OS X

Using iCal Event Invites

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When there are multiple attendees to a meeting, it’s easy to use iCal to organize the event. iCal can send invites via email, confirm attendance, and sync back with your computer to let you know who is coming and who is unavailable. Those who can’t attend the meeting can also send back available times to […]

Encrypt PDF Files in Preview

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When dealing with PDF files, there may be sensitive information enclosed that shouldn’t become public. In order to protect the contents of a PDF file, OS X’s PDF viewer, also known as Preview, can encrypt any PDF file in just a few simple steps. To begin, locate a PDF file on your computer that you […]

Connecting to a Remote or Local Server

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There are several different kinds of servers you may deal with on a daily basis. Some are local, others are in the cloud, some may need to be remotely accessed. OS X provides a native way to connect to any server, even remotely, and mount it as a hard drive on the Desktop. From here […]

How to Edit the Hosts File in OS X

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Every Mac stores a hosts file in the hidden /etc folder, which is used by the operating system and your web browser to map particular hostnames to certain IP addresses. When you enter a website URL address into the Address Bar of Safari, for example, OS X will first check for a corresponding mapping in […]

How to Move Files in Mac OS X

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File handling in Mac OS X is generally a simple and intuitive business. Moving files is simply a matter of selecting the desired file or folder with the cursor, clicking on it and then dragging and dropping to the desired location. However, the file movement behavior of OS X differs depending on whether the destination […]

Changing File Associations in Mac OS X

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File associations in Mac OS X are essentially tags that the operating system applies to each of the different file types on your Mac’s hard drive. When you double-click to open a file, these tags inform OS X which application to launch. When you first start using Mac OS X, many of these associations are […]

Use the Line In Audio Input on a Mac

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Every Mac comes with a built-in microphone, and most Macbook and Desktop Macs also include a “Line In” audio input. This Line in port looks identical to a headphone jack, but instead of a headphone logo, it will have a circle with two inward facing triangles. The port can be used to plug in an […]

How to Set an Alarm in iCal

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iCal, the free calendar application in OS X, has a wealth of options for managing and tracking your day-to-day activities. One of iCal’s most useful features is the ability to set up alarms for specific events in your schedule. These alarms can take many forms, from message and sound alerts to playing music files or […]

Mac OS X Startup Keyboard Shortcuts

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While in general day-to-day use, turning on and booting your Mac is simply a matter of pressing the Power button and waiting for OS X to load, there are occasions when you need to perform certain actions during the OS X startup process. These can range from choosing to boot from a selection of drives […]

How to Rapidly Resize Your Icons in OS X

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One of the advantages of the OS X graphics system is its ability to rapidly alter the scale of displayed images. This ability not only includes the thumbnails that represent files and folders on your Mac’s hard drive, but extends to the OS X system and application icons themselves. In this article, we’ll show you […]