Don't-Miss Operating System Stories

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How to delete items instantly or selectively from Trash

You can get rid of Finder items without an intermediate step.

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A primer in Profile Manager: Set up Open Directory

The last major step before turning on Profile Manager is turning on Server's Open Directory service so that you can centrally manage network user accounts.

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How to fix typing two capitals in a row at a word’s start

A reader would like to have Word’s auto-correct feature work elsewhere when mistyping two uppercase letters in a row.

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Why can't file names be longer than 30 characters?

A reader is told his long filenames are unacceptable, despite OS X's support for them.

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How to restore your Mac to an older version of OS X

A reader wants to restore Yosemite, but can't access it during in OS X Recovery.

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A primer in Profile Manager: The Server app

An introductory look at OS X Server and how it works.

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What to do when mobile Time Machine backups linger and fill storage space

An attempt by Time Machine to keep backups up to date away from network resources can fill your drive, too.

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How to replace El Capitan's missing Secure Empty Trash

A missing menu item (and another Disk Utility option) makes people wonder what's happening to their trash, anyway.

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How to access a Mac drive from a Windows or Linux system

A reader wants to use OS X's HFS+ system on a PC with both Windows and Linux. What are his options?

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What to do when El Capitan sidebar's favorites disappear

Are you having heartbreak of missing favorites in El Capitan? A restart will help.

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When double-click stops working in El Capitan

A reader found he could no longer double-click folders in the Finder after upgrading to El Capitan. He tracked down the problem.

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Remove extra application files with AppCleaner

When you uninstall a Mac app, how can you make sure you've removed all of its files? With an app like AppCleaner.

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Use iOS's Guided Access to disable Photos delete and other app features

You can keep kids (and others) from deleting your photos by accident in iOS: use Guided Access.

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Unenrolling from Apple's beta programs: back up or back out

You can unenroll or restore/recovery: two very different options.

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Can’t assign apps to specific Spaces on a multi-display Mac? Here’s the fix

A a single click solves this long-running problem related to multiple displays and Mission Control desktops.