Don't-Miss OS X Stories

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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.

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How to annotate your documents with Mail's Markup feature

Yosemite includes a new feature for annotating images and PDFs you send to others. Chris Breen shows you how it works.

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The paranoid person's guide to a complete Mac backup

You think you have a complete data backup plan? Then you haven't seen the lengths Rob Griffiths goes to to secure his data.

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Top five tips for this year's tech Santa

You have the power and knowledge to help your less tech-savvy family and friends this holiday season. Be sure to put these five tips to good use.

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Finder labels too subtle? Create garish folder icons instead

If you can no longer easily spot items with OS X's subtle dotted labels applied to them, here's a technique for making your folders far more noticeable.

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How to mount and manage non-native file systems in OS X with FUSE

If you've ever dreamed of using Linux's Ext3 file system or writing to NTFS formatted volumes, FUSE is for you.

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How to recover passwords with Keychain Access

You say a friend or relative lost the password to an old email account? Take these steps to recover it.

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How to get rid of unwanted subscribed calendars

A reader's lost his coworkers and now would like to lose the calendars they created. Chris Breen shows him how.

How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync

You don't have to keep your files in the cloud to get Dropbox-like syncing and sharing. Joe Kissell explains how to get started with BitTorrent Sync.

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Bugs and Fixes: What's with Yosemite renaming shared computers?

Ted Landau describes an issue that has re-emerged in Yosemite: Your Mac mysteriously renames shared devices.

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Mac won't boot? About Yosemite and your third-party SSD

With Yosemite Apple has implemented a security measure that may prevent your Mac from booting from a third-party SSD. Chris Breen explains.

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How to easily batch-convert images to black and white

Chris Breen shows you how to use Automator to quickly convert color images to black and white.

How to easily batch-convert images to black and white

Chris Breen shows you how to use Automator to quickly convert color images to black and white.

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How to copy items between your Mac and iPad using AirDrop

With Yosemite and iOS 8 comes AirDrop support between Macs and iOS devices. Chris Breen shows how it works.