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What to do when a hard drive won’t unmount in OS X El Capitan

When OS X won't let you unmount a flash drive or external hard drive, here’s what you can do.

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What to do when OS X asks for an old Apple ID

A reader wants to stop prompts on his hand-me-down computers from asking for his Apple ID instead of that of the current family member using it.

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Why does Apple’s App Store use ‘Get’ for free apps?

A reader wonders about the different labels in the App Store for download, notably ‘Get’ versus ‘Open’.

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You can’t sort folders first in OS X's Finder. Here's why

You used to be able to with third-party software. Then System Integrity Protection came along.

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How to get the gray out of your window size control buttons

A reader finds his green full-screen button has gone grey. Is there a fix?

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What happens when you can’t control the album sort order in Photos when synced

It's not you; it's Photos for iOS and OS X.

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How to sort files and folders in the Finder

A reader is having folders jump about, and wants to set them in place.

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How to force a full-resolution iCloud Photo Library download

A reader would like to have the benefit of optimized thumbnail storage, but also grab high-res versions when needed.

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How to avoid a blank second display when using full-screen mode in an OS X app

A reader's El Capitan installation started blacking out one monitor when he's using apps full screen.

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How to stop OS X from deleting trashed files immediately

A reader can't move items to trash, but is instead always prompted to delete files immediately.

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How to get rid of an iSpy warning

iSpy with my little eye, software called Espionage. It's not malware.

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How to access advanced OpenType features in a variety of apps

Up your typography game in Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and Quark apps.

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6 ways to transfer files from your Mac to your iOS device

Use one of these methods to transfer a file from your Mac to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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9 ways to share files between Macs

Need to transfer files from one Mac to another? There are many way to do it.

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How to sort Launchpad apps

A reader thinks he's overlooked a feature. In fact, the feature is missing!