Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.

Organize videos by groups in iTunes

By classifying all kinds of videos as TV Shows in iTunes, you can make them easier to organize.

Backgammon NJ and FaceMe Backgammon for iPhone and iPad

Kirk McElhearn has tried out a number of iOS backgammon apps. But only Backgammon NJ and FaceMe Backgammon stand out from the crowd.

How to delete the Dock delay

If you have the Dock set to disappear when it's not in use, you can make it reappear by moving the cursor to the edge of the screen. But when you do that, there's a slight delay before the Dock actually reappears. Here's how to make it appear immediately.

Ask the iTunes Guy: More iTunes Match questions

The iTunes Guy answers iTunes Match questions about lyrics, artwork, duplicate tracks, storage, and more.

Beyond .zip: Secrets of the Archive Utility

What do you do if a file won't expand or someone sends you a strange type of archive? Here are answers to frequently asked questions about working with compressed files in Mac OS X.

Three alternate iOS music player apps

While the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch might be sufficient for you, there are plenty of other apps you can use to listen to music on your iOS device. Some offer unique ways of organizing and listening to music, and others focus on providing better sound. Here's a look at three apps that you can use to listen differently to music on iOS.

Delete Dropbox cache to recover drive space

If you use Dropbox to share files with co-workers and clients, you might be surprised to find yourself running out of room on your hard drive. Here's how to find and delete the offending files.

Send text, files from Mac to iOS via Messages

There are a variety of ways to send text and files from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad (and vice versa). But you might not have thought of one of the easiest: Use Messages.

Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes tips and tricks

The iTunes Guy answers questions about iTunes checkboxes, Wi-Fi syncing, Sound Check, finding newly added files, and more.

Byword for iPhone and iPad

The iOS version of this Markdown editor offers some interesting features, most notably a row of quick formatting options and arrow keys well-suited for the touchscreen interface of your iOS device. But its font limitations may be problematic to some users.

Unzip almost any archive file

Sometimes, .zip files (and other archives) don't unzip when you double-click them. When that happens, there are a couple of other things you can try.

Search for messages by domain in Lion

In earlier versions of Mail, you could easily search for all messages from a given domain (macworld.com, for example). In Lion, such searches became a lot harder. Here's how one Hints reader does it.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Compression and lossless encoding

The iTunes Guy answers questions about tagging basics, removing artwork, adding large descriptions in tags, and more.

Customize shortcuts for Mission Control, Dashboard

The Mission Control preference pane offers a limited set of keyboard shortcuts for triggering both Mission Control and Dashboard. But if you want to use a shortcut not included in that limited palette, there is a way.

Clean Writer Pro lets writers focus on writing

Clean Writer Pro 1.2 is simple and offers limited formatting options, letting writers worry about writing rather than formatting.