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Unzip almost any archive file

Sometimes, .zip files (and other archives) don't unzip when you double-click them. When that happens, there are a couple of other things you can try.

How to manage your Mac's keyboard shortcuts

Many of us rely on keyboard shortcuts to work with our Macs more efficiently. But such reliance presents a problem: How to remember and manage all those shortcuts? Rob Griffiths has a few tips.

Quickly print files from within the Finder

If you find trips to the Print dialog box tedious, you can skirt that dialog box by printing from within the Finder. Chris Breen explains how.

Search for messages by domain in Lion

In earlier versions of Mail, you could easily search for all messages from a given domain (, for example). In Lion, such searches became a lot harder. Here's how one Hints reader does it.

How to adjust Lion's Recent Items menu list

Recent Items is a great way to quickly open what you want. Here’s how to customize the setting in Lion.

How to make Lion's desktop spaces stick

Disconcerted that your carefully laid out desktop spaces move about as you switch to different applications? A system preference option will set things straight.

Customize shortcuts for Mission Control, Dashboard

The Mission Control preference pane offers a limited set of keyboard shortcuts for triggering both Mission Control and Dashboard. But if you want to use a shortcut not included in that limited palette, there is a way.

How to create and use BBEdit clippings

By enabling you to insert frequently used snippets of text, clippings are one of BBEdit's most powerful tools. In an excerpt from his ebook Take Control of BBEdit, Glenn Fleishman explains how to use clippings to save time and keystrokes.

How to set applications to automatically launch at startup

Want your favorite apps to launch as soon as your Mac boots? Follow this shortcut.

How to securely delete files

If you want your deleted files to be really, completely, totally gone, emptying the trash isn't enough. Chris Breen provides other options.

Tame Lion's Resume features

Vexed by spontaneously opening apps and windows in Lion? Take control of what opens when with these tips.

Skirting auto-login in Lion

You've configured your Mac to automatically login to a particular account but now you'd like to switch to a different account. Are there any shortcuts? Perhaps not as many as you'd like.

How I use Evernote for work

You might know Evernote as a great tool for clipping stories from the Web and collecting recipes. But you not have considered how useful it can be for business, too. David Sparks explains how he does just that.