Don't-Miss Operating System Stories

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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.

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Handy iOS and OS X accessibility features everyone should know

Enhance your interface with these features built right into the operating system.

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What causes the Java installation dialog to appear in OS X?

If you've seen it, you hate: the dialog box in OS X that tells you need "legacy" Java installed, but you're not using an app that relies on Java. We have ideas on getting rid of it.

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How to leave the OS X beta program

If you've signed up for pre-release versions of Mac OS X, you can opt out with a single click.

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How to install OS X El Capitan

Your guide to installing Apple new operating system for Macs.

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How to make a bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer drive

Having a bootable hard drive or USB flash drive is a handy troubleshooting tool.

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Hands-on with Spaces, Mission Control, and Split View in El Capitan

Learn how to use these features in El Capitan to make your desktop more manageable.

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Get your Mac ready for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Preparation is everything, and these tips will help make for a smooth upgrade to El Capitan.

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How to turn off (or turn on) landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus home screen

With a big display comes a home screen that can switch modes.