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Scanner Tips

Scanner Tips

Learn about using a scanner in OS X so that you can scan text documents, photographs, and so forth into files on your Mac. Note: Your scanner may be part of a multi-function printer; see Printing for details about managing printers.Tips for scanning in OS X Check the list of supported scanners for the model of scanner you are about to connect(…)

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AirPrint Tips

AirPrint Tips

With AirPrint, it’s easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps. Just select an AirPrint printer on your local network to print from your favorite iOS or OS X app. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and(…)

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Printing in OS X

Printing in OS X

Adding A Printer For most USB printers, all you have to do is connect the printer to your Mac. OS X automatically sees the printer, and downloads any drivers if necessary. Then, you’re ready to print. Before you begin Before adding a printer to your Mac, check the following: Choose Software Update from the Apple menu to(…)

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Menu Bar Tips

Menu Bar Tips

The menu bar at the top of your Mac’s display acts as a convenient tray on which Apple serves you menus of your current app to the left along with more static status icons to the right. In addition, many third-party apps — Dropbox and Skip Tunes to name but two — install icons in(…)

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FaceTime Tips

FaceTime Tips

FaceTime for Mac makes it easy to talk, smile and laugh with friends and family on their iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch or Mac. Getting started is quick and easy — simply enter your Apple ID and you’re ready to go. Whether you’re talking to someone on an iPhone or on another Mac, video calls(…)

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Messages Tips

Messages Tips

Message is the built-in chat client included with OS X. You can use it to send messages using iMessage, or one of many third party messaging services. Setting up accounts If you have an Apple ID, you already have an iMessage account you can use to send and receive messages. Your Apple ID is usually(…)

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Continuity Tips

Continuity Tips

Connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac using Continuity Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or use them together. Continuity features include Handoff, Phone Calling, Instant Hotspot, and SMS. You can start an email or document on iPhone, for example, and then pick up where you left off on(…)

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Apple Pay Tips

Apple Pay Tips

Set up and use Apple Pay Setup is simple. Get started by adding the credit or debit card on file from your iTunes account to Passbook by simply entering the card security code. Set up Apple Pay You can start using Apple Pay as soon as you add a credit or debit card to Passbook.(…)

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Apple Pay FAQ

Apple Pay FAQ

Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. What do I need to use Apple Pay? Apple Pay will be available in the United States with iOS 8.1. Here’s what you need to use Apple Pay:(…)

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AppleTV Tips

AppleTV Tips

Use Your iPhone or iPad to Set Up Your Apple TV If you have a third-generation Apple TV and an iOS device that runs iOS 7 (although it has to be an iPhone 4s or newer, third-generation iPad or newer, iPad mini, or fifth-generation iPod Touch), you can set up your Apple TV the easy(…)

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Mac App Store Tips

Mac App Store Tips

Troubleshooting the Mac App Store If an app purchased on one Mac does not open after being copied to another Mac On the other Mac (where the app was copied, not purchased): Delete the app that will not open. Open the Mac App Store. Ensure that you are logged in to the Mac App Store(…)

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Spotlight Tips

Spotlight Tips

Search with Spotlight Spotlight helps you quickly find anything on your Mac, including documents, emails, apps, songs, contacts, and more. It also provides Spotlight Suggestions from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, Maps, news, and iTunes so you can get more information right in Spotlight. Search results have rich, interactive previews so you can play song previews, get directions,(…)

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Finder Tips

Finder Tips

Represented by the blue icon with the smiling face, the Finder is the home base for your Mac. You use it to organize and access almost everything on your Mac, including documents, images, movies, and any other files you have. To open a Finder window, click the Finder icon in the Dock. To go to(…)

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Window Basics

Window Basics

Most of the information on your Mac is displayed in windows, including Finder windows and app windows. When you have multiple windows open, only one is active. When an app window is active, the menu bar contains the app’s name. Some windows that you open within apps, such as the Fonts window, always appear in front of(…)

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Desktop Tips

Desktop Tips

There are several ways to give your desktop—the background area of your screen—a custom look. Change your desktop picture In Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, you can change the picture that’s displayed on your desktop. Your Mac comes with dozens of desktop pictures to choose from, but you can also use your own pictures, or(…)

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Multiple Displays

Multiple Displays

OS X takes full advantage of every display connected to your Mac, giving you even more flexibility to work the way you want. Get the most from your displays With an external display connected to your Mac, you can work the way you want. Each display has its own menu bar, and apps can run(…)

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QuickTime Basics

QuickTime Basics

Recording with QuickTime Player Recording video You can make a movie using QuickTime Player and the built-in camera in your Mac. Just choose File > New Movie Recording. When the recording window appears, your iSight or FaceTime camera turns on (a green light appears by your Mac’s built-in camera). If your Mac doesn’t include a(…)

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OS X Mavericks Tips

OS X Mavericks Tips

Turn off App Nap Prevent unused apps lowering battery life In a bid to conserve battery life, Mavericks now has the ability to ‘power down’ individual apps when it thinks you’re not using them. The jury’s still out on how invisibly App Nap will work with third-party apps; fortunately you can turn it off for specific ones(…)

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Tech Terms Glossary

Tech Terms Glossary

What is 802.11 (a, b, g, n, ac)? These are different types of Wi-Fi (or AirPort) technologies. IEEE 802.11, to give the technology its technical title, is a set of wireless specifications created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. They create a set of wireless specifications and companies like Apple follow them to(…)

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Fix Shell Shock bash vulnerability

The recent vulnerability that has affected systems running the popular Bash shell can allow an attacker to arbitrarily run code on any system that has a running installation of the unpatched bash shell. This includes every version of OS X, so if you have a Mac that you regularly use, then you can be sure it is(…)

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Exchange and Repair Programs

Exchange and Repair Programs

iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5(…)

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Hidden Features

Hidden Features

Merge Folders You can easily merge the contents of two identically named folders but dragging one folder onto another prompts a Replace dialog message. So, the trick to merge two folders is to use Option – Dragging the folder which prompts an additional choice to merge folders. One folder containing contents of both source and destination folders(…)

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Access hidden user library files

Access hidden user library files

Apple made the user library folder hidden by default with the 10.7 and later releases of Mac OS. If it’s necessary to access these files for Adobe-related troubleshooting, use one of the following methods to make the user library content visible. Method 1 In the Finder, choose Go > Go To Folder. In the Go(…)

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Top Firefox Tips

Top Firefox Tips

How to make Firefox and websites go full screen Firefox can expand to fill your entire screen with its Full Screen feature. It’s great for those itty bitty screens on netbooks, making the most of your HDTV or just because you want it to! This article tells all you need to know about it. Turn(…)

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