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.

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.

Opinion: In praise of the iPod classic

Apple still sells the iPod classic, but hasn't updated it for two years. Is it on its way out? Kirk McElhearn thinks killing off the classic would be a mistake.

Back up your iTunes media files

Even though Apple now allows you to re-download some purchased content, it's always a good idea to back up your iTunes media files. Kirk McElhearn offers his tips.

Todo for Mac manages and syncs your tasks

If your task-management needs are somewhere in between complex project management and simple lists, Todo is a fine Mac program that syncs with standout iOS apps.

How to sync large iTunes libraries with small devices

As you acquire more and more music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, apps, and books, it becomes increasingly difficult -- or, more likely, impossible -- to fit your entire iTunes library on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Kirk McElhearn offers some advice on how to deal with the data-storage disparity.

How to make Lion more like Snow Leopard

Frustrated by some new feature of Lion? Kirk McElhearn has a collection of tips about how to revert Lion features back to their Snow Leopard defaults.

Ten Safari shortcuts you should know

Save time using your browser by learning these essential keyboard shortcuts for both Snow Leopard and Lion's Safari.

How to archive your tweets

Twitter's a great way to keep up on what's happening. But what about what happened a while ago? Kirk McElhearn looks at a few of the ways you can search and archive your past Twitter-stream.