Don't-Miss OS X Stories

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How to verify a Time Machine backup

You've gone to all the trouble to create a Time Machine backup. Maybe you should make sure it works.

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How to share files between OS X user accounts

If you have more than one account on your Mac you may occasionally need to share files between them. Here's how.

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Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets

Disk Utility has a lot of talents, some less well known than others. Topher Kessler explores some of its more esoteric (though useful) features.

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Making more of Migration Assistant

Perhaps it's been ages since you've used Migration Assistant to move data from one Mac to another. Or maybe it's new to you. Either way, Chris Breen offers helpful tips for its use.

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What to do if your Mac refuses to accept your password

Topher Kessler offers tips for dealing with a Mac that won't accept a password.

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How to easily switch between startup volumes

If you routinely switch startup volumes you may find trips to System Preferences tedious. Chris Breen offers an AppleScript to simplify the task.

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Exploring the many miracles of Image Capture

If you haven't opened Image Capture, now's the time. Chris Breen presents six cool uses for this under-appreciated utility.

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The many superpowers of Apple's Preview app, part 2

Lesa Snider drops the other shoe and reveals even more of Preview's powers.

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Top tips for working with the Mac's menu bar

The Mac's menu bar isn't as static as you might believe. With the help of the Mac's modifier keys you can make your menus more functional.

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How to better manage passwords with Keychain Access

OS X's Keychain Access provides the avenue for managing and retrieving your passwords. Topher Kessler dives deeper into its password powers.

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How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)

Removing the MacKeeper app is one thing, getting rid of annoying pop-up ads for it is quite another. Chris Breen offers advice.

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The four Mac security options everyone should know

By default, the Mac is pretty secure. But with the help of a couple of built-in options, you can make it even more so. Topher Kessler explains.

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How to restore a missing recovery partition

A reader seems to be missing his OS X recovery partition after cloning one drive to another. Chris Breen offers a solution.