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How to format a startup drive for a Mac

If you want to format a drive that will be used as your Mac’s startup disk, the procedure is a little different from formatting it for use as a secondary drive for storing data.

Bugs & Fixes: Solve scanning problems via HP’s hidden settings

Ted Landau tunnels into Hewlett-Packard's tech support hierarchy to solve a couple of tricky scanner issues.

First iMovie steps: Importing video clips

Your dynamic iMovie project won't be much without some just-as-dynamic video clips. Professor Breen explains how to import video from a variety of sources.

Moving ebooks from Mac to Kindle

A new Kindle owner is keen to place the ebooks she's downloaded on to her digital reader but isn't sure where to begin. Chris Breen provides several avenues for doing so.

Six quick Spotlight tips

Looking for a file? You'll have a better chance of finding it with these tricks for OS X's Spotlight.

Getting started with iMovie

In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen begins his series on creating compelling videos with iMovie.

Exploring iPhoto's ratings, keywords, and local sharing features

In this final iPhoto lesson, Chris Breen shows you how to assign ratings and keywords, as well as how to share local iPhoto libraries.

Quick tips for OS X's Spotlight

Looking for a file? You'll have a better chance of finding it with these tricks for OS X's Spotlight.

Automator workflow of the month: Automate kiosk presentations

There's no reason to let a kiosk presentation run when there's no one there to watch it. With Automator you can trigger and shut down these presentations at appropriate times.

10 tips for managing minimized windows

Maximize your ability to minimize windows with these ten tricks.

How to delete Gmail messages so they're truly gone

If you're bothered that deleting Gmail messages in your copy of Mail doesn't really remove those messages (but rather leaves copies in Gmail's All Mail mailbox) Chris Breen has unearthed a helpful tip you'll enjoy.

Six great TextEdit tricks

Think you need Microsoft Word to take care of basic writing tasks? You might already have all you need: Apple's free TextEdit.

How the NSA snoop-proofs its Macs

It's the NSA's job to snoop on all of us, but it doesn't want to be snooped on itself. So it has guidelines for securing all the Macs in its service. Here's how the spooks keep their Macs safe.

Backing up and restoring musical instruments

You know you should back up your Mac. If you're an electronic musician you should additionally back up your instruments. Chris Breen shows you how.