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Windows 10 Privacy in the Creators Update

Windows 10 Privacy in the Creators Update

Windows 10 privacy settings are easier to find and use in the Creators Update. But there's a difference between getting more control and getting more privacy.

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How to fix a persistent iCloud approval request on your iPhone

What to do when Apple keeps pestering you with a request for a security approval and there doesn't seem to be a way to grant it or deny it.

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How to create Spotlight searches to store as Smart Folders in macOS Sierra

Smart folders let you set detailed Spotlight search parameters and save them for reuse.

How to Clean-install Windows without Bloatware

You can get rid of bloatware or other troublesome software by doing a clean install of Windows 10. Here’s how it works.

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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 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 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 change your login screen in macOS (and change it back)

A reader did the unthinkable; now he wants to revert.

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How to stop getting beta updates for macOS Sierra

If you participated in the Beta Software Program, you still have access to beta updates of Sierra.

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How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

This new feature in Apple’s latest Mac operating system promises to free up precious storage space.

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How to use iCloud Drive’s new Desktop and Documents access in macOS Sierra

With this new feature, files saved to the Desktop and in Documents are automatically saved your iCloud Drive.

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How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive

Instructions for making an external drive that you can use to install macOS Sierra.

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How to use the Tabs feature in macOS Sierra

Tabs will help clean up your windows and make it easier to find what you need.

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Starting up using a Network Home and a NetBoot Image

The final chapter in our NetInstall turtorial.

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How to move the Dock about and where it will never, ever reside

If you've got multiple monitors, the Dock can hop bottoms, but not sides.

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How to make Sidebar shortcuts for removable drives

How to make persistent shortcuts in the Mac's Sidebar even after unmounting and remounting a drive.

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What to do if the Characters palette won't appear in Safari

The palette sometimes does a hiding act due to a corrupted preference file.