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.

Dragon Express 1.0: An inexpensive way to discover speech recognition

Dragon Express provides a handy, easy-to-use way to dictate occasional texts and transfer them to your applications

Buying guide: Microphones for speech recognition

Here's an overview of the different types of microphones you can use with speech recognition software, how they work, and what might be the best mic for the way you work.

Macworld guide to AppleCare

Is AppleCare worth paying for the extra coverage? What exactly does AppleCare cover, and how does it work? Here's a guide to AppleCare, to help you decide if you should buy this extended warranty with your next Mac.

iTunes Match shouldn't shun those with big libraries

iTunes Match's 25,000-track limit is the problem, says Kirk McElhearn, it's the way that Apple treats users with large iTunes libraries who want to sign up for the $25-a-year service.

Get smarter with iTunes U

You've probably noticed it in the navigation bar at the top of the iTunes Store, but have you ever clicked on the iTunes U link? If not, join the millions of people have and expand your knowledge -- for free. Kirk McElhearn explains how.

How the iPod changed the world of music

Kirk McElhearn takes a look at how the iPod has changed the way he -- and most others -- interact with their music.

How to annotate PDFs

You don't need to buy an expensive program to add comments or notes to a PDF. Here's how to use Apple's built-in application, Preview, to do it all.

How to convert PDFs to Word (and other formats)

While the PDF file format is a great tool for sharing documents, sometimes you need to use the text. Here are two ways to get text out of a PDF and into your word processor.

Three tips for using iTunes on a small display

As Apple continues to sell more laptops than desktops, the number of people working with iTunes on small displays increases. Kirk McElhearn offers tips on how you can optimize the way iTunes displays its content to make it easier to manage on a smaller display.

How to rip CD box sets in iTunes

Ripping large CD box sets to enjoy on your computer or iOS device can be a chore. Kirk McElhearn offers some suggestions for making the process easier.

Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.5 now allows for dictation and editing in Word 2011

Dragon Dictate has taken a big leap forward with this new version, finally offering the ability to dictate and edit simultaneously in Word documents.

How to make Lion's iCal less annoying

Running into trouble using the Lion version of iCal? You're not alone. Here are answers to common problems.

How to arrange and sort files in Lion Finder

Lion Finder offers three different ways to organize your folders: Arrange By, Sort By, and Clean Up By. What does each option do? Can you combine them? Kirk McElhearn explains.

Tree offers a unique approach to outlining

Tree offers a unique approach to outlining by offering both vertical and horizontal organization.

Favorite text-expansion tricks

Think you're using all the shortcuts your Mac has to offer? How about text-expansion? Dan Frakes and Kirk McElhearn share their favorite ways to use text-expansion utilities to save both typing and time.