Don't-Miss OS X Stories

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.

Take control of startup and login items

Is your Mac starting up slowly? A mess of startup and login items might be to blame. Learn how to bend these computing curiosities to your will.

Six ways to keep teenagers safe online

In days of yore, parents of teenagers just had to worry about sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. Now you can add technology to that list. Here are some ways to deal.

Automator workflow of the month: Automatically file downloaded items

In this month's workflow, Chris Breen shows how to avoid a messy Downloads folder by using an Automator folder action to sort files by type into folders.

Switch to Mac: How to find your favorite Windows features in OS X

Moving to the Mac? OS X can do everything your Windows machine can—the trick is knowing where to look. In this Macworld video, PC World associate editor Alex Wawro explains where you'll find your preferences, how to access familiar programs, and more.

Help with OS X's Help

Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. Kirk McElhearn shows you how to get the most out of OS X's Help system, plus some tricks for making it behave.

How to solve the worst email annoyances

Email remains one of the most common tasks we perform with our computers, but sometimes the mail won't go through (or won't go through in a way we prefer). Chris Breen offers workarounds for common email problems.

Ten fabulous Finder commands you should be using

Discover some of your Mac's most useful hidden menu and keyboard commands. All you need to make them appear is the right magic key: Shift, Option, or Control.

20 more technical terms every Mac user should know

By popular demand, Professor Breen returns to wade through the alphabet soup of common technical terms.

Creating and saving styles in Pages, TextEdit, and Mail

A reader wishes to create and save styles (with colored text) in a variety of Apple applications. Chris Breen explains how it's done.

Switch to Mac: Security basics

Just purchased your first Mac, or thinking of making the switch? Rich Mogull goes over what you need to know about security, antivirus software, and more.

What to do about a failing hard drive

You happen to fire up Disk Utility and -- whu oh! -- you see that your hard drive has failed a diagnostic test. What do you do? Don't panic, says Chris Breen. But start planning for a replacement drive.

How to make a browser's toolbar text larger

Mary Andrews is frustrated by Safari's small Bookmarks Bar text. Chris Breen offers a solution.