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What exactly does the Finder's green button do?

You've been staring at the green button that haunts your Mac's windows for years. But do you really know what it does? Expand the window to full size? Contract windows? Make iTunes disappear? It depends.

Three quick browser tips

Stop animated GIFs, take advantage of Safari's downloads pop-up, and shrink Google Chrome.

Struggling with interface issues

Today's Mac 911 deals with a trio of issues caused by a not-entirely-transparent interface.

When to say 'yes' to email

You want to reduce your reliance on email, but the rest of the world still wants to send you 100 messages a day. How can you decide when to use email, and when to use other methods for communication? The experts weigh in.

Full-screen applications and multiple monitors

Ever wondered what the inside of a can of worms looks like? Chris Breen reveals its icky splendor when addressing full-screen applications and multiple monitors in Lion.

Snow Leopard on a new retina-display MacBook Pro? Nuh uh

You say you love the look of the new retina display MacBook Pro but aren't nearly as keen on Lion? Regrettably, you must grab the future with both hands.

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 Mail Dock badge show important messages only

You can tweak Mail so the badge on its Dock icon displays the count of only those messages you really care about.

Automate tasks with Folder Actions

Use OS X's Folder Actions feature to automatically get an alert when files are added to a specific folder, change the Finder labels when you put them in a folder, or unzip archives. Here’s how Folder Actions work, and how you can use them to save time.

How I name files on my Mac

File-naming is a very personal thing; we all have our ways of doing it. Here's how efficiency-maven David Sparks does it, as part of his paperless workflow.

Reinstalling Rosetta

If you've installed a fresh copy of Snow Leopard on your Mac and Rosetta is missing in action, there's a way forward, as outlined by Chris Breen.

Stop the Lion "rubber-band" bounce

If you scroll to the end of a page or document in many apps in OS X Lion, there's a brief bouncing effect. If you'd like to get rid of that bounce, it's just a Terminal command away.

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.

Automator workflow of the month: Add Spotlight comments

Adding Spotlight comments to your files and folders can make it easier to locate those items later. Sound like more trouble than it's worth? Automator makes it a cinch with this one-line workflow.

Locating and dispensing with old applications

If you've had the same Mac for a long time and tend toward pack-ratness, it's possible that your Applications folder is full of items you no longer use. Chris Breen shows you how to find them.