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The workings of a Stationery Pad

Ever wondered what that Stationery Pad option in Finder's Get Info window was for? Now you know.

Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Installing Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion is easier to install than any previous version of Mac OS X but things can go awry. Find some solutions here.

How to encrypt an external hard drive in Lion

FileVault 2 not onlyencrypts your Mac’s internal drive, but it can also encrypt external drives. Interested in securing your data? We’ll take you through the steps here.

Killing Lion's autocorrect

Do you dislike Lion autocorrecting your typing? Here's how to turn it off.

Migrate Time Machine backup to new Mac in Lion

One of the unsung features of Lion is the ability to migrate a Time Machine backup from an old Mac to a new one.

Bugs & Fixes: More Lion application incompatibilities

A week after the release of Lion and the application incompatibilities are beginning to make themselves known. Ted Landau runs down a few.

Unlock oodles of text-to-speech voices in Lion

Lion includes access to many dozens of high quality text-to-speech voices. Here's how to get them.

Restore Safari 5.0.3's tab opening behavior

Safari 5.1 changes where a new tab appears when you open one from a link. Fortunately, if those looking to change that behavior back have some options.

Quit apps without Lion remembering their open windows

Lion automatically restores an app's previously-open windows when you relaunch it. There's a simple way to override that behavior temporarily.

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.

Automator workflow of the month: Extract essential email data

Lion's Automator allows you to easily extract data-detector information--email addresses and URLs, for example--from compatible files. Here's a simple workflow for pulling email addresses from Mail messages and placing them in a new TextEdit document.

Adjust the size of Mail sidebar icons

If you don't like the size of the icons in the sidebar of Lion Mail, guess where you have to go to adust it? Hint: It's not in Mail's preferences.

Install QuickTime 7 Pro with Lion

QuickTime 7 can run perfectly well under Lion. The trick is installing it. Here's how.