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Should two-factor authentication let me verify via a single device?

A reader wonders if something's wrong, because Apple's second-factor system lets him approve a connection from a seemingly odd place.

Add accents, symbols and more with Alt codes for special characters

Pressing the Alt key and a number code gives you access to hundreds of special characters from currency to copyright symbols, to linguistic characters and tiny graphics like snowmen and smiley faces. Here's how they work.

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Eye in the sky asset management using Watchman Monitoring

Watchman Monitoring offers excellent options for consultants, enterprise and education IT managers to track and proactively monitor the computer assets they’re responsible for.

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How to use one Mac in multiple rooms

A reader wants to have a single machine available with a monitor and keyboard in multiple, adjacent rooms.

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How to upload a photo from Photos for OS X to a website

A reader wonders how to find images in Photos to upload via a selection dialog.

The power of OS X’s menu bar

It’s always there and it’s often overlooked, but the menu bar is a very useful part of the Mac operating system.

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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.