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Five unexpected uses for the Esc key

The Esc key has long been the “get me outta here” panacea for many things: canceling a dialog box, getting rid of a button-less splash screen, you name it. Here’s a handful of less-than-obvious solutions the Esc key provides.

Fix a Lion file-opening hang in Mac OS X 10.7.2

Since upgrading to 10.7.2, you may have encountered an unusual hang after opening files in certain applications. There's a fix!

Change application categories in Lion

Lion lets you display Finder windows organized by application category. But many apps don't have categories set. Here's a hint on how to add categories to apps that are missing them, or change existing app categories.

Bugs & Fixes: Losing iWork documents in iCloud

Using iCloud to sync your iWork documents across all your devices generally works well when syncing among iOS devices. Syncing to and from Macs is another story, as Ted Landau details.

Complete guide to FileVault 2 in Lion

Lion's FileVault 2 can be used to protect your data by encrypting your Mac's hard drive. Interested in using FileVault 2, but don't know where to start? Macworld senior contributor Glenn Fleishman has a complete guide to FileVault 2.

Learning to work with Auto Save

For many of us, the Save and Save As commands were almost second nature, crucial pieces of the way we worked that allowed us to create new documents based on old ones, keep track of different versions, even copy files to new locations. Lion changes all that.

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.

Auto-hiding applications in Lion

A reader finds his Mac too crowded with open application windows and seeks a way to hide them. Chris Breen offers a few options for uncluttering his life.

Copy Mail's autocomplete database to a new Mac

If you move to a new Mac, you needn't lose Mail's autocomplete database. Here's how to find the necessary, tucked-away file to copy.

Bugs & Fixes: Solving Mac OS X Mail Crashes

Are you stuck in a loop where Apple's Mail crashes whenever you launch it because of a "bad" message? Ted Landau has the cure.

Preparing your Lion repair kit

You're a Mac user new to Lion who wants to keep that Mac safe and sane. What tools should you have on hand? Chris Breen offers these recommendations.

Use Automator to label files from the keyboard

An earlier hint about applying Finder labels from the keyboard suffered from some annoying limitations. Fortunately there's a better solution to the same problem, and it involves Automator.

Show dates and times in Mail's message list

The message list in Lion's version of Mail displays each message's date or time received. But with a few System Preferences tweaks, you can make Mail show both the date and the time simultaneously.