How to migrate browser-stored passwords to a password app

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LastPass offers a ton of import options from other formats.

Nelis van Nahuijs wants to jumpstart security but has a question about transitioning:

After reading your article about strong and/or unique passwords, I wonder if you have some advice to make a transition to 1Password? What is going to happen with all the passwords I’ve already in place? I use iCloud passwords a lot; should I stop with that practice, and what happens with these passwords after switching to 1Password?

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The case of the case-sensitive formatted drive and Adobe Creative Cloud

Jay Keim writes in with a sensitive question:

I have a refurbished 27ʺ iMac. I tried to install Adobe Creative Cloud on it and I got the error code that it could not be installed on a case-sensitive drive. So I backed everything up using Time Machine and an external hard drive and formated the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). But when I restored using Time Machine it went back to Mac OS Extended (case-sensitive, Journaled). How do I make this computer non-case-sensitive?

You are not the only person to encounter this, but how frustrating when you weren’t the one who caused the problem. Case sensitivity is an option in formatting, because Unix and Unix-similar operating systems always allowed case sensitivity. That is, they could distinguish between files that were “spelled” identically, but used a different mix of upper-case and lower-case letters. In case-sensitive filesystems, file.txt, FILE.TXT, and File.txt are all unique names.

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How to remove old devices from text forwarding on an iPhone

Dan Mills asked via Twitter about iOS and text forwarding:

Do you know how to clear out old devices that I no longer have from the text forwarding screen?

You’d think this would be straightforward, no? I started by giving him my off-the-top-of-my-head advice: You can remove devices from your Apple ID account in one of three places:

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The case of the missing El Capitan hard disk space

Each version of OS X in recent years has been more efficient and often sheds space after installation rather than demanding more. However, Thom Vagt found the opposite: an upgrade led to less reported remaining space.

On my late 2013 model MBP which was running Yosemite 10.10.5, my available disk space went from 230GB of free space to 183GB. I have run disk utility and it tells me all is fine with the SSD 1TB disk.

I’ve seen similar problems at times with my various Macs, and so have many users. You should pinpoint where the free-space reporting error is first, however.

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Using iCloud Photo Library with a library bigger than the main hard drive

Joseph Walker has a very interesting dilemma:

My 1TB iMac died and I decided I wanted to move 400GB of photos and videos into the iCloud Photo Library and enjoy all the syncing features along with simplified backup protection. I purchased a 128GB SSD MacBook Pro. I cannot figure out any way to take three 100GB+ photo libraries and get them into the cloud library??

Joseph suggested a number of strategies he’d thought of, and discarded for various reasons. However, I’ve got an answer for him that he might actually like. Joseph is perfectly happy to pay for the cloud storage to keep iCloud Photo Library his master copy.

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When double-click stops working in El Capitan

Dexter Rucker wrote in with a poser:

After upgrading to El Capitan, I no longer have the capability of double clicking a folder on the Desktop to open it; I have to right-click and choose Open. It doesn’t matter which mouse I am using: Apple’s Magic Mouse or the MX Master by Logitech.

Dexter went through the Finder preferences to make sure that he didn’t have Open Folders in Tabs set (though that should have opened them in tabs) and examined other potential settings to no avail. I pored over forum postings for any similar reports by others and found none.

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How to print a web page as a PDF with links that work

My friend Swoozy got in touch: She needed to print some articles she’d written for the web as PDFs, but wanted to keep the links intact, so that those receiving them could follow them. It’s an easy proposition with a few options.

Web browsers render the text on a page as rich text in different ways—you can see this when you copy text from a web page and paste into a Word, Pages, or TextEdit document. Safari seems to handle using the built-in print to PDF function in OS X perfectly well, preserving a reasonable amount of formatting, as well as keeping hyperlinks marked and active.

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Safari can use a standard Print dialog and preserve links in a PDF it creates.

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