrokes.  Best of all, you can take advantage […]

How to Show Hidden Files in OS X

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By default, Mac OS X hides many important system files and folders from the user’s view, either in the Finder or in the ‘Open’, ‘Save’ and ‘Save As’ Dialog Boxes of software applications. The operating system does this to prevent the accidental alteration or deletion of certain files that your Mac requires to run smoothly. […]

How to Attach an External USB Hard Drive to your AirPort Extreme

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This tutorial will guide you through the (very simple, actually) process of attaching an external USB hard drive to your Airport Extreme. It will also show you how to determine who has access to the hard drive and review the security options.

Make Multi-Page PDF Files in Mac OS X

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Have you ever had a bunch of PDFs you wanted to assemble into one unified document?  Most people will tell you need Adobe Acrobat.  But in fact, OS X already has you covered with a nifty little program called Automator.  Automator is an ingenious and easy to use tool that lets you build sequences of […]

How to Permanently Stop Dock Icons from Bouncing

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Even if you’ve set your Dock preferences not to animate when you click them, some applications insist on bouncing to get your attention. This brief tutorial will show you how to disable that behavior. If you open your System Preferences and select Dock, you can disable the animation (bouncing) that happens when you click an […]

An Introduction to the Apple Keyboard Symbols and Shortcuts

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This brief tutorial/overview will explain how to identify the keys on your Mac’s keyboard, and some of the most common keyboard shortcuts. Apple Keyboard Symbols Here’s a breakdown of the Apple Keyboard keys. – also displayed as = the Command key (also known as the “Apple key”).   = the Control (ctrl) key   = […]

Keyboard Shortcuts for When your Mac Freezes

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The following list of keyboard shortcuts will come in handy when your Mac freezes up (which as we all know isn’t that frequent of an event). I’ve ordered this list in a “start with this one, if it doesn’t work, try the next one” manner. Quit the currently running foreground program – Command + q […]

How to Restore a Folder that has Turned into a Package in OS X

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Earlier this week I accidentally copied something to my Desktop that caused the Desktop itself to no longer be recognized by OS X as a folder. It turned into a “package” instead. All of the icons on my Desktop disappeared and the link to my Desktop from the Finder’s sidebar no longer worked. Here’s how […]