Don't-Miss Productivity Stories

Messages: Working with transcripts

Being able to save and review conversations you've had in Messages is one of that app's most useful features. Glenn Fleishman has some tips on making of the most of it.

How to run your business in Evernote

Evernote isn’t just for taking notes on the go. Here’s how to turn the must-have app into an essential part of your small-business workflow.

Bugs & Fixes: The case of the stuck Skype preferences

Why oh why won't a particular Skype preference stick? Ted Landau ferrets out the answer in today's Bugs & Fixes.

Create calendar events more efficiently

Unhappy with how Mountain Lion's Calendar application forces you to edit each and every event? Here are some shortcuts for creating your events.

Disabling Google auto updates

Did you know that Google applications automatically update themselves? Where some find convenience, others are concerned. Chris Breen shows you how to stop it.

How I organize everything with plain-text notes

We all have lots of little bits of information--notes for projects, shopping lists, our shirt sizes--that we have to keep track of. Some people use elaborate apps for that purpose. But blogger Gabe Weatherhead has worked out a system relying on nothing but plain-text notes that enables him to have all his information available wherever he is.

View a program's graphics in Preview

Need a program icon or an image from a template? You can easily access all of an application's graphical elements with this hint.

How to choose a to-do manager

David Sparks has a complicated life and needs a good task-manager to get everything done. He eventually chose Omnifocus for the job. Here's how he worked his way through that buying decision.

Three great folder actions

Wish there was a simpler way to print documents, create archives, or add spotlight comments to project files? Kirk McElhearn shows you how to make automating your Mac as simple as putting a file in a folder with these three great Folder Actions.

Make Google+ Hangouts your new meeting room

Google+ Hangouts, the company's free online video chat technology, offers a simple way for people to get together and meet, no external software required. Here's how to get started.

Nine fun ways to stop summer brain drain

On the brink of the lazy days of summer, what’s a parent to do? Here are nine ways to use your Mac and iOS devices to keep your kids sharp during the summer.

Five hidden Gmail tricks for power users

Whether you use Google's Gmail service at work or for personal purposes, you probably have a good handle on the basics: organizing your contacts, sending emails...

Copy events, delete Mail messages

Two quick tips--one from an OS X Hints reader for copying events from one calendaring app to another, the second from a Macworld editor for quickly deleting messages in Mail.