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How to show the Keyboard Viewer

The Keyboard Viewer reveals what you can type on the currently selected keyboard layout.

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What to do when keyboard commands don’t work at startup on your Mac

Holding down certain keys when your Mac boots can allow access to certain features. But sometimes your keyboard prevents these keyboard commands from working.

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What to do when your Mac's Wi-Fi hardware is having problems

Readers propose the mystery of the missing wireless connection.

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How to turn off iCloud Photo Library when you don't have enough local storage

A reader wants to disable syncing to iCloud, but can't download the full-resolution images and videos. Here's how to fix it.

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End the clutter: How to organize your Mac menu bar

The Mac’s menu bar is a handy place for quick access to apps and system preferences. But it can easily be a crowded space.

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How far back Time Machine archives can migrate to new versions

A reader wants to know whether a Snow Leopard Time Machine backup can migrate to a new OS X installation.

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Customizing a NetBoot image

The latest in our series on using the NetInstall service in OS X Server.

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Hands on with macOS Sierra’s Console: Now it’s easier to get the Mac information you need

Apple has revamped the Console, making it easier to use.

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How to restore deleted files in OS X

A reader wants her files back.

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Tune up your two-step Recovery Key

An acquaintance recently lost access permanently to his Apple ID, but you can take action to prevent that.

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Everything you need to know about playing music with AirPlay

Apple’s streaming protocol can send audio to a variety of devices. Here’s how to make it work for you.

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How to work between Pages 5 and Pages ’09

A reader is collaborating with someone with an older version, and trying to figure out the best interchange format.

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Installing OS X: What to do when ‘this copy of the install OS X application cannot be verified’

If you encounter an error when trying to install a fresh operating system, it could be a problem with the date and time.

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How to erase a Mac that seems to lack erasure options

A reader wants to wipe her Mac before getting rid of it, but she doesn't see a clear way to do so.

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iTunes U: Free education to make you smarter

You've probably noticed it in the pop-up menu of the iTunes Store, but have you ever clicked on the iTunes U? If not, join the millions of people and expand your knowledge, for free.