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What happens to facial recognition and other information when copying a Photos library to a new Mac

You can maintain your data if you use Apple’s Migration Assistant.

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How to restore your photos using iCloud Photo Library

Whether your hard drive crashed or you’re setting up a new Mac, you can use iCloud Photo Library to restore your collection.

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What file service should you use with network drives and Time Machine?

A network-attached storage device needs to use the proper file service with Apple’s Time Machine.

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How to create Spotlight searches to store as Smart Folders in macOS Sierra

Smart folders let you set detailed Spotlight search parameters and save them for reuse.

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How to find all photos on your Mac

A reader has photos stashed everywhere and wants to bring them all together.

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How to find your saved Smart Folders in the Finder

Where do those things go, anyway?

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The case of the Mac that self-plays YouTube videos

Are ghost to blame? Is the Mac haunted?

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How to be sure a drive has ejected from a Mac

macOS has several ways to properly eject a storage device.

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A drive and a partition: How to understand the difference when erasing Mac disks

When you want to format a hard drive, it helps to know the difference between a partition and a drive.

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How to stop macOS Photos from re-uploading all your images and videos

The spoiler: there’s no way to force iCloud Photo Library to recognize existing media, but you can pause or stop the uploads.

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How to encrypt a bootable clone in macOS

A reader wants to protect the bootable clone he makes of his startup volume just as effectively.

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How to make sure Time Machine backs up external drives

A reader wants to shift his Photos and iTunes libraries to an external drive and ensure they're backed up by Time Machine.

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How to connect another building on your property to your house over Wi-Fi

A reader wants to hook her workshop into a home Wi-Fi network, and can’t make it work with Apple gear.

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How to change your default font for viewing and composing in macOS Mail

It's easy to switch the default font in Mail—when it works.

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Where to find Safari’s downloads list

The downloads button plays hide-and-seek with Mac users.