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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.

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How to open a disk image’s Library folder

A reader wants to access the Library folder that’s stored on a mounted disk image.

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How to use Levels adjustments in Photos and how to use Copy Adjustments to tweak other images

Apple's Photos has powerful tools for making your pictures you spectactular.

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Should you keep using an old Time Capsule to rotate for off-site storage?

A reader wonders about putting a former Time Capsule into a secondary position in her backup queue.

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4 secrets for editing images in Apple Photos

Make your photos look their best.

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How to manage your network with iNet Network Scanner

A valuable tool for understanding your network and the devices connected to it.

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Why Photos for macOS can’t find an imported image

A reader’s imported photos are marked as missing when deleted from their original location.

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How to downgrade your Mac to an older version of OS X using an external drive

A reader needs an older version to use Adobe software, but Mac 911 is reluctant to advise it.

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How to add a display to a Mac by using another Mac, iPad, or an HDTV

You’ve got options other than a standard display to use as your Mac's monitor.