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How Lightroom works: Where it keeps your images and presets, and how to back up

Lightroom doesn't move your photos, only storing information about them and your edits to them. Here's how to be sure you're backing up the right files, including the catalog and your presets.

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Outlook 2011 to Mail migration: When mbox goes bad

Exporting mbox folders from Outlook 2011 used to be as easy as dragging them to the Desktop. Now it's a whole procedure.

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Mac 911: Making DVDs from old iMovie projects and slideshows

Can you update old iMovie projects; and is sensible to still create DVDs?

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Think fast: How to add motion blur in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Don't just stand there. Simulate some motion blur to make your photos more visually interesting.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Cleaning up your iTunes library

How to slim down your library by offloading files, to save space on your Mac or keep Genius Mixes from finding them.

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How to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks and Yosemite

Ever since Lion (OS X 10.7), Apple has hidden your personal Library folder (~/Library) by default. In Lion and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), you could make the folder visible, but it required some work. In Mavericks (OS X 10.9) and Yosemite (OS X 10.10), it's a simple, easily accessible setting.

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Find your missing Wi-Fi adapter and free up that 'Other' storage space

Glenn Fleishman takes over Macworld's helpline and finds that sometimes you need a solid SMC reset.

How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync 2.0

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.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Solving all your playlist problems in iTunes 12

How to combine playlists, fix album art, and make smart playlists that do exactly what you want.

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How to keep your email private with PGP encryption on your Mac

GPGTools works with Mail.app and Thunderbird, and Keybase helps you publish your public key and verify other people's.

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Design a sharp typographic logo, even if all you have is TextEdit

Yes, Illustrator is better for this job. But Word, Pages, and even TextEdit will let you design an all-text logo just fine.

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How to identify a font, any font, anywhere you find it

See a great font in a logo, on a sign, on the Web, in a book? Finding its name is easier than you might think.

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Troubleshooting your Apple products: The last word

Chris Breen takes the long view on troubleshooting Apple's gear and operating systems.