How to create mail merge documents with Pages and Numbers

Reader Ann Grace wishes to send form letters to her clients. She writes:

I’ve recently upgraded to OS X Yosemite as well as to the latest versions of Apple’s Numbers and Pages apps. Is there a way I can use the two of them to create mail merge documents?

There is, although it’s not a feature directly built into either app. This is possible through the power of AppleScript (don’t worry, I’m not going to ask that you learn AppleScript in order to carry out this job). Instead, I’ll direct you to the Mac OS X Automation site. Here you’ll find an AppleScript and Pages page that provides instructions for using the free Pages Data Merge utility (the page also includes a link to that utility). As its name suggests it lets you incorporate data found in a Numbers spreadsheet into a Pages documents.

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How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)

I recently provided instructions for removing the MacKeeper app from your Mac, along with its component parts. But for some, that’s only a piece of the puzzle. This question is typical of the follow-up email:

But how do I stop MacKeeper notifications from popping up in the Safari and Chrome browsers and asking me to install it?

The first thing I’d suggest you do is remove any MacKeeper-related cookies in your browser. In Safari this means opening Safari’s preferences, clicking the Privacy tab, and in the Cookies and Other Website Data area clicking the Details button. Search for mackeeper in the sheet that appears and there’s a good chance you’ll find a cookie for Select it and click the Remove button. Vow to never visit the site again.

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How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac

Reader Michael Downend is having difficulty ridding his Mac of a utility he no longer desires. He writes:

How do I get rid of MacKeeper?

I won’t go into why you’d want to. Some people have found MacKeeper useful, others not. But many people I’ve encountered are confused about how to delete it.

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Stop that ringing! How to prevent the iPhone from forwarding calls

Reader Graham Lee’s iPhone is making its presence a little too well known. He writes:

I’m running iOS 8 on my iPhone along with a couple of iPads and an iPod touch. I also have Yosemite on my Mac. At first I was impressed by the feature that lets my iPhone ring through to my other devices, but now when I receive a call, the whole house fills with ringtones and my work is interrupted when it happens. Is there anything I can do to shut up some of these devices?

Certainly. If you want to stop forwarding entirely, you can do so by tapping Settings on your iPhone, tapping FaceTime, and then flicking the iPhone Cellular Calls switch to off. You can always enable it again later if you want the feature back.

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The case of the mysteriously sleeping MacBook

Reader John Greeves believes he has a stumper in regard to a mysteriously sleeping laptop. He writes:

This is a weird one but I’ve run out of ideas. My MacBook Air works perfectly until I put it on the subwoofer that sits next to my desk. When I do that, the screen blacks out and I can’t start it again. But if I lift it off the speaker and press a key, the screen lights up. This doesn’t happen anywhere else I put the computer. Do you have any idea what’s going on?

I think I do. Like all the best things in life, it’s done with magnets. A little background:

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How to restore a missing recovery partition

Reader Kai Peterson installed a copy of Yosemite but seems to be missing something. He writes:

I installed a clean copy of Yosemite on an external hard drive, which I cloned to another Mac using the demo of Carbon Copy Cloner. When trying to troubleshoot something on that Mac I discovered that it had no recovery partition. Is there any way I can create one?

There is. Before I walk through it I should tell you that this is expected behavior. When Carbon Copy Cloner 4 clones a bootable drive to another drive, it doesn’t create a recovery partition in the same way that the OS X installer does. Instead, it creates an archive of it and places the archive here: /Library/Application Support/com.bombich.ccc.

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